Thursday, January 13, 2011

The One When I Proposed (A Tutorial)

Like many engaged couples out there, TB and I are working within a budget. The nice thing about working within a budget is that it stretches our creativity and maximizes our resourcefulness. Still, we want our wedding to be reflective of us -- nothing pretentious, nothing too frilly. Just simple, down-to-earth, and laid-back...and possibly crafty (or maybe that'd be just me?).

Which brings us to my first wedding-related craft. I wanted to ask my friends and relatives to be part of our special day in the most crafty way. So I made proposal boxes.

I got inexpensive craft boxes and painted them white. After the white pain had dried, I painted purple over it. Then I used Mod Podge as a sealant. If you don't have Mod Podge, you can use a mixture of equal parts water and glue.

I got some silk fabric and cut them into circles of different sizes. Don't worry about cutting uneven circles. They would turn out to be imperfectly perfect.

Light a candle and then singe the edges of the silk circle cutouts until the edges curl up.

Place three circles on top of each other (smallest circle in the innermost). I got a purple button and sewed it through the circles.

Put the circles aside. Meanwhile, I printed the words "Will you be my bridesmaid/maid of honor?" onto cardstock, cut it out, and taped it onto the inside of the box lid.

I cut out another circle using cardstock...

...and snipped around the edges.

And then I folded the snipped edges. I used a cutter to cut a slit in the middle.

I used hot glue to stick the fabric flower onto the box lid and inserted a ring into the slit in the box.

It turned out to be quite a surprise for them -- much like a real proposal. Here's my maid of honor, smiling from ear to ear.

Bridesmaid #1

Bridesmaid #2

Bridesmaid #3 whom I haven't met up with yet but she knows already. :) Ate Lib'z, if you're reading this, your box is still with me. Teehee!

With the proposal over, it's time to get to the nitty-gritty...and we don't have much time! Until then, happy crafting!

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