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November 2013

DIY of The Month – Personalised Nifty Canvas Magnets

Think you’re a hands-on kind of bride and want to make something really special for your wedding? It doesn’t have to be something elaborate; think small, simple yet significant. It could be a personalised Save-The-Date card, or a memorable wedding favour. You don’t even have to be very good at arts and crafts to make these wonderful mementos. SingaporeBrides shows you how to Do-It-Yourself.

You don’t have to personalise every aspect of your wedding day to be a do-it-yourself bride. Of course, if you have the luxury of time and resources, you may do so. But if you don’t, you can still put a personal touch to your big day by selecting a handful of areas you’d like to personalise for your special day. Give your guests a piece of your big day to bring home with them with our personalised canvas magnets that double as a wedding favour and table place card. Talk about time and cost savings! With a paintbrush, mini canvas and some handicraft items in hand, let SingaporeBrides show you how to execute this easy and multi-purpose DIY!

Here’s what you need:

  • Mini Canvas
  • Fabric Paint
  • Embroidery Threads in Two Colours (Pink and Yellow)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint Palette
  • Pushpins
  • White Marker
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Double Sided Tape

Time taken for each: 10 minutes

Average cost for each: $6

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Start by painting your mini canvas with a minimum of 2 coats to ensure an even coating of paint. Make sure the sides are painted as well.

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While your canvas is drying, cut out this template from here. Once your canvas is dry, flip it over and using pushpins, pin the template to the canvas. The pins have to punch through the canvas to transfer the template’s pattern onto it.

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Remove the pins and template, and begin sewing your embroidery thread through the holes. Starting from the top, thread through the first hole and proceed to thread through the third one, skipping the second hole. From below, go back to the second hole and thread through it. Skipping the third hole, proceed to thread through the fourth one. Repeat this process until you’ve threaded through all 10 holes.

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Once you’re done with the first set, proceed to cut out a longer strand of embroidery thread in a different colour for the second set. Begin from the top and thread through the first hole in the center and onto the fourth hole. From below, go back to the second hole and thread through it. Skipping the third and fourth holes, proceed to thread through the fifth hole. Repeat this process until all 10 holes have been threaded through.

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Your canvas should look like this after you’ve completed both sets of sewing.

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Using a ruler, marker and a pair of scissors, measure and cut out a 7.6cm by 7.6cm piece of magnet sheet.

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Using double-sided tape, tape the underside of the canvas onto the magnet sheet. Press down firmly to secure the two together.

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As the final touch, take a white marker and write down your guest’s name in the middle of the pattern you’ve just created.

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Experiment with different colours and patterns to whip up a few dozens of these for your big day! You can even decorate the corners of the canvas by painting on them, or with mini flowers or diamantes! These canvases can also be hung up in your guests’ homes if you attach a string to the back of each canvas instead of a piece of magnet. Easy-to-make, versatile and pocket-friendly, these personalised canvases are just the perfect wedding DIY for a busy bride-to-be. And, since these are pocket-sized, they’ll fit perfectly into your guests’s pockets or clutches! Now, isn’t that wonderful?

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Credits: Rustic Flowers + Vintage Jars from The Bloom Room 3 Piece Heart Plate (featured image), Teakwood Dinner Spoon and Fork, Lehtia Tumbler in Blue, Lapis Plate S and L in Blue, Eveca Lunch Mat in Yellow, Gracia Plant Object from Francfranc

Perfect for Wedding Favours, Table Placecards, Pastel-themed Weddings and Garden Weddings