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Our next finalist in the Ultimate Southern Challenge, burlap edition, is a sweet DIY sent in by Taryn from Atlanta, who writes the blog Formal Fringe. Based on the idea that one thing all Southerners share is a pride in their home states, she imagined a creative guest book alternative wrapped in — you guessed it — burlap.

From Taryn:

“One thing that all Southerners share is pride in their home states. Instead of a traditional guestbook, let your wedding guests leave their mark on a burlap-covered map. Each guest can grab a ribbon-covered pin from the mason jar, then pin it onto the burlap map and show how far they’ve traveled to be there on your special day. This is an easy DIY project that any bride can do. The red and natural brown burlap and the sweet query “Where y’all from?” adds Southern flair to any party south of the Mason-Dixon Line!”

Materials: Foam core board, brown & red burlap, extra-long satin pins, red and black striped ribbon, stick-on black glitter letters, craft wood, white paint, spray adhesive, hot glue gun

1. Print a large map of the United States onto paper using the “poster print” function. Tape the pieces together and cut along the edges of the map. Trace the shape onto your foam core board, then cut out the shape with a craft knife.
2. Spray the front of the board with spray adhesive, then cover it with the brown burlap. Pull the excess burlap around to the back of the board and secure with hot glue.
3. Paint the craft wood white and let dry, then use stick-on letters to spell out “Where y’all from?” on the wood pieces. With hot glue, attach the craft wood sign to a “ribbon” of red burlap, then attach it to the burlap-wrapped foam board outline. Attach a long length of ribbon to the top of the map for hanging.
4. Cut the remaining ribbon to 2-inch lengths, then fold and attach to the ends of the satin pins with hot glue. Hang the sign and leave ribbon-topped pins nearby for guests to pin their home states.

Thank you so much for sharing, Taryn! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Laura reply

    Oh my goodness, I love this idea and the fact that directions came with it. This would be so fun to make and show your guests that you have friends from all over the country that wanted to come celebrate with you.

  2. avatar Linda L reply

    Love this idea! And it’s easy to adapt the ribbon pins to match wedding colors if needed. Great concept!

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  5. avatar Nicole reply

    Love this!!!

  6. avatar Wendy reply

    Such a cute idea. I think it will be a hit at many weddings. Love to know who traveled the farthest, such a great conversation starter and you could add in the wedding colors as needed. THanks for sharing this idea.

  7. avatar Madeline Fiol reply

    Such a unique & clever idea….I love it! My sister has just announced her engagement & living in the ‘country’ of central Forida I know she will want me to make her one! (crafting makes her head spin where I hate to go a day with out crafting something)
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. avatar Mary Beth Ritzul reply

    Such a cute idea! I love it! Great job!

  9. avatar J.R. reply

    This one is so creative! I think it should win!!

  10. avatar Raqueol reply

    What a crafty and unique idea!

  11. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    This one wins my final vote! Definitely the most quirky, fun, and creative! Love it! I have never seen this idea before!

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  13. avatar Lisa Tilley-Newman reply

    Love this idea!! So adorable!! Shared this on my facebook page!!

  14. avatar Jenna M. reply

    This one gets my vote!! So cute and creative, I haven’t seen anything like it!

  15. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Cute Idea!

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