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will-you-be-my-maid-of-honorAlthough I have never been a wedding dreamer,  I have always been certain that I would be married with my sisters  by my side. Erin (28) and Kelly (22) are amazing women…smart, funny, talented, and strong-willed. Like most siblings, we’ve had our fair share of rough patches, but I love them with all my heart, and am very fortunate to count them among my very best friends.  I couldn’t stand the thought of choosing just one to be my Maid of Honor so I asked them both, and luckily for me, they were more than happy to share the role.

When I popped the question, I wanted to present each girl with a small gift:  something unique that referenced our sisterhood, but was also durable and  practical for day-to-day use. Jewelry is a great and lasting way to do this! After a little hunting and bargain-shopping, I came across the sterling ring set below, and snapped up three at a great price: one for each of them, and one for me. The rings are especially significant to me because the bands are intertwined, and feature the words faith, hope, and love, a subtle reference to 2 Corinthians, a traditional reading at many weddings and a beautiful piece of scripture. Three bands, three sisters, and a little bit of symbolism, all wrapped up in a simple, durable package. When it works, it works, right? :-)

I wear my ring every day, and Erin and Kelly are never without theirs, either, so I’d say they were a good pick!

All that fabulousness calls for some pretty wrapping, which brings me to today’s DIY: this nifty little gift box.

Kelly's Gift Box  (personal photo)
Kelly’s Gift Box
(personal photo)

Each of these beauties cost less than $1.00 because I had all but the boxes and thread on hand. With just a little bit of work, they were the perfect fit for the ring and a personal note to each sister.

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To make each gift box, you’ll need:

BSB_directions

  1. Remove hinges and latch from the box and set aside. Use the sandpaper to gently buff away any rough spots, etc., on the sides, edges, and underside of each box.
  2. Working carefully, use the craft brush to apply a thin coat of polyurethane to all outside surfaces of the box and lid. Let each coat cure at least 24 hours before adding the next one. I would recommend three coats for optimal finish. Helpful hint: apply polyurethane in one direction, rather than using a back-and-forth motion. This will keep the finished surface smooth. Gentle sanding (in one direction) between each coat is recommended between coats.
  3. Using the net insert of the box as a cross stitch grid, stitch the recipient’s first initial. I just eyeballed the center of the box and the height and width of the letter. I found that I had to go over each stitch three times in order to achieve the embroidered look I was going for.
  4. Measure and cut a piece of card stock to fit inside the lid, and use the glue gun to adhere it in place. Repeat with felt on the bottom interior of the box.
  5. Fill as you desire and get ready to ask your ‘maids!

Embroidery Detail
Embroidery Detail
(personal photo)

 

Interior With Note (personal photo)
Interior With Note
(personal photo)

The Finished Product (personal photo)
The Finished Product
(personal photo)

 

So, what do you think! I’d love to read/see your ideas for “popping” the question to your ‘maids!

Have a wonderful week!

Shannon

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About Shannon

Shannon is a sales representative, photographer, and student living in tiny Rhode Island. She and her fiancé, Matt, have been inseparable since they met in the fifth grade. In their spare time, they are working to update their tiny bungalow, and of course, plan their wedding, set for May 31, 2014!

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