Today’s DIY is another little detail I cooked up for my entry in the Wedding Day Hooray Table Decor Contest. There are so many fun options for marking the bride’s and groom’s seats at their reception. But personalized ones like this can later be framed or go into your wedding album as an artistic keepsake from your special day.
You will need (for 2 silhouettes):
4 sheets 8.5 x 11″ paper (solid color)
Rubber cement (a glue stick will work too)
Craft knife with a sharp, precision blade
Step 1: Make your silhouette! For this project, a simple image search gave me lots of silhouette choices. But if you want to use your own silhouette, you can do so using Photoshop like this, or the old-fashioned way, like this. If you go the digital route, size your silhouette to fit comfortably on an 8.5 x 11″ sheet. Place a little bit above center to leave space on the bottom for text (if you are adding text.) When you are comfortable with the placement, flip your silhouette so that you get the mirror image (you will be printing this on the BACK SIDE of your finished piece.) Now you’re ready to print! Be sure your paper feeds into your printer so that the silhouette prints on the BACK side.
Before you cut, lay out your text and print on the FRONT side of the same sheet. (To make sure everything lines up as you want it to be, practice this print on the front and back of a white sheet of paper, then hold in front of a light to make sure you won’t be cutting into the text on the front.)Step 2: Carefully cut out your silhouette using your craft knife.
Step 3: Layer a few book pages together, placing your silhouette cut-out on top to make sure you’re lining up the pages how you want them to look. Remove the silhouette cut-out and glue your book pages together.
Step 4: Glue your silhouette down to the book page layer and trim any excess book pages sticking out past the top piece.
Step 5: Finally, glue the remaining solid sheet of paper to the back. This is just for added rigidity and to make the back nice and clean. How you hang it is up to you! If you don’t plan on keeping this for framing, you could just punch holes and thread a pretty ribbon, string, or yarn to hang. If you don’t want the holes, just use a strong masking tape to secure ribbon or string to the back.