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Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Hi friends! I'm going to talk about something a bit different today: band merch tables! If you're new here, I sing background vocals in Crystal Padilla Music, a bilingual worship band. We decided to refresh our merch table and I thought, "Hey, this could apply to craft booths or craft festivals, too."
So, here's what is on our merch table:

Cardboard Letters

Front and center, we have "CPM".. you know, just in case people don't know what our band name is ;-) I simply hot glued together 3 cardboard letters (bought at Hobby Lobby) with cardboard like so:

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table
Then, I painted the letters white for a clean and crisp look.

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table


Two Crates & CDs

We bought two small CD crates at a craft store (I think they were $4 each). One displays our custom coffee cups and one holds our CDs. (Our CDs won't be blank like that for long by the way... we bought blank cardboard CD holders and then glue CD art on the front and back).

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table


Custom Coffee Cups

Crystal (the lead singer and my roommate) is pretty much obsessed with coffee. I mean, her dog is named Venti (the largest size at Starbucks). It only seemed natural to whip up a few custom CPM coffee cups. We simply followed one of the tutorials on Pinterest on how to create DIY coffee mugs. The key is to use oil based Sharpies! We did several with our lyrics and then some with random stuff (like cute animals).

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Bracelets

We put our bracelets on a jewelry holder I got at a garage sale for $1! Then, we put the holder in a cute little treasure box that we bought at Hobby Lobby a long time ago. I also added a little bit of burlap under the holder to add a little warmth and texture.

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Buttons

We love our little buttons, but they're hard to display because they're so small. I put them in two mason jars and I love the result!

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Stickers

Everyone loves stickers, right? We order these cuties through StickerMule. I put them in a little tray that was part of a planter that I redid over at Crafting a Green World.

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Social Media / Booking

What do we love most about the merch table? Connecting with others! It's key to include info on how people can connect with us after an event or service is over. We still keep up with friends we've made over the years and it is such a blessing to keep ministering long after we're gone. We found adorable double-sided frames at Ikea for 99 cents. You just can't beat that! We love the double sided frames especially because we're a bilingual band -- which means some of our events are in English and some are in Spanish (and some are both). With the double sided frames, we can easily change the frame to suit our "audience." Underneath the frames we have our social media cards which basically list where people can find us.

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table
In addition to the social media cards, we also have business cards for people who are interested in booking us for other events and worship services. 

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

A Donation Jar

We always put a donation jar on the table for anyone who feels led to invest in our ministry. I use a simple mason jar and used velcro to keep the donation tag in place (and so we can take it off when we pack everything up).

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Price Tags

Speaking of price tags, we bought a pack of 10 wood price tags from Michaels (they were on sale for $1.00!). I spray painted them black and then wrote on them with the same oil Sharpies we used for the DIY mugs. The adorable mason jar tags are also from Michaels.

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table



So what do you think?!

Creating an Awesome DIY Band Merch Table

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Upcycle a Guitar into Art!


Remember this Instagram teaser I gave you guys a few weeks ago?


I jokingly made you guys guess what I painted and your guesses made me laugh! My favorite guesses were from my brother -- "a huge pear?" and "Squidward's head and neck?" 

Anyway, it was a small guitar (obviously). Like I shared on Crafting a Green World, I use the term "guitar" for this little guy lightly because it isn't even made out of real wood. My roomie bought it at a garage sale for $1, convinced that I could do something with it. And I totally could. So I did.


What You Will Need:

1. An old guitar. On behalf of musicians everywhere, please make sure you don't destroy a perfectly good guitar for the sake of an art project :)

2. Sheet music

3. School glue

4. Spray paint

5. Sand paper

6. Painter's tape

7. Scissors

8. A screwdriver

How To Do It:

1. Remove the strings from the guitar.


2. Take off any of the hardware that you don't want to paint. I removed the pegs from the head of the guitar because they had some cool details that I liked.


3. Tape off any other details that you don't want to paint. I just taped off the fretboard (the front of the neck) of the guitar.


4. Lightly sand the body of the guitar. It doesn't have to be a lot-- just enough to rough up the surface. 

5. Spray paint the guitar the color of your choice. I did a fun purple! Don't forget-- don't waste your paint on the front of the guitar if you plan on covering it with sheet music.

6. Mix glue and a little bit of water in a bowl. You will want the mixture to have the consistency of soup. You could also use Modge Podge, but I'm too cheap for that ;-) Then, glue the sheet music to the front of the guitar. I typically use a small paint brush to spread the glue. Put multiple layers of sheet music on the guitar for full coverage.


7. Once it has completely dried, cut off any excess paper. I first cut as close to the guitar as I could and then I used sand paper to blend the edges together. 

If you would like, you can give the guitar a clear coat of polyurethane to seal and protect the sheet music and paint. 

You could hang this cutie up on the wall for art or simply lay it on it's side on a table. You could also use it for decoration at a music themed party/event.

We've been using it on our merchandise table for Crystal Padilla Music. We put a small sign next to it that says "Donations" and people put their donations in the hole of the guitar! Eventually we might put our prices sign on it too:

I love it :)

Linking up to these awesome parties:  
Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; Bedazzle Me Monday @ Everything Under the MoonMake It Monday at Brassy AppleWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleLife Made Lovely Monday at Life Made LovelyAmaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle; Tuesday--  Tute Tuesdays at A Law Student's JourneyNifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeNaturally-Nifty Linky Party at Natural NestersTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansLink Party at Passionately ArtisticUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 MainFeature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the FridgeFreestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects; Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloSimply Creations Friday at My Simple Home LifeFabulous Friday at Ohh Baby DesignsWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Link Up with Me, Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Show Off Saturday at Nutmeg PlaceSpotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Share Your Creativity at It's OverflowingSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSo Creative Party Time at So Very CreativeCreative Bloggers' Party & Hop at Homemaker on a DimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo ToesSeasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper;

What's Up With Me?


Hello friends! Can I say how thankful I am for all of you? Because I am. I love this community of bloggers and crafters and lovely ladies who support each other. I've missed this community the last few weeks! Unfortunately, I will be missing you guys this week, too. With my computer crashing, singing with the band (group picture from one of the camps above), and my family visiting this week, I have to put the blog on the back burner.

Knowing my family was coming this week, I kind of got frustrated. I was excited to see them, but I felt like I was neglecting my blog. And then I thought, "Why am I doing this to myself?" Yes, this blog is part of my job and neglecting it does hurt. But when my cousins who are 10 and 12 come to see their "BoBo" do I want them to leave saying, "Yeah, it was a great time visiting BoBo, but she was on her computer the whole time?" Definitely not. So, enough of making myself feel guilty. I will enjoy this week and I will be back at it next week! (Hopefully with a new computer, too!)


While I'm gone, will you do me a huggeee favor? The band I sing for, Crystal Padilla Music, has entered a songwriting contest through a local radio station, Victory 91.5. Would you vote for our video to win the contest? You can vote every day! If we win, we will get some awesome prizes and our song will be on their radio playlist! Awesome, right? 

To vote, click here

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Love you guys! :)