Which means I get one shot to make an impression.
I found this wonderful idea on Something Turquoise and I knew it was what I had to do.
I took these photos back in November, when I actually made them, but I couldn't post this until I asked all my bridesmaids. I asked them all at my engagement party, except one, who wasn't able to make it, so I had to wait until I saw her in January.
Now that they've all been proposed to, I can post the tutorial.
Now, back in November, I didn't think that it would be smart to actually assemble all the necessary craft items and take a photo like my other awesome amazing DIY tutorials. Sorry about that.
What You'll Need:
Pink construction paper
Red construction paper (My engagement party color was red, so I did red and pink. You can choose any two colors you want)
White construction paper
Ring Boxes (Michaels sells these for $2.99)
Rings (I picked these up at Claire's for $7.99 for a package of four)
What You'll Do:
Place the ring box at the end of the construction paper.
Cut an entire strip. Don't worry about measuring now. Just cut the whole strip. It's easier.
Now measure. Wrap the strip around the box and cut it so there is a bit of overlap, but not too much.
Cut the strip, leaving about three-quarters or so. You want some of the box to show through for dramatics. But, you don't want to cut the strip too soon or you'll have an issue with the next few steps.
Cut out a pink heart, just about the size of the red strip.
Write "Will you ... " on it.
I'm gonna suggest against red pen. I was trying to have it match the stripe, but it is so faint. Not good.
So I re-wrote them in black. Much better.
Add a dab of glue to the heart and affix it to the red strip.
I added a white heart to one of them so I knew it was for my Maid of Honor.
Cut a white sheet of paper the size of the back of the ring box, dab a dollop of glue, and affix it to the back of the box.
Finish your proposal.
Seven of mine finished with, "Be my bridesmaid?" and one finished with "Be my Maid of Honor."
I added a little pink heart on them, just because it looked a little plain with me.
Stick a ring in the box. That one above, it's one I got out of a candle, but it's what I had on hand when I was making these. I wasn't sure what type of ring to put in them. Costume jewelry. Random jewelry I had that I didn't want. Rings from the arcade.
And then ...
Like I said, perfect.
After all your rings are in the boxes, close them, and close with the strip. I didn't glue it down; I wrapped it tightly and put a dollop of glue on the paper, then affixed the other flap to it. That way, you could slide the strip on and off if you wanted.
And, finally ... propose to your bridesmaids.
The above, that's a complete reenactment of the moment, exactly six seconds after I handed her the box. I didn't get down on one knee when I asked my girls, but for sake of this photo, I did.
BRIDAL BABBLE: How did you ask your bridesmaids?
*Idea adapted from Something Turquoise.
Photos property of A Bride On A Budget.