It’s been over a year since our wedding festivities, but here’s a quick post on the bridesmaid gifts I gave to the ladies in this world closest to me. I wanted to do something a little different, something practical, and definitely something that my friends could use afterwards that didn’t look so clearly bridesmaidy. I was shopping for these during the holiday season, between Black Friday and Christmas, so I found some GREAT deals.
- Kate Spade Earrings – katespade.com
- I have always loved this brand, and knew that if I could incorporate something into my gifts, it would make them super special. The exact style I picked is no longer available, but they were sparkly but not too blingy, and came in the cutest little box. Sign up for the Kate Spade surprise sale emails – they have them 3 – 4 times per year and items are up to 75% off. I think the earrings were originally around $80, but I got them for $35 each. Many of my bridesmaid still wear them!
- Portable Phone Charger
- These are great and definitely come in handy on the big day when everyone is up early in the morning and out till midnight or later. I bought these from J Crew and Madewell, but in all honesty, the quality is not that great. I would recommend doing some research for better ones. Some options:
- I included this because I gave my bridesmaids these gifts right after we all made our own bouquets (TOTALLY doable with very little prior flower knowledge), so I knew their hands would need a little TLC. These were $8 from Anthropologie.
I wrapped these in my favorite simple wrapping paper (Target Spritz craft paper with white polka dots), and a cream and gold bakers twine. The ladies loved them!
In my effort to use mostly recycled, low cost, and home-made décor at our wedding, I am turning old spaghetti, salsa, and other types of jars into flower vases with a little TLC, ribbon, and glitter. I asked my book club and friends to save me their jars so I could have plenty to work with. Most people will have no idea I didn’t buy these!
- Jars – spaghetti, salsa, or lots of others
- Goo Gone or other adhesive remover
- Soap, water & a sponge
- A variety of thick, thin, and sparkly ribbon (depending on your colors, its great to buy right after holidays when ribbon is discounted). Some of mine has wire, some doesn’t. I found its the color and sparkle that make it fun.
- Glue gun & scissors
ribbon, glue gun, jars, scissors, and goo gone
What to do:
- Clean jars and remove paper/adhesive. The label on some jars will peel right off, others will need a little more scrubbing. For the tough ones, I soaked them in hot water with GooGone for a few hours and it made it much easier to clean. Wash jars with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
- Start playing around with your ribbon and figuring out your color combos. I went with a cream & gold theme – but this will work with any color! Think about layering one on top of the other, or putting two next to eachother. I want a semi-homemade feel, so every jar is a little different.
- Plug in your glue gun so its hot and ready when you are!
- Wrap your ribbon around your jar and cut so it has about a centimeter of overlap. Cut a straight line.
- Glue the length of your ribbon edge straight onto the jar and place your ribbon down so it sticks. Wrap around and repeat.
- You are done! Now, the fun comes in all the variations you come up with.
- Enjoy a few examples and close-ups below:
It was a friend’s birthday party potluck last night, so in addition to bringing some wine, thought I would make a sign to celebrate! We ended up just hanging it on an empty wall with clear tape. It was so bright and festive!
- Paper (you can even use the plain side of a brown paper bag)
- Scissors or a Rotary Cutter
- Bright Paint + Paintbrushes
- Hole Punch
- Decide how large you want your triangles and cut them out.
- You will need at least 13 for the letters in “happy birthday.” And then however many more you need for the name and the extra decorative triangles
- To make it easy, I made mine at least as wide as two holes of a hole punch. Or you can adjust the hole punch notches to fit your pieces
- Paint them! And the extra decorative pieces. Wait for them to dry.
- String the triangles together. I inserted the ribbon into the first hole through the back, and then looped around the top so they stayed a little bit more stationary. Leave extra ribbon on the end in case you end up needing to tie it to something, or together.
- Enjoy it!
I have recently gotten really into making my own cards using stamps I have found at the local paper store. This mostly started because we had a lot of weddings to go to this summer, and 1) cards are EXPENSIVE, and 2) there aren’t that many simple, classy ones. So, this is super easy, convenient once you have some of the supplies, and great if you like a simple aesthetic.
It took a little searching to find the exact stamps I could picture myself using, but there are tons of options on etsy.com , at Michael’s, Target, or JoAnn’s as well. Search for “rubber stamps” online and you will get a lot of different themes – holiday, wedding, birthday, ect. The possibilities are endless.
You can either start with blank, unfolded paper like I did (5″ X 7″), or purchase blank folded paper and envelope sets (might be marginally more expensive but will save time). Make sure the face of card once folded is larger than the stamp you want to use.
is really easy. Just use your stamps! Making these is no different than playing with stamps in elementary school, you just want to be a little more careful about where the ink gets so it doesn’t ruin your card. Simply saturate the stamp with ink and press down in the middle of the card. Even if its a little off center, it will look good.
If you want to add a little glam, wait for the ink to dry (about a day if you want to be safe), use a dry brush, find a sparkly paint and layer some sparkle! This makes your card look AWESOME, expensive, and adds some dimension, (pictures here don’t do it justice)!
- paper size 5″ by 7″ unfolded. Folded creates 5″ by 3.5″ like you would expect. Price per sheet: $0.29; price per coordinating envelope: $0.39.
- thank you stamp size: 2.5″ by 1″; price: $7.59
- bride and groom stamp size: 4.25″ by almost 3.5″; price: $11.99
- Paint – Martha Stewart Multi Surface Glitter Acrylic Craft Pain in Smoky Quarts – purchased at JoAnns