Like many brides, I was under a tight budget for my wedding, but I didn’t want to skimp on meaningful presents for my bridesmaids. Rather than blowing my budget on expensive customized gifts, I learned how to make personalized presents that the girls loved!
- Patterned Cardstock
- Kraft Paper
- Decorative Punch (Optional)
- String (I used cooking twine)
- Gel Pen
- Clothes Hanger
- Embossing Glue Pen and Powder
- Embossing Heat Gun
First, cut your base for the jewelry box. You’re essentially cutting out a square with “petals” that reach 2/3 across the square. You can be creative here and decorate the insides of your boxes with layers of paper for texture. I created a 3D liner by gluing a paper stand to the inside of the base and attaching a decorative square on top. (yes, that is a heart glue dollop for some extra love!)
Next, cut out your platform where you’ll be inserting the jewelry. I used a push pin to create holes for earrings, but you can easily adapt this to cut a slit for a ring, cuff-links, or necklace!
You can play with your platform design, but ensure it is 3D to allow space for the back of the jewelry. This effect is created by folding the paper into a “table” structure like the image above. Once your paper cut outs are ready, happy gluing!
Once you’ve made the box, cut out and decorate tags for your lucky recipient. I used kraft paper for the tags and cut out a piece of the decorative cardstock to match the jewelry boxes. It would look too busy to write directly on the paper, but the matching edge gives it a nice cohesive feel. Once your tags are ready, use a piece of string to tie your boxes together and attach the gift tags.
As a final touch, I purchased some dark wooden hangers and wrote each bridesmaid’s names on the hangers using gold embossing powder to give it a polished look. We used the hangers to hang the bridesmaids dresses for the wedding day photo shoot and they made for a nice memento afterwards.