Happy Tuesday, sweet babies! How goes it? I’m pretty excited about today, because Renee Hong‘s back to visit! And she’s brought along with her what has become my favorite new alternative to your traditional ring bearer pillow.
I happen to feel exactly the way she does about toddlers walking down the aisle balancing jewelry, regardless of the fact that the rings are meant to be secured to the pillow ahead of time. Still irks me, just like it does Renee. So today she’s sharing one pretty simple, and seriously cool, totally DIY-able alternative.
Take it away, Renee…
Hello Knotty readers!
Back here with a new DIY — this one’s for your ring bearers! If you’re anything like me, you know what it’s like to get that major anxiety watching a 4-year-old boy walk down the aisle with however-many-thousand-dollars worth of metal and precious stones hanging off a pillow. My eyes literally become glued to the rings as I see them being walked down… as if I could keep them attached to the pillow with my telepathic powers…? Yes, yes, it’s crazy and I know they’re supposedly tied to the pillow with a string/ribbon, but it still gives me major nerves. Today’s DIY does a bit more of a “secure” spin for the obsessive compulsive as myself… an enclosed box that’s sure to keep your rings safe all the way down the aisle! :)
What you’ll need:
- Unfinished wood box with divider (I picked mine up at the local craft store for $2)
- Interior wood stain (I used the sample size of Minwax’s Wood Finish: Special Walnut #224)
- Paint Brush
- Extra fine