I wake up every morning telling myself… It’s X days to the U.S. trip! That’s right…I’m FINALLY going to the U.S. again but this time, not for a holiday but for my elder sister, Jessica’s wedding! We’ve all been very excited and I must say, time did pass in a blink of an eye. I still recall vividly the time when my mom announced that Donny had proposed, when we were visiting the different hotel venues in Singapore, and when she told me that she would like me to be her maid of honor.
This is the first marriage in my immediate family and we’re all very excited and nervous at the same time. It’s especially nerve-wrecking since we did quite a number of things in Singapore and have to bring them over to the U.S. and one of them is this “Just <3 Married” burlap sign. We had originally intended to let the professionals do the wedding car design but after a lot of browsing and paying attention on the roads, especially on Saturdays, for any nice wedding car designs on cars that drive by, we just couldn’t find any design we liked. We especially did not like the traditional V shape design on the car bonnet, or the huge bouquet of flowers on the front, nor the bright pink tulle on the car handles. They just looked too old fashioned and conventional. I still recall in the past when it was such a trendy thing to have wedding themed teddy bears sitting in the middle of the huge bouquet of flowers.
I turned to pinterest for ideas and instantly fell in love with the simpler designs, and most importantly, the burlap “Just Married” signs. They are sold in many places in the U.S. and on etsy for 20-30 USD but seriously, it is so easy to make and the cost of the materials barely made a dent in my pocket. In fact, I had most of the materials already. Also, I always had the impression that it’s so difficult to buy burlap in Singapore but I found them in Spotlight today. Of course, they’re probably 4 times what it would cost in the U.S. and also doesn’t have a wide range of shades of brown but it’s still better than nothing and worth it if you’re in urgent need of some.
The burlap sign below was measured to fit my sister’s wedding cars and should fit most cars as well. In any case, it’s best to measure exactly just to ensure it fit’s perfectly.
White paint (I use Martha Stewart’s multi-surface Satin paint)
Large needle (optional)
1. Cut the burlap to size. The sides tend to fray – just pull the loose sides off.
2. Fold the tops of the burlap fabric, ensuring that the resulting size is somewhat the same. Using a sewing machine or by hand, sew the flap down, ensuring that there’s adequate space to string the individual pieces together easily.
3. Line your workstation with newspaper/ scrap paper. Quite a lot of the paint will end up on the newspaper/ scrap paper so ensure that you have a decent layer to prevent dirtying your workstation.
4. Working alphabet by alphabet, put the stencil on top of the burlap fabric and paint a thick layer of the white paint. Put on top newspaper/ scrap paper to dry. I didn’t use a stencil for the heart shape and pretty much winged it. I left mine to dry overnight.
5. Remove each alphabet from the newspaper/ scrap paper. They might stick which is okay – peel off as much paper as possible.
6. String the twine through a large needle and thread each alphabet through to spell “JUST <3 MARRIED” starting from D, followed by E, I, R, and so on. If you don’t have a large needle, you can improvise by tying each string to a toothpick and stringing it through, or using a piece of metal wire bent in half and tying the string at the bent part of the wire. The space is quite large so it shouldn’t be a problem doing this without a needle.
7. Position each alphabet evenly and you’re done!