Challenge Accepted

If you read Young House Love, Bower Power, Making a House A Home, or Style by Emily Henderson (or all of them, which is cool, too) then you’ve probably heard of their Pinterest Challenge.

Basically, the challenge involves picking out an item or project from Pinterest and making it yourself.

When I first heard about the challenge, I thought it was a great idea.  I love Pinterest.  It is seriously the best thing that has happened to our wedding since we got engaged.  No joke.  Prior to using Pinterest, I had millions of pages ripped out of magazines and sketches in a book to keep track of what I loved.  The problem with that is my drawing book had sketches everywhere (there was no organization in it) and the magazine pages were getting a little ridiculous.  Not to mention that my Google Reader had about 95 unread items in my wedding folder (Yes, I created a wedding folder filled with all my wedding blogs and yes, I was reading them all and marking them unread so I wouldn’t lose them).  I also had a habit of emailing myself posts or images that I liked.

It was basically wedding detail overload.

Since Pinterest came into my life, I have been able to ‘pin’ images I love from my Google Reader and other sites.  That’s right – my Google reader only has 41 unread items in my wedding folders (it used to be 100 so I’m getting there!).  It’s been wonderful to see all of the pieces together on a board.

Technically, I already completed a Pinterest Challenge back for the Fourth of July.

I made some delicious strawberries

…that were inspired by these strawberries (originally from here).

Not exactly the same product, but you get the point.  I was inspired by one item and added my own little twist.

Anyway, I’m going off target… and starting to get hungry for strawberries.

It shouldn’t really come as a shock to you that my Pinterest Challenge is something wedding related.  Thank goodness we’re moving because otherwise I would sound like a broken record.

A few months ago, I decided on what I would like for our escort cards.  Then of course, I had to start working on the invitations so all other projects had to take a back seat.  I’m not really done with the invitations (I still need to add the envelope liners, finish addressing the envelopes and order that pesky RSVP stamp.  Oh, and we can’t forget about the wax seal.  We’re waiting on that to come in the mail before we even think about going to the post office to find out much this will cost us), but gosh darn it I wanted to see how these escort cards would look.

This was my inspiration (originally from here - which by the way, includes a how-to guide).

Adorable, right?  I hadn’t really seen anything like this at a wedding (typically, the escort cards are just those tent cards) so it only made me more excited.

I actually already told you how I started making them, except I never finished.  I had to go out and get a 2″ circle cutter hole punch thing to finish them.  And borrow a glue gun from my mom.

Let’s just say, this is a heavy-duty hot glue gun.  This isn’t even her good one – it’s a spare she has.  The glue sticks she gave me are ridiculously long.  I couldn’t even get them in the entire picture.

You probably want to see the end result.  Don’t worry.  This post is not going to include pictures of me hole punching paper.

That would just be mean and boring.

These are the final (almost) product!  We’ll have yellow & blue rosettes as the escort cards.  I didn’t want to use just one of our colors since I love them both, and I figured throwing in the secondary colors (like red and orange) would have been too much.  I’m hoping to have a large cluster of leaves changing colors in the middle of the rosettes.  I may have to ask my mom to hot glue me a faux one (that will probably be easiest).

They’re technically not finished because there aren’t any names on them.  For that, I need to know who’s coming and where they’ll be seated.  As soon as the invitations get sent out and people start RSVP-ing, I’ll start making the table lists.  The week of the wedding, I’ll get that going.  I may print out the names and then write the table number at the last-minute.

I heard that sometimes people RSVP yes and then the week of call to cancel.  No big deal.

Regardless, I am very excited that I got a few of these done.  Since I typically cut the a few sheets of paper into slices, I’m able to fold on the creases while I watch TV (Joe and I are currently on a 30 Rock binge via Netflix).  When I glue those white circles on to them, I just sit down on the floor and go crazy.  There’s nothing difficult to this, just time-consuming.

Totally worth it.

Did anyone else accept the Pinterest Challenge?  If you did, what did you come up with??

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6 Responses to “Challenge Accepted”

  1. 1 Ainhoa {August 2, 2011} at 9:25 am

    They look GREAT! I love it. Congrats on taking on the challenge and rocking it!

  2. 3 Amanda {August 2, 2011} at 11:49 am

    Very pretty! They will look stunning set up all together!

  3. 4 littlehousebigheart {August 2, 2011} at 5:05 pm

    Those strawberries look delicious! I love the escort cards, too! How many guests are you having?

    I did two projects, a ribbon chandy for our dining room and some easy artwork for our poor, bare living room walls. I just got the posts up, take a look!

    • 5 Kristen {August 2, 2011} at 6:30 pm

      We’re inviting around 120, although I doubt that many will attend. Plus, you only need one for every couple so the number goes down significantly.

      Heading over to your blog to check out your challenge post!

  4. 6 thisdiylife {August 2, 2011} at 9:45 pm

    The rosettes are great! I’m sure the strawberries were too but I have to think eye candy instead of regular candy right now or I’ll find myself in the kitchen :) The possibilities for the rosettes are endless. These would great on handmade cards too. This challenge was so fun wasn’t it? Finally kicked my butt into gear :)

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