DIY: Ribbon Wall

 

So, it’s been a little while since I’ve provided a tutorial. Now that the wedding is way past over (sorry guys, running is all I can think about!), I feel like I should post a little more about the details that went into making it look the way it did. I knew I was a DIY bride from the beginning, but I can’t even count the hours that Chris and I spent tackling projects to provide the perfect reflection of us (thanks Pinterest …). Yes, I did just mention that the man in my life helped me craft. Totally a keeper!

I refrained from posting other tutorials during the planning process, besides the lace mason jar tutorial, because I didn’t want to reveal too much. I wanted to make sure that people would be wowed when they entered the venue and I couldn’t be sure of that had I shared it with the blogosphere. Especially since I like to share Passion & Laughter with the lovely people in my life, I decided it was better to keep my mouth shut til after the festivities.

Let me also just mention that I am the worst person ever at keeping my mouth shut. Even more so when I am SO excited about it. And if its about me. I was bursting at the seams waiting to divulge to anyone who would listen. When people asked about the wedding, I’d be all ‘RIBBON WALLLL’ and they would stare back at me like I’m a weirdo because I was going crazy over ribbon. The next question would always be “well, whats a ribbon wall?” And then I’d just be like “Wait and see!”

This ribbon wall was the crown jewel of my wedding projects.

Important to note that this is totally workable to suit your needs. Adjust when necessary and share yours with me! Chris and I used ours for a backdrop for the ceremony. We we’re lucky and had the structure (featured above) to base our measurements on. Seriously, we went there in January when it was freezing and measured so we were one hundred percent sure! I needed to do this though because on the off-chance our ceremony was moved indoors, it had to be able to fit into two different structures. Also, Chris is 6’4″ so the ribbons needed to fall to a certain length or it would’ve looked weird. We chose 6″. The measurements of the structure were 7.8″ all around.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get down to business!

DIY: Ribbon Wall

Supplies needed:

Ribbon (varying width, textures, colors, patterns)

Fabric scissors

3 – 1 1/2 in x 10 ft PVC pipe

1 -1 1/2 in x 2 ft PVC pipe

2 – 1 1/2 PVC pipe T joints

2 – 1 1/2 PVC pipe 90 degree joints

4 – 1 1/2 PVC pipe caps

1 small bottle of fabric glue

Spray paint (we chose white)

Diamond dust spray paint (glitter!)

Power sander or sandpaper

Small hack saw

Step one: Measure PVC pipe to desired length and cut with hack saw. We chose 7.8ft for our length. With the ends you just cut off, trim each piece to match the smaller 2 ft piece. This will give you four two-foot legs for the ribbon wall.

Step two: Use power sander or sandpaper to remove any markings on the pipe.

Step three: Spray paint the PVC pipe color of choice as the base coat. Be sure to cover any markings that remain. Spray paint every single piece of remaining PVC pipe for color consistency. Helpful spray painting tip: use something to stand the pipe up straight for even spraying. We used a card table flipped upside down covered in plastic and put each of the pipes on the legs. If you do choose to use the ground, wait until it is dry before flipping over to prevent streaking.

If after the first coat any additional marks remain, apply additional coats until you have reached desired color.

Step four: Spray the diamond dust over the dry spray painted PVC pipe. Follow same procedure as the previous color. Use lighter coats because it can easily get too heavy a coat if you’re not careful. Feel free to do several lighter coats rather than doing it all at once. Be sure to let it dry in between the coats.

Step five: Measure ribbon to desired length. We chose six feet. With your fabric scissors, cut the ribbons. I did mine in a slant rather than straight across to prevent fraying.

Step six: Place the PVC pipe that you’re using as the top of the frame onto the ground. Place the ribbon under the pipe with just a few inches above it, the rest laying below. With the few inches above the pipe, bring it over the pipe and connect to the longer end of ribbon. Be sure not to wrap too tight so you can still move the ribbon freely from side to side.

Step seven: Apply a small amount of fabric glue onto the inside of the piece you just wrapped over top of the frame. Gently squeeze the two pieces of together so the glue can adhere, but again remember not to make it too tight so you can move it along the top of the frame.

Step eight: Repeat steps five through seven for each piece of ribbon to fill the frame to your desired amount. If you want it full, you’re going to do this quite a few times. For a lighter frame, you won’t need to do as many.

