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My Wordy Wedding Favors DIY!

August 31st, 2012 by     


I have been so excited for this particular DIY for SO LONG. Now that I’ve finally done it, I think it’s turned out well, but not how I expected. This is one of those DIY projects that went wrong, so I had to scrap it and start again. I think these favors are awesome, so there was no way I was going to give up. I am not going to give you the “pretty” version, because I think you should see all of the horror as it unfolds. All right, I’m exaggerating, but when something I’ve been so looking forward to doing doesn’t turn out, it makes me sad. I will say, I do like the way I changed it up, so in the end, everything went fine.

Here we go!

Materials: (These will change somewhat later, but the nuts and bolts are in the pic)

wedding do it yourself , materials outside

1) A myriad of scrabble letters (I got mine off of eBay, but they aren’t cheap! I recommend doing this DIY well before your wedding so you can spend cash here and there instead of all at once)

2) Cork Board (you can find this at any Staples, they should hopefully have rolls of it. I got mine for free from a friend)

3) Wood Stain (this is the variable that changes…I DO NOT recommend buying wood stain, you will see as this all unfolds but if you MUST stain, buy a VERY DARK color)

4) Polyurethane or Varnish

5) Wood Glue

6) X-Acto knife (or just a VERY sharp knife)

7) Brush (just have a bunch of brushes on hand really)

Let’s begin! First thing’s first, choose your word!

wedding do it yourself , choose letters

Of course “Love” is the obvious pick, but as long as it is five letters or less, you can do whatever you want! Now we are at the part where things didn’t go so well…but I didn’t know it yet. This is the part where we stain the letters. The most effective way I’ve seen anyone stain is to paint the stain on, let it sit for a bit and then wipe it off so the wood soaks it up. So here I go to stain the letters.

wedding do it yourself , staining

wedding do it yourself , stain

Once the letters have had the stain on them for a bit, wipe off any excess stain. Here is where the trouble started for me because the letters wouldn’t take to the stain. The letters in the picture above are before the wiping off of the excess, and once that was done, they barely looked stained. Since they still were darker than they had originally been, I pressed forward not thinking much of it.

So next, grab your cork and your extra letters (there will be 25 letters in all to make a 5×5 coaster) and position them on the cork

wedding do it yourself , position letters outside

Be careful when you are choosing letters that you don’t inadvertently spell words you aren’t meaning to spell. The stain actually looks pretty good there! No one would know the difference right now…

Next, grab your wood glue and apply it to the cork in the area where you want to place your coaster. Begin to place your letters on the coaster, you can add extra glue to each letter to ensure it sticks!

wedding do it yourself , apply glue to cork

wedding do it yourself , apply glue to letter

Once that is done, all you do is wait for your glue to set. It doesn’t really even have to be fully dry for you to move on to the next step!

wedding do it yourself , glue dries

Once everything is set, you can then apply the Polyurethane. Now here in lies the problem. The Polyurethane actually stains the un-stained letters and the stained letters are unaffected, thus making them all look about the same. I was so sad, I didn’t even take a picture until later. I spent the day pondering how to make this work and I think I finally came up with a solution!

wedding do it yourself , paint letters

I painted the letters and used a toothpick to get out the excess paint from the grooves. I think I will also end up going over the letters with a permanent black marker to make them stand out even more. The process is all the same, except instead of staining the letters, just paint them the color of your choosing. Since our colors are blue and yellow, I will probably do them in both colors!

Here is a picture of both the coasters, I think the one that has the paint really pops, and you can see how the stained letters don’t really pop because of the letters not taking the stain.

wedding do it yourself , comparisan

All in all, I like my solution. It seems the that letters don’t take to the stain because they are covered in lacquer. If you want them to stain, you probably would have to sand down the tiles, while at the same time retaining the letter on the tile. What do you think of the solution I ended up coming up with? To be honest, my hubby-to-be likes the natural wood better…but he couldn’t think of a way to get the stain to pop, so we are going with my way. wedding do it yourself , icon smile

I know some blogs like to be all polished and pretty with what they expose in their DIY projects, but trust me, none of it is perfection, and no one gets it right the first time. I wanted to make sure you guys didn’t buy a whole can of stain like I did, only to find out it doesn’t work! This is STILL my favorite DIY that I am doing for the wedding. I think everyone will be happy to have a cool coaster to take home.

wedding do it yourself , finished

5 Responses to “My Wordy Wedding Favors DIY!”

  1. Rachel Says:

    Your coasters look wonderful!

    EVERY single DIY project has hurdles that the ones you find on Pinterest don’t show you. I like that you shared about it instead of just leaving the staining part out.

  2. Daisy Bud Says:

    Thanks! It’s always disheartening when you try and do something that doesn’t work out exactly as you planned, so there is no sense in letting anyone else go through that!

  3. Morning Glory Bud Says:

    sooo cute!!!

  4. Annalisa Says:

    soooooo cute! love your idea! thanks for share

  5. Brenda Brown Says:

    I think going to a second hand store such as a thrift shop or goodwill to look for scrabble tiles can also be a good idea.

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