Friday, January 17, 2014

DIY Bridesmaid Manicure Gift Bags

I have a saying when it comes to wedding stuff: If I can do it myself, I'm going to do it myself.

There's a lot of things on Pinterest that I see and fall in love with, but I absolutely know were made by a professional. Sure they're on Pinterest, but, as we've discussed before, not everything on Pinterest was done by the person who pinned it. So don't let it intimidate you. Don't feel like you have to DIY your entire wedding. That's ridiculous and time consuming and will make you absolutely hate the wedding planning process.

But the things you can do, absolutely do them yourself. Like these bridesmaid manicure gift bags that I put together in a grand total of 45 seconds (and that includes snapping two photos too).


I had purchased all these items previously when they were free. The proper planning goes a long way when you need to save money.

DIY Bridesmaid Manicure Gift Bags

What You'll Need:

  • Colored nail polish (I got Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Lively Lilac free at CVS after coupons)
  • Clear nail polish (I got Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in clear free at CVS after coupons)
  • Nail file (I got Revlon emery boards free at CVS  after coupons. These came in a pack of ten, which is the most cost effective. You could buy fashion ones for about $1 each, but cheap is better if you need to make multiples.)
  • Nail polish remover  (I picked up a trial size bottle free at CVS after coupons.)
  • Cotton balls (You guessed it, free at CVS after coupons. The bags are generally $3 for 300, so if you have to buy a bag, you're not breaking the bank)
  • Organza bag (You might have some lying around from other gifts. I've ordered items before and they've come in these small organza bags. I always save them because you never know when you might use them.)
  • Body lotion (that was free at Bath & Body Works; they used to do free promos all the time, but haven't lately.)


What You'll Do:

  • Put everything in the bag. Close it.

That's it. One step. It's crazy how simple this is. You really could go crazy and design personalized labels for the lotion and nail polish remover, but I don't really recommend it. The point of this is that it looks awesome and is quick and easy. Anything you do to complicate it will take away from it being quick and easy.

You could, however, spend a little time picking the polish. You could either buy the color that you would like the girls to wear (which, honestly, sounds a little too bridezilla-y to me) or you could buy the color that matches the bridesmaids' dresses (that's why I did. I don't expect them to wear it at the wedding because that would be a little too matchy-matchy but it'll be a nice way to remember the wedding and their dress every time they wear the polish).

BRIDAL BABBLE: What else would you add to these manicure gift bags if you were making them?


  1. Nice! I could use lip gloss in that bag too :)

  2. I was close I was thinking lip balm LOL! Since you can get it free with proper planning ;)

  3. I was thinking lip balm, since you can get it free with proper planning

  4. Nail Clippers would be nice to add in and maybe a toe seperater thing <I have no clue what it's really called, that way it could be a Manicure/Pedicure Gift Bag! :)