Quick DIY for that “Personal Touch”

Here are two very quick, very easy, and very inexpensive DIY projects for the wedding.

Send-Off Ribbon Wands:

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For the ribbon wands,  buy craft sticks at least 12 inches long (e.g., round dowels).  I bought them at a craft store in packages of 20 for  $0.70 a package.  Cut ribbon in your colors so they are a few inches longer than the dowel and run the edges over a candle flame (quickly) to melt it slightly (this will keep it from fraying).  Simply  tie 2-4 ribbons near the top of the dowel.  Use a dot of hot glue to secure the ribbon to the wand.  You can add bells by threading a thinner ribbon through the bell before tying off.  I also added a small bead (hair braiding bead) over the ribbon knot for decoration only.

Cost:  Under $15 for the sticks and ribbon for 175 send off wands.

Time: If you have cats, about 6 hours to make all of them.  Without cats, about 2 hours.

BTW: Cats love the ribbon wands.  And–There is no mess to clean up at your venue.

Cocktail Stirrers for Champagne (Cocktail Hour)

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These were made simply from duct tape (yes, another use for duct tape) and plastic stirrers.  We’ll have 150-ish glasses set up on a table with champagne and pomegranate juice for guests to pick up immediately following the ceremony.  Probably raspberry and kiwi slices instead of blueberries though, but I take the picture of what I have.

Cost: $3 for a roll of duct tape, $1 for 250 plastic stirrers.  I still have lots of tape and stirrers left.

Time: An hour-ish.

Signature Cocktail Stirrers (for the reception):

So a brief explanation.  We decided to name our signature drinks after our cats.  We are NOT having a cat themed wedding, we just wanted a little personal touch.  Besides, their names are funny.  The Gatito Mojito (self explanatory), the Squeak (Vodka, orange juice, club soda, splash of sweet & sour, touch of grenadine), and the Cheechoo (non-alcoholic lime punch).




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These were even easier than the duct tape stirrers.  Just type in your sayings in a 2-colum table in your word processing program (in the first column) and your either your names, date, or in our case a wingding of a cat in the second column. The rows should be about .5 to 1 inch high, and the columns no more than 2 inches.  Print and fold.  Use double sided tape around the plastic or wood stirrer and clip the edges for the flag effect.  I made roughly 300 of these, enough to “flag” the first few drinks by our guests.  After that, I figured the novelty would wear off.

Cost: $3 for 300 plastic “deluxe” stirrers, roll of double sided tape (maybe a $1), about 8 sheets of linen paper

Time: About 1-2 hours depending on what type of paper cutter you have.



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The little wingdings are a good representation of our cats.  Pictured left to right: Cheechoo (dumb, simple, sweet), Gatito (prissy, elegant), Squeak (trouble-maker).

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