Bling to Get Ready In and Tags for Bags

I’m combining these two crafts into one post because they are so stinking easy that I can’t justify talking about each one individually. That said, they both deserve a mention.

First off, let me just say I’m not the robe-wearing type, not that I don’t wish I was, but it’s not my thing. Needless to say, I won’t be getting ready for my wedding in a silky or plush robe. But I still wanted something special and fun to wear the morning of my wedding and that’s how I stumbled upon bling’d out tank tops.

Over the years my friends and I would decorate tank tops for special occasions, such as birthdays, class trips, and later, Superbowl parties. Tight and trashy, I always say! (I never say that, but as I was typing this post I realized how juvenile and funny it is that I prefer tight tanks to luxurious robes. HA.)

Anyway, I knew I wanted to wear a cute white tank top that said “Bride” but I also knew I didn’t want to pay a ton of money for one, so when I found these appliqués at JoAnn I snapped them up and took them to MN for MOH Big Eyes to assemble.

I wish I could say this is a really budget-friendly project, but it is not. Each appliqué is $4.99 and each shirt was about $8.00—$10.00 dollars depending on my coupons and where I bought them. I ended up making a total of seven getting ready shirts. One bride tank top for myself, a Maid of Honor tank for Sister, three bridesmaid tanks, a flower girl tank, and a t-shirt for Mom Sword.

Speaking of Mom Sword, her shirt is special and does not say Mother of the Bride. Mom Sword and I share a similar sense of humor, and her idea of being “funny” is calling herself a Queen, if I’m going to be the Princess of the wedding. She also enjoys joking about how young she looks and how myself, MOH Big Eyes, and her look like three sisters. Umm, yeaa. Riiiight. (She’s kidding but it’s a running joke in the family now.) Luckily I found something perfect for her, but she (and everyone else) will have to wait until the wedding day to see it!

The process for applying each word was very easy. You just have to make sure you line up the words against a straight edge and decide where you want them to lay on the “girls.” Then you peel off the backing and stick the words directly to the fabric.

The only tools needed are a wash cloth, an ironing board, and an iron, the ruler is optional. Place the cloth on top of the appliqué and then use an iron to adhere the appliqué to the shirt. Miss Sword Tip: Leave the iron on longer than it says on the package! The little jewels can be a bit tricky to work with.

Slowly peel back the piece of plastic and admire your beautiful work!

Next up, I made these adorable tags for our out-of-town guest bags and I did them all by myself!

Sorry for the blurring! That part says Miss Sword and Mr. Sword and the date of our wedding in fine tip black sharpie. The “all you need is love” part is a stamp. This was so easy. I bought tags, the stamp, and purple ink from JoAnn, and I used the leftover ribbon from wedding invitations to tie the tags to our OOTG bags.

I guess I forgot to take a picture of the tags tied on the bags, but I’ll just let you visualize it instead. Go. And I promise to do a post on what when into our OOTG bags at some point too!

(all photos personal)

What are you getting ready in on the big day? Anyone else make tags for their OOTG bags?


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
Groom Style
Kicking the Habit
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    calihoya 1130 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:51 am

    I’m going to have to do a robe or button down because I don’t want to ruin my hair/makeup by pulling something over my head, but I haven’t decided what exactly or if maids will get robes as gifts or something. I was thinking about doing tanks for the bachelorette though, they are so cute!

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    MaggieL 494 posts, Helper bee @ 9:07 am

    I used the exact same decals to make tanks/shirts for my BMs and flower girls (someone gifted me with one of those expensive Bride ones…only reason I didn’t make one for myself) and also used the same stamp on my invite envelopes and programs! I like your style.

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    star 659 posts, Busy bee @ 9:28 am

    I used that very same stamp for our invites — so cute, right? Love your tanks, too.

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    missmorganista 1607 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:05 am

    Those shirts are so cute. I’m going to have to make them for me and my ladies!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:35 am

    Your shirts are so cute!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 12:10 pm

    I bought those decals for my flowergirls as a gift on the day I asked them to be a part of our wedding. I love them! :)

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:12 pm

    Love that you made the tanks! They may not have been the cheapest, but I love how personal they are!

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 12:31 pm

    I am doing those as well, I am just not sure if I want to do T-shirts, tanks or something else. I had two bridesmaid ones left over from a wedding a I a part of a few years back and have accquired the rest of my with 40-50% coupons from JoAnns. Michaels actualyl has MOB and MOG ones as well which I got on clearance for about $1.50 each!!

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    cookie, Guest @ 2:20 pm

    Miss Sword, though some others have mentioned it already, I feel compelled to point out the coupons for both Michaels and JoAnn’s that should have been your best friends for this project. Sign up for the emails! Michaels takes JoAnn’s coupons and vice versa. Also, check out the vistaprint website or vistaprint goddess for lots of free paper goods (just pay shipping!). I did the tanks and since I had over a year to plan, hit up the end of the season sale/clearance at Old Navy to get them in our wedding colors. That said, props to you for being crafty! On vistaprint, I made hats for the groom, father of the bride, a T-shirt for the grooms’ bachelor party, a T-shirt for the Father of the Groom, pens with our logo for the guest book, welcome cards for the OOT bags, a banner for our sweets table and so much more and only paid to have the items shipped. It was all free!

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    MrsPadlock2B 488 posts, Helper bee @ 2:20 pm

    I’m totally making these they’ve been on my DIY wish lists for months but now that I know how they look I have to do them. I’ve already gotten my girls silk robes but it’d be nice if they had something to wear under the robe

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:34 am

    @cookie: thanks but I did use coupons! I was just saying the overall price for those interested.

    Thanks everyone, whoo-hoo tank tops! :)

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