My niece was getting married last week and she had requested for me to make the entry doors, in a country theme, that she comes through as they play "Here Comes the Bride."
I was honored of course. And being a crafty person by nature I set off to make them a one of a kind, just like her!
And here's what I started with:
She found these at the Peddlers Mall for only $35.00 each. Nothing great, but they had lots of potential. Especially by being white, they saved me tons of time!
I started by just thinking about what is all around you in a country themed wedding. Grapevine! Yes.
So I used a 15' roll of twiggy grapevine I have from selling it all the time in my Booth#555 (find it here on eBay for only $12.89 for 2 rolls.)
I used a staple gun to attach it to where I wanted it. The bendy shape of the grapevine helps it roll so curvy down the sides super easy. Giving me a great shape!
It was already starting to take shape just with the grapevine.
Then I took some broken pieces of the grapevine and tied them in the upper corners of each, making it like a makeshift mess. lol. But I had a reason for this. It was going to be the frilly stuff behind the flowers. Just to give it more depth.
Then I needed to incorporate some burlap. Her wedding fabrics were burlap and lace. So I grabbed what little pieces I had leftover from crafts and made some makeshift burlap bows:
The burlap bows were nothing fancy, just sections of burlap with a wire in the middle to make it appear to be a bow. Easy!
Then I moved on to adding some details flowers. I choose fake flowers that looked like babys breath since it was a country wedding. And I found some paper wedding bells for a little over a dollar each pack at the Dollar Mart! And the small pack has 7 bells in it!
I took the flower bunches and stuck them up in each corner of the door, behind the burlap bow. And then tied on the small paper wedding bell from the center.
Oh yea, It was really starting to come together!
Next, I added on the large paper wedding bell. And this is what really made it start to look like a focal point.
So cute and country!
I had made some letters of their last name out of tobacco sticks and grapevine.
But after holding them up to the doors, I didn't like how it looked. So I left them out. Maybe they can use them in the wedding some where's else, I thought. The letters were cute though, with the little white paper bells hanging from the center of each.
And just to make sure, I looked again. And I still didn't like the letters on them at all.
So I forgot about the letters and went back to how they were without them:
And that is how I was going to leave them. She didn't need handles, but I started to add deer antler handles to each one, since her hubby to be was a huge hunter!
For you savy savers following my blog, here's the total cost of making the doors:
Total cost of the doors: (Bride & Groom bought these) $35.00 + $35.00 = $70.00
Total cost of the bells : 3 packs at $1.39 each = $4.17
Total cost of the flowers: 2 fake bunches at $1.19 each = $2.38
Total cost of grapevine: (I had my own, but if you have to buy a roll) $6.45
Isn't that an awesome set of French Country Wedding Doors for only $83.00?