About Doggone Time for a Wedding Gift

16 09 2009

Let me begin by saying that this post has nothing to do with Hamlet, dogs, pets, or animals in general.  It is a little DIY (do it yourself, for those of you living in the Dark Ages) project that I have been working on since my dear friend Teresa got married last November.  This project happens to be my gift to Teresa and her husband for their wedding.  Yes, I realize that it’s now September but doesn’t Emily Post say that we technically have one year to give wedding gifts?

I just had to share this project with you because I think it’s a great idea for a wedding or shower gift.  And you can certainly put your own spin on it for a baby shower gift, birthday, or anything else you can put your mind to.

It’s a tray that has been personalized with invitations, photos and embellishments.  Use a tray with a glass insert (I bought mine online from Barnes and Noble here) so that you can put the invitations and photos underneath the glass.

The Barnes and Noble Venice Espresso Photo Tray

The Barnes and Noble Venice Espresso Photo Tray

I removed the photo mat so that I had more space to work with.  Of course I forgot to take photos along the way, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

I used the bridal shower invitation, save the date card (cut in half so both sides are visible), wedding invitation, engagement announcement from the groom’s hometown newspaper, and a photo of the couple from the wedding (actually the thank you card they sent to each guest) as the eye candy in this masterpiece.  Silk flower petals and leaves and the word “love” cut out from wrapping paper provided the icing on the cake.  I arranged these items on the piece of paper that was in the tray behind the photo mat so I was sure to work with the right dimensions and knew exactly what would fit where.

I then used the tray backing (the piece that slides into the tray to provide the back) to trace a guide on the wrapping paper.  I cut out the rectangle of wrapping paper which provided the background for the invitations and photo.  I moved the cards, photo, and embellishments from the paper to the corresponding spot on the tray (be sure to put them face down).  Then I put the wrapping paper face down on top of the cards and photo.   I added the piece of paper that I had the cards and photo on and the foam-ish pad-like thingy (the inserts that came with the tray) behind the wrapping paper to make sure it was a nice, tight fit and the cards and stuff wouldn’t slide around.  I didn’t use any tape.  I’m sure you could but I just moved everything around about ten times until I got it just right.

The finished product

The finished product

Now I will wrap up this bad boy and gift it to my friend just two months shy of her one year anniversary.  I am justifying my tardiness by telling myself if I were married it would be fun to get gifts almost a year later because it would be like stretching out my wedding into one long year of fun instead of just one day.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Supplies and the finished product

Supplies and the finished product

Here’s the breakdown of supplies and cost:

  • Tray – $34.95 from Barnes and Noble. (I’m sure there are less expensive ones but I had a specific look in mind.)
  • Wrapping paper – $4.99 from Target.
  • Silk flower petals and leaves – $1.00 from the dollar store (I dissected a branch of flowers.)
  • Invitations related to the event – free (save them from the wedding and other wedding-related events).
  • Photo of the couple – free (my great friend sent a thank you card with the couple’s picture on it to each guest who sent a gift).  I had to ask for one of these since I hadn’t yet given her her gift yet.  Just say you need it for a fun project and it’s going to a good use!

So that’s how I made a personalized wedding gift for under $45.  Close ups of some of the items are below.

Save the Date (front of card)

Save the Date (front of card)

Photo of the couple in the form of a thank you card (for a gift not yet delivered, haha!).

Photo of the couple in the form of a thank you card (for a gift not yet delivered, haha!).

Hamlet was sleeping on the couch but was very interested in the silk petals while he was awake.

Hamlet was sleeping on the couch but woke up to eye the silk petals and give me a weird look.

Do you have any ideas for DIY gifts?  Any brides or grooms out there who love/hate this gift I put together?  I love your comments, as always.

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