Tuesday, February 12, 2013

DIY Escort Cards


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My husband (wow, that feels weird to say!) and I have been married just over a week now.  I can happily say that everything  about our wedding day felt simply perfect and I couldn't have asked for a more magical transition from Miss to Mrs.  I look forward to sharing more wedding photos and details very soon, but until then, I wanted to give a glimpse of some DIY projects I worked on in preparation for the big day!  

Escort cards are one of the first things people see when entering a wedding reception, so naturally I wanted mine to be a fun and unique welcome to my guests as they arrived to the party.  Up until a few weeks before the wedding, I had been scouring the web for escort card ideas, but nothing seemed to really jump at me.  It was only by luck and creative repurposing that my little escort card animals came to life.  A few months back, I purchased 180 plastic toy animals with the intent of placing one at each guests' place setting.  When I received my order, however, I was disappointed to find that they were tiny!!  I tried different configurations with the animals, trying to make it work, but heeding to the fact that their size and stature were simply too small to make an impactful statement on the reception tables.  Determined not to let these little guys go to waste, I gave them new purpose as stands for my escort cards and I'm seriously crazy about how they turned out!

The first step was to spray paint the animals.  I used Rust-oleum in Metallic Gold.  I've tried other gold spray paints in the past and have discovered that Rust-oleum is the best when you're after that shiny gold finish.
I always knew I wanted to use shipping tags, but wasn't sure how I would display them.  I've seen several examples where the tags were hung neatly in an open frame or strung along a hanging wire.  I wanted mine to have some extra flair.  With my readily available gold animals and some fun washi tape, I was able to give my cards the oomph I was after. 

I ran the tags through the printer and fastened them to the mini animals for a finished product that I was very pleased with.  I could easily see this same concept as escort or place cards at a birthday party or any other fun gathering.  The plastic toy animals yield a very youthful feel and the gold spray paint lends to a sense of consistency and romanticism among the animals, while simultaneously masking the notion that they are, in fact, plastic toys.  These things, plus the additional contrast of some industrial shipping tags, really added a very playful and lighthearted vibe to our wedding. 
 
 ***Interested in purchasing? Visit my Etsy shop here: Sugar & Chic Shop***
 
**Update: I've received several questions about where I purchased the toy animals. The best price I could find was on Toy Connection. You can purchase them here. Good luck! :)

17 comments :

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    1. Thank you, Jacqueline! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  2. Love these escort cards! I wanted to drop you an email but can't find your contact info anywhere! Would love to get in touch.

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    1. Hi Sara! You may email me at sugarandchicblog@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  3. Adorable! I've seen a few projects here and there with little toy animals and they're always so cute. These are so sweet!

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  4. That is an adorable project and Congratulations!

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  5. Hi Zorrie,
    Where did you get the animals? They're super cute!

    -Stella

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    1. Hi Stella!

      Thanks for stopping by! I purchased the toy animals from Toy Connection. Here's the specific link to the exact animals I ordered.
      http://www.toyconnection.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=SMJNGA&Category_Code=ZOO&Product_Count=0

      Zorrie :)

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  6. Hi Zorrie,

    How did you print on the luggage tags? Did you use a template?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Megan,

      I created a simple template on the computer, which provided an outline of the tags according to their dimensions, taped the tags to the printed template, and ran them through the printer. :)

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  7. Hi Zorrie,
    Do you recommend using a specific type of string to attach the tags to the animals so the tags stand upright?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hello,

      I just used the string that came with the tags and it worked great. It was a sort of stretchy elastic string.

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  8. Just found this DIY via your post on Wedloop. We love this idea...our kids may just find a few of their toy animals go missing now! Thanks for sharing! Love MyrtleandMay (Katie & Chris)

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  9. Hello Zorrie! This is such a cute idea! What size are those shipping tags?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hello! The shipping tags I use are 2 3/4" x 1 3/8". Hope this helps! :)

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  10. love your escorts cards escorts in Manchester and want to gift this card all of my friends this Christmas.

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