Having good friends as bridesmaids can be a total lifesaver. Not only do these gals agree to wear whatever dress you select, they also listen to disappointments and help with projects. That is why it’s nice to start off on a high note.
Asking your pals to be bridesmaids is a big deal, so celebrate that with a custom keepsake box. Today I’ll be sharing how I transformed a basic wooden craft box into a great gift for your future bridesmaids.
I started out with a square wooden box that has a hinge and clasp. I bought mine at Michaels, but most craft stores carry a variety of unfinished wooden boxes.
Next, I got started on painting. On the entire outside I did a solid coat of white craft paint. On the inside I used a lime green paint to add a little pop of color.
After those base coats were done, I got started on customizing the box. I’ve seen some really cute designs with the actual words “will you be my bridesmaid?” painted on the inside. I think that’s really cute, but I wanted to create something that had a little bit more sticking power so that my buddy would use the box for years to come. I still wanted it to be personalized, so I painted my friend’s name on the inside.
In order to keep my lettering even, I first transferred the design. I printed my wording onto plain copy paper and used white chalk to color in the back. Next, I taped my design on the inside of the box. I used the tip of a mechanical pencil (without the lead sticking out), to trace over the outside edges of my lettering. When I removed the piece of paper, there was a light outline of my words. I used that to guide my painting. You’ll want a small detail brush to recreate the fine lines of text.
After my inside wording was painted, I moved on to the outside. I wanted a varied stripe pattern on the top of my box, so I got some painter’s tape to mark off my edges. Since my tape was too wide for such a small box, I needed to cut it down to size. To make even lines of painter’s tape, I stuck long pieces of tape to my self healing mat board and cut strips with an Xacto knife and ruler.
I created very thin strips of painter’s tape and slightly wider strips, and the tape was still sticky. I layered these across the top of my box, going diagonally. I did a semi-random pattern of alternating stripe sizes and distance between each piece of tape.
Once I was happy with my tape pattern, I go to painting. I used yellow and light blue craft paint and a small brush to apply alternating swatches of color.
After I was happy with the coverage, I peeled my tape off. You don’t want to wait for the paint to completely dry before removing the tape, because some paint may also peel up.
I’m really happy with how this box came out. Depending on what type of paint you used, you may want to spray a quick coat of acrylic paint sealer on top.
When sending this to ask a friend to be your bridesmaid, you can include photos, mementos, candy, little alcohol nips bottles, nail polish, confetti, or any other fun goodies you can think of.
About Lauren: I’m an adventurous and friendly red head living in upstate New York. While I have a background in Marketing and Communications, I am currently doing freelance writing and focusing on my own blog, The Thrifty Ginger. I love planning events and focusing on the little details, so stick around for fun projects. Follow me on Google.