Fast forward a few weeks, and some brainstorming and discussions between Tom and myself, and I finally started to prep these to our liking. I went through one round of gray primer spray paint on books before 1) I ran out of spray paint and 2) it was too cold outside to continue.
Since I haven't 1) gotten more spray paint yet and 2) it's still too cold/rainy/windy to give these guys another layer or two of spray paint (multiple thin layers is always key when it comes to spray painting) I decided to move onto the next step. Last Saturday night I stayed home (yes, my life is glamorous) and painted the inner edge of each book with gray acrylic paint that is almost identical to the spray paint. I did this for two reasons: 1) I was afraid I would have too much paint build up and leave runny edges if I tried to get into these nooks and crannies with the spray paint and 2) I knew if I did this extra step, I could start making our three sides that would be pages, actually look like pages.
Yep, now I sit at home and slowly glue one long strand of thin rope/thick yarn back and forth with regular Elmer's Glue to make this sides look like pages. And you know what - it TOTALLY looks like a book. I'm super impressed with how they are turning out. Once it warms up and I can do some more spray painting, I'll carefully cover these edges with plastic and painter's tape so that it stays nice and "bridal white" (the actual color of this yarn). Slow and steady wins the race. I've got 6 done and another 16 to go. I'm going on the assumptions that we will have 20 ten person tables, so I'm making 20 plus two extra for screw ups.
|I'm getting better with my camera tricks, huh? Nice white background for once!|
Side note - I think I found my Rehearsal Dinner dress!! I actually ordered it in from the Junior's Prom section of Macys.com - it's a simple fitted scoop neck white dress with white sequins. Hopefully it fits! Best part - on sale for $59!
So did anyone else spend their last two Saturday's doing anything as glorious as me? Carving books/painting boxes/gluing rope onto anything interesting? Got any tips for me on growing succulents? We'd love to actually plant and harvest as many of our flowers as possible from my parents house and skip the florist fees on the centerpieces altogether, but we will see what prices our local florists and nurseries can give us before we plan on that. Saving money is one thing, but saving your sanity and having a professional come in on certain tasks can't be stressed enough!