Switching it up a little bit in today’s post with a ‘Do It Yourself’ promotional project for my Self Promo & Marketing class. The goal was to create a product above and beyond a business card or pamphlet for clients or prospective clients to show your appreciation and to strengthen the relations between myself and the client. I went the route of creating a product I could give to wedding couples that shows thought and effort while celebrating their day.
The adventure began at Michael’s craft store and took me to places like Bed, Bath and Beyond; the shopping experience was basically a blur the entire time and I don’t know what came over me but the creative ideas were just flowing and I’m pretty happy with the first product I came up with, I apologize in advance for the image quality.
Ingredients for my DIY project: Wooden crate, paper filling, 2 crystal rocks glasses, his and hers mini liquor bottles (I would suggest finding out what your couple’s favourites are and selecting those for their chest) Chalkboard paint, wedding themed scrapbooking stickers, chalk (Thinner is better, all I could find was sidewalk chalk so the writing wasn’t as nice as it could have been) and ribbon.
The plain box outside before the first coat of chalkboard paint.
The outside of the box after it was painted.
The wet, painted inside of the chest.
After the chest was mostly dry after about coat three I added the paper filling (Which gets everywhere and sticks to EVERYTHING!) to the chest moulding places for the soft drink or mix as well as the liquor bottles and glasses.
Running Chalk along the sides then erasing it gives the box a written on look as opposed to just black which I like but it’s easy to overdo so I only did select areas and on the big flat surfaces focused on the middle just as a teacher would with a real chalkboard leaving the edges untouched and clean.
Finally I added some of the scrapbook stickers in places I found appropriate and wrote the couples name and wedding date on the box as personalization.
I then tied a bow around the box and there you have it, my finished first attempt at a DIY wedding promo piece! Excited to see how it goes over and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and feedback so please feel free to leave a comment on what you think and possibly what you’d like to see in the future!