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Books Planter

As I’ve alluded to, we used many books in our decorations. Specifically, we use Reader’s Digest condensed books. You know the ones, they are everywhere, until you need them. Through random connections over the year, we managed to collect a fair few. Then the crafting inspiration began. We chose these books specifically for the reason that they are all the same size.

Photo Credit: Candi Holden

I had seen at one point, a succulent planter made from a book. I liked the idea, but didn’t relish the idea of having to use an Exacto knife to cut out the insides of 35-ish books. I brought my husband on board for ideas. He immediately suggested using the drill with a 2-in hole saw. The man is brilliant!

After a couple of test runs, he decided the drill was tearing up the paper too much and the project needed tweaking. While I was crafting some other wedding related item (or watching a movie, I don’t really remember), he created a template. He took a piece of 3/4-inch plywood and cut it down to the size of the book pages. He then drilled two overlapping circles into the middle of the board (You’ll see it in a photo below).

The process went a little something like this:

1. Open book to roughly the middle, so the pages are even on both sides. This helps the book lay flat. Then clamp the template onto the book.

2. Using a drill with a 2 in hole saw, drill out the pages using the template as your guide. You will notice that the drill does not tear up the top most pages. You may need to alternate between the two spaces on thicker books.

3. Remove template. Use clamps to hold pages in place for gluing.

4. Glue to seal pages. We used wood glue. First, squeeze a good amount around the edges and bottom of opening. Second, use your finger to spread the glue around, covering the entire drilled out space. I discovered that wood glue stains your fingers a bit yellow. Since I only used one finger to spread the glue, I cut the fingers off of disposable gloves to make them last longer. Allow the glue to dry before removing the clamps. We usually allowed 30-40 minutes. Due to our limited number of clamps, we worked in groups of 5.

If you’d rather not spend the time to make your own book planters. I will have a few available in my Etsy shop quite soon.


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Decorations Begin

I did my very best not to be a bridezilla. I think I mostly succeeded, though I may have become a wedding craft-zilla. I hadn’t intended on making every last thing that went into the decorating of our wedding, but it happened. I should have known when I decided to make my dress that it would happen.


Once the dress was done, the other details began to fall in place. I had purchased a wooden name thing from Pick Your Plum shortly after we were engaged with the intention of using it somehow in our wedding decorations.  It had the misfortune of arriving damaged. You can see the crack in the bottom of the E. Thankfully, my man was able to fix it, but now I really needed to cover it.

At some point, we decided to use books in our wedding decorations (As you will see soon). Thanks to one of our centerpiece ideas, we had loads of small circles of book page scraps just lying around. I grabbed my bottle of Mod Podge, a foam brush, the name thing, and got to work.

It took ages and ages to paste and fold the little circles over the entire thing. I am very glad to have had the pre-cut circles. The circles folded and molded around the many corners and fit into the crevices quite well. Once the entire piece was covered, I painted on a final layer of Mod Podge to seal the paper. Sorry there aren’t more photos of this process, but it’s a very messy project. Quick Edit: It appears that I didn’t complete this project. I started it and then it was finished by my wonderful Aunt Marilyn.

My first thoughts had been to put this on the wedding party table, but we decided not to have a specific table everyone. We thought everyone would have more fun sitting with their family and friends. Instead, we used this on the table in the entryway.

On display at the wedding. Photo credit: Candi Holden holdenmemories.com

We have plans of adding a base to make it a little more sturdy since it did break again on the way home from the wedding. It is currently on our mantel in the living room.

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The Wedding Invitations

Front Cover

After helping my sister make her wedding invitations, I swore I was going to purchase mine until I started shopping for invitations. The options I really liked were way out of price range; the options in our price range were run of the mill options. I wasn’t about to spend more on invitations than I had on my dress and generic wasn’t an option. I did what any self-respecting crafter would do. I designed my own.

Title Page

I wanted to provide a lot of information without all those pesky inserts that tend to show up in invitation envelopes. As we are both voracious readers, a book made sense. Designing the pages took the most time. I spent a couple of weeks agonising over font choices and map selections. Which information was most pertinent. The proper order of pages. Did you know there are etiquette rules for the exact wording of wedding invitations? I now do! Once the pages were designed, I had them printed at Staples.

Invitation Page

The RSVP cards were a little quicker to make. One random evening, I said we should as for a recipe with each RSVP. This would make the card memorable and hopefully provide extra motivation to send the card back. I used a vintage look recipe card from Love vs. Design. I used Photoshop to edit the card size and some of the wording as well as changing the colours to match our wedding. On the back I put all the important RSVP information including a QR code to reply online rather than sending back the card. I also had this printed at Staples using their same day printing option for postcards.

Further Information

While waiting for those pages to be printed, I scoured the local craft stores for cover options. Thankfully, scrapbooking paper comes in many colours and designs. I was able to find a collection that fit the design. I also found envelope seal stickers. Thanks to Pick Your Plum, I own enough Washi tape to cover every wall in our house from floor to ceiling, so I didn’t need to purchase anymore.

Even more information

With all of the supplies gathered, assembling the invitations went a bit faster (We make our Christmas cards, so I have had a little practice).  The first step was to trim and score all the pages so they could be sewn into books. (I don’t have photos of this process since I was concentrating on completing this task as quickly as possible.)

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Next, I moved to my sewing room, where I stitched together each and every book. This sounds worse than it really was. Just imagine you are making a quilt with 120 five and one half-inch seams. Just a couple of hours of work, no big deal.

RSVP Front

To complete the invitation, I secured two strips of Washi tape over the stitching. This meant I didn’t have to hand tie all the stitching strings.


I then spent the next 2 days writing out addresses. Then carefully stuffing the invitation into envelopes.

The entire process took me through 6 Harry Potter movies. Not a bad way to spend a few days.


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