Post # 1
I have a lot of guests traveling to this wedding, so I wanted to make them feel I appreciated them all coming so far to be with us. I originally thought I would make one large post with all the cities of the towns they came from like this:
But at the same time I was lacking ideas for a cocktail hour DIY centerpiece. For inspiration… here is what one would see during the cocktail hour:
There is now a Tiki Bar in this area.. which will be the bar for the cocktail hour. And we will have use of the tables under the tiki huts, along with a handful of hightops with white linens.
SO.. instead of the one large post, I made a bunch of smaller posts to put on the tables. I will put one post per table.
The also coordinate in colors with these bags handed out at the beach ceremony (so that the guests can put their shoes, purse, and cameras in so that they don’t get sandy):
And drink umbrellas:
Post # 3
What materials did you get to make the posts and where did you get them? I love this idea so much!! 🙂
Post # 4
Wow! You have guests traveling from all over… and I am sure your guests will have the same reaction when they read the many signs! This is a very cool idea.
Post # 5
The signs were flat trim material that you would find to trim out windows and doors in the home improvement store. We used a saw to slice each of them down to 6 inches, then used the saw to make a point. Then we used an electric sander to smooth out all the cuts and edges.
The posts, are wooden dowels I bought at Michaels craft store. And they are inserted into a decorative corner modeling piece that you would use to frame out your windows and doors. To make this work, we drilled out the center of the modeling, dropped glue down in there, and pushed the rod through.
Now the fun part.. spray painting in fun colors. I picked up 5 colors from the home improvement store. I needed about 2 light coats on each side.
Then after they dried (i gave it weeks due to laziness) we took the sander back to the signs to rough them up. I did all the edges, and the flat sides of the signs. It took the shine away from the signs, which was what I was looking for. In a few spots, the orginal wood peaks through. We also took regular sand paper to the bases.
Then we sat and waited for all those RSVPs to come back. I picked off the cities from their addresses.
I went out and bought paint markers from Michales. These are the sharpie oil based ones. The white marker worked lovely on yellow, blue, and green signs. Orange was iffy. The white did not show up on yellow! For yellow I used white and then I went back over it in blue. So I sat there over two nights and wrote out the cities. I had to trace over them all at least a second time to make it bold enough.
To attach the signs to posts, I used hot glue.