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Queen Elizabeth's Royal Guestbook

Your majestic event deserves an equally dignified guestbook. Go for the (green and) gold with the stunning Queen Elizabeth's Royal Guestbook. You can match this dazzling DIY wedding idea with your wedding colors to tie it into the rest of the celebration. Regardless of hue, this Victorian wedding book will look fabulous on your big day and will only ripen with age as you display it in your new home. The gorgeous cover and the meaningful messages inside will make for a priceless keepsake. Guests will be awed by the beautiful book and delighted to leave a note of good fortune.

Time to complete: In a Weekend

Estimated Cost: $21-$30

Materials:

  • Aleene's® Fabric Fusion® Permanent Fabric Adhesive
  • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit® -Camouflage (31666)         
  • Aleene's® Crystal Clear Acid Free Tacky Spray™
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint -Olive (15798 )         
  • Tulip® Cordless Heat Setting Tool™
  • Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Iron-On Crystals™ -Clear (23123)         
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Ruler
  • Satin fabric, 1 yd, gold
  • Ribbon, 1/8” wide, gold
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Foil
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • 100% Silk satin fabric, 2 yds
  • Low-tack masking tape
  • Guest book
  • Plastic garbage bag
     

Instructions:

1. Prewash fabric to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

2. Cover work surface with tablecloth. Lay silk satin fabric onto work surface.

3. Wearing rubber gloves, add water to One-Step Tie-Dye green dye bottle. Replace cap tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved.

4. Crumple fabric. Squeeze dye to cover entire surface. Cover fabric with garbage bag. Let set 4-6 hours.

5. Wash in a large load of water with a small amount of laundry soap. Line dry.

6. Cut a rectangle from dyed fabric large enough to cover front and back of guest book plus enough to fold 1” to inside along each edge.

7. Apply Tacky Spray onto outside of book, following manufacturer’s instructions. Center book onto fabric piece, smoothing fabric into place and folding edges to inside of book. Glue edges into place, using Fabric Fusion.

8. Apply tape to create stripes. Shake bottle of Matte Olive well. Squeeze a puddle of paint onto foil. Dab sponge into paint. Tap excess paint onto foil. Sponge an even coat of paint between lines of tape. Let dry. Remove tape.

9. Cut a 10” wide strip from gold fabric, equal to height of book plus enough to fold 1” to back of cover. Fold lengthwise, placing raw edges at center of back. Pinch center together. Tie ribbon around center. Lay across cover, folding ends to inside. Glue into place, using Fabric Fusion.

10. Prepare Cordless Heat-Setting Tool. Place one Iron-On Crystal at a time onto center of bow, using tweezers. Touch tip of tool onto top of each Crystal for 5 to 6 seconds to adhere.

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I've always loved silk fabric so when I saw this guest book adorned with a silk ribbon, I did not have second thoughts about it. It is so elegant, the name is fit for a queen.

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