Bridal Shower in a Box

Boy is it wedding season. I've had a handful of college friends tying the knot this summer, and I haven't been able to attend all of the grand festivities. To honor one of my dear friends, I compiled the bridal shower essentials, and a fun surprise, and mailed the goodies off to arrive a few days before her shower.

Her wedding invitation was a gorgeous combination of melon and sky blue, and I used these colors as inspiration for the hand-made portion of the box. I adore the signs by The Paper Mama, and wanted to make my own version that my friend could use as a decoration at her shower. Here is the finished product.

I chose to make my letter squares 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches because the box meant to hold the sign was 4 x 4 inches. I cut out 11 squares in the sky blue paper and set them aside.

Next, I spelled out the letters in a word document, and experimented with the font size to fit them to the blue squares. Then I cut out the black letter outline and traced them onto the melon colored paper. Having stencils would work well, and save time.

Once the letters were cut out of the melon paper, I attached them to the blue squares with a glue stick. For the ampersand, I chose to use an X-Acto knife rather than scissors. I also used the melon-colored paper to make two large hearts for the beginning and end of the sign. I used a mini hole punch in the upper right and left corners of each square, and threaded blue and white striped baking twine.

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Finally, I attached the hearts to the edges of the twine with scotch tape.

I secured the completed sign in a box, taping the first heart to the box top, so the sign could be easily removed without becoming tangled.

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I also chose to include a gift card to one of her registry sites, a set of thank you notes, nail polish, and a mini emergency kit with mints, deodorant, a first aid kit, and a few travel size medications.

I wrapped everything in tissue the same color as her invitation, and sent it off with a note on the box to open before the shower.

It was fun to make, and a nice way to celebrate with her from afar!