I am very proud to say that my fiancée and I have finished our first DIY project- our shell-decorated welcome frames!
I documented the beginning of our craftiness in my previous post, Our First DIY wedding Project.
First we had to paint them. We realized too late that we should have sanded them down a bit, since the wood was rough in some places, and we needed to do two coats. So that took a few evenings. Then we glued on the shells and starfish. This again took a few evenings to complete. Next we sprayed them with gold glitter glue- just enough to make ’em sparkle a bit. They had to dry overnight, and the next day we sprayed them with a matte varnish. Because we had to do both sides and have them dry for a few hours in between, this part took the entire day as well.
Needless to say, they took a lot longer than I had anticipated (isn’t that always the way?), but the fact that we will be re-using them as gifts to family and friends post-wedding made it worthwhile. I will definitely be considering this with every other wedding craft idea I have- how long will this take? how much will this cost? what will I do with it afterwards??
The next task once the frames were done was to complete the inside, making the matting and affixing the letters to it. Thankfully, this process only took one hour, and we did it together one evening as we watched “Glee”.
What do you think? 🙂