My dear friend from high school, Fran, is getting married to the love of her life, Arturo…TODAY!
They have already been on many adventures together, traveling the world, but I trust this new adventure of marriage, will be the best one yet!
It was all I could do to hold off posting about my wedding gift to them until today. I’m über excited about it. Here it is: their wedding invitation ornament.
This project was inspired by Christy at From Glitter to Gumdrops; you can check out her original tutorial, which is pin-tastic. I’ve had it on my “Gifties” board for quite a while now. Since Fran and Arturo’s first Christmas as a married couple is just around the river-bend, I thought this would be the perfect gift to make for them.
With my parents in town this past week, my Mom and I tackled this project together – - cutting, twirling, and stuffing to our heart’s content.
Part I: Cutting
Part II: Twirling
Part III: Stuffing!
We topped the ornament off with green and cream ribbon to match her wedding colors. It really turned out just as I had hoped.
The next picture just cracks me up; a “behind-the-scenes” look at our photo shoot. We were worried about a gust of wind blowing our glass ornament to the ground, so here’s my Mom in protector-mode:
With one down, I thought it’d be easy enough to create a second ornament for their tree…this time, one inspired by a significant piece of music.
I have the honor of singing a duet with Fran’s sister in the ceremony during communion; we’re singing “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. I’m really excited about it because we arranged it so it’s half in English, half in Spanish (I love any excuse to sing in Spanish).
For the ornament, I printed out the sheet music on cardstock, cut the lyrics and music into strips, curled them (gently), and my Mom did the stuffing magic on this one.
[TIP: We found that the tighter curls didn't work as well on the cardstock, which wasn't as thick as the invitation paper; it tended to ball up too much inside the glass. It worked better for the paper to only have a light curl to it, so it hugged the glass.]
Working on these ornaments, I thought of all of the other important events you could commemorate using this method – - baby showers, graduations, birthdays. Go wild!
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Frances and Arturo: my prayer for you is for best-friendship through life’s mountaintops and valleys, God’s peace in all circumstances, and for an ever-deepening love with every passing day, every new season. ¡Salud!
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