Step nine: To assemble the base, take two of the leg pieces (two-foot sections of pipe) and insert them into the opposite ends of the T-joint to create one long piece. Place one of the PVC caps on each of the open ends of the pipe. Repeat process on other side.

Step ten: Insert the longer pipes into the remaining end of the T-joint on both sides. You will start to see your frame form.

Step eleven: Take the 90 degree joints and place on the open end of the vertical pipes used in step ten.

Step twelve: Insert the pipe with the ribbon attached to the open ends of the 90 degree joints. You may need an additional hand for this as the pieces are quite large.

Step thirteen: Step back and admire your amazing work.

Success!

And there you have it. Thirteen relatively easy steps to construct your very own ribbon wall. The best part about the PVC pipe is that it comes apart which makes for excellent transportation since this is expected to be a bulky item. All you have to do is make sure you remember to pack all the correct pieces and assemble when needed.

Chris and I worked diligently on this project. Mainly, I picked out and did everything with all of the ribbon while Chris did the sanding, spray painting and general construction of the large pieces. It’s love. Ha.

On the day of the wedding, we had a slight breeze. The wind pushing the ribbon around was so amazing. It felt like Chris and I were in our own little ribbon world.

I really feel like this could be used for anything. A birthday party, a wedding, a photo booth backdrop, and sort of holiday decor, a cool way to enter a room, etc. If you can think of any other uses, definitely let me know because I’d love to hear them!

Enjoy! And please please let me know how yours turn out!

**All photos were done by Korie Lynn Photography**
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Twenty-Fourth Year

In a little less than three hours, I will be a quarter of a century old. To begin the celebration of a year older, let’s discuss what made my twenty-fourth year so special.

Twenty-four was a roller coaster. Between my fluctuating job situation and planning a wedding, I was all over the place. Emotionally, financially, and mentally.

For my birthday, I decided it was time to upgrade my ride. I had been driving a Dodge Neon and hated every moment of it. Shortly before turning 24, the battery decided to crap out and the minor fix was the excuse I needed to trade my wheels in. The new ride? A shiny, new Chevy Cruze.  Happy birthday to me!

During the Fall, I took advantage of every opportunity handed to me.

In October, Chris and I traveled to Europe. This marked my first time on an airplane and my first time out of the country. We spent time in Spain, France, and Italy.

I also went skydiving. (Sorry no pic of me falling through the air !)

I rode a mechanical bull in the middle of the street of Savannah.

During the winter, things calmed down for a bit. But once the weather warmed up life picked right back up again.

Spring brought on big changes.

Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography

During the month of March, Chris and I moved in together, I started a new job, and I got married. It was a slightly chaotic month.

I went to Costa Rica in April where I saw sloths, toucans, and the Pacific ocean.

I also went to Sweet Life Festival.

In May, I met the band Fun.

And I went to my first professional baseball game.

The start of the summer in June was met with jam-packed weekends. First a trip to Pittsburg to see Girl Talk.

And then a ride in a hot air balloon.

And then Modest Mouse two nights in a row.

The first week in July, I ran my first 5K race. And I met my time goal.

I’d definitely say it was a BUSY year . Honestly, I enjoyed every moment of it. All of the uncertainty, all of the new experiences, and all of the blessings. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Here is hoping that twenty-five will bring an equally amazing year.

How did you celebrate your twenty-fifth birthday? Was twenty-four a good year for you? What happened? What would you have changed? Let’s discuss! 

**I own the rights to all photos displayed in this entry. Please do not claim them as your own. If you want to share them or use them in any way, leave me a comment and we can discuss further.**

Up She Goes!

Shortly after sunrise on Friday morning Chris and I took an hour-long flight in a hot air balloon! Definitely one of the coolest things we’ve ever done.

Until October of last year, I had never been on anything that could fly. Including airplanes. Yes, I said it. It wasn’t that I was afraid or didn’t want to travel that way, I had just never been anywhere before that it was necessary to take one. So this hot air balloon ride was a pretty big deal.

I was all set to go. Bright and early. Very early.

Since it was at sunrise, we had to arrive relatively early. For me, waking up at 4:30am is never an option. But, everything has an exception and this was one of them.

The crew was pretty hilarious, especially considering its about 5:30am at this point and everyone is sleepy. They were all really excited because this was the maiden voyage of their newest balloon — Gracie II.

