Hey, Show Me Your Box: Asking My Ladies

There are many wedding-related ideas that make the rounds, and probably get pinned by every bride-to-be ever. But since I’ve already told you how I can’t have Pinterest, I have to find my ideas the old-fashioned way. Well, kind of—I still love me some Google!

So, if you’re on Pinterest, or any other wedding site, you’ve probably seen these lovelies. This beauty was my inspiration. I wanted to ask my bridesladies in a “cute” way, while providing them with plenty of information (to make an informed decision before saying yes, of course).  Enter, the bridesmaid boxes.

My inspiration / Image via Rinse. Repeat.

Now, apparently there are tons of places you can buy these on Etsy, but I’m stubborn and deem myself crafty, so I say: I can make those!

Throughout the course of our engagement, I’ve reunited with my old favorite crafting friends, JoAnn, Michael, and Pat. So, I set off to see JoAnn, debit card, coupons, and lofty goals in hand.

Now, when I say lofty goals, I truly mean lofty. I think at one point I was toying with the idea of buying the boxes, burning the ladies’ names on the lids with my old woodburner, and finishing the boxes with a nice stain. At another point, I was planning on lining the boxes with fabric in our wedding colors.

Go ahead, you can laugh at me now.  It’s OK—that’s what happens with DIY and lofty crafting goals!

Now let me tell you what happened when reality set in.

I purposely set out when I knew that these cigar boxes were on sale, and I had coupons as well. I loooooove saving money on craft supplies everything! I grabbed four of the boxes, and skipped over to fabric to try to find a nice fabric in our wedding colors. Womp, womp. Of course I couldn’t find any fabric that I liked.

Undeterred, I cha-cha’ed over to the scrapbooking section to find some nifty scrapbooking paper in our wedding colors. Perfect! I was a bridal genius, you guys! Nothing could stop this DIY train.

Except I couldn’t find anything in the right shade in scrapbooking paper, either. Womp, womp.

Now, it may have just been because I had unrealistic expectations about our wedding colors, but the world didn’t seem to have the same ideas for colors as I had in my head. So, like any discouraged, naughty DIY’er, I let those bad boys sit in my dining room for a few months before I did anything else with them. Curious to see if my crafting mojo resurfaced? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

Did you have a DIY train derailed during wedding planning? Do you have tips to help a DIY bride get her groove back? Tell me I’m not the only one who dances through craft stores”¦

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Miss Parisian

Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Wedding Date:
September 2014
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    msllama 236 posts, Helper bee @ 6:14 pm

    Hahaha…I feel like that darn box is on every Pinterest board! I actually have it on my blog post related to asking my maids…but posted as a “yeah, I can’t afford this so I’m not doing it!” Can’t wait to see how yours turned out though, lol!

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    bighornsheep 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:12 pm

    As a DIY failure, I have no tips to give you. But I’m really interested in how this turns out! Mr Big made our wine box, including making the skeleton that sits the wine and laying fabric over it. Let me tell ya, he was NOT a patient man that week, LOL!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:42 pm

    My DIY train got derailed often. The only thing that got me going was promising myself I could drink wine and watch old episodes of How I Met Your Mother while I did them. Good luck with your project. And yes, I have danced through Michaels many a time!

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    Beck, Guest @ 1:26 am

    I put on my crafty thinking cap and OFCOURSE from pintrest inspiration and DIY . Turned out GREAT and very cheap. I can’t figure out how to post a pick but when I do I will post :)

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 am

    I can totally relate to starting something, getting discouraged when it doesn’t work out perfectly, and then setting it aside for later… I hope you were able to finish them!

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    Mrs. Milk Cow 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:02 am

    I totally teared up in Joann’s when I couldn’t find the ribbon I needed for our save the dates, so I understand not being able to find fabric and paper you like!

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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 7:27 am

    @Miss Llama: Yeah, these weren’t really gifts as much as just informative, but they didn’t cost much.
    @Mrs. Bighorn Sheep: I’m pretty sure Monsieur P thinks I’m insane when he sees me painting/cutting/crafting at the dining room table, but I think he’s learning to just leave me alone when he sees that I’m in that mode!
    @Mrs. Gondola: That’s my favorite kind of crafting! ;)
    @Mrs. Bicycle: Spoiler: I did! The finale should be coming soon ;-)
    @Miss Milk Cow: lol I just couldn’t find anything in the right colors, and it was crazy! I didn’t think I was being that crazy specific about the shades, but maybe it was just a bad time of year or something.

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 8:37 am

    Craft store, office supply store, hardware store… all dance-worthy!

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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 8:44 am

    @Mrs. Road Trip: hah yes! Love office supply stores as well. Not as great at dancing in hardware stores because I usually end up frustrated! ;-)

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:28 am

    Man, crafting got me into trouble. I love it so much but I had so many half-finished projects!

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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 9:34 am

    @Mrs. Campfire: That’s what I’m afraid of and why I need to get my butt in gear! I have 2 in progress right now… oops.

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:32 am

    Haha, loved the title and your description of events. I think we’ve all been there. I remember when I decided to make my own cathedral veil, at some point, I found myself in the middle of my living room wrapped in yards of tulle, thinking to myself: WHAT did I get myself into this time! Haha. Can’t wait to see how it all came together though.

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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:49 am

    @Mrs. Waterfall: HAHA I can totally picture that! Sometimes we get in over our heads with unrealistic ideas, but it works out okay. ;-)

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    nowdontletsbesilly 1489 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:02 am

    Finding the right colors was impossible for me too! I think the crafting gods choose what colors will be available, and don’t think to consult us. I wanted a pure bright pink, so of course everything was coral. So annoying!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:57 am

    Sigh. RIP puzzle piece place cards/magnet favors. RIP.

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    mrsjordan53014 327 posts, Helper bee @ 4:15 pm

    I made one and I’d love to show you, but I can’t post a picture here. I’m pretty proud of it too. I also got the idea off of Pinterest.

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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 7:52 am

    @NowDontLetsBeSilly: So true! ;-) I love coral so I would be okay with that too, but finding the dream shade is so difficult. You’ll see later that I’ve pretty much just given up and am accepting what the world has to offer. LOL
    @Mrs. Palm Tree: RIP. But it all worked out!
    @mrsjordan53014: send me a PM or post it in the boards!

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