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Easy DIY Idea: Glam Metallic Reception Details

Metallic marvels, like these make-at-home bows, are a simple way to jazz up day-of décor. They'll upgrade napkin rings with glitz and glam, make a vow scroll or marriage license look all the more special, and even add elegance to a rolled menu card or favor box set at place settings. 

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Metal Bows

THE TOOLS

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Metallic Sheets ($10, Michael's)
    Includes (2) gold sheets, (2) copper sheets, and (2) gunmetal sheets per pack 
  • Two-Piece Bow Template
  • Double-Sided Adhesive Tape 
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Tool Set ($30, Michael's)
    Includes an embossing roller, a self-healing cutting mat, an embossing work mat, a ruler for bending sheet metal, and a rotary cutter

    Note: You will not need the embossing work mat or ruler for the following metalworking project
     
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Awl ($20, Michael's)
    Includes: 1 metalworking awl, 1 piercing tip, 1 small embossing tip, and 1 large embossing tip

    Note: You will not need the small embossing tip or large embossing tip for the following metalworking project
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HOW-TO

Good to Know: Before beginning, check that your hands are clean to prevent marking the metal

 

1. Place the self-healing cutting mat on a smooth, flat work surface.

 

2. Place one Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Metallic Sheet (color of your choice) on top of the cutting mat. 

 

3. Place the printed bow template on top of the metallic sheet. 

 

4. Using the Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Awl filled with the "piercing tip," trace the outline of each shape on the template (the two corresponding shapes shown make one bow), until all are successfully scored.

 

5. Using the rotary cutter trace along the scored outline of each shape until all are successfully cut from the metallic sheet.  

 

6. Set all shapes aside.

 

7. Create the bows. Take one short strip and one shaped cutout. Center the rolled napkin vertically between the metallic cutout. Wrap both flaps over the top of the napkin and secure the ends to each other using the double-sided adhesive tape, leaving some space between the base of the napkin and what has become the ovular "bow" shape. Take the tip of the second sheet (the short strip) and tape it at the underside of the "bow's" center, then wrap the strip around and around on top of itself (until no slack is left) before taping it a second time at the bow's center. 

Metal Drink Flags

You can also DIY coordinating drink flags! , They are a simple way to jazz up specialty drinks at a welcome party or rehearsal dinner (making enough for every beverage served at your wedding might be a tall order). Stamp them with the phrase, "Cheers!" shown, your initials, or a different phrase all together, like "Bottoms Up!"  

THE TOOLS

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Metallic Sheets ($10, Michael's)
    Includes (2) gold sheets, (2) copper sheets, and (2) gunmetal sheets per pack 

  • Drink flag template

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Ornament Kit ($20, Michael's)
    Includes (1) embossing mat, (1) embossing tool, (3) ornament metal die-cuts [(1) large star ornament metal die-cut, (1) small swirl ornament metal die-cut, and (1) large swirl ornament metal die-cut], (1) 4.25 x 5.75 inch embossing plate, (1) spool of silver cording, and (1) roll of double-sided adhesive tape

    Note: You will not need the (3) ornament metal die-cuts, embossing plate, or silver cording for the following metalworking project

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Tool Set ($30, Michael's)
    Includes an embossing roller, a self-healing cutting mat, an embossing work mat, a ruler for bending sheet metal, and a rotary cutter

    Note: You will not need the embossing ruler, embossing work mat, ruler, or rotary cutter for the following metalworking project 

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Awl ($20, Michael's)
    Includes: 1 metalworking awl, 1 piercing tip, 1 small embossing tip, and 1 large embossing tip

    Note: You will not need the small embossing tip or large embossing tip for the following metalworking project

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Alphabets Stamp Set ($20, Michael's)

  • Includes 1 letter stamp handle and 108 letters and numbers 

  • Wooden Craft Sticks ($2.50 for 150 wood dowels, joann.com)

  • Scissors 

HOW-TO

Good to Know: Before beginning, check that your hands are clean to prevent marking the metal

 

1. Place the self-healing cutting mat on a smooth, flat work surface.

 

2. Place one Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Metallic Sheet (color of your choice) on top of the cutting mat. 

 

3. Place the printed drink flag template on top of the metallic sheet. 

 

4. Using the Martha Stewart Crafts Metalworking Awl filled with the "piercing tip," trace the outline of each drink flag, until each shape is successfully scored.

 

5. Using a pair of scissors, trim out each drink flag until all are successfully cut from the metallic sheet. 

 

6. Set flags aside.

 

7. Place the embossing mat on a flat work surface. 

 

8. Follow directions included in Alphabets Stamp Set to emboss the phrase, "Cheers!" onto the metal drink flags.

 

9. Roll the embossing tool slowly yet firmly up and down horizontally across the stamp set, repeatedly, with the tips of your fingers until the phrase is imprinted in the metal. Repeat until all drink flags are imprinted with the phrase.

 

Good to Know: Imprinting with a handheld tool calls for more elbow grease than an embossing machine. Press forcefully until designs are visible on the opposite side.

 

10. Create your cocktail stirring sticks. Using two embossed drink flags and the double-sided adhesive tape, align the flags, and tape the backsides of each flag together (so that the phrase, "Cheers!" is outward facing on both sides), leaving a 1/4 of both tails un-taped. Wrap the excess sheet from each flag around the wooden stick, securing the tails with double-sided tape to the stick. 

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