Gracie is the name of the owner’s puppy.

Once they were all set to go and everyone boarded, we we’re off!

Some shots from the air. We only went about 1500 – 2000 ft.

It was really lovely to see the rolling hills and mountains of Pennsylvania and I imagine in the Fall it will be even more magical. I thought it was hilarious to wave to people as we passed.

Shadow of the balloon on the ground. Pilot said we measured about 9 stories tall.

We actually ended up landing in someones backyard. All of a sudden a bunch of kids under the age of seven ran out excitedly. They could hardly believe that this thing was in front of them.

Once we arrived back to our meeting spot, we popped open a bottle of champagne and discussed the history of hot air ballooning. The folklore behind the champagne says that back in the 1800s people on the ground thought the ballooners were demons/aliens (flight hadn’t taken off yet! *cue drum noise*) so pilots brought champagne to show proof they were civilized since there was a possibility of a language barrier and people understood alcoholic labels.

If you ever have an opportunity to take a hot air balloon flight, DO it! Seriously! I was shocked at how gentle landing is and just how it really felt like you were floating through the air. Hot air balloon rides are offered all around the world, imagine the various types of scenery you can take in and how unique each experience would be. Take flight!

Have you ever hot air ballooned? If so, where? If you havent, would you consider doing it? Let’s discuss!

DIY: Lace Mason Jars

Oh yes. I went there.

Remember when I said I am not a DIY goddess? Seriously, I’m not, but these days I feel like its slowly changing. I’m slowly learning my way around the craft stores, determining what works and what doesn’t. I seem to have a major issue… I LOVE E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! Chris has said that I am no longer allowed to craft shop by myself because I just come home with all these ideas and ahh.

However, this DIY project was inspired by a couple of pictures I saw on Pinterest.

Seriously, aren’t these just gorgeous and so sweet? Yup!

So, I decided to take both and tweak it to my liking and DIY skill level.

Easy Peasy Lace Mason Jar Tutorial:

What you will need: scissors, double sided tape, pint sized mason jars, and lace.

I used Wrights trim – 4″ Flat Pretty Lace in White from Joann Fabrics.

PS – I know its black… but they didn’t have any in white available online.

Anyway, I bought three yards which was enough to cover 10 pint sized mason jars.

How To Get It Done:

  1. Attach piece of double sided tape vertically to the end of the lace. This will make it easier to apply to the jar. Apply to jar on one of the smooth corners. Not all mason jars are created equal. Kerrs has a lot of smooth space, Ball do not.
  2. Wrap lace around jar to determine how much is needed and then cut the lace.
  3. Apply another piece of double sided tape and stick to jar.
  4. Voila. A masterpiece.

Seriously. It’s that easy. Total time for this was 20 minutes. Once I had one of the pieces of lace measured out correctly, I just used it to cut the other pieces. Total time saver.

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Gorgeous and simple. Just plop a candle in there, light it, and prepare to have your guests be amazed.

You better believe you will be seeing these babies in my centerpieces.

 

Philip

In a little under twenty-four hours, it will be the third anniversary of my older brother’s death.

This day is difficult for me to deal with, besides the obvious reasons, because I find myself wondering how his last day was. I like to think that he had an excellent day and that everything was going his way. But, I can’t get too comfortable with that idea because what kind of higher power would have someone die in such a horrific way if they just had an awesome day. And really, why should having a bad day warrant tragic death? It doesn’t make sense to me. This will probably never make sense to me.

To spare the gory details, my brother was killed in a car accident. He was twenty-three.

I will always miss him.

It blows my mind that it has been three years since the accident. The things he’s missed, the music, the movies, watching his niece and nephews grow up, milestones in his own life. Life is so precious and can be taken away without warning, without preparation, and unfairly.

I do want to find a way to include him in the wedding. This is a struggle, because I am unsure of how to honor those we have lost.

Is there supposed to be a sign, a mention on the program, something mentioned in the ceremony? I don’t really know.

The only idea I have is to request with my DJ that this song be played during the reception.

While it isn’t much, it’s something. A sentiment — one that the majority of my family members would understand. I would’ve selected another of his favorite songs, but I don’t know how to incorporate Rage Against the Machine into the party. Besides, Chicken Fried was his favorite song at the time of his death. And knowing my brother, I know that he would rather be at the party.

Does this sound stupid? Should I be doing more?