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success and failure

What should I share first? The good or the bad? I think we’ll start with the bad/ugly, that way we’ll end on a good/pretty note.

love book

Even the bad craft starts out pretty…

I do book

I spotted these adorable folded book art pieces in the San Francisco Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite, while dress shopping with Marissa and Kaley, back in November.

heart book

I knew that I wanted to make one for Marissa, so when the theme was set for the shower, this was a no-brainer.

I went online to find out how but since I could not find any step-by-step instructions, I had to wing it.

pencil heart

I found a cool vintage hardback book and decided to go with the easiest design, a heart.

fold

As I folded back the pages, it quickly became evident that this is harder than it looks. Plus, the book I chose was too vintage, the pages were delicate and would tear as I folded.

pages tear

Stupidly, I kept at it far too long. It was very clear that this was not working, long before I threw in the towel.

try again

I grabbed another, not-so-vintage thicker book, and started over.

give up

Then, for obvious reasons, I gave up! My gut feeling is that there must be math involved in this project. No wonder it was too difficult for me … I do not “do” math!

I still wanted Marissa to have a book like this, even if not in time for the shower. So, I have purchased one from a professional folded-book artist from HERE.  I am not going to share which book, since I haven’t given it to her yet, but rest assured, it is pretty!

I had much better results with this next project:

four succulent book planters

My favorite craft/decor item for Marissa’s bridal shower were these succulent book planters! Of course, I found the idea on Pinterest!

supplies

The supplies you need are:

  • Hardcover book with cool looking inside covers
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • X-Acto knife
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Moss
  • Faux succulents

mark it

Draw a square or rectangle on the first page (or the last page, as seen in other books below) taking care to leave plenty of space on all four sides.

start cutting

Using the x-acto knife, carefully begin cutting out the pages along the lines you’ve drawn. You should only cut about 6 pages at a time.

rubber band

Fold back the cut pages and secure to the opposite cover with a rubber band.

deeper

Continue cutting… take your time, you don’t want to get sloppy. Continue slipping the newly cut pages securely under the rubber band.

done

Cut through at least 3/4 of the book.

front cover

Go back and trim to clean up any missed areas, such as the right side and bottom corner of the book above.

glue gun and moss

Heat the glue gun and get moss ready.

moss

Glue little bunches of moss around the rim of the hole you’ve cut out.

succulent

Next, bend the succulent stems and glue them down into the bottom of the hole. I cut many of the succulents I bought into pieces to better fit into the book and to make them go further. I bought the faux succulents at Hobby Lobby and Micheal’s with 40% off coupons over the period of a few weeks. They are expensive.

three down

Continue adding succulents and tuck more moss in-between the stems until you get the look you like.

two donw

How cute are these?!?

centerpieces

We used them as centerpieces on the buffet and lunch table.

keep adding

I had Marissa pick out the one she wanted to keep (the one above) and then we used the remaining three as prizes for the game we played.

fourth one

The game is one that Kim had used at another bridal shower. Click HERE for a game description and how to play …. you’ll have to scroll down to the “Pass The Presents” game description.

right left game

I used the format they provided and personalized it to the story of Jeff’s fantastic Amazing Race-themed proposal.

Carley wins

I was so happy that one of the winners was a member of the bridal party, Carly, who is Jeff’s sister and is seen picking up the book she chose.

Next week …. Bridal Shower Recipes! All week long.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all your kind words here, on Facebook and by email telling me how you’ve missed my posts.

It does a girl’s heart good. xoxo

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2 comments

1 Marissa { 05.15.15 at 11:16 AM }

I love the succulent books! Even better than the folding 🙂

2 Kelly Hart { 05.18.15 at 7:24 PM }

These are super cute!

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