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DIY Will you be my bridesmaid? box tutorial

One of the most exciting things about getting married (besides a new sparkly ring) is getting to spend a pretty wonderful day with those you love most. Because Its such a special and important event, you want to ask those who you choose to stand by your side that day to be there in an important way. Creating a DIY “Will you be my bridesmaid?” box with a piece of jewelery or two from the bridal jewelry destination, Jared® The Galleria Of Jewelry is just the way to do that.

So what do you put in a “Will you be my bridesmaid?” box? You’ve got a lot of options!

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Most of the time I like things sweet and simple–my box has a tiny white gold star necklace and matching bracelet. They’re to remind the recipient what a great friend they are, and how lucky I feel to have them in my life. They are small, sweet reminders that can be worn every day, and with other jewelry. A split of champagne and a glass are tucked in alongside the necklace and bracelet for a little celebrating when ask-ee says yes.

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If you want to make a larger gesture or give something other than stars, Jared’s has SO many beautiful pieces that would be right at home in a “will you be my bridesmaid?” box. You could give in this present the necklace and earrings you’d like your bridesmaid to wear at the wedding in the box, or just give a piece that will be loved by your friend. Visit Jared Bridal Party Gifts section for more bejeweled inspiration for your bridesmaid box. They have five times the selection of any other jewelry store out there, so you’re sure to find the perfect gift to fit anyone’s personality in one trip! A few of the exclusive lines they carry include Lois Hill, Earthly Treasures Smithsonian, Diamonds in Rhythm and Neil Lane Designs.


How to Make a “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” Box

Materials to make the box:

To fill the box:


Assembling the Box

DIY Will you be my bridesmaid? box tutorial

Place a bead of glue along the the bottom of the box on the left hand side. Glue the selvage edge of the fabric (the frayed ugly looking end) down to the bottom of the box. This will keep the fabric from sliding around in the box too much! You’re going to bunch up the fabric so it creates sort of a fluffy pillow for the jewelry boxes to sit in. Tuck under any raw edges while you are arranging the material.


DIY Will you be my bridesmaid? box tutorial

Print the free printable file to heavy white cardstock and cut out pieces. Wrap a box in the “Will you be”  band, and add  the “my bridesmaid?” tag to another box and place them in the middle of the box. Add the “Each day I thank my lucky stars for you” printable sign in the lid of the box so it’s visible when opened. Alternately, you can tie ribbon around the boxes and use a “Will you be my bridesmaid?” sign (free download here).

DIY Will you be my bridesmaid? box tutorial

Place your other items in the box and close the lid. I switched this box up and put in a gold clutch, framed picture of me and my maid of honor from my wedding as an example (circa 1999!), some nail polish and a few Godiva chocolate bars. You can fill these boxes with anything the recipient might love, or things that she’d need at the wedding.

DIY Will you be my bridesmaid? box tutorial

Band the box with a 2.5 inch wide ribbon, taping it down so it is easy to remove by your bridesmaid.

DIY Will you be my bridesmaid? box tutorial

Arrange paper flowers on top, gluing the flowers to the ribbon and your box is ready for giving. Click here for the paper flower tutorial!

What I think I love most about the idea of this box is that you don’t have to use it just as a bridesmaid box. Without the wedding-specific signs, it is the perfect way to deliver a gift from Jared this holiday season and show someone special they are loved.

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Create a DIY Luminary Kit - a perfect neighbor gift idea for Christmas!

In the spirit of the season, I have teamed up with 29 incredibly talented and creative bloggers to share some fun neighbor gift ideas, or little gifts to share with people you need to remember during the holidays. There are thirty different great ideas on this list, so be sure to scroll through and visit them all! Luminary Kit Tutorial and Free Printable One of my favorite neighborhoods during { Read More! }

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It's been a big topic of discussion around the PTO room this week. What the heck are we going to do with all the Halloween candy that 1. our kids have already amassed and 2. with all the candy there going to get tonight??? Never fear, the 15 pounds of sugar your darlings are likely to drag home tonight do not have to remain with you. There are options. 1. "Trixie the Halloween Fairy" or the { Read More! }

Free printable to boo your neighbors at Halloween

This little Halloween tradition that has sprouted up in the last few years is pretty cute. You stealthily leave a small bag of treats on friends and neighbor's doorsteps and declared them "Booed." The gift offerings are small, but the thought really brings out the smiles. Who doesn't like being thought of like that? To offer you one more option to "Boo" your neighbors, download this free printable { Read More! }

Angel lollipop party favors and #freeprintable

For the Angel first birthday party, among all the sweets and whipped cream treats we had some party favors for our guests to take home! They are fairly quick and easy to put together, and I'm even providing a free lollipop birthday party favor free printable so you can make these at home! Materials: Free printable lollipop party favor file White cardstock Ribbon Lollipops Gold { Read More! }

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Both my kids started school this week. There were equal parts relief and sadness as they are both in elementary school now--sad to admit they are no longer babies! But on the first day of school, we showed up with our smiles on and a little present for our new teachers. This teacher gift idea is easy to make, and I've even got a free printable for you to help you pull it off in a snap! No hot glue { Read More! }

shutterfly free printable

Moving into our new house has been a decorating challenge. The new space is so wildly different from the last few we've been in, nothing seems to fit here quite right. After no small amount of frustration I've put a stop to trying to shove a square peg into a round hole and went shopping for a few new pieces to put around the house. For the walls? Shutterfly to the rescue! I think I've professed { Read More! }

