And yes, I do stay up the whole night it arrives in the mail, just to peruse the mag at my leisure artfully ripping out the recipes or crafts I plan on doing sometime in the future... Mr. Sweet knows he gets little talking on this one night of the month because my magazine is here and that's just how it is. Hey, it works for us, right? I mean, I don't bother him too much when he reads his special reading material, (the Wall Street Journal.) What were you thinking was his special reading material?
So imagine my surprise when I got my last Ballard Designs mag in the mail and found specific Southern Living objects! My delight was palpable when I saw these beverage tag beauties:
Now you can totally buy them here, if you want and I am totally ok with you doing that. But me, I am going to make similar cuties and I am going to do it cheap! I mean, you don't have to be like me, but if you want to, then here you go:
Paint Sticks (Got these for free at the local Home Improvement Store, whoop!)
Number 2 Pencil
- Sand off any of the Store's information from the stick.
- For cutting, I (meaning Mr. Sweet) cut off the 'handle' and then divided what was left evenly. So, you get four tags for each 5 gallon stir stick and 2 for each small one.
- Round off the edges of the stick. Ours were kind of sharp.
- Drill hole for the twine.
- Stain with whatever you have handy. Let dry.
- Find a cool font to use for your beverage names. I used Monotype Corsiva and made my labels. I made labels that would fit more with my entertaining style, so I went with: decaf, kids, eat, not yet! (am I the only one who has people grab up dessert when it's only time to eat the appetizers?) and over 21 (two of these!) If I made these for people I know, I would change the wording to suit them (wine folks - shiraz, riesling, pinot, etc.)
- Now this is where you transfer the words to the tags. I cut the words out and on the backside scribbled pencil all over, then flipped it over and eyeballed it on the tag. Firmly trace over the letters (hold your paper still, because it's very hard to find your spot if you move it.) Press very hard!! It's difficult to see the lettering if you picked a dark stain.
- Paint your wording and let dry.
- Cut twine and thread through the tag. You are good to go!
After painting the wording and then staining, I learned that the wording bleeds a bit. I still don't mind the way these look, so I will keep these. For gifts, I will follow the steps mentioned in the tutorial for clear, crisp letting.
|Crisp, Clear one on the left and slightly blurry on right|
I hope this post inspires you! Take Care!
FYI... I have received NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH from Southern Living or Ballard Designs for the above post. I love both companies and am always inspired by their beautiful design. Just wanted to throw that out there.
UPDATE: If you want the Holiday edition of these, then look here. Enjoy!
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