Favorite DIY Projects for Our Wedding

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we got married!  I was so excited for our wedding weekend last May that it seemed like it took forever to get there and now it’s a year later!

One of the fun things for me about remembering that weekend was thinking of all the DIY projects I included.  It wouldn’t have been our wedding without a lil Coastal Kelder flair!  I knew I didn’t want to overwhelm myself by doing everything, but had a nice balance of things I made versus things I designed or outsourced to others to produce.

As a fun wedding Wednesday post, I wanted to look back at my favorite DIY projects from our wedding day.

Greenery Wreath

This wasn’t something I expected to make, but when I realized our cocktail hour would be in front of the house at the Island House, I knew the door needed a wreath.  I bought a few types of faux greenery and put a wreath together.  Perk: It’s great on our front door year round.

Directional Sign

The only thing I “built” was this directional sign to let guests know where the different parts of the wedding were, since everything was at one venue.  I was big into ombre at the time (and still now), so used different shades of blue and painted the letters on as well.


I was just getting into making pillows when our wedding was coming up and wanted to make some for the rocking chairs that matched our koozies.  Hunter’s grandma loved them so much she took one home 🙂

Oyster shell ring dishes

You had to expect the original Coastal Kelder project to be at our wedding.  I brought my silver one for our rings and gave monogrammed ones to my bridesmaids in their day of gifts with pearl earrings.

Save the Dates & Programs

I had a whole vision with a blue watercolor design for our save the dates and invitations and loved creating the save the dates, thank you notes and programs myself and working with Lindsay to make the invitations.



Life as of Lately

Spring is always a busy time filling orders for wedding season, making crafts for friends, working in our own yard and enjoying the beautiful weather!  Here’s what’s been going on in our life lately..

Skinny Dip Charleston is officially open! Some of my wonderful friends came with me to the grand opening party in early April to enjoy some rosé and see the store. You can find my pillows, jewelry dishes, wine glasses, and canvases at the location on King Street!

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I’ve been busy with orders and these are some of the latest to go out the door. You can also check out my Instagram story for behind the scenes look into all my crafts & everyday life.Our friends are getting married, so I’ve been wrapping up little goodies for them like making some hangers for the bridesmaids.  I also got to see the drink spikers in action thanks to friends taking pictures of them down in Rosemary Beach.  I liked them so much I bought some in pastel colors and now have them in my shop!
The end of April brought Callee & Devin’s wedding and I was honored to be in it!  Had a lil scare with tree nuts at the bridal luncheon, but it didn’t kill me so we’re good! The wedding was beautiful and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  Congrats to the newlyweds!Occasionally I have time to make stuff for us and I wanted a new pillow for the rocking chair in the living room.  I’ve been loving everything pineapple lately, so made a pineapple “Welcome, Yall”pillow!  The pineapple is in a bright gold glitter too – who knew I’d love that??I also found these CUTE pillow covers with tassels on them and knew I had to get them. I’ve played around with designs for them, but started simple with just ‘Cheers.’  Have any other suggestions for what I should put on them?

The most exciting news lately is that 2 of my items were featured in Charleston magazine’s May issue!  They wanted to spotlight some local products for Mother’s Day gifts and asked for some of mine.  I totally flipped when I saw the feature (Hunter can confirm this) and it made me so happy to see some hard work pay off!Hope everyone has been just as busy and loving the springtime as much as I have! I have a feeling it’ll be one to remember..

Projects as of Lately

I know my DIY posts have been lacking lately, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafting!

I made a custom word cloud pillow similar to the Charleston one I have for Marc & Melissa’s 2nd anniversary.  Marc chose the colors to match their master bedroom and gave me the words so I could make it happen.  A unique take on the cotton anniversary.pillow case_custom 01

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 2.17.29 PMThe custom home slate coasters have also been popular for Father’s day.  I made some for a customer to represent where all the children lived which was a cute idea.  coaster_state_group 03There must be a lot of engagements too because the monogrammed oyster shell dishes are going like hot cakes!  I’ve made several for friends & customers, plus a few to be used to ask friends to be their bridesmaid – so cute.

Monogram-DishI’ve also been playing with some new designs.  I worked on ‘The World is your Oyster’ theme and found a design I like, so have made pillows & shatterproof wine glasses with the saying on it.glasses_wine_oyster 01 pillow case_oyster_white_01I have wanted to expand the Charleston pillow design to other cities and made one for East Cooper which includes Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.  I’m also working on one for Greenville, SC now 🙂

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I promise to have more DIY posts soon — with upcoming engagement and baby showers, you’re sure to see something fun soon.  Plus I always have a supply of wine corks to play with..


Printed Materials

I thought it’d be fun to share different aspects of our wedding on my blog (We all knew I was going to share my projects, right??), and follow suit with the “Wedding Wednesday” theme other bloggers do.  Since our official pictures haven’t come back yet, I’m starting with the printed materials!

Thanks to Lisa rubbing her designer skills off on me, I wanted to create a “brand” for the wedding so everything big and small felt related.  I knew the blue watercolor would be the main theme in the wedding, and all the design elements I liked started coming together when we created the Save the Dates.  It was easy to just keep those things consistent for everything else I needed!


I worked with a co-worker’s wife, Lindsay (from Lindsay Creative), to design our invitations.  I gave her some ideas, she sent some options and envelopes, and we picked one.  It was seriously as simple and easy as that – she made it painless.  The water color & grocery bag envelopes were the perfect look for me.FullSizeRender (12)

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Once I had Illustrator on my Mac, I tried my hand at designing our programs.  Lisa helped me set up my artboards, and gave me some tips, but these were pretty straight forward as well, thanks to having fonts, colors, and the watercolor files on hand.  Then I just printed them at a local shop!

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Cocktail Napkins

The bar and food stations provided white napkins, but personalized cocktail napkins are such  a fun touch — especially for a great price!  I found a cocktail napkin design I liked on Wedding Paper Diva‘s site, asked for a font change, and bought them during a sale.

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It’s the South, specifically South Carolina, so it was a given that our favors were going to be fun koozies to keep your drink cold.  My friend Erin pointed me to CoffeItDesigns on Etsy where she ordered her wedding koozies, and I found a design we loved (which also included one of our fonts) so I ordered these in back in January. Plus these were great for all the Red Stripe on our honeymoon 😉

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Since I started making pillows for my Etsy shop, it was only fitting that I made some to put on the rocking chairs at the reception.  I mimicked the design on the front and back of our koozies on two pillows (thanks to my Cricut).  I sewed 2 other pillows with some blue and white patterned fabric I found at  Hobby Lobby.

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The week of the wedding I was done with all of my projects and almost didn’t know what to do with myself at night.  So what did I do? Made 2 wine glasses that again mimicked the koozies for us to drink out of throughout the weekend.  These were made from the shatterproof glasses, so they’ll be perfect for the beach later!


Misc Signs

I also made some other signs for all the other things you don’t even think about.  Maggie, my chalkboard sign extraordinaire and bridesmaid, made us a welcome & thanks chalkboard that we put next to the sidewalk as you were walking up to the venue to greet our guests.  She even matched the writing of our names to the koozies — it’s the small things.

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Since we weren’t having assigned seats, we wanted to reserve two tables up front for our families to have.  I created some ‘Reserved’ signs in Illustrator, printed them out and put them in frames to be placed on the tables.

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In today’s world it seems like every event has a hashtag, and we were no different.  Our hashtag was #TimeToGetWilds, so I made a sign with that info to be put on the bar, so our guests could use the hashtag when posting their pictures, and we’d easily be able to go back and see them all.


Finally, food.  Since I have food allergies, I’m always looking to see what’s in dishes to make sure I can eat it, so I made sure to have signs out next to any food.  Crazy Dutchman covered all the food stations, and I created cards for our mason jar desserts.  I used the wine cork place cardholders as a base, and printed little cards with the dessert info on them.

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Even the mason jar desserts got in on the action.  I sent Karen a design based on our wedding brand for the custom labels on the lids and they were on all 4 of the flavors we had.

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I think I achieved my goal for all of the signs and materials to be cohesive, whether printed, created, or written!  Yay for talented friends, Illustrator, and my Cricut!


Iron On Pillows

I’ve made iron on pillows once before, to spruce up our place for the holidays, but I wanted to try it again using the Cricut to make the cutting process WAY easier and give me more design options.  I found some basic black iron on transfer at Michael’s, pillow cases at Hobby Lobby, and was off!

Iron On Pillows

What you’ll need:

  • Iron on transfer paper
  • Pillow cover
  • Cricut
  • Weeding tool
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Dish towel

First, decide on a design.  After way too much thought, I went the simple route and wrote out a phrase in Design Space.  When you’re ready to cut it out, make sure to click the box to reverse the design for iron on.  Extremely important step…  Also, put the iron on transfer paper on the mat shiny side down.  Then let the Cricut go to work!

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Once your design is cut on the iron on transfer, you’ll need to “weed out” the extra around the letters.  I have a tool specifically for this that came with the Cricut.   It kinda reminds me of a dental tool, but makes the process a lot easier.

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When you have weeded all the excess away, you’ll be left with a reversed view of your design.

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Ready for a fail?  The first time I tried this, I wanted to iron the design on this cute chevron burlap pillow case I got at Hobby Lobby.  I should have known that iron + burlap = disaster… but didn’t, so I was pretty surprised to lift up the dish towel and see a terribly crinkly mess.  So what did I learn? Burlap based pillow cases are a no go with iron on.

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Round two, this time with a cotton pillow case 🙂  Preheat the pillow where the design will go with your iron for a few seconds.  Then lay down the design, sticky side down so the design isn’t reversed, where you want it on the pillow.

Place a thin dish towel on top and iron.  Hold the iron for about 30 seconds, then lift and place on another part of the design.  When you’ve ironed the design, remove the dish towel and start to lift the clear backing of the iron on transfer away from the design.  If it’s still attached, iron it for a few more seconds until done.

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Voila!  Your pillow is done and ready for an insert.

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Not bad for my first second attempt at iron on pillows using the Cricut!  Since it does the cutting and has the backing to keep the design in place, this time around was much easier and more professional looking.  Using an exacto knife was way more time consuming and had more room for errors.

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After making the love one, I put an anchor on a fun blue chevron fabric. This just got addicting..

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What other phrases or designs should I put on pillows?  I’m thinking a fun Charleston one next… PS – You can find all my pillows in my Etsy shop!