Thursday, April 7, 2011

Xyron is the bomb

I just had to share what I've been up to with DIY wedding stuff.  I still have SO MUCH to do and just a month (from today!) to get it all done.  Tonight, I decided to pretty-up some 50 cent votive holders I scored at Hob Lob with the same ribbon that I used on our invites.  I wasn't sure about the best way to attach ribbon to glass, so I turned to the web and was immediately intrigued by this strange contraption:
It is a 'sticker-maker' and will put an even, adhesive backing on anything 1.5 inches wide or less, and thinner than a nickel.  I was able to take two (pre-cut) strips of ribbon, put them through the upper right side of the 'x' together, and pull them out the other end. 
It comes out on this strip with clear plastic on top, you are supposed to give it all a good rub to make sure the adhesive is attached fully and evenly.  Then, simply peel off the clear plastic...
and lift up your ribbon to see the tacky underside. 
This is so sweet I can't even stand it!  It was a breeze to stick it onto my votive holder.  The hardest part is making sure the ribbon is straight, but it is initially repositionable. 
Walah!  Even the seam looks good, no ends will lift up with the full-adhesive back.   
It took me like a minute to do both of these. 
Thank goodness for the Xyron Create-a-Sticker machine!  I got mine at Joann Fabrics with a 40% off coupon, it was $15 regular price so I paid $9 plus tax.  Worth every penny! 

btw - you can get it a little cheaper on Amazon, if you're willing to wait. With the coupon, I only spent a couple bucks more and got to have it immediately.  I love getting things immediately!  (You hearing me, IRS??  Gimme that refund!)

17 comments:

PoetessWug said...

I'm sure the I.R.S. did hear you....but do you really want to get their attention?! LOL These are the cutest little holders! How did you ever think up the idea of the sticky strip in the first place?!...Creative people ROCK!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those are adorable! and thank you sooo much- now i know where to get it! i went to hobby lobby and looked all over and no luck.

Cait @ Hernando House said...

That is awesome! I had no idea that something like that existed (and my best friend really could have used it when she was making things for her wedding- oops).

Pine Tree Home said...

So great that you are personalizing these. Enjoy the process!

Natalie's Life said...

I have one of these, too but haven't used it in a while. Great idea!!

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Morgan said...

Those are sooo cute! I love that pop of color. :)

Sara said...

Oh great..a new craft toy I have to get. Thanks a lot! haha. These are seriously cute though! good job! :)

emily @ the happy home said...

so cute! what a fabulous idea for wedding decor... and i want one of those machines SO BADLY.

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

I've never even HEARD of that amazing contraption before - so cool! And your votives are adorable.

Mary @ stylefyles said...

oh dude. so cool.

I totes want one immediately.

PS I thought those votive holders were shot glasses at first and was all like ... wtf how are you supposed to drink the shot without the ribbon getting all sloppy?

It makes more sense this way.

But now how are ppl supposed to consume shots?

Simply LKJ said...

That is so cool! I need to get me one of those babies. I love adding ribbon to candles, candle holders and hurricanes.

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

just because the back of the ribbon isn't as cute as the front, you don't have to call it tacky! *snort*

sorry -- it's sat night and i'm at home reading blogs. and drinking little mini baby beers, because they don't count!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

How have I never known this? Cool!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Crazy cool!

Kelly Michelle said...

adorable! do you know how long of stickers it will make? I would love to put sticky ribbon around vases for wedding favors.

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Fascinating! I could have really used this contraption for some past projects! I'm definitely going to have to make a stop at JoAnn's soon... with a coupon, of course. Thanks for enlighening us!

Sarah said...

Why do I just want to ask if you have gone off any sweet jumps (name that movie)? Great tip, Sara! Thanks.