Misc Bachelorette Crafts

I seriously had a blast at my bachelorette weekend in Savannah — thank you to ALL who made it so special and fun!  Today I’m sharing a few of the other little crafts and gifts that my sister and I collaborated on.

Drink Glasses

Lauren was super excited about having a mimosa bar on Saturday morning, so we decided we wanted some fun cups that everyone could use on the beach, and take home for later.  We found these great recyclable shatterproof plastic wine glasses on Amazon that were shipped to my house.

The hardest part was coming up with what to put on them.  We couldn’t decide between a quote, or design, but ultimately ended up with anchors and names.

Thanks to the Cricut, I just designed the anchors, cut & adhered those to the glasses, then cut everyone’s name in white, and layered them on top of the anchor.

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To keep with the colors Lauren wanted to use, I printed gold anchors and put those on all the extra glasses we had.  The best part: making 24 custom shatterproof wine glasses only cost ~$30!  The extra ones will be perfect for the boat or beach too.bach glasses 04

There was a little bar area on the side between the main living room and dining area, so we cleared off the bottom two shelves and put the glasses on there for everyone to take.  (Link to make the banner here)IMG_5061

Anchor Garland

After making the banners, I had some leftover card stock, and anchors that had been cut out and discarded.  This got me thinking that if I cut out more anchors, I could tie them to twine and make a garland!  So that’s exactly what I did…

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One of the strands was inside in the living room, and the other went on the porch, by the big outdoor eating table.


Beach = sunglasses, and Lauren ordered some cheap blue ones online for everyone.  I had just gotten some gold chrome vinyl in, so we decided to put the event hashtag (that she so cleverly came up with) on the side.bach_shades 01bach_shades 02

The sunglasses were perfect to wear on the Savannah slow ride and we got some cute pics of them on.IMG_0011IMG_0014By the way, I have been waiting ever so patiently to share all of this.  We started working on all of this back in January, and Lauren has been laughing at me knowing that I had already drafted a post to share it all…  Needless to say, I’m still loving the Cricut 🙂


Bachelorette Banner

The one upside of my sister living far away, is that she needed some of my help to get stuff together for my bachelorette weekend.  Since she was flying down, and I live close to Savannah, it was easier for me to make some stuff for it.  And we all know that I was actually thrilled to have an excuse to play with the Cricut 🙂

Lauren had a bunch of ideas of decorations she wanted, and sent me links to them.  One of them was a banner that said “Last sail before the veil.”  I was pretty excited to make my own version of it and one Friday night my sister and I were designing and making the banner together via pictures and texts, hundreds of miles apart.

Bachelorette Banner

What you’ll need:

  • White & navy cardstock (6 pieces each)
  • Cricut
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Tape

First, I needed to come up with a strategy to make the banner.  I decided to get navy and white card stock, and layer it so the top layer had cut outs, and the back was solid, with those colors alternated whether it was text or filler between words.

Next, I made a banner template in Design Space.  They had a basic flag shape that I liked, and I resized it to work with the 12×12″ sheets of card stock I bought.  Ultimately, I wanted to get 6 “flags” per sheet.  I used the Cricut to cut 19 plain white flags, and 3 plain navy flags on the card stock, and laid them out on the floor.

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Now the fun part 🙂  I needed to cut the flags for the top with the cut outs on them.  These were either going to be letters or anchors.  I added the letter / anchor to my template in Design Space, made sure it was going to cut them correctly, then started cutting.Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 3.49.55 PM

After these were cut, I removed the inside part, then put the cut out flag on top of the plain flag to see what it’d look like.  I saved the extra letters and anchors to reuse another way, but you can throw them away if you want.  Of course Cleo had to see what I was doing on the floor… and sit on them.
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Once all of the letter and anchor flags were cut out, I was pretty happy with what they looked like!

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Now glue the top and bottom flags together.  I didn’t have any normal glue on hand, so I used mod podge and a sponge brush.  I think regular glue would be a little less messy though..

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After those were all glued together, I let them dry over night.  The next day I attached them to 2 pieces of twine using tape: ‘Last Sail’ on one piece, and ‘Before the Veil’ on another piece, so they could be hung below each other.bach banner 05

I wanted to send Lauren a picture of the final product, so I taped them to our mantle to see what they looked like, before packing it away.

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After the first banner was done, I had all of the cut out letters saved, so I decided to make another banner!  I cut out some plain white flags, and glued the letters on top (this time using a stick of glue).

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When we got to the beach house, we hung them up before everyone got there!


Bam! Two banners for the price of one — Not too shabby for $10!


Decoupaged Christmas Trees

Let the decoupaging continue!  Seriously, I’m basically covering everything with maps right now… and can’t stop.  Well, it was about time that I make some map covered Christmas trees to go with the other coastal trees I have, so here are the EASY steps to make your own!

Decoupaged Christmas Trees

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard cones
  • Paper maps
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush

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This is pretty straight forward if you’ve decoupaged anything before.  Start by getting your maps ready – I had to cut a few out.  The “trees” aka cardboard cones I got at Hobby Lobby were tall enough that one map wouldn’t cover the whole thing, so I found maps that were similar and would look good together on the tree.

Once you have all your supplies, and are ready to begin, start by using the sponge brush and applying a light coat of mod podge to the cardboard cone.

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Adhere the paper map to the cone.  You can put a little mod podge on the back first, but I had a little too much on the cone, so didn’t want to over do it.  Slowly press it on the cone, and make sure you get any bubbles or wrinkles out.

I started at the bottom, and worked my way up, so the top map would have the most showing, and overlay the previous one.  Continue to apply some mod podge and attach the maps to the top.decoupage tree_03

The top map is the easiest, because you can lay it out how you like, and just wrap it around until it’s all adhered to the cone.  The last step is to apply a thin layer of mod podge over the map to “seal” it in, and give it a more finished look. Voila —

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Naturally, after I completed 1 tree in black and white vintage maps, I had to do one in color maps to make a pair.

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I ended up putting these on the mantle, to the sides of our tv, and added some vases, a driftwood reindeer, glass buoy and metal tree to go with them. (Yes, that is a stocking, and pillow in front of the fireplace for Cleo. She’s extremely spoiled..)  You can find directions to make the wooden stocking holders here.

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The fun doesn’t stop there, haha!  After I finished the trees, I tried my hand at decoupaging some ornaments!  I had some cardboard ornaments that were much tricker than the trees because of their shape, but they worked (and are now hanging on our tree).
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In all honesty, my favorite decoupaged ornaments have been the ceramic hearts.  I’ve covered these heart ornaments in mostly low country maps, and added twine to hang them with.  The fun part has been making custom orders with specific cities for friends and other customers.

You can find all my ornaments on my Etsy shop!

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Now what else can I decoupage….?

Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

We all know I had to make some sort of pumpkin related craft this season, and here it is.  Last year I made some color block pumpkins, and mummy mason jars, so I had plenty of fall and Halloween stuff to put out, but when I saw this pumpkin on Pinterest, I knew I had to try to decoupage a pumpkin!

Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Design printed on paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush

Apparently when you go searching for craft pumpkins in late October it’s slim pickings.  I struck out at Michael’s, but finally found a few smaller ones at Hobby Lobby.  My goal was to find a larger, white pumpkin, and I left with a short, orange one.

Since I was going to put a map on my pumpkin, I didn’t want any orange coming through, so the first thing I needed to do was spray paint it.  I wrapped the stem in painter’s tape, and used the rest of my white spray paint to get rid of the orange.

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While the spray paint was drying, I printed some Charleston harbor chart maps on normal printer paper since this was what I was going to put on the pumpkin.  When your map is ready, cut it into 1/2″ strips.  If you have a larger pumpkin, then 1″ strips will work, but smaller pumpkin = thinner strips.

Apply a thin coat of mod podge to the back of a strip of paper, then adhere it to the pumpkin starting at the top by the stem.

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Slowly work your way around the pumpkin until the map is completely on the pumpkin.  This gets tricky as you have to work with the curves and indentions of the pumpkin, which is why smaller strips were key for my lil guy.

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Also, try to push out any wrinkles, so the paper is as flat as possible on the pumpkin.  I made tiny folds in some places to try to keep the map lined up as best I could, and conform to the curves.

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I put a second map on the other side of the pumpkin, and filled in the area between the 2 maps with strips of land and water to try to blend the 2 maps together.

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Once the pumpkin is covered in maps, apply a light coat of mod podge on top of the paper to seal it in and give it a finished look.


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There was definitely a learning curve, since I’d never decoupaged anything before.  I got better as I progressed, but as my friend Lisa pointed out, you only need one side to look great!  I’m impressed by people that have crazy patterns and get them to line up perfect with no wrinkles — I must not have enough patience for that.

Now I wonder what else I could decoupage…


Monogrammed Anchor Door Hanger

You know when someone knows you really well, and they give you an unfinished door hanger so you can paint it as you please… That’s exactly what Holly (and CD) did as part of their engagement present they gave to us when they stayed here for the 4th.  She knows I love all things coastal, and got us some great home goods, but I was excited to paint the anchor, and hang it on our door.

Monogrammed Anchor Door Hanger

What you’ll need:

  • Unfinished wooden door hanger
  • Paint
  • Twine
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

Holly found our door hanger on Zulily, but it looks like they have lots of similar ones on Etsy too.


The first step was to figure out what colors to paint the anchor.  I wanted to use a navy blue, but since our front door is black it didn’t make sense.. So I decided to go with a light teal anchor and then some sort of white / gray for the circle and W in the middle.


After I finished the teal, I had the hardest time deciding what part should be gray and what should be white, so I decided to sleep on it.  The next day, I thought a white W would pop the most, and went for that.  I used 2 coats for both the gray and white part to make sure no wood was showing through.  The hardest part was getting all the sides painted, especially on the W.

When all the paint dried, I still thought it looked a little plain and thought about stenciling small sailboats on the teal in a navy blue — apparently I was really trying to get navy on this.  Luckily both Lauren and Maggie told me not to do it because it might get too busy.  Instead, I opted to grab some twine and wrap it around the top and bottom for a some texture (secured with hot glue).

Once that was done, I took down the American burlap wreath, and put the anchor on the door!


Another door hanger is done!  And the teal matches the teal side table we have out front with the rocking chairs (don’t look at my struggling hanging baskets).  Thanks for thinking of me, Holly!