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Topic: The Most Awesome Save-the-Date Ever! Now with tutorial!  (Read 4735 times)
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Raindancing
« on: July 29, 2008 12:20:03 PM »

So I've been meaning to post these here on Craftster for a long time (seriously, more than a year), but now let me present: The Most Awesome STD ever: The Bride-in-a-Can!



To paraphrase the snake-in-a-can description: When the unsuspecting invitees opened their innocent-looking plastic can, a spring-loaded bride shoots out!

Inspired by the project in The Artful Bride: Invitations, I was disappointed that absolutely no one was surprised when we announced our engagement, and I was determined to surprise them all somehow.  The project in the book (which looks way classier than mine, but not nearly as cool) would cost around $15 per STD to do it their way--  and that's before postage, which would not be insignificant.

So I fiddled around with the idea, and came up with my version, which cost just over $1 each.  I bought a bunch of Snakes-in-a-Can online for 45 cents each, and then used the spring from the snake, and some dollar-store mermaid dolls and cupcake doll-bodies, along with a tiny bit of tulle, ribbon and fabric, to make projectile brides.  And they do erupt from the can with impressive force!  I wish I could get a midair action shot, but we never did get a good one of those.  Also, since the vast majority of our guests live in town, we attached a loop of ribbon to each one, and drove around one day, hanging them on people's doorknobs. 

Here is my army of tiny plastic brides, before they made their way out into the world:


And here is the written part of the STD, printed on my home printer:



My sister wrote the limerick for us-- isnt it fantastic!

Let me know what you think!

Edited to add:
I posted the tutorial under toys, since it doesn't have to be used as any kind of invitation.

You can find the tutorial here.
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darkdiva
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2008 12:30:31 PM »

That is one of the funniest & coolest things I have ever seen. Grin

How many people called you to yell at you for scaring them?

Great job!
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ivory_an
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2008 12:33:13 PM »

OMG I love this!!  Shocked If I ever get remarried this is so my personality to annouce it, thanks for the idea *lol*
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Genesis1:1
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2008 12:43:08 PM »

This is the best thing I have ever seen!  what a fun way to tell everyone to STD.  You sound so fun and creative Tongue how was the wedding?Huh
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008 12:44:03 PM »

agreed. this is awesome! great idea!
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008 01:42:28 PM »

AWSOME!  I would laugh like a maniac if I got one of these beauts!

p.s. congrats!
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islandfly
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008 02:06:43 PM »

how cool are these?!?!!? I might use them for my next party!!! (since i'm married already!)
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asile153
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008 02:21:33 PM »

 Shocked  AMAZING!
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your friends ask about me you say I can be found
with the cheap romance novels with their spines battered down
oh the heart has no bones you say so it wont break
but the purpose of loving is the pounding it takes
drpop
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008 03:17:06 PM »

That's amazing!
I absolutely love how you found a way to do it for far less than the book project entailed.
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2008 05:59:54 PM »

Totally funny!
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