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Hello, lovelies! It’s our favorite time of the year-wedding season. That’s right, it’s time to plan, plan, plan! I, myself am in the midst of planning a wedding for a friend, and I am so loving it. My friend adores succulents and asked that I incorporate them into her entire wedding scheme. Bouquet, decor, and more. Well, her bridal shower is coming up and I decided to go the extra yard for her.
Instead of giving away cheesy packs of gum that say, “Mint to be,” as favors, we’re setting up a favor table of entirely succulents. Now, most people would just stick a sign telling guests to take one on the table, but I’m too extra for that. That’s why I decided to create my “Let love grow,” sign and sharing it with all of you beauties!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Jumbo stencils (can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)
- A set of paintbrushes (^)
- Rust Oleum Satin Espresso (I used the actual paint can, but spray painting would be much easier)
- Faux flowers/succulents/greenery (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, other craft stores)
- Stanley Glue-Pro DualMelt Glue Gun
- White Acrylic paint (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, other craft stores)
- Plywood (I used 1 1/2ft by 2ft)
Steps 1 & 2:
Apply one coat of paint to the plywood, allow it to dry, then apply a second coat.
Use the stencils to create the saying of your choice, or you may freehand. I chose to use jumbo stencils that I found at Hobby Lobby. I cannot stress how much patience this took. After painting within the stencil, I had to outline each letter with a tiny brush and apply a second coat of paint so the brown wouldn’t come through.
Once everything has dried, gather all of your florals/succulents/greenery and begin to lay them out on the sign so you can plan where each item will go. This part is extremely important, because once you glue a piece down, there’s no turning back. You will see that I don’t even use all the items pictured in my original layout.
Begin gluing all of the items to the board carefully and neatly. Try to avoid getting the hot glue on the petals, because it tends to seep through and leaves a noticeable dark spot. Make sure you line the items up well enough where they won’t all cover each other.
Once you’ve completed gluing all the florals, take a look at the board both near and far. See if there’s more you want to add, or leave it alone. Originally, I had planned to only decorate one side (the right) of the board, but after inspecting it for some time, I felt that it was too plain. But don’t go over the top!
Your final step is obvious enough-be careful! Although hot glue is very successful when it comes to piecing items together, there’s still the chance of stuff falling off. Keep the sign stored in a safe place until the day of your event. When transporting it, be sure to lay it flat in the car and away from other objects that could potentially ruin it.
This sign surely makes a lovely addition to the average favor table by adding a more personal touch. It shows you care more. Who knows? In a few years it may be hung up in your house as a memorabilia.
We hope you have enjoyed this DIY project and cannot wait to share photos of it being utilized so soon! Stay tuned for more!