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Guest Project — Throw a Rustic Wedding & make a DIY Tree Cupcake Stand {tutorial}

3 Jun

Happy Friday Tatertots and Jello readers!
I’m Andrea, your guest blogger today from *Keepin it Thrifty*
*Keepin it Thrifty*

*Keepin it Thrifty* is my collection of DIY, thrifty fashions, Goodwill finds, & anything thrifty

Stop by and take a look, I love meeting new thrifty people. 🙂
Today, I’m so excited to share with you my DIY Rustic Cupcake Stand. Tatertots & Jello
is my favorite blog when it comes to inspiration.
Thereis always so many wonderful things linked up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party, you guys are amazing and very inspiring!!
I hope this tutorial inspires you! 
DIY Rustic Cupcake Stand Tutorial
  Step 1. Cut three stair step size logs to your desired size.
Mine was 10, 12, & 15″

Step 2. Cut two smaller size logs.
{these will go in the middle}
Mine was 6″
Step 3. Take your drill & screw and drill into the above tier
make sure you go in at a angle.
{like shown in pic below}

Step 4. Repeat step three to the opposite side. You want to make sure your smaller log is securely screwed to the top tier and to the bottom.
Note: you will use four screws for each tier


Step 5. Take one screw and drill it into the top. Once again, making sure it is secure.

Step 6.  Repeat steps 3 -5 for each tier 
{this is what your stand should look like so far}

It’s really simple and just think of it as a “stacking method”
Step 7. Your FINISHED

This is what your rustic cupcake stand should look like finished.
And here is my cupcake stand at my wedding.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! 
Jen, thank you so much again for allowing me to share with your readers my tutorial. It’s a honor to be on your blog!
Here are a few more DIY wedding crafts I made for my wedding.
And to see a sneak peek at my wedding in pictures
click here

 Wow – what a beautiful wedding Andrea!! 
Thank you for sharing it with us!!!
I love the birch tree arbor that you were married under! 
Be sure to check out Keeping it Thrifty for more great ideas, like: 

{and I love Andreas What I Wore posts, where she shows how us how she takes thrift store finds and turns them into fabulous outfits!}
{Aren’t Andrea and her new hubby adorable? Congratulations to them!!}
Be sure to head over to Keeping it Thrifty to find out what’s next for Andrea! 

I love that Rustic Wedding/Party theme idea! 
 Here are a few more pretty Rustic links: 
 {Rustic table Numbers @ Le Fru Fru}

{Shop Ruche}

{Kayce’s BlogPS It’s Fri-day!!! Time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!!! 
I am SO excited to see what YOU have been working on this week! I’d love to have you link up tonight. The party starts at 6 pm MST.  

A pretty wedding gift idea — Etched Chevron Glasses and Pitcher {Tutorial}

3 May

You may have noticed that I have a new obsession lately — Chevron or Zig Zag Patterns.

{my painted Chevron Rug}
chevron pennants all in a row
Chevron subway art from the bottom

And since it’s Spring, with weddings in the air. I thought a really cool wedding or engagement gift would be a set of Etched Chevron Glasses with a matching Pitcher.

chevron border
I took a Chevron I had downloaded from the Silhouette Online Store and I measured around the outside of each glass. And I also measured around the widest point in the pitcher. Now let me say that I don’t recommend trying to make this with a pitcher that is rounded. A flat, cylinder pitcher would be much easier. I didn’t realize this when I started the project – lol!
make the stripes
I created a Silhouette document with the Chevron pattern. I decided to make two Chevron stripes on each glass, so I needed to print out three chevrons for each glass. But if you want to make more stripes, you need one more vinyl stripe than the number of stripes you want to make.
apply the vinyl
Then print off the vinyl and apply each of the Chevron stripes to the glasses. Once you get the bottom stripe on the glass, you can match up the zig zags pretty easily.
vinyl on pitcher
Now the pitcher is a different story. I ended up only being able to use two of the stripes on the pitcher because the way the pitcher is shaped made it impossible to match up the zig zags. But if you bought a straight pitcher shaped more like the glasses, you can do the same thing that you did with the glasses.
smooth the vinyl
Once the vinyl is applied to the glasses and pitcher, use the smoothing tool to make sure that there are no gaps in the vinyl that the etching cream can get under. And make sure to protect your work surface. The Silhouette Etching Cream directions says to not use a paint brush to apply the cream, only use the smoothing tool. I found it was very difficult to get the cream smooth without using a paint brush. So this is what I did — I used a foam craft brush to brush on the etching cream on the glasses and then smoothed the cream over the whole surface with the smoothing tool.
etching cream
Then leave the cream on for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse off the cream with water. if there are streaks or areas that didn’t take the cream that well, you can apply another layer of the cream. I did this with the pitcher. I had to apply the cream twice to get an even coverage.
four chevron glasses
And there you have it – a unique wedding gift or addition to your place setting for a party or get-together this Spring!!
Try the etching cream — you will love all of the fun gifts and home décor ideas that you can make using it.

**Now – you could totally make this without a Silhouette machine too. Simply take tape and tape off the chevron pattern and then apply the cream the same as above. And voila — you have a pretty wedding gift! 

chevron pticher 3
one chevron glass

Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

Trendy Tuesdays: If I Could Have A Do-Over

20 May
I had the best time this weekend visiting with my two college roommates. We hadn’t all been together in 15 years! It was so fun to laugh and reminisce about our funny college times. I am excited to post pictures soon of our reunion soon!{photo by Rebekah Westover Photography}

One of my roommates just got engaged. I am so excited for her. She wants to have a 40’s-inspired wedding dress – how cool is that? It got me thinking about my own wedding. My tastes have changed so much since then. Wouldn’t it be fun to plan a wedding now? What would I choose?


I think I would choose a clean, classic silhouette.

{Vera Wang dress, picture from Alta Moda}{Adrianna Papell Laser Cut Satin Gown}

With some great details.
Or maybe I would opt for a classic suit or tea-length dress.

{Photos from Green Wedding Shoes}
If you could have a re-do, what would you pick?
Would you stick with your original dress or go with something completely different?