A while back I posted about my first diy project. The project got put on hold when I had to get other things done like the save-the-dates. I am happy to announce the tissue packets are done! I finally got around to finishing this project I had started so long ago. I am glad I waited for two reasons. One, I was able to use our mongrams to dress up the label. Two, I had bought a handy dandy 2.5″ Xyron create-a-sticker machine with a 50% Michael’s coupon. Not bad huh? If I were more patient, I would have waited for them to get the 5″ since I did get a discount, but unfortunately I am THE impatient bride.
So here is what I did:
1. I made a template of labels using tables in MS Word. I think I fit 3 columns and 6 rows. I added the phrase “For your tears of Joy” and/or “Para sus lagrimas de allegria” with our monogram. I used different monograms on each because technically the “and” should be “y” on the Spanish one. I then cut them out using my Fiskars portable paper trimmer. I took out the borders of the tables so it wouldn’t show in case I did not get a “clean” cut.
2. I then took the dark purple linen paper I bought from Hobby Lobby and cut it a little bigger.
3. Using my Xyron, I made the label “stickers” and then adhered them to the backing layer (dark purple paper).
1. I ordered the mini glassine envelopes from Jena Richards. If I could do this again, I probably would order them from a different place and order them a little bit bigger. These worked out fine, but it didn’t provide the “polished” look I would have liked. To fold the envelope on the sides with the seams meant to have the open part showing. I decided that was better than working with the seam part showing. I’ll show you what I mean in a bit.
2. I bought pocket sized tissue packets from CVS Pharmacy because that was the only place I found them when I was looking. Apparently, the Wal-Marts in area were doing a remodeling thing. I found the Kleenex brand pocket tissues afterwards.
3. I folded the 2 tissues so they fit in to the little glassine envelopes with enough room for me to “seal” them. I actually used my bone folder to get a crisper fold that would sit flatter in the packet.
Additionally I cut lavender and green ribbon to the size of the envelope or close to. I cut them a little longer so I could cut them evenly before adding the seal.
Then I was ready to assemble!
1. First, I added the green ribbon. I started from the back and worked my way to the front with glue dots. I put a dot at one end, in the middle of the back, middle front and at the flap to secure before the seal:
2. Then, I did the same with the lavender ribbon:
3. Then, I trimmed the ribbons at the flap:
4. Added a seal to close the envelope. Here you can see what I mean about the open part falling where the seams are:
5. Then, I ran the label through my sticker machine again and adhered it to front of the packet.
6. Lastly, I used E-6000 (which is awesome btw) to add a little flower crystal. I used a toothpick otherwise too much adhesive comes out of my tube.
That’s it. I pretty much did each step separately. As in, I finished all the labels, then, stuffed all the packets,then went on to add all the ribbons, then adhered all the finished labels to add the flower crystal.
I plan on setting these out for the ceremony. I made 18 Spanish and 55 English. I am hoping that is enough. I think it will be with some left over which I am going to tell someone to put in the ladies bathroom after the ceremony.
What was your first diy project?