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Bridesmaids’ Gifts

Sharing this blog with my darling sister Jessica means that she gets some spoilers before everyone else.  For instance, this darling little D.I.Y. wedding must have…

My bridesmaids have wonderfully to agreed to help Chris and I execute our DIY Wedding, but it’s been a bit of a hassle to keep track of people’s plans, and remember our DIY dates.  So, as a little gift, I hit the dollar store with Mom and we found these nifty little 2012 Student Planners.  Really nothing to look at, aesthetically, but functionally were perfect for what I had in mind.

Using scrapbook paper in various patterns, I “reupholstered” the covers, and now have a personalized DIY Wedding Date Book for my girls to keep track of planning days and crafting sessions.

What you’ll need:

What you'll need...

  • day planner
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • scrapbook paper (thin, card stock is too thick)
  • mini hole punch
  • leaf scrapbook punch (or any shaped punch)
  • (2) 12″ lengths of yarn/twine/ribbon
  • Felt-tipped pen

STEP 1-4: Prep the Paper

Line up your planner with the scrapbook paper. (You can use a ruler to measure instead, but I couldn't find mine.)

Mark where you'll be cutting.

Cut. I was lucky and had a lined pattern to follow, but you may want to pencil a straight line using your ruler on the backside.

Glue the backside of the scrapbook paper.

STEPS 5-11 : Adorn your Planner

Press the planner onto the glued scrapbook paper, folding over the edges.

(Back view)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the small hole puncher, punch one hole in both the front and back cover, just about at the middle of the page.

Punch out your fun shape- our wedding is a forest theme, so I used an oak leaf punch.

Save the leaf scrap for a later project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using your felt-tipped pen, write the date of your wedding on the leaf.

Using your small hole punch, punch a hole at the base of the leaf.

Cut your yarn to at least 12". (You'll be tying it later, so don't make it too short!)

Fold your yarn piece in half and thread through the hole on the leaf and through the hole on the front cover of the planner. (Make sure your date is on top!)

Pull the tail end of the yarn through to secure the leaf to the cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat those two steps with the back cover (minus the leaf).

The Finished Product

Tie the yarn into a bow. Personalize the front cover with your bridesmaids' names, or write a note. Voila! A simple D.I.Y. gift from you to your girls!

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