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thank you for posting all of this, i LOVE IT!! all of it!!! Where did you purchase the plant thingy (forgot the name) for your centerpiece? I love the natural look btw.

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Love the placecard umbrellas!! How did you make those?
i got the idea from our friend martha
Festive Drink Umbrellas: Umbrella How-To and more creative crafts projects, templates, tips, clip-art, patterns, and ideas on marthastewart.com

i wanted to make it more personalized so i created my own design. i used regular paper in the pic on my first post so that's why it looks all wrinkled. i'm planning to use cardstock when i do the final ones. here's what it looks like when it's flat so you can get an idea of how to do the layout on your computer.

Click the image to open in full size.

just an fyi ladies – i'm a graphic designer so it's easy for me to create all this stuff. but EVERYONE has a creative side and i've seen sooo many diy projects in this forum that have inspired me as well!

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thank you for posting all of this, i LOVE IT!! all of it!!! Where did you purchase the plant thingy (forgot the name) for your centerpiece? I love the natural look btw.
hi! i bought these at ikea in the garden section. i just checked their website and it's not available online. the great thing about these is that it's not as heavy as glass and i don't have to worry about whether they might break when i bring it to mexico.

i found my inspiration pic at the link below. check it out because they've got other great ideas!
AD Inspiration: October 2009

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I've made the magnets before, really great craft to do while watching an old movie. I've also seen them sell at a store here for 4 for $12!!!
Here are the instructions I used.
not martha — to make: marble magnets
To dress up the back/hide the paper try some sparkle glue.
Awesome thank you so much for the link! I never knew these were so easy to make and I love the look! I totally know what I'm doing this weekend now cheesy.gif

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hey there – yes, you must use a laser printer. lasers use toner (powder substance) instead of ink and require laser-specific paper that doesn't easily absorb water as regular copy paper.

a few other tips:

if you don't have access to a color laser printer you can get a few sheets printed at staples or something which will probably cost a few bucks (be aware that colors on your computer screen differ from what you will see on paper). i was able to fit 120 of the little circles on a sheet of paper and 30 of the large ones on another sheet so you'll only need to print a few sheets of each!

i used aleene's clear gel tacky glue from michaels to adhere the paper to the marble. it worked great! make sure to smooth out any air bubbles before the glue dries.

i used weldbond, also from michaels, to bond the magnet to the back of the paper/marble. this glue was a little frustrating to work with and think there are probably better glues that you can experiment with. i just chose to stick with it because it was the only brand that claimed to be "green".

if you buy your canisters from another supplier other than specialtybottle.com make sure to measure the height and width of your marbles and canisters so they fit perfectly.

also, as i mentioned below, make sure to get extra marbles since ALOT of them will likely have imperfections or dimples in them.

just holler if you have other questions!
Thank you for all the extra tips and pointers! I've had troubles with some projects already, flipping between the laser printer at work and my inkjet printer at home. Good to know just to use the work one this time around :)

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hi! i bought these at ikea in the garden section. i just checked their website and it's not available online. the great thing about these is that it's not as heavy as glass and i don't have to worry about whether they might break when i bring it to mexico.

i found my inspiration pic at the link below. check it out because they've got other great ideas!
AD Inspiration: October 2009
I really like those wood boxes!! I'm so conflicted about what to do for my centerpieces now that I've seen these - and so little time left to decide LOL!

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