Handmade Weddings giveaway + DIY!

Handmade Weddings by the ladies of Hello!Lucky and the talented Shana Faust is finally out and its a total winner with its page after page of awesome crafts and beautifully shot layouts…I’m happy to share with you one of my favorite projects from the book below…the pegboard seating chart.  Its so graphic and fun, and can be customized to suit any style.

And hey, since I’ve got your attention, you probably want to win a copy of the book right?  Well I’ve got 3 to give away!  Leave a comment below for your chance to win, and 1 lucky winner will also receive a limited edition (only 50 made!) set of letterpress cards made especially for the book!  Since I’m away most of this week, the winners will be announced on Monday.  Good luck! Contest closed


Makes one 3-×-4-foot seating chart with approximately 50 seating cards
• One 3-×-4-foot sheet Peg-Board (Peg-Board can be purchased in modular and custom sizes from your
local hardware store or at Lowes, www.lowes.com. Adjust the size to fit the number of guests at your wedding. Each seating card requires approximately a 5-×-7-inch area of Peg-Board.)
• 1 pint white paint (optional, if Peg-Board is not prefinished)
• 1 roll kraft paper
• 50 wooden clothespins
• 6 to 10 rolls decorative tape in a variety of colors and patterns
• Ten 8 1/2-×-11-inch sheets white text-weight paper
• 1 roll thin nickel or copper wire

• Peg-Board Seating Card template (available online at www.chroniclebooks.com/handmade-weddings)
• Inkjet printer, with extra cartridges
• Font: Remington Weather
• 6 to 8 sheets newsprint (optional)
• Paint tray (optional)
• Paint roller (optional)
• Scissors
• Glue dots
• Craft knife
• Cutting mat
• Ruler
• Masking tape (optional)


1. Prepare your Peg-Board.
Lay newsprint on the floor of your work area, and lean your Peg-Board against a wall or table on top of it. If using, roll a coat of paint onto the board. Let it dry. Apply another layer if desired. Trim the kraft paper into panels that are sufficient to cover the back of your Peg-Board completely. Affix to the back of your Peg-Board with glue dots.

2. Decorate your clothespins.
Affix a strip of decorative tape along the length of each clothespin. Smooth it flat. Trim off any excess with a craft knife. Repeat on the other side.

3. Print your seating cards.
Using a word-processing program or the Peg-Board Seating Card template, customize your seating cards. Print them using an inkjet printer onto text-weight paper; because they are printed on both sides (guest’ s names on the front, table number on the back), print at least one test run to ensure proper alignment. Trim along the crop marks provided using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat.

4. Assemble your seating chart.
Decide how you would like to space your rows of seating cards. For each clothespin, thread an 8-inch length of wire through the spring (figure 1). Insert the wire ends into a hole in the Peg-Board, pierce through the kraft paper, twist a few times to secure the clothespin, and flatten the ends against the board, trimming with scissors if necessary (figure 2). If desired, secure the wire ends with masking tape (recommended if you are transporting the assembled board to your venue). Clip your seating cards to your clothes-pins in alphabetical order.

[images from Handmade Weddings and CBroussard]

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  1. Kim

    I got engaged only a few days ago and would love to have this book as a resource!

  2. Shayne

    Oooh… could really use help in this department! Would LOVE a copy!

  3. I would LOVE to have this book, please pick me! 🙂

  4. Jenny

    LOVE the pegboard – I can only imagine the wonderful ideas I could utilise that are in this book!

  5. Love this. With less than 4 months to go, I could really use all the tips and help on how to make my wedding my own. Planning craft nights throughout the Winter and Spring to have my friends pitch in and help out. This would be a godsend.

  6. Annie

    I am using DIY for a lot of my wedding and would loveto have some inspiration! Thank you!

  7. Bec

    There are so many lovely ideas on the internet, but nothing beats lying on a rug in the sun flipping thorough real paper pages of ideas. I would love a copy of this to help us handmake our wedding.

  8. Mary

    This is excellent for a DIY girl like me! Just found your blog, so much inspiration!

  9. jess-ca

    My goodness! Gorgeous book! Definitely the perfect asset for a bride who wants to add some personal flair and gorgeous creativity to their special day!

  10. Kat

    This is the book of my dreams I have been hoping for!

  11. Karen

    I love, love, love to do crafts, and would love some crafty, fun ideas to help keep my daughter’s wedding more affordable.

  12. Sarah

    I would love this book. So pretty!

  13. This is the best looking DIY /Craft book I’ve seen in a long time.. can’t wait to get a copy. Lovely!

  14. Awesome & I’m sure many of these projects translate to events other than weddings!

  15. Rachel

    Please please please X infinity plus one let it be Mex x z

  16. Trent

    Pick me!

  17. Would LOVE to have this to help me create our mountain elegance wedding on a budget!! I love DIY and my bridesmaids and I are already planning on spending many days coming up getting crafty…we just need the ideas! 🙂

  18. Jee

    Such an awesome prize! I would love, love, love to win a copy!

  19. Em

    Pick me! Would love this…

  20. jennifer

    A wedding enthusiasts dream book…as a florist (and details expert) I love all things handmade!! And love having great ideas @ my fingertips to help brides make their day unique and special. Fingers crossed that I win 😉

  21. Stacey

    I want this book. Real bad. I’m always looking for inspiration for my 2012 wedding!

  22. can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  23. Looks like a great book!

  24. Laura Turner

    Looks awesome!!

  25. Sabrina

    This book looks great! I just got engaged last night and know we’ll be trying to do a lot of stuff DIY style. Would LOVE this book!

  26. Yael

    Wow! What an amazing giveaway! I would love to win! <3

  27. StephanieLMA

    This looks like such a find! I am doing my wedding very craftily (hee hee)–I NEED this book!

  28. I hope I win… I hope I win… I hope I win! Hey… it worked for Dorothy! Get me home to my Handmade Wedding book! Thank you for the opportunity!

  29. Sarah

    I have to get this

  30. Sarah

    Great book

  31. Jess

    What a simply thoughtful giveaway! I am delighted to enter.

  32. Leslie

    Please give me! I have been looking for this book everywhere… I am in a rural area and can’t find the book anywhere… my wedding is in November and am planning on doing a lot of my own projects… this would be a huge help!

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  34. Jodi

    Are you still giving away this book? I would love to own it. I’m a very craft person and I want my wedding to be handmade. This book would help me out so much if I were to own it. I don’t have a lot of money right now. My fiance and I are trying to save for our wedding for next year. My goal is to have a DIY wedding. This book would be such a huge help to the both of us. 🙂

  35. Robyn

    would love this book as a resource for my eldest daughters upcoming weeding next March. She will be married in our backyard and is a very arty girl… right into this sort of beauty!

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