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« on: February 17, 2009 05:01:01 AM »

I posted this to my personal blog, but thought some crafty brides might get some use out of it. Enjoy!

We went for fan programs, seeing as we had a summer wedding (Aug '08). On the front, I put the basics -- names and a few graphics. To jazz up the back, I came up with three little wedding related games for our guests to play while they waited for the ceremony to start: a Mad Lib, a fill-in-the-blank, and a word search.

I had the foresight to take some pictures while I was putting them together, so here's a tutorial if you'd like to make your own.

First, gather your supplies. You'll need:
- Golf pencils, pre-drilled with 1/4" holes
- Popsicle sticks, also pre-drilled
- Scissors
- Needle with a large eye
- Corner rounder punch
- Double stick tape
- Thin ribbon
- Cards pre-printed with program info (I used A2 sized)

To start, open up a card and put double stick tape on three sides.

Then put double stick tape on both sides of a popsicle stick, covering about half of the stick. Center on the card and press in place.

Close the card, pressing to seal the edges.

Using the corner rounder punch, carefully round all four corners.

Cut a piece of ribbon that when halved is long enough to reach from the end of the posicle stick to the end of the pencil, while still allowing enough slack to write. My scientific measurement was about an arm's length.

Thread the halved ribbon through the hole your husband-to-be very nicely drilled in a skajillion popsicle sticks.

Use a lark's head knot to secure.

Thread the other end through a golf pencil.

Knot the ends to secure, then trim.

Here's the back of a finished program. Word search, anyone?

And the finished stack of about 50 programs. I used green ribbon for half, and brown ribbon for the other half.

By all accounts, the guests loved them. I had people coming up to me during the reception to read me their wedding Mad Libs. One of my cousins found an (accidental) dirty word in the word search, and was sharing with the other guests all night. I got such a kick out of the reactions to these programs! I'm really glad I took the time to do them.

These were very easy to make, and cheap to boot! I can't remember the exact cost now, but it was under $20 for sure. Questions? Comments? If anyone makes programs from this tutorial, I'd be tickled if you'd post pictures!
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2009 05:17:31 AM »

that is awesome.
incredibly ingenious
(((happy wedding)))

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2009 06:03:20 AM »

Looks awesome, I may steal!

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009 06:05:40 AM »

The fans look awesome! The activities on the back are a nice touch. What did you use to print the programs? (Was it another of your Gocco projects?) I may have to use your idea for my beach wedding Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2009 06:23:34 AM »

Someday (soon?) I'll get married.  And I think I'll copy you, if that's ok.  This is so amazing!  Who ever heard of a program that serves THREE purposes?  Cooling, informing, entertaining.  I love it.

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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2009 06:58:25 AM »

Synne, these were printed on my good 'ol inkjet printer. I kind of left it to the last minute, so I didn't have time to Gocco (my original plan).

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2009 08:32:59 AM »

oh my goodness, this is the most amazing thing ever. i love the crossword!

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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2009 09:28:08 AM »

So great! I wish I'd thought of something fun like this for my wedding! how hard was it to drill the holes in the pencils and popsicle sticks without them splitting? Did you use a regular hand-held drill?
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2009 09:44:22 AM »

We used a drill press, but I'm sure a regular drill would have been fine, too. The trick to keep them from splitting was to put a piece of wood underneath, so the drill went all the way through the sticks and pencils cleanly.

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2009 12:46:42 PM »

I'm the matron of honor for my friend's wedding and I think I'd love to do those for her.  Do you have the computer files for the games still?  I'd change things of course, but I'd love to have it already set up to the proper dimensions, formatting, etc.  nikimac@gmail.com if so.  Thanks!

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