Friday, July 24, 2009

DIY Project #3 - Personalized Aisle Runner

So instead of spending $150 on a custom hand painted aisle runner, of course I decided to do it myself! I found a few tutorials online and decided to try it out! I think it came out pretty good... I made a few small mistakes but nothing major. If you have a steady hand and some patience, you can definitely tackle this project!
Here's the shakedown:
Supplies: Aisle Runner, Tape, Wax Paper, Acrylic Paint, Paint brush, Pencil, Workspace (i.e. dining room table or hard wood floor)
Cost: About $25 -$30
Aisle Runner - $15 (I used a 50% off coupon and purchased from Michaels)
Paint brushes - $2 to $3 for a pack
Wax paper - $1 to $2
Acrylic Paint - $1
Kinkos blow up - $4.50
Time: About 4- 7 hours depending on how fast you trace and paint.

A few of the supplies....
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Pic of my original design & blown up version... (Create your design on Powerpoint, Word, or Photoshop, print it, & take it to Kinko's and get it blown up to 400% )
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Tape the blow up down to table ....
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Lay runner over the blown up design and tape down to table....
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Start tracing your design with a pencil....
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Once finished tracing, remove blown up design and tape wax paper underneath runner (because paint will seap thru) then start painting your traced design.....
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Half done....
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Almost done....
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Yayyy!! Finished!! I think it came out pretty good!! What do you think?
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10 comments:

  1. Excellent Job! You're so creative...sure am glad you're going to be my WIFE soon!

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  2. LOL...you are funny! Im glad I will be your wife soon too! :)

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  3. Get it girl!!!!!!!! That is absolutely beautiful!!!

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  4. Ummm...okay...so that's it...you're going to do all of my stuff...and even teach my future kids how to do arts and crafts!

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  5. Okay this is absolutely fabulous...I smell a side business to the side business in the making

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  6. Well Neka you've done it again! LOL! That is beautiful! You are so creative and talented girl...you never cease to amaze me!

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  7. Girl, you are so awesome!! Beautiful work!

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  8. So since I couldn't make it to your shower I decided that I would just stalk your site LOL. I LOVE everything you did. The runner, the gifts/card box, and especially the cupcake stand. Did the styrofoam come in the same width as the ribbon or did you cut it?? I'm kind of excited to make one myself. Oh I forgot... the gift sign was hot too!

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  9. Great job! I did this same project for less than $25. I think it came out great. Looking forward to using it on our wedding day.

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