Client gifts are important to me! I take it very seriously in peppering my clients with love during their wedding planning process! They are so stressed out with deciding who the caterer, dj, venue, etc will be that it is the least I can do. So throughout the year, I enjoy sending them love notes, little gifts to go out to eat or eat in, and just a reminder that I am here! Aside from that I also enjoy sending them Christmas gifts during their first year of marriage! So last Christmas (yes I know I am late on this post), I sent my brides from 2012 a little something in the mail!
I decided to send them my favorite image of the two of them printed in a white 8 x 10 frame, and 4 coasters with their new Initial (if they took each others last name), or wedding date if not. It was just a small gesture, but I wanted each of them to have at least one print framed in their home to look at every day!
So I thought for a Monday I would do a quick share on the coasters and how I made them!
Cork Coasters – I purchased at Hobby Lobby (here)
2 paint colors of your choice – I chose blue and white
paint brushes – I purchased foam ones from Hobby Lobby (here)
printed letters or dates to cut out
Here is the final product so you see where this is going before I start to explain!
Here are some shots of the cork coasters up close and the foam brushes!
I chose a fat and not to curvy type for the coasters, hoping it would be easy to cut out! Once they were cut out I placed them on the coasters and held in place. You could use tape if you wanted but I was just doing two of each letter so I didn’t tape off, and I was afraid I would break the coaster. The right image is how I made the lines! I saw a couple other places use tape, but that was just messy, this worked better for and was more free form, and DIY homemade I thought! Once everything is taped, or held in place use the foam brush, and your color choice on the coasters painting in the cut out space!
I let everything dry over night before I packed them up to be shipped! I tied two of their last initial and two striped coasters together, and placed it on top of their framed image of the two of them! I promise I will do a cleaner blog of the framed photo, I could not find a photo in my archives! I wrapped everything up in wrapping paper, sealed it all tightly in newspaper and shipped off in a bubble wrap envelope! As far as I can tell everything made it safely to my Bride and Grooms!
I feel so honored to call these brides and grooms part of the Rachel Harrod Photography family, that a little christmas gift is the least I can do!
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend, I can not believe May is almost here, and my first wedding of the season is this coming Saturday! So exciting!