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We are thrilled to have Emily Read Bentley and Megan Shuler, the dynamic duo behind Enjoy Events Co., guest posting on the blog today. These ladies took a break from providing inspiration on their blog Forget Me Knot Weddings to attend a unique crafting event inspired by Handmade Weddings. As a bonus, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions to create one of the projects from this clever, creative, and budget-friendly book that Emily & Megan made at the workshop.

Hi there, folks! Emily and Megan here. We recently had the pleasure of attending A Midsummer’s Eve Affair craft workshop, hosted by Paper Source & Chronicle Books. The workshop was based around one of our favorite DIY books, Handmade Weddings. We were thrilled to be part of the event and spent the day crafting away.

As a special treat the authors Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, founders of Hello!Lucky, made it out for the event and were the sweetest people you could ask to meet. They signed books, answered questions and shared their creative ideas with us all. As event designers this book is full of great ideas and resources! If you are a bride-to-be and wanting lots of great ideas on where to begin, then we would say pick up Handmade Weddings and get crafting.

One of our go to spots for all things craft related is Paper Source, and Saturday’s event was no exception. We were shown how to create your own wedding program fan, button seating favors and clothespin escort cards (for the peg-board seating project below). We learned some great tips and tricks and are ready to emboss away.

Peg-Board Seating Chart

Painted Peg-Board and clothespins decorated with patterned tape become an inexpensive, graphic seating chart in just a few simple steps. With such an eye-catching display, the seating cards themselves can be as simple as a typewriter font on plain paper. It’s the perfect way to display your seating arrangements for any summer celebration you may be planning!

Materials
Makes one 3-×-4 foot seating chart with approximately 50 seating cards
• One 3-×-4-foot sheet Peg-Board (Peg-Board can be purchased in modular and custom sizes from your local hardware store or at Lowes. Adjust the size to fit the number of guests at your wedding. Each seating card requires approximately a 5-×-7-inch area of Peg-Board.)
• 1 pint white paint (optional, if Peg-Board is not prefinished)
• 1 roll kraft paper
• 50 wooden clothespins
• 6 to 10 rolls decorative tape in a variety of colors and patterns
• Ten 8 1/2-×-11-inch sheets white text-weight paper
• 1 roll thin nickel or copper wire

Tools
• Peg-Board Seating Card template (available at www.chroniclebooks.com/handmade-weddings)
• Inkjet printer, with extra cartridges
• Font: Remington Weather
• 6 to 8 newsprint (optional)
• Paint tray (optional)
• Paint roller (optional)
• Scissors
• Glue dots
• Craft knife
• Cutting mat
• Ruler
• Masking tape (optional)

How to
1. Prepare your Peg-Board.
Lay newsprint on the floor of your work area, and lean your Peg-Board against a wall or table on top of it. If using, roll a coat of paint onto the board. Let it dry. Apply another layer if desired.

Trim the kraft paper into panels that are sufficient to cover the back of your Peg-Board completely. Affix to the back of your Peg-Board with glue dots.

2. Decorate your clothespins.
Affix a strip of decorative tape along the length of each clothespin. Smooth it flat. Trim off any excess with a craft knife. Repeat on the other side.

3. Print your seating cards.
Using a word-processing program or the Peg-Board Seating Card template, customize your seating cards. Print them using an inkjet printer onto text weight paper; because they are printed on both sides (guest’s names on the front, table number on the back), print at least one test run to ensure proper alignment. Trim along the crop marks provided using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat.

4. Assemble your seating chart.
Decide how you would like to space your rows of seating cards. For each clothespin, thread an 8-inch length of wire through the spring. Insert the wire ends into a hole in the Peg-Board, pierce through the kraft paper, twist a few times to secure the clothespin, and flatten the ends against the board, trimming with scissors if necessary. If desired, secure the wire ends with masking tape (recommended if you are transporting the assembled board to your venue). Clip your seating cards to your clothespins in alphabetical order.

Variations
• Retro Homespun: Paint the Peg-Board a cheery color, such as orange, and leave the clothespins in their natural state.

• Happy Graphic: Leave the Peg-Board unpainted, and decorate the clothespins in brightly colored tapes; or spray paint them vibrant colors such as red, blue, or yellow.

• Organic Minimal: Decorate the clothespins in neutral colors and minimal patterns, such as graph paper and wood grain.

Purchase Handmade Weddings: More than 50 Crafts to Style and Personalize Your Big Day.

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