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Paper Peacocks…

October 27, 2010

If you’ve been following my Aisle File page on Facebook, then you already know I’ve been obsessed with Googling anything peacock. That, combined with a renewed obsession with Etsy, has caused me to add several DIY projects to my wedding “To-Do List”.

I recently stumbled upon these fabulous paper peacock place cards from TimelessPaper and completely fell in love with how delicate and dainty they looked while balancing on the edge of a wineglass…

…But, as a bride on a budget, $1.20 for 150-200 place cards was not in our decorating budget, so, I decided to do it myself, and here’s how…

1. I first did a pencil drawing of a peacock outline. I looked at peacock silhouettes and outlines for a rough idea and then drew it by hand. When I was satisfied with what I had drawn I went over the final outline with a sharpie and then scanned the final drawing.

2. Next, I opened the file in Photoshop, adjusted the brightness so that the outline would stand out, and then used the magnetic lasso tool to select it.

3. I then copied the selected outline, pasted it into a new PS document, and then duplicated the layer.

4. As a final Photoshop step I flipped the duplicated image so that the peacocks were facing each other and then drew in a small area to connect the two outlines.

5. Now the image is complete. I saved it as a JPG file, inserted it into a Microsoft word document three times. Walla! Ready to print, cut and decorate!

So, here is the finished product, I thought they turned out pretty well, and they didn’t take that long to cut out or decorate, definitely worth saving a couple hundred bucks!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    October 27, 2010 22:52

    Too Cute! Go you! I love DIY!!

  2. Linzy permalink
    October 29, 2010 02:28

    Yours is definitely better looking too!

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