When Jackie DeVore and her mom spent months constructing an 8-by-8-foot wall made entirely of paper flowers for her 2012 wedding, she swore she’d never touch another of these laborious creations again.
“But, several months later I really missed the creativity and was bogged down in my 9–5. My husband encouraged me to experiment with the flowers once more but on a smaller scale,” says DeVore.
And now, several years later, she has made a business out of crafting chalkboard-style signs embellished with custom paper flowers that she sells through her Etsy site Pancakes & Glue Guns. DeVore completes each order by hand—no stencils, patterns or machinery—in her Williamsburg home and delights brides with table numbers, escort cards, welcome signs and more that shout “DIY done right.”
“I would say every few months I experiment and come up with an entirely new flower type and process for making new leaves or petals, usually inspired by a custom request,” says DeVore. “I love experimenting with new flower types and using bold and bright color combinations. I also love the fact that each one of these signs is entirely one of a kind and can never be duplicated exactly.”
DeVore added hand lettering to the signs in 2016 after plenty of practicing, she says. Her attention to detail, including using no fewer than 15 pairs of scissors depending on the material of choice, shows in her perfectly papered and simply pretty products. She says customers looking for something one of a kind often send a picture of their color scheme or other decor and she is able to make signs to match.