- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 1969
As soon as I began the wedding planning process, I knew that I wanted to do something special for my (hopefully) soon-to-be bridesmaids. After researching, most sites I read suggested that you could take the girls out for lunch and ask them all together. I think that is a wonderful idea but I didn’t want to pressure them or make them feel obligated to say yes right away. I found cute ideas of little bridesmaid boxes where you include little inspirations for your wedding and a letter or note “proposing” to your friends. I LOVED the idea and how personal it was. From that point on, I was on a mission. I didn’t think I would be posting this as a DIY, so I apologize for not having any “in process” pictures! This is my very first DIY post, so I will probably leave out many important details, please bear with me!!
I found these cute wooden boxes at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 each. LOVE. (Of course they weren’t painted or had the wood burnings done, yet!) They are about 8 in. x 5 in.
I painted the outside of the boxes and lids a light Blush Pink and the insides an Antique White. I found some cute coordinating scrapbook paper (also at Hobby Lobby) and cut them to line the bottom of the boxes.
My next step was to learn how to woodburn! I know, it doesn’t look fantastic, but for me it’s the thought that counts. I went back to Hobby Lobby and bought a $10 woodburner. It worked great! In MS word, I typed up their names, then printed. I used a sheet of carbon paper to trace the names onto the boxes. Then I started wood burning! For a beginner, I don’t think they look too shabby!
Now for the contents of the boxes:
I went to my local paint store and picked out three color samples that best matched my wedding colors. I’ve almost changed my mind on the pink; it’s a little too bubble gum-ish for me.
Next, I typed up four little info cards that explained some of the details. They were titled: “Expenses, Your Special Part, The Dress, and Love, OCD.” I punched a hole in the top corners of each then cut strips of some linen fabric that I already had to tie them with. I had also purchased a corner rounder (by now, I’m sure you know where from). I am now overly obsessed with rounding corners.
The third part of the box was a couple of examples of bridesmaid dresses I liked. NOTE: These pictures are NOT mine I simply found them on Google/the lovely Pinterest.I tied each set with lace.
The last part of the box was a personal letter. I know I’m repeating myself but I wanted to stress to them how much I loved and appreciated them helping if they chose to say yes. I understand how much of a financial burden being a bridesmaid can be so I also told them that I would completely understand and love them just as much if they could not. As soon as each of them received theirs, I got calls and texts of how much they loved them and how it was so touching/made them cry! I’m so glad I decided to do these!
I probably spent around $7-8 each (not including the woodburner)! Depending on how everyone reacts to them, I may decide to add them to my Etsy store! Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading. 🙂