A fantastic way to make a statement and stand out from the rest of your wedding guests is to adorn yours and your new husband’s chair at your wedding reception with a thing entertaining. These cute and basic signs will add a touch of rustic elegance to your wedding decor also. And why quit at just chair bunting? You can make a ‘thank-you’ banner to hold in photographs and use for your thank-you cards, or ‘just married’ bunting for your vehicle or bunting banners to hang throughout your wedding.
You will want:
– fabric paint (I chose white, but you could use any co-ordinating colour to go with your wedding theme)
– stencil brush
– alphabet stencil (I used a wool bale stencil as I’m an practically-farmers-wife! But alphabet stencils are offered at craft retailers)
– scissors or rotary cutter
– safety pin
– sewing machine
Iron your hessian out to make it nice and flat. Cut your hessian into rectangles, slightly longer on a single side as we are going to fold more than the tops, as you will see soon. I cut my rectangles approx. 13 x 16 cm, when I fold over the tops I will end up with 13 x 13 cm squares. You will need five rectangles. I cut mine with a rotary cutter to make it precise and the hessian won’t fray as significantly if the cuts are clean and neat.
Now position the alphabet stencil roughly in the centre of the hessian rectangle. You may well want to position it towards the bottom a bit much more as the top will be folded more than soon. We are going to make two M’s, two R’s and 1 S. As the hessian is quite loosely woven some of your paint will bleed via the fabric, so make positive the hessian is on a appropriate surface. I place mine on a plastic lid rather than cardboard or newspaper which could stick to the hessian.
With your stencil brush loaded with your paint lightly ‘stab’ in a dabbing motion onto the hessian. When stencilling don’t use brush strokes like you are painting, just lightly stab, stab, stab until the letter shape is filled. Very carefully peel away your stencil. Hopefully the paint hasn’t bled by way of and created your letter a small wonky! You want clean crisp edges. Let the hessian dry, nonetheless on the plastic lid.
Repeat for all letters, cautious to wash your stencil off back and front between letters as to not get paint on the hessian other than inside the letter shapes. You ought to finish up with 5 hessian rectangles that appear a small like this …
Now fold the tops more than about 2cm and press down with your iron. This is to produce a casing which your twine will go through. Your rectangles should now appear like this …
Head to your sewing machine and sew a fundamental stitch along the tops of your rectangles, sewing your casing shut. I utilised white thread and it was hardly noticeable, but you could use more hessian coloured thread if you wish. Do the very same for all of your hessian rectangles.
Cut a piece of twine roughly the length you want to attach to the back of your chairs, add a bit a lot more just to be positive and to permit space to tie a knot to the chair. As opposed to ribbon we can’t put our safety pin by way of the twine, as an alternative clip it in to the handy top rated bit like this …
Now thread your rectangles onto the twine, slowly pushing the safety pin through the casing you just created and bringing the attached twine with it. This can be a bit tricky! As soon as you’re completed your ‘Mrs’ you can do your ‘Mr’ and should have two bunting banners prepared to go!
We are getting a marquee wedding here on our farm – and I am madly collecting vintage chairs to use on our bridal table, so I have our chairs at the ready. Here they are with bunting attached …
You can make triangle bunting also if you want, or bunting with lots of various words, your wedding date – the possibilities are endless! Content bunting.
Photographs by Emma Durkin Photographics
Ms Gingham says: Now you could always do it like the Beckhams and just sit in ostentatious, tacky thrones but personally I like this notion much more. Thanks to our amazing bride-to-be Emma for this beautiful tutorial.
Emma says: I am a 24 year old nation girl who lives on a sheep and potato farm in the beautiful green Gippsland hills, Victoria. My hubby-to-be and I are high school sweethearts and are planning an early summer season 2011 wedding on our farm, complete of rustic sophisticated touches, hay bales, lace, kraft paper and logistical nightmares of possessing a marquee wedding in the middle of a paddock! I share all our adventures on my blog Cinderella at Brindabella.
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