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March 19, 2013

DIY Bridesmaid Boxes

I made these sweet boxes to ask my bridesmaids to be in my wedding. It was important to me to do this, as I have been in several weddings, and I just wanted to let my girls know how much they meant to me, and what an important part they would be in my wedding.
Inside my boxes I enclosed:
  • Stacked information cards about the date and time, dress, who was in the party and other general lovey dovey shit. 
  • Fashion inspiration pics
  • Color palette inspiration
  • Photo strips of each of the bridesmaid’s and I
  • Personalized paper dolls
  • Airplane bottles of booze
  • And a couple feathers 
  • GLITTER!

Supplies Needed:

This is extensive, so I have broken it into sections. This bridesmaid box is really a compilation of many different projects, all put together.

For the box itself:

  • Unfinished cigar boxes (I got mine at Joann’s, on sale for about $5 each)
  • Spray Paint in the color you choose (I used my go-to fave color Krylon’s Catalina Mist, OMG I love it so much, If i could spray paint my house Catalina Breeze, I would)
  • Collaging materials (for the outside of the box. I photoshopped vintage roses together and printed on card stock, then cut them out with my handy dandy Exacto knife, then I drew antlers, traced them a few times and cut those suckers out the same way)
  • Elmer’s glue (to glue stuff on)
  • Minwax polyurethane (to seal both the inside and out)
  • Blue painters tape (because I wanted to leave the top as wood, I thought it looked good, but if you plan to spray paint the whole box, this is not needed)
For the inside:
  • 1 Yard of burlap
  • White craft paint
  • Glitter (I used Martha Stewart because that’s what I had)
  • Chip board letters (or you could use stickers, I looked for the style that suited me, and went from there)
  • Cardboard (to cut the template I used for my glitter boarder)
Stacked Information Cards:
  • Cardstock 
  • Scrapbooking paper (for the stack’s band)
Paper Dolls:
  • Craft paper (paper doll base)
  • Rubber cement (my preferred adhesive)
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • A little twine to tie them together)
Other Stuff:
  • Brads
  • Paint swatches
  • Airplane booze
  • Feathers
  • Xacto knife (I use this one, X-ACTO X3251 Designer Series Craft Knife in Pink, I use it all the time, and love it)
  • Paper cutter (I have one, and i used it to cut all my straight edged printables- very handy!)
I was hugely inspired by this box. 
 

But I took liberties to make it my own. That’s how I use the internet for inspiration, I gather ideas, then kind of go off on my own and WAH-LA, I’ve got something fabulous!

First, I made the paper dolls. I made them using inspiration from this tutorial.
But, I didn’t need to follow the tut, I just made paper dolls like I already knew how. I made a templates for the bodies, dresses, hair and boots so that all 4 chains would be the same, traced them out and got to cutting.

Bridesmaid Boxes Paper Dolls copy

I worked on this project over a couple days. Cutting things out with an Xacto blade is not my fave thing to do, and cutting out 24 cowboy boots got my fingers to hurting, so I just plugged away at these whenever I was free. It was super fun to make the paper dolls, I think I will do this again if I ever get a chance. 

For the dresses, I chose a different color or texture of paper for each BM dress because I wanted it to symbolize the eclectic mix of BM dresses that I want them to buy. But for my dress I chose a super glittery paper that was a a pain to cut, but adorable! I think this actually influenced my dream dress purchase, same silhouette, but no glitter. 

I drew on some simple faces, added pink lips with a Crayola marker, and scribbled their names onto the dresses. Then I folded each chain differently so that when my BMs open their boxes, it would be their doll on top. 

Then I tied them together with a little twine and a simple bow, and moved on to the next thing.

I designed my stacked information cards in Photoshop (my preferred photo editing program). I made 4 cards. Our Day, My Girls, Your Role and The Dresses.

BRIDESMAID-STACKABLES

Our Day was the details of the wedding, date, time, feel. 

My Girls was a list of each girl with something about our friendship, their titles, nicknames, what they were in charge of (IE keeping champagne glasses full) and what they were most likely to be caught doing (cutting a rug, making kissy faces, etc). 

Your Role was about building these girl up, telling them that although I may ask them to help me along the way, on the day of their job was to look pretty and have fun. 

The Dresses were all about what I want them to wear (a mix of dresses and cowboy boots). I took my time to make these, and was really happy with the results.

I also designed and printed cards for my dude to give his guys, they just got one card. Guys prefer simpler shit.groomsmen-inspirationFor the color inspiration I got paint chips, or swatches, whatever they are called at Home Depot in the colors I like for their dresses (beige-nude-latte spectrum), and also the colors I am going to use in the decor (soft vintage pastels). I didn’t choose “wedding colors”, I opted for a whole palette instead. Why not? I punched ahole in them and inserted a brad.

weddingstyleinspirationcard
For the fashion inspiration I simply made some photo collages in PS of dresses and mixes I like and printed them out, cut them down to quarter sheet cards, punched a hole and stuck them together with a brad. 

bridesmaid-inspiration-cards
I used old photos of my friends and I for these, and I added vintage filters to the photos, kind of Instagram-like. In no time I had these babies printed out and ready. I made a little photo strip template in PS and just plugged the photos in. Now I use this template all the time to make my Instagram photo strips. Easy-peasy. There are tutorials in the inter-webs that will show you how to make a photo strip if you need that. 

printmstrips
I made all the printables in one night.

Now to the complicated part: Making the box. 

I did this like I did the paper dolls, over a few days. They smelled not so great, and I worked on them in my living room, I would recommend doing these in your garage if you have one. No I did not spray paint in my living room, I took them outside to my spray paint station, but then brought them in after 24 hours, the paint still smells for a few days, and the polyurethane- that’s the really stinky part.

Step 1: Spray Paint.

I taped the shape I wanted to keep wood on the top of the box, then I sprayed the outside, let it dry for an hour, then flipped them over and sprayed the whole inside. Then I let them dry for 24 hours.

Then I collaged the roses and antlers on the front.

bridesmaid boxes tops copy

 Next I cut a template for the shield shape I wanted on the inside top of the box. I traced the shape, then painted Elmer’s glue to everywhere but the shape, and glittered away. Remember, glitter is the herpes of the craft world, once you have it, you can never get rid of it. My stance is to embrace it and move on.
Then I glued on my letters spelling out “Be My Maid?”. The letters I bought didn’t come with question marks, so I just made some myself! Out of Ps and I dots. Looks pretty good right?
Then I cut my burlap to the size of the bottom of the box, and painted a heart on each of the pieces with some cheap craft paint. I didn’t make a template for this, just freehanded it with the paint.
 added heart copy

I let the glue dry for 24 hours, and then started sealing the boxes. I sealed the inside first to try to contain the glitter. I used Minwax polyurethane, clear satin finish, water based sealer. I did about 4 thick coats on the inside, let it dry for 24 hours, then flipped it over and did one coat on the outside. Then let that dry for 24 hours.

A few days later i was finally ready to assemble the boxes.

I put all the pieces together, then added in the airplane bottles of booze (bourbon to represent Nick, and whipped cream vodka for me). Then I tossed in a few feathers to kind of hint at the natural feel of the wedding decor.

FINAL BOX

 Then I made special dates with each of my bridesmaids to give them their boxes. Of course I wanted to be there when they opened them! They all loved the boxes SO much, and oohed and awed over every little detail. It was really nice. The only bad part was that I didn’t make one of these beauties for myself!
I had so much fun doing this project, and devoting a piece of my creativity to some of my favorite ladies. If you want to do this, and you think it’s entirely too much work, just let me know, I will happily make them for you!