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#11 bholthof

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    Posted 16 October 2009 - 11:05 AM

    We are making MIB invites as well - hopefully they will be done this weekend, and I'll post pics. They loo really great, so far.

    We didn't use plastic bottles - we used the Bud Lite with Lime beer bottles, and removed the labels. We thought about using plastic ones - specifically the new plastic bottles that Bacardi Breezers come in, but we didn't want to drink that many breezers - too sweet! and also I didn't like the way the tops of the plastic bottles looked.

    We are using sand from the playground up the road - although we considered going to the beach and getting beach sand. We baked the sand in the oven for a bit first to dry it out.

    Our shells are just from the dollar store - two bags of shells, and most of them are small enough to fit into the bottle mouths. I also had a bunch of glass stones that we'll probably throw in for some colour.

    We are staining regular computer paper with tea to age it, then burning the edges to make it look more message-in-a-bottlish. I found that computer paper rolled the easiest, and costs a lot less than other paper. Although if I can find a paper that looks aged for cheap, I'll totally use that.

    To make the bottles look nicer, I have glued twine around them - it looks nicer than a plan bottle. The twine is long enough that it is what we are tying around the invitations so they can be pulled out easily. I also have attached a small charm to each bottle on the bottleneck.

    We are buying wine corks for 10 cents a cork at a wine-making store - then since they don't quite fit into beer bottles, we are shaving them down slightly so that they will fit tightly.

    Again- this is my project for this weekend - I'll post pics when they are done!! :)
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    #12 isaidyes

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      Posted 16 October 2009 - 11:52 AM

      What a great idea!

      #13 K'osh

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        Posted 16 October 2009 - 03:44 PM

        I purchased my plastic bottles at Michaels during the summer (haven't seen any more right now). They came in packs of 6 and I used a 50% off coupon every time ($3.45). It comes with the cork and paper. I'm getting sand and shells from a friend and my MIL is getting me labels for the outside of them. I just happened to have ribbon in our wedding colors which I will use to attach the paper to the cork. So total cost $0.58/each plus my time and ink. Have not completed yet but will post a pic when done.
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        #14 lily17bear

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          Posted 17 October 2009 - 09:44 AM

          good luck with all the projects, ladies. I also wanted to do the MIB invites, but after speaking to mom she suggested them as favors. As since we're having a small guest list it kinda works. I was getting them from Wedding Favors, Party Favors & Personalized Gifts, Bridal Shower Favors | HansonEllis.com

          #15 KimmyG

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            Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:29 AM

            I'd like to add fragrance so when you remove the cork it smells like beach (or coconut, etc). Anyone know where to buy these oils?

            #16 Jen_S

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              Posted 11 November 2009 - 12:06 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by KimmyG
              I'd like to add fragrance so when you remove the cork it smells like beach (or coconut, etc). Anyone know where to buy these oils?
              We did coconut in ours and we got out ours at a flea market but I bet you could find them at Michaels or Walmart. Our guests said that really made the invitations because it reminded them of the beach!
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              #17 KimmyG

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                Posted 11 November 2009 - 12:22 PM

                Thanks for the tip, JKCZ. I didn't find anything at Kroger so I will check your suggestions.

                Do you dip the cork in oil, spray the invitations, or put a few drops in the bottle? What works best?

                #18 Girasole

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                  Posted 12 November 2009 - 03:37 PM

                  Hi everyone. I don't have the time to make these on my own (we are also remodeling a home) but I found great ones with starfish from Hanson & Ellis. They also personalized the bottle with our names & wedding date. I have only showed them to a few people & they just love them!

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                  #19 bholthof

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                    Posted 12 November 2009 - 03:48 PM

                    For the scented oil - I just used the fragrance oils from the Body Shop. I put a drop or two on the cork & let it sink in.
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                    #20 K'osh

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                      Posted 13 November 2009 - 03:37 PM

                      Adding the scent is such an awesome idea....I may have to steal it for my own...thanks ladies.
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