Decorative Candy Jar

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By Dara

A few nights ago I had a phone conversion with a friend of mine.  He’s been going out with his girlfriend for almost three years.  Actually, their third year anniversary is coming up pretty soon.  Like most men, he’s pretty clueless about finding the perfect gift.  So he ask me for some advice. 

I wasn’t too sure myself what a perfect gift for her would be.  However, after listening to my friend go on and on about how much he cares for her and wants to be more stable before settling down, I finally thought of a great gift.   

I told him to give her a promise ring.  However, I told him not to hand it over that easily.  The next day we headed over to ikea to pick up a small spice jar.  It pretty much looks like a miniture cookie jar.  Then we went back to my place, where I had a closet filled with M&J Trimming supplies.  We measured and cut 8″ x 8″ of silk fabric using mandial pinking shear scissors.  This scissor helps keep the fabric from fraying.  Then wrapped it using 1mm rattail.  It help to keep the fabric in place like how you see in the photo.  For decoration we used some matching braided buttons (#11884).  It looked really nice on the rattail. 

Finally, we placed my friend and his girlfriend’s picture inside the jar using double sided tape.  He placed the ring inside and filled it up with candy.  We also added a tag and it was ready. 

The idea was for her to think that all he gave her was a pretty jar of candy with their picture inside.  However, it’s not until the she finishes the candy that she’ll realize he gave her a promise ring.  It might take her a while to finish the candy before she finds the ring.  Like love, all good things takes time and patience. 

By the way, that’s not a picture of them that you see.  I had to recreate the gift since he’s giving her the one we made together this weekend.  You can use this idea for wedding favors or bridal gifts also.  Minus the ring of course. 

Bridesmaid Organza Beaded Necklace

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By Kristin

 

Your flowers are picked, the tuxes are rented and the invitations have all been sent out.  You thought you were finished with the wedding plans when you remembered that you need gifts for your attendants. 

Like most brides, I gave my girls jewelry to wear on the day of, but made sure it was something they could wear again and again over the years.  It seems that a lot of web sites offer jewelry you can buy, but I find it all looks the same after a while. 

This week’s blog is devoted to making a custom necklace that your bridesmaids will love.  It’s fast and easy to make and perfect for a summer or fall wedding.  The colors are also very easy to change according to the colors of your wedding.  I just chose green because it was so pretty and vibrant.  Use this tutorial to make a necklace inspired by mine, or copy it exactly, the options are endless!

 

Materials:

 

Hardware:

Instructions: 

  1. The first step is to glue the rhinestone into the center hole of the flower charm.  Dab a tiny amount of glue into the hole using a pin or toothpick, and then drop the stone into it with the tweezers.  Let this dry for 10 minutes.
  2. Once the rhinestone is dry, you can glue the charm to the center of the shell pendant.  Put a little bit of glue on the back of the flower (not too much or it will ooze out the sides), and stick it on the shell.  Let this dry while you work on the ribbon necklace.
  3. String a bead onto the ribbon 2″ from the end, and make a knot on either side to keep it in place.  Make a knot about 1 ½” – 2″ away from the bead you just did, string on a bead, make another knot on the other side of the bead, repeat until you have all the beads knotted and strung leaving 2″ on each end of the ribbon.
  4. String a clamshell clamp on the end of one of the ribbons and make a double knot right at the end, dab a little glue here and let dry, repeat with the other side.  When the glued ends are dry you can clamp the clamshell closed.  This will give a nice finished end to the ribbon so it doesn’t fray over time.
  5. Using the pliers add an open jump ring to the cent of the ribbon and add the pendant, close the jump ring.
  6. Use the pliers to add the closure to the end clamps as well.
  7. Wrap up your completed necklace in a pretty box for your bridesmaids to wear on the big day.