"Be My Maid Of Honor?" A Gift Box Tutorial
Although I have never been a wedding dreamer, I have always been certain 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.
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.
To make each gift box, you'll need:
- a small wooden gift box (similar, I got mine for .60 with a 40% off coupon or this one from Amazon)
- embroidery thread
- card stock
- fine grit sandpaper
- foam craft brush
- small Phillips' Head screwdriver
- hot glue gun
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fill as you desire and get ready to ask your ‘maids!
So, what do you think! I'd love to read/see your ideas for “popping” the question to your ‘maids!
Have a wonderful week!