It's a Boy! It's a Girl! #freeprintable Free Printable baby shower tags

First off, I want to give a little apology for a flaky site and radio silence the last few weeks. Sadly, I was the target of a hacker that caused more than a wee bit of trouble here on site. With every single one of my fingers crossed, I can say that I think might be all fixed up now and able to start resuming posting. Thank you to all of you for being patient! I appreciated all the emails of { Read More! }

Finding things for the kids to do to keep them engaged (and out of trouble!) all summer can be an adventure all on its own. It's always good to have a few things up your sleeve to keep their little hands occupied so you can keep the peace! For Design Dazzle's Summer Camp this year, I came up with a Backyard Photo Scavenger Hunt. You give your kids a list and a camera, and let them wander { Read More! }

teacher appreciation free printable tags

This year, I was a little slow on the draw for teacher appreciation week. Mostly because I had bought these darling Lilly Pulitzer travel mugs (my son's teachers are Lilly fanatics) and I wanted a clever tag to go with them. But the more I thought about it, it wasn't clever I wanted, I just really wanted them to know that I was thankful for everything they did for my children. After all, they { Read More! }

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It's Easter week, Moms. I don't know about you, but I just this morning thought about if I am going to send in an Easter treat for the kids' classes. That's "if." IF that happens, my kids will be taking with them something simple...easy to bake, easy to assemble, and hopefully not too terrible for their tummies. As fate would have it, one of my long-time clients buzzed me up and asked for a { Read More! }

graduation-party ideas-centerpiece

When you're decorating for a big bash like gradutation, you want pieces that stand out and look great...but you don't necessarily want them to hang around for a real long time after the party is over. At the beginning of creating this graduation party, I had intended to find some vases to cover and use. By happy chance, I 1. couldn't find anything that was exactly what I wanted and 2. everything i { Read More! }

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A few years ago, when I did my last graduation party shoot, I used some number-shaped lollipops to top off my grocery-store purchased cake. Now, if you have a good-sized budget, you can order custom lollipops and such for cake toppers. Most people I know won't do that, so here is a much less expensive, yet equally pretty option to make a great cake topper for your graduate's celebration cake from { Read More! }

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This post is a part of a campaign with Shutterfly and LooksiSquare. All opinions are entirely my own.  Parties always start with a little bit of inspiration from somewhere, whether it's a theme, a favorite shirt, or in this case, a celebratory graduation stationery piece from Shutterfly. I just loved the glitter and bold colors in the invite; it just screamed party!  I took the colors of the { Read More! }

Puppy Love Valentine Mailbox

Valentine's Day always means giving or receiving valentines of some sort. Our young puppies made some super cute dog house shape letter boxes for their valentines at our puppy love party. As a valentine to you the templates to make doggie valentine boxes of your own are available here as free printables! Materials: Free printable valentines letter box templates Gable box (9 x 6 x { Read More! }

Valentine's Day puppy love doggie bags

Valentines day is a day for giving gifts from the heart. In my family, the presents we give are usually very small but heartfelt. Since I have always been a firm believer that the way the gift looks when given is a very important part of the gift itself. Everyone loves a beautifully or thoughtfully wrapped gift, even kids! To go along with our puppy love theme, I created these free printable { Read More! }

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It's that time of year! We have to start thinking towards the holidays and all that it means--decorating, baking, parties and lots of gift giving. My list of people I want to remember seems to get longer every year, and my budget for gifting seems to remain the same. So to stretch those dollars, I do something with some DIY flair that looks impressive, but is affordable enough to give many of to { Read More! }

breast cancer awareness free printables

A few years ago, I designed a dessert display and free breast cancer printables with the sole purpose of doing a little something to raise awareness of breast cancer--and to encourage women to take care of this part of their health. Since then, I have been amazed, humbled, and delighted in the ways people all over the world have been inspired by and used this display. Truly. Goes to show { Read More! }


The twilight inspired party had some help from some great printables in creating a bit of ambiance. And I'm happy to say I'm going to offer up all these printables - as is - for free so you can throw your own vampire vs. werewolf bash. You can find the links at the bottom of this post. Soda bottle wrappers around cherry sodas look slightly creepy with labels like "Type O" and "Type A" along { Read More! }

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“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Rubbermaid, Jif, and Smucker’s, but all my opinions are my own. #aBetterLunch #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO Some days it's a challenge to pack a lunch that you know is going to come home uneaten. I used to cringe every time I dumped a whole lovingly prepared lunch into the trash. It used to happen { Read More! }

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Everything seems to happens in threes. We have had three friends undergo surgery in the past week, and our family felt like we wanted to do something BIG to let them know we were thinking of them -- and hopefully send a few healing smiles their way. It was a life-changing moment for me to discover that Office Depot made wide format prints in-house. For about $2.50 apiece, I printed out these { Read More! }

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St. Patrick's Day is rapidly approaching, and our house is preparing for the onslaught of leprechauns (traps are made), pincher fingers (green shirts located) and a bit of revelry with our friends (green...ahem...beverages. check!) For a little tongue and cheek fun, I made up a "survival kit" for the day complete with all the little things you might need to celebrate.* Download { Read More! }

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Nothing's better than a nice hug from the ones you love on Valentines day! Get this free printable Valentine over at Project Nursery. { Read More! }

fall typography

Thanks to the lovely Ashley Dickson, we have another beautifully curated collection of fonts to share with our readers just in time for fall projects. The modern and vintage mix of typefaces are just wonderful! You can click on the links below to find the original posters of these fonts and download them. If the links appear to be broken, a quick google search is sure to turn up a place to { Read More! }