Finally, it came to me! I decided to go with a message board! One evening after work, I ran around the house like a mad woman gathering supplies to see if I could pull this off! I'd seen plenty of tutorials online and figured it couldn't be that hard!
Brides, please get a staple gun that works and don't just use one you found in the basement!!! Mine was a real pain in the butt! I'm sure whether it was the actual staple gun or the piece of wood I used, which was usually thick, but the staples did not go in all the way in and we had to basically staple, then hammer.
Improvise is the name of game, foks!
Speaking of improvising, I wasn't sure we had enough fabric from our frames left to cover the message board so I went searching through the house for something else. You won't believe what I found: an extra large pillowcase in the perfect shade of green!! We cut it open and using spray adhesive, wrapped one whole side around the wood.
Things were looking good so far and I started to get really excited! After all, I had finally settled on a guestbook, we were going to have a DIY message board, and it was FREE! Then it came time to add the ribbon and that's when my mom and I hit a brick wall.
Figuring out how to lay the ribbon across the board was way too complex for us! We had to call my brother in for help. He measured the board (Duh! Why didn't we think of that?) and marked the areas where we needed to cross the ribbon. Thanks brother Brooch!
Then we went back to stapling and hammering!
The next step is to create little notecards for our guests to leave us a message. I really like the idea of having little phrases and prompts on them, like this:
Does anyone know the best way to make something like this?
What kind of guestbook are you having?