Monday, October 27, 2008


I've been meaning to officially invite my girls to be bridesmaids for months. While I did ask my MOH to be my maid of honor the night we were engaged, I had been waiting to ask my other bms until I could think of a great way to do it! With five bms in 4 different cities, I knew I'd have to mail something to them. I took my time and came up with a sweet little bag of goodies for my favorite ladies!
These are three of the bags all ready to go. "T" was up in norcal for a family visit this weekend so I sent her down south with two other bm bags so I wouldn't have to deal with shipping these bad boys. I decided to turn the letters into magnets. I bought the unfinished wood at JoAnn's, stained them with a walnut finish, then tied them to the bag with a thin mauve ribbon.I was going for a proposal theme. I found these small boxes at Michael's for 50cents. I wrote on a white circle, "Will you" and fastened it with a sticky zot. The "ring" was a ring pop of course, nestled on some curly raffia I picked up at Big Lots. The white circle inside says: "say yes!"This brown accordian envelope was from Martha's line at Michael's. It holds five photos in 4x6 slots. I stamped our date on the outside with stamps I found at Tuesday Morning. I had the paint on hand. I has hoping it would come out less solid, but I think it still has the messy look I was going for. Inside the accordian envelope was my bridesmaid poem, three pictures (one from high school, one from college and one more recent). The bottom slot was a personal note I wrote to each bm. They turned out all mushy and sweet. It was nice to get to say some really meaningful things. It's been a while since I've told them how much they mean to me!
Inside the bag was a mix CD that I threw together. As you can see I didn't have any CD cases on hand so I printed the list of songs, along with an explanation of who it reminds me of on an envelope. I warned them that these are not the best songs in the world, but whenever I hear any of them it takes me back to a very specific memory of one of my girls!

I also included a notepad from the dollar bin at Michaels. I wrote out my Googlegroup site where I hope to be able to keep in touch with them regarding wedding business.

I love when people do this for their DIY so I'll break it down for ya:
Small White Gift Bags: 10 for $3.88 or 39 cents each x5= $1.95+tax
Unfinished Wood Letters: 99cents each= $5+tax
Thin Mauve Ribbon: about $4.00 for the spool, I used about half= $2.00
Brown Accordian Picture Envelopes: $1.99 each= $10.00+tax
CDs: borrowed from DF ;)=Free
Small Boxes: 50cents eachx5=$2.50+tax
Ring Pops: Two for $1= $2.50
Raffia: $2.50 ( I used about 1/20th of the package)
Stick on Magnet Strips: $2.99 for a pack of 6. I used three total= about $2.00
Notepads: $1 each=$5.00
Stamps: $3.00
Paint: Already had it= Free
Paper: Construction paper I had on hand= Free!

Grand Total: About $45 or $9/each with tax.
I will use so much of it for other projects that it actually breaks down to be less, but that's what I spent hunting down items for these bags-not bad!
I'm not a huge DIY person-so this was a big first step for me. I was with T when she opened hers and she was definitely excited! I can't wait for showers and dress shopping!


  1. Don't be so modest, this is DIY awesomeness to the max! Your girls are so lucky.

  2. Thanks girl! I just noticed my math flub. I fixed it...boy do I hate math!

  3. These are so great!! I bet they loved them! I especially love the CD with the list of who reminds you of which song... too cute!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. You are such a cool bride! Your BMs will love these!

  5. Wow, you're amazing! I would totally cry if you asked me to be your BM!

  6. Wow! These are REALLY great! This is some wonderful creativity and thriftiness! Yea for first weekend in October weddings! Hooray! I'm so excited for you! Kelly

  7. Fantastic!!! I love everything about them. So clever!

  8. Amy! You go girl - these rocked and I know the BM's will LOVE it. way to go!

  9. Oh my gosh! Those are so cute! I am sure that your bridesmaids will LOVE what you put together and especially appreciate the time, effort, and thought that went into the gifts! Awesome job!

  10. These are awesome! Great job.

  11. This is such a sweet project. I love it! I just did the standard ask (2 I gave hand-written notes, 1 I mailed a hand-written note, and 1 I asked very formally).