Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Escort Card Tree

Yes, you read that right.
An escort card TREE.
I got inspired by these pictures from
Aren't these ideas dee-licious?

So, using these as my inspiration...
I decided to make a "tree" to hang our escort cards on.
I, personally have never seen anything like it.

Here are the materials I used:
  • ugly green plastic pot for a plant- .25 at a garage sale
    • spray painted with a pretty brown spray paint with sparkles in it...paint 3.76@WM 
  • 2 packs of escort cards- .50 at a garage sale
  • 2 long branches- FREE from my yard
  • a decor type bird's nest- .10 at, yes...a garage sale.
  • 3 styles of vintage lace- FREE from a dear lady named Kelly :)
  • 2 pks of stained mini clothespins = 3.98 at WM
    • stained by me with FREE stain I found in our home when we moved in.... you can see that project here
  • "lovebirds"- on sale for .99 at Hobby Lobby
  • various pieces of florist foam- found at various places= $3
  • bag of moss- Dollar Tree $1
  • glue gun and glue sticks
Grand Total: $13.58

First, I spray painted the ugly garage sale planter.

Then, I cut up pieces of foam and wedged them into the pot.

*note- in hindsight, after knocking the finished product off of my dresser, I realized a little bit of weight was needed and added some rocks from my driveway

...and added more foam, making sure to hot glue it all together.

Then, I stuck my twigs into the foam like bunny ears.

Next, I began ripping up pieces of moss and gluing it down to cover the florist foam.

For the next step,
I took my little nest and 
nestled it into a little nook
within one of the branches.
I actually wove the sticks around the branch to keep it secure, then hot glued it into place and glued 
the birds onto the nest.

Next, I took three different styles of beautiful vintage lace and wove them back and forth between the two branches. I used the nooks and crannies of the twigs to my advantage and hot glued them in spots as needed. These will serve as a place to hang the escort cards. 

Lastly, I hung the tiny clothespins onto the lace trim.
Ready to see the finished product?
(well, without the cards...we will do that at the venue)

So stinkin cute.

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