This is such an easy and charming do it yourself, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” gift! Emily wants her wedding to have an ethereal quality and these little gifts actually have that feel, don’t they?
When Emily came over to make these gifts, we had a vague idea of how we would create them. She brought the keys, some tags, and ribbon she found at Hobby Lobby. She laid out her vision and we began to make it happen.
First, I introduced her to PicMonkey.com.
Not only can you edit pictures on PicMonkey, but you can also design cards, posters, labels, etc. We used one of the Papyrus textures as a background. (A lot of the features are free but some require an inexpensive membership. The papyrus texture is one of those.)
Then, Emily chose an overlay from the arboriculture selection. She decided she wanted one right side up and one upside down.
Next, she chose the text for the names and the “Will you be my bridesmaid? She chose another typeface for, “The key to my perfect day, would be to have you by my side.”
It’s easy to move things around and try numerous typefaces until the perfect one is found. When she was happy with her choice, we saved the card to the computer, changed the name on the card, and saved it to the same file. The ‘bridesmaid’ on the last two cards was changed to “Maid of Honor” and then, “Man of Honor” and the appropriate names were inserted on each of those.
We had thought about gluing the printed cards onto the tags Emily had bought. After considering, though, we decided to use one of the tags as a template. The tag was centered on each of the printed cards, the shape was traced with a pencil, and then carefully cut with scissors.
Then, using the small hole as a template, we marked where the hole would be punched. We liked it better on the edge versus the top.
The ribbon was threaded through the key and then through the hole. When you are tying in a case like this, don’t tie a knot! Instead, thread through the hole, pull up a loop to tie. Wrap around your thumb, just as you would normally tie, and then pull the loop through.
Tying the knot first makes the bow ‘wonky‘. It lays nice and flat if you just avoid that first knot.
I asked if she was planning to put these in a box. She considered that and we talked about small gift boxes. It just so happened that I had bought a ‘Gift Box Punch Board’ awhile back. (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any purchase at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting this website!)
There was also some decorative paper in my stash, which worked out perfectly. The sheets were 12″ x 12″ and that size makes a perfect 4″ x 4″ square box. The instructions are on the punch board and pretty easy.
One piece of paper creates the box. It folds completely shut and there is no need for a lid.
A slit on each of the four corners creates the closures.
Emily had the idea of placing the key and the tag on a bed of moss. It just so happened that there was a little of the reindeer moss leftover from the Easter egg mantel project this spring. Regular moss looks nice but it is a little more rough. The reindeer moss is soft and has a nice smell, too. It made the perfect soft little bed for the key and tag. Emily had to make a trip to the dollar store to pick up some more but isn’t it perfect?
The final step was adding a ribbon. These are tied with one continuous piece of ribbon. You can find step by step instructions here►DIY Ribbon Bow.
So, here they are all wrapped up and ready to go! We are both excited for today when she gets to give these “Will you be my bridesmaid?” gifts to her future attendants! Wedding dress shopping is on the agenda this afternoon…