Your wedding is such a special occasion but very often passes by in a blur. Did you say hello to Aunt Sophie? Chat with your friends from college? A guest book is a great way to help preserve those memories.
For this project I used:
A watercolor book
Cream colored card stock
White card stock
White embroidery thread
12ss Light Siam rhinestones
10ss Crystal AB rhinestones
1/8 inch hole punch
I previously bound a book using a much simpler book binding method and you can view that here. The book binding method I used here turned out much more complicated but I chose it because I wanted a book that would sit flat when opened. You may want the easier method or you can even purchase a plain journal and decorate it with rhinestones as I show you below.
I purchased a watercolor book at my local craft store. And cut the pages down to 9 x 5.75 inches. You may want to purchase a smaller watercolor book and leave the pages uncut. Separate the pages. You will want to save both the cover and back for your book.
Take a plain piece of paper the same size as your watercolor sheets and fold it in half 3 times. On the short edge, measure ¾ of an inch and mark. Starting with the second fold, hole punch at the line. Continue punching holes at every other fold. Use this as a template and punch holes in your water color paper.
Cut a piece of the cream colored card stock 1 inch larger on each side than your cover. Glue the cover to the center of the card stock. Cut the corners on the diagonal, fold the corners to the inside and glue. Cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller than the cover for the end paper and glue to the inside of the cover.
Let the glue dry and then punch holes in the front and end covers.
The actual binding of the book is complicated so you may want to watch this youtube video which explains the process:
I suggest using embroidery thread that is about 18 inches long, and I used short straight needles rather than the curved needles.
Once you are done with book binding, you can add your rhinestones. I like to use a template which I cut out of plain white paper. You can lay the template on the cover and with a pencil, lightly mark the design. When you lift off the template, you can see where to glue the rhinestones. Place a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone on the marking and using a wax tipped too, gently press the rhinestone into the glue drop. Continue gluing until your design is complete and let dry for 24 hours.
I have shown 2 different designs, one without a wedding date and one with. Either one makes a beautiful keepsake that keep those memories of that special day alive.
Rhinestones and wax tipped tool are available from:
How to Make a Unique Table Centerpiece Using Acrylic Rhinestones and a Twig
Planning a wedding or family gathering? Looking for something as special as the special occasion? Look no further then this majestic tree. Adorned with gold paint and glittering stones, this tree is perfect and lights up any table. See below for our easy to follow instructions.
For this project I used:
Gold paint and paint brush
Small stand of lights
25 mm clear acrylic rhinestones
Small styrofoam piece
Small box ( I picked up a box on clearance)
I looked around the yard for a twig that had lots of small branches but ended up cutting one off a tree and removing all of the leaves. Paint the twig with gold paint. You may need to do two coats. Let dry completely between coats.
Take a small piece of Styrofoam and place it in your box. Make sure it sits flat.
Wind your lights around the branches of your painted twig. There are battery operated lights available so that you can hide the battery case inside the box and cover it with crafting moss. Press the end of your twig into the Styrofoam piece in the box so that your twig stands upright.
Spread Gem Tac on the backside of a 25 mm clear Acrylic rhinestones. Place the ends of a piece of gold string, 4 inches long in the glue to form a loop and place another rhinestone on top. Make several rhinestone ornaments.
Allow to dry for 24 hours. When dry, hang the rhinestone ornaments on the branches to catch the light to create a romantic, sparkly ambience.
You now have your very own elegant center piece you can use whenever you want. Dazzle up a wedding or simply spice up your table at your next party. This tree is perfect for any event.
Rhinestones are available from:
I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.