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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blue and Brown DIY wedding cord: Pure Labor of Love

I went to trinoma yesterday planning to buy my cord sponsor's dress. However, it was no longer available and lo and behold, I ended up buying thingies for our diy wedding cord, the inspiration of which and the whole concept only came yesterday. After less than 24 hours, I am proud to say that it's done.

Below is a quick guide on how I made it in case future brides are planning to do the same. However, I believe that it is not so cheap considering other options so this was purely a matter of wanting to do our cord by myself and having it personalized. I originally wanted a rosary cord but that's a whole new story altogether so here goes:

The materials that I used are:

5 meters of rope kinda thingie for the body(you might want to add more if you want it thicker)=12 pesos/meter x 5=60
4 meters of 1cm brown ribbon for the extension 5/meter x4=20
4 meters of 1/2 cm ribbon for the body= 3/meter x4=12
the god knows what cloth used for petticoats =existing supply at home
1/2 of 2 sequin packs from divi= 7x2=14/2=7
1/2 of 2 bead packs from divi=5x2=10/2=5
lots of thread of your color of choice
glue gun and glue sticks

1. I approximated how long each loop would be then the excess part served as the extension which I would later decorate. I wanted the cord to be thicker so I twisted one side of both loops(back side) and the front side remained as is. On every twist, I used hot glue to keep it in place. After gluing all the twists, I tied it in the middle and by the end, the body looked like a seemingly typical wedding cord:

2. then, I covered every bit of the extension with brown ribbon which was easier said than done and the result was not so perfect. 2 alternative options would be to
1. put the ribbon in a swirling direction but leave out space like what I did with the blue part
2. buy brown rope thingie but the colored ones are much more stiff which I didnt like

3. After that, i made heart cutouts and sew them like small pillows and filled them with cotton. After that, I put sequins and beads. I put them in the extension part and they are love!

4. Next, I covered the main part with blue ribbon but this time, I put spaces which was a very sensible thing to do because it was much faster and easier to do it well.

Voila! Our wedding cord is done! I'm still thinking of adding trinkets such as our initials or endearment but that can wait and at least, our cord is passable. Sabi nga ni h2b when he saw it " Wow, pwede na yan. Kahit hindi mo na dagdagan, okay na." Yung buhok ko ang haba, pakisuklay naman :D

I was so excited I even hung it up on two chairs para ala wedding na talaga. Pure labor of love talaga since it took me around 7 hours to do it with tv on the side and 100 pesos but it was well worth it coz at least, my attention got diverted to the fact that I now lack one entou gown. sigh.

The finished product
I'm planning to put trinkets sa tail soI'm not sure if I'd still make a 3rd heart...

I love how it falls and how the heart creates some kinda valley between us when worn on our big day ^_^

Hope you gained some ideas..Feel free to ask questions re making this. tah-tah!

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