A Charming Reminder of my Dear Online Friends

I feel very, very fortunate to have been chosen as a bee.  You have already talked me down from the cliff numerous numerous times already and I’m so eternally grateful.

While this community meant a lot to me before I became a bee, becoming a bee has helped to shape my planning process so so much. You guys rock, really.

Thus, like many of my fellow bees, I have chosen to carry a few things with me so I can have the hive with me on the big day.

via Mrs. Pain Au Chocolat / Photo by Heather Fowler Photography

I’m so excited to carry the bee charms. I really love how it connects all of us together. In addition to the bee charms though, I also wanted something that represents a more personal connection to the hive. Long before I became a bee, I fell in love with the idea of having my moniker charm attached to my bouquet like many, many other bees ahead of me.

You have no idea how seriously jealous I was of those cute adorable charms. I desperately wanted to be a bee, but I was sure that by the time I was able to apply, they would have ran out of adorable icon ideas, and I would be stuck with something awful, like Miss Pimple.

Thus, when the current generation came out, I was so excited that I might get a cute animal as my moniker (thanks Mrs. Bunting!)

Like most other details in this wedding, I had to make it myself, half because I’m stubborn and cheap, and half because I really couldn’t find anything I liked on Etsy.

I took a bit of the leftover clay from my plate project and rolled it into a ball. I attached limbs, a tail, and sculpted a face. I made a little bamboo stick for my little panda to hold. I bent a pin in half to make the loop.



Ffinally, a use for my biology textbook.


Of course, often times after you make something, you keep looking at it and looking at it and the weirder it looked every time. Well, I kept looking at it and more and more, it started to look a little alien like.

I have so much admiration for people who make these gorgeous charms. It’s definitely not as easy as it looks.


I ultimately created an army of little pandas trying to get something that I like. The left one was a disaster from the get go. The second he came out of the oven, his head fell off…it was pretty horrifying. So after I super-glued his head back on (and managed to glue my fingers together in the process), I added eyes and a mouth with a marker and really hated it, ugh. Apparently eyes are really hard to make look correctly, it’s really easy to make it look like Derpy Hooves.

The one in the middle is the current iteration. I’m still not 100% happy with it, but it’s close. You can’t tell from this angle, but he’s really weird shaped, and his back is covered in black clay marks.


They aren’t nearly as tiny as Mrs. Pain au Chocolat’s, but I still like it. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to glaze it to make sure the individual parts stay together, but I do like it a lot. I can’t wait to carry her on the big day. So, what do you think?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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  1. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:58 am

    I just can’t believe you made that yourself. It’s pretty amazing, Panda!

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    mz2handgrip 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:00 pm

    LOL @ Miss Pimple. Very creative & I think its adorable!

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:00 pm

    I think adding a nose would make it look a lot more complete

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    AstoriaK 1562 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:05 pm

    Cute but definitely in need of a nose!

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    kmarie719 795 posts, Busy bee @ 12:19 pm

    I agree, a nose would help, and possibly smaller whites of the eyes.

    If you make another attempt, connect all of the parts with pieces of toothpicks, simply baking it as one item isn’t enough of a bond.

    If you want the eyes to be the same shape, make the cutouts with the clay layered.

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 12:47 pm

    I think it’s super adorable and a nose would definitely help! :D But it’s definitely adorable!

  7. buffalo Member
    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:00 pm

    I Love how they turned out!! They will look AWESOME on your bouquet!!

    And I will totally admit (with no shame) that the first time I applied I so desperately wanted to be Miss Coach that I went through and looked for charms on etsy while I was still waiting to hear back about my app!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 1:08 pm

    So cute!! :D Congrats on making it yourself!!

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    LissaBeans 340 posts, Helper bee @ 1:22 pm

    These are great…although a Miss Pimple charm would have been a lot easier to make :) just roll a bit of red clay into a ball and VOILA!

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    biz, Guest @ 1:40 pm

    you don’t need to glaze it to keep the parts together. However if you want it shiny – you could always paint in with clear nail varnish x That’s what I do with my charms

  11. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 2:01 pm

    Hey – sculpting stuff is hard work! It takes a lot of patience and skill and I think these turned out awesome, especially considering the small scale! You say the one of the left was a disaster but I think it’s really cute! I think the face makes it look adorable. Maybe you could add a face with permanent marker?

  12. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:08 pm

    So cute, I can’t believe you made this yourself!

  13. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:08 pm

    I have no idea how those etsy ladies get those charms so tiny! They must have little elves helping them out. (Thanks for the shout out! How cool that you decided to DIY your charm.)

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:12 am

    Aw! I loved having a sunhat charm w/ me on my wedding day. I like that you are making it yourself. Add a nose and you are all set! So cute.

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    LaurenMcGovern 57 posts, Worker bee @ 5:57 am

    I wish I was this creative! I really want to use charms in my wedding decor but I am having a really hard time finding something that represents us as a couple while still fitting into the theme I am going for. I just keep scanning the shelves!

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