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Trying to come up with the perfect bridal gift for your wedding party? Why not create "something blue" for them with this easy DIY earring tutorial? These would be a simple, sophisticated bridal earring option too.
Here's how to make your own "something blue" dangle earrings in about 15 minutes.
Materials:Earring hooks (pair) Geometric metal components (pair) Top-drilled teardrop beads (pair) 24-gauge wire (10+ inches) Flat-nosed pliers Round-nosed pliers Wire nippers
1. Pass the wire through the bead. Make sure there is at least 2" of tail on one side. You'll need this side to make the first wrap around the other end of the wire.
2. Bend both sides of the wire upwards, following the sides of the bead. The wire should cross over itself at the top of the bead.
3. Where the wire crosses over itself, use the flat-nosed pliers to bend the longer piece of wire so that it points straight up from the top of the bead.
4. Take the shorter piece of the wire and wrap it around the longer piece of wire twice. Use the wire nippers to trim the rest of the short wire off. If necessary, use the round-nosed pliers to tamp down any sharp edges on the clipped end.
5. Wrap the longer wire around one side of the round-nosed pliers to create a loop in the wire.
Now wrap the wire twice around the first wire that you wrapped. Like before, use the wire nippers to trim the rest of the wire off and use the round-nosed pliers to tamp down any sharp edges.
6. Using the flat-nosed pliers, open the earring hook.
Add the circle component and the wire wrapped bead and close the hook.
7. Repeat these steps for the second earring and you're all done!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Create a unique groomsmen gift for the wedding party, or your groom, with these customized rustic wood coasters. They're really easy to create and make for a special and useful gift. Here's how to make your own set of wood burned coasters.
Materials:wood coasters, like these wood burning tool set (available on Amazon) alphabet hot stamps (available on Amazon)
1. To create custom nameplate coaster, screw on the first letter of the name you want to stamp, to the wood burning tool. Then plug in and turn on and wait 3-5 minutes for the stamp to heat up.
2. Now that the tool has had time to heat up, stamp the first letter onto your coaster, leaving the stamp in place for 3-5 seconds before lifting straight up.
3. Turn the wood burning tool off and wait for it to cool down. Then replace the letter you just used with the next letter in the name. Turn the tool on again and wait for it to heat back up. Once the tool has had time to heat back up, stamp the letter onto the coaster, just as you did with the first letter in the name.
4. Repeat step 3 until the entire name has been spelled out. Note: To create a monogram instead, simply use the same letter over and over again, for a variation of looks from coaster to coaster.
5. Wrap with a bow, if desired, and you have a great, inexpensive groom or groomsmen gift.
These coasters would be a thoughtful detail at a wedding reception, as well as a great place for people to put down drinks. Monogram them with the bride and grooms initials or wedding date and you're all set.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch Celebrate your bridesmaids and say thank you for all their support, with a hand painted watercolor clutch that matches your wedding colors. This is a great gift for your wedding party that you can easily add your own special touches to. Materials: Small to medium size fabric clutch Spray bottle filled with water Fabric paint in two shades of the same color Paint brush How To: 1. Start by spraying the clutch with a water bottle until damp. 2. Then, starting with your darkest color, begin painting the bottom of the clutch in an abstract painterly fashion (you don't have to create a perfect stripe here or anything with hard lines). 3. As you are painting, spray more water onto the bottom area as necessary, to give it more of an irregular watercolor feel. 4. Next, add the lighter color paint just as you did for the first color. Only this time, you'll be painting above the darker paint (more toward the middle of the clutch). Add more water if necessary. 5. Lastly, swipe your brush upward, from that second lighter layer of paint, to create a very faint third shade that will disappear into the natural fabric color. Wait for the paint to dry and it's ready to use. Take this gift a little further and add additional goodies inside the clutch, your bridesmaid may also like - a necklace, a pair of earrings, cute sunnies, etc.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Pop the question to your bridesmaids with these teeny tiny gift boxes, with a surprise message (and gift) inside. This DIY will help get your potential bridesmaids excited for the big day and you can customize the painted birch boxes to your wedding colors in a pinch. This is a great way to give bridesmaids a piece of jewelry, like a ring, that they can wear to the wedding and cherish long after you say, "I do". Materials: Small Round Birch Craft Boxes Acrylic Paint Paint Brush 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' print outs Crinkle Paper Scissors Velvet Ribbon Fresh Flowers, like Delphinium (optional) How To: 1. First, paint the base and lid of the box with acrylic paint in fun patterns and shapes. Wait for the paint to dry. 2. Next, cut a piece of velvet ribbon between four and seven inches long, and glue one end to the inside of the lid. 3. Wrap the other end of the ribbon through the ring and glue the loose end further down on the back of the ribbon. This will create a secure loop to hold the ring, so it doesn't fall out of the box. It will also lift the ring from the box when the lid is opened. 4. Next, add a strip of paper to the the ring and ribbon that pops the question. You can create these strips very easily with your home computer and a printer. The font used in the example is called Housegrind and is free for personal use, right here. 5. Lastly, add crinkle paper to the box and nestle the ring inside before tucking in the ribbon and paper message and putting the lid back on. Present as a gift to your potential bridesmaids and cross your fingers.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree. Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush
How-To:1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette. 2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box. 3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats. 4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you. 5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package. Voila!
Give your bridesmaids a gift they will cherish! Scour your book shelfs or your local used book shop for vintage books. Choose titles that will have special meaning for each girl.
Maybe you spent a summer with your best friend reading Anne of Green Gables or maybe your maid of honor's favorite book is Mansfield Park; find a special edition or beautiful copy to pass on.
Tie each book with a ribbon and add a pretty label. Write each girl a note, telling them why you chose the book and how you value their friendship. It's a gift your bridesmaids will hold on to forever. Aside from adding a personal touch to your wedding, it's budget friendly and good to the earth. Happy reading!