Well – I am officially feeling old! No, not because I am closer to 40 than 30, not because D tells me “You getting old, Mama” and proceeds to demand I squat down so he can examine my grey hair…I am feeling old because I have been invited to the first wedding of a neighbor I used to babysit! How is it possible that I am old enough to be attending the wedding of a child I used to babysit!?! All that aside…I am super excited because I am about to get crafty with the bridal shower gift and I am pumped about it! (this is also my first post about one of my DIY ideas! Fun!!)
I had two challenges with her Bridal Shower:
- She is moving to Hawaii shortly after her wedding, and being on the inner circle of accomplishing a move of such magnatude and distance, I am well aware of the challenges a move like this can present. As such, I did not want to give her a gift that she would need to ship, box up and store away here at home, or need the hastle of returning.
- The Bridal Shower Invitation said “Please Bring Gift Unwrapped for Everyone to See!“
My solution to challenge #1 was resolved when I found personalized luggage tags on http://www.qualtry.com. They were perfect! Light, practical and possibly one of the first gifts they will get with their new last name together! Out of curiousity, I went to one of her registries and saw that it had a ‘Dream Fund‘ – an online gift card I could contribute to that the couple can shop with at a later point. Perfect! Money and gift cards travel easy!
Challenge #2 took a bit more creativity! How do I bring my gift to the shower unwrapped when it will look so little and ‘value-less’. I kicked the left side of my brain into action…here is what I came up with!
I needed a way to display the luggage tags so they fit in with all the other gifts on the table. Luggage tags, luggage tags…a suitcase! I need to display them on a suitcase. Real suitcase…too big. Kids suitcase…too hoaky. I will make a suitcase! To the recycling bin I went!!
A graham cracker box was the first thing to jump out at me! That would function as the form for my suitcase. Sourcing a few other craft materials I started my project with the below items:
Next was to cover the suitcase and make a strap! Packaging brown paper covered the box and an off cut of vegan leather with a few little heart studs finished off the strap! Now I had a clean slate to decorate.
Aiming for a Hawaiian theme I added some surfboards, and their married initial ‘B’ and ofcourse made a quick reference to the additional portion of the gift which was a donation to their Dream Fund.
The finished Product.
My suitcase on the gift table!
Have you had to get creative with a gift? I would love to hear about it!