Gifts for the Girls


I may be a bit biased, but I think my bridesmaids scored some sweet SWAG for being a part of our big day :)

One thing I knew I wanted to do for sure was to make them something… because everyone just loves handmade goodies right?!?

I saw this awesome diy doily bag on Design*Sponge.

{image via Design*Sponge}

After reading through the full tutorial on Ashley Ann Photography’s blog I got to work on making one for each of my bridesmaids!

diy doily tote bag bridesmaids gifts

It took me a few trial/error bags but I eventually got the hang of it (the more spray adhesive the better!) and I was pretty pleased with how they turned out.

customized doily tote bags

For the initials I just printed off a letter in the size/font I wanted…carefully cut it out and then used the stencil that was left over to paint on each initial.  It really was a pretty simple project…so much so that I plan to make a few more as Christmas gifts this year!

The next thing I got for each of the girls was a pair of gray J Crew flip-flops (to match their J Crew BM dresses of course) to wear at the reception.  I tied cute purple ribbon around them and made a tag with each of their names…totally unnecessary but they sure looked cute!

flip flops for bridesmaids
{above 3 photos via author’s personal collection}

Then I figured I should probably get them something pretty to wear and remember the day by.  I opted for bracelets instead of necklaces or earrings.   Each of my girls have different personalities/styles and I wanted them to be able to show that with their own jewelry choices.  I found these cute ones on Etsy by Madebysam and had her use an amethyst stone to go with our purple color scheme.

bracelets madebysam etsy
{pic via madebysam}

They turned out really neat!!  I actually wish I had ordered one for myself as well…I ended up going sans-bracelet and necklace!

The last two things I threw in the bags were sorta last minute projects…and unfortunately I was in such a hurry to finish and package them all up that I didn’t snap any pics!!  I’m sorry!  I can still tell ya what they were though!!

We had a 2-day drive from Salt Lake City to Nebraska for the wedding…so I used that time to whip up some knitted coffee sleeves!  I tried to use a color of Noro that matched each of the girls’ favorite color.  I then picked up some $5 Starbucks gift cards, stuffed them in paper coffee cups, and slipped the sleeves on.  They turned out really cute…similar to the ones found here but shorter.

The very last thing I added to the bags were some ‘bridesmaid survival kits’ I threw together complete with kleenex, gum, bobby-pins, safety-pins, and a tide wipe.

Woo-Wee!!  My girls got a lot of fun stuff huh?

How did you thank (or plan to thank) your girls for being a part of your day?  Did you come up with something fun and unique?

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23 comments on “Gifts for the Girls

  1. love these ideas!!! i am on the hunt for wonderful bridesmaid gifts and i am loving these great gifts =)

  2. I love all your creative ideas. Those tote bags are just wonderful gifts to make for any occasion.

  3. Wow, these are seriously bomb. They kind of have that damasky look, but not exactly the same-ol same-ol. Not to mention I literally think that I and my fellow craft-tards could actually do this and have it look nice, which is saying something.
    .-= Elin’s most recent blog post: The Blowout Tote Sale at American Bridal =-.

  4. Caitlin writes...

    LOVE your BM gifts! I wish I was that craftsy/creative!
    For my BMs, I did a monogramed tote bag as well, but it was an insulated tote for picknics. I put a bottle of each of their favorite adult drinks into the bag (wine, pommagranite liquer…) and drinkware to go along with their favorite beverage. I also threw in some fun monogrammed cocktail napkins, and coasters, and some fun bottle stoppers, bottle openers, wine/food pairing books, as well as some bubble bath that was in a wine bottle! : )

  5. What kind of paint did you use for the tote bags!?! These are exactly what I’ve been looking for for my BMs!
    .-= Erin’s most recent blog post: mmmmmmgood! =-.

  6. Hey, to a fellow Nebraskan!

    I love every single one of these! The DIY bag is especially fun — I’d definitely need a few practice runs!

  7. A lovely diamond bracelet is an expensive gift for the gals but worth it. Currently in love with vintage style diamond bracelets!

  8. Ashley writes...

    Do you remember who you bought the bracelets from off of etsy? I love them and want 1 for myself!

  9. Vintage looks are all the rage atm. When we hire out our marquees many people are decorating them with vintage gear

  10. If you decide not to go with a gift on the gift registry or the couple did not set up a wedding gift registry, give some thought as to the interests of the couple.

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