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Today’s guest DIY blog post comes from Jennifer!
I love custom aisle runners. They’re just so classy and sophisticated, especially the monogrammed ones! I’ve seen so many great DIY aisle runners from brides (look at this one from a Weddingbee blogger), and I really wanted to make my own. That is, until I had visions of myself tripping over a fabric runner during our outdoor ceremony and rolling myself up like a burrito in it. Our ceremony is in a grassy area which isn’t very smooth, and I’m pretty positive a typical aisle runner would equal disaster.
The other day, I was bitten by the creative bug. You know those times when you just get this great idea, and you can almost see the little cartoon light bulb light up above your head? I had one of those! And so, the aisle tiles were born….
I made 5 tiles to place down the aisle like stepping stones in the place of a runner. I painted the first one with a monogram of our initials, and the remaining 4 each with a date which holds special meaning to our relationship: when we first met, our anniversary, our engagement date, and finally our wedding date.
Here’s how I did it:
- Five 12 x 12″ kitchen tiles ($1.75 each at Home Depot)
- A fine tip paintbrush
- Outdoor ceramic paint (from a craft store)
- Sharpie marker (bright colors work best, I used orange)
- Computer & printer
- I used MS Word to make prints of each of the dates and the monogram as large as it would fit on a landscape-oriented 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper and printed
- At first, I cut out each letter to trace onto the tiles, which took FOREVER and some serious scissor maneuvering. Then I figured out I could just trace over the printed images with a Sharpie and it bled through onto the tile – sooo much easier. After I traced the image, I followed over the orange on each tile with a pencil to make a clear outline of each letter.
- I painted over the outlines with the ceramic paint, which took 2 coats to look even.
- I used a ruler to draw a straight-edged border 1/2″ from the edge for a polished look. After the paint dried completely, I sprayed the whole tile with matte clear sealant to keep the paint from chipping.
That’s it! It’s a little scary when you first start, but it gets easier once you get comfortable with the paint brush. Just take it slow! I finished each tile in about 30 minutes. The great thing about these tiles is they’re cheap, easy to find, and they come in all kinds of different finishes. Plus, you can keep them after the ceremony to display or put in your garden! I plan to write a short explanation of their meaning in our ceremony program.
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I would love to see pictures of this in action (as in the tiles laid out on the grass making its path)
I too dont want an aisle running as I think I will probably trip and fall to my death. this is a neat unique idea!
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Thanks for posting this! I wanted an aisle runner too, but considering the fact that we’re getting hitched on the beach, I immediately ruled it out as a possibility. Your post gives me hope! I love it. It looks professionally done. Great job!
Post # 5
Wow I think these are awesome! Can’t wait to see them on the big day
Post # 6
These look really great! I think they’re a wonderful alternative to an aisle runner. I will admit to being a complete klutz and there was no way I was chancing the burrito scenario on the grass aisle!
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If anybody else is going to do this project, what you could do, instead of cutting out each letter and tracing it do this. Print out your paper, take a razor blade (or other paper cutting tool) and cut out each letter (it will go a lot faster) You can use the paper like a stencil (tack it down with light adhesive) and spray paint. Peel your stencil off and you’ll get the same effect 🙂
They look beautiful!!!
Post # 8
These tiles sound so neat! I love them. We are having an outside wedding and I would love to be able to skip the regular runner. Do you have a picture of them all laid out, either in your wedding or just in practice? Thanks so much!
Post # 9
I would really like to see some pictures of these laid out. Do you have any? My wedding is in two weeks and I am still in need of something for the aisle. Thanks!
Post # 10
GREAT idea!! I’m sooo doing this…. THANK YOU for posting. ~Bridegrl
Post # 11
Pictures….can you please send pictures! I love this idea! You should win the DIY contest with these! They are so cool! And unique!
Post # 12
This is SUCH a clever idea! You have completely inspired me. I have been debating creating a DIY aisle runner (based on the fabulous ideas from fellow bees) for our outdoor wedding. After reading many reviews from other outdoor brides, I was left feeling like I might trip or tear a hole in the runner with my heels. I’m so happy to have read your post! Would love to see additional pics. Great work!! : )
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OOOOO I love this, any way we can see what they looked like in action?
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Another idea is if you have a cricut machine you can cut out vinyl to put on the tile. Make sure to use the glossy vinyl that is for outdoor use and long lasting. Or if you want me to send you the vinyl I can do it pretty inexpensive for you.