Monday, September 29, 2008

{DIY: A is for Aisle Runner}

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  • 36″ wide cotton muslin in length and color you desire. The fabric I uses was 36″ wide cotton muslin. This can be purchased at any fabric store, and is usually located with the quilting materials.
  • A cardboard tube that’s at least 38″ long. I suggest using the telescoping mailing tubes. Cut off the ends and put the rough edges inwards, so the smooth edges are what show at the ends of your runner. Make the tube as long as desired and use tape to keep it from moving.
  • Iron-on adhesive tape
  • At least 4 yards of satin ribbon to use as pull cord
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Scissors
{Plain Wedding Aisle Runner - Save On Crafts}

  • Tape one end of the runner fabric to the cardboard tube.
  • Roll fabric onto the tube; try to make it as tight as possible.
  • Once completely rolled, use the iron-on adhesive tape to make a finished hem at the front of the runner.
  • Insert ribbon through one end of the tube and feed through to the other side–tie ends together to create a pull cord.
  • Enlarge your monogram by printing it out on your computer as a multiple page poster 3 pages by 3 pages (if your computer does not have this program, you can take your monogram to be enlarged at any photocopy store such as Kinkos or Staples)
  • Trim the edges of each page and tape them together to create one large poster size monogram (skip this step if you took it to get enlarged at a photocopy store)
  • Place your poster sized monogram underneath your fabric
  • Trace with a pencil
  • Paint!
Instead of placing your design at the entrance of the aisle,
place it near the middle or close to the front of the ceremony location.
This will be a better location and photo opportunity to showcase its beauty!

Instead of paint, use clear drying glue and sprinkle on the glitter.
Make sure to do a few letters at a time, so the glue doesn't dry too quickly.

Create the same look on runners for your dining tables, head table and/or cake table.  
This will keep your theme consistent and personalize your reception.

Instead of using a monogram design on your aisle runner, 
use a beautiful quote, biblical phrase, or one of your favorite short poems.

Thick clusters of rose petals are a great tool to hide any pieces of tape
that is holding down your special aisle runner.

Don't want to DIY? Here are some great sources to have one made:

Instructions Posted by "Guest" on / 12.26.2006
Photos courtesy of The Original Runner Co.

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