RUSTIC DIY SAVE THE DATES | Woodland Wedding Inspiration Using Birch Wood Slices & Twine by Lauren Elise Crafted

First, here’s a little note from Alison: Happy Friday, friendlies!  I’ll be out at an industry brunch this mafternoon (see what I did there?  I combined morning and afternoon to make… ohh forget it), but I’ll be back here to play with you guys again in a few shakes.  Of course, all of that really doesn’t matter much, because our beloved Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted is in the hizzy today, and she’s brought with her what is quite possibly my favorite project of hers TO DATE.  Take it away, Lauren!  xoxo!  – Alison

Hi all!  Lauren here and this time I’m back with part two of the woodland themed DIYs.  I know you just didn’t get enough last time so once again I’m giving you some inspiration that appeals to the nature lovers out there.  This save the date design is simple with rustic detailing and I think it would be perfect for an outdoor, mountain, or farm wedding.  I can picture it now…the bride would have a bouquet of wildflowers, vintage-fabric bunting and twinkly lights would drape above the reception, cherry pie would be served for dessert, guests would take home Grandma’s secret strawberry preserve in mason jars, the groom would carve their initials into a tree…ok, I think you guys get the picture now.  It would be a lovely affair and to make it even better, guests would have a sweet, handmade ornament to hang in their homes and remind them of the day.

I am all about taking the time to make something special for someone else and these ornaments would be a great way to show guests how much you appreciate them.  And if you don’t want to send them as save the dates, the ornaments could always be wrapped in muslin bags and handed out as guest favors, painted with table numbers and placed on tables at the reception, or painted with names and made into escort cards.

Do you like this save the date idea?  Would you considering painting something for all of your guests as a treasured keepsake?  It is totally alright if you say no.  For a small, intimate wedding something like this would be really fun and doable but for a large event, with a 400-person guest list?…well, major props to someone who makes 400 of these!  I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts about making unique, handmade items for guests.  Worth it?  Not worth it?  Clearly, I would be more in the “worth it” camp!  I love it when I receive something special from someone.

Speaking of giving to those we love, my next DIY will revolve around Valentine’s Day so get ready to craft something special for your honey bunnies!

Materials ::

° plain printer paper

° pencil

° birch wood slices about 3” round – mine were purchased from The Vermont Branch Company

° acrylic paint

° fine point paint brush – mine was size 5/0

° Photoshop and/or graphic design software

° brown, textured cardstock

° metal ruler

° x-acto knife

° hole punch

° electric drill

° jute twine

° letter & number rubber stamps

° white ink pad

° white embroidery floss or twine

° kraft button string-tie envelopes – mine were purchased from Paper Presentation

Instructions ::

° Using Photoshop or other graphic design software, create a design for your wood slice.  My design included the couple’s names and a deer graphic to compliment the woodland theme.  Print out your design and cut out.

° Copy your design onto the wood slice by following these steps.  First, flip your design over and cover the paper in pencil {image A}.  Make sure to press the pencil down firmly.  And second, turn your paper right-side up and position over the wood slice.  Firmly go over your design with the pencil {image B}.  Go over anything you want copied onto the wood.  Remove the paper and your design should be left behind on the wood {image C}.  Paint over the pencil with a fine point paint brush and acrylic paint.

° Use Photoshop again to design a layout for your card.  I made a triangle shape and then copied it multiple times to form two hanging garlands.  To achieve the same color effect as the example, make the background dark brown and the garlands white in Photoshop.  Print out the design onto dark brown, textured cardstock.  Cut the design down to size with an x-acto knife once printed {image E}.  I made mine 5.75” x 5.75” so that it would fit in a 6” x 6” envelope.

° Punch two small holes into the cardstock so that the wood slice will have something to hang from {image F}.

° Drill a small hole into the top center of the wood ornament {image G}.  Cut a few inches of jute twine {image H}, string through the wood slice, and through the holes in the cardstock.  Tie the twine into a knot on the back of the cardstock to secure wood slice.

° Stamp a message and date onto the bottom of the cardstock {image I}.

° If you want to stitch a heart in the wood, drill multiple holes in the shape of a heart, and thread twine through {image J}.

° Package your save the date in a button string-tie envelope and send to guests.  Not only will the wood slice act as a wedding reminder but also as a cute ornament for hanging!

It has been a pleasure to be here with you today!  If you have any questions about anything I have made, please feel free to contact me through my blog.  I am also available to make anything you see.  I would love to craft something special for you!

xoxo!  – Lauren Donaldson

Label(s): Beige/brown, Color, {DIY + Freebies}, {Paper}

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  1. Brancoprata on February 4, 2011

    Every time you post a project from Lauren i jump with excitement cause i know it’s something GOOD!!! And each time she doesn’t let us down… amazing, once again!!!!

  2. postcards and pretties on February 4, 2011

    L♥VE!!! OMG Lauren! I seriously want to live in your head for a day or two. You come up with the most amazing projects! Yes!!! the little deer is back!! xo

  3. Jenny on February 4, 2011

    These are so cute!

  4. Annie @ Marry You Me on February 4, 2011

    SO sweet + woodsy! Lauren is so amazing and comes up with the most amazing DIY’s :)

  5. Kristen on February 4, 2011

    This is so cute and creative! I really appreciate the step by step process to putting these sweet Save the Dates together, especially using Photoshop.

  6. Lauren Elise on February 4, 2011

    Thank you so much Sofia, Chris, Annie, & Kristen! I’m so glad you enjoy my DIYs. I’m so happy to give everyone a little Friday inspiration. :)

    In response to Kristen, Photoshop is an expensive program but for a DIY bride wanting to take on the design of her save the dates, invites, paper goods, etc. I think it is a worth-it investment. I wonder if anyone else would be interested in seeing more Photoshop tips for making wedding items?

  7. lizzie on February 4, 2011

    These are SO beautiful! I can’t believe there’s a tutorial on these beauts, lady!

  8. Katie Schoepflin on February 4, 2011

    Love it! Great job Lauren!!!

  9. Aleah + Nick Valley on February 4, 2011

    So fun! Lauren consistently brings creative + innovative ideas. Love this!

  10. Jane on February 4, 2011

    In awe of this. I’m dying to try it. Looks like I’ve got new plans this weekend!

  11. Lena on February 4, 2011

    Hello heaven. Who can resist bunting? Lauren, I just love your work!

  12. Jenna @ Heartcarry Press on February 5, 2011

    So stinking cute!! Love your projects Lauren!

    I think you bring up a great point about larger weddings- the guest list definitely reaches a point where you’ve gotta decide worth it / not worth it, just like everything else. I’m with worth it (big surprise) :)

  13. Megan @ Pomtastic on February 6, 2011

    I just LOVE this! So simple, rustic, and completely gorgeous…..wish I had thought of something like this for my wedding!

  14. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on February 7, 2011

    Wow I’m so impressed… these are just amazing!!! And Lauren you are one talented chickadee!!

  15. Sarah Wu on June 21, 2011

    This is such a cute save the date idea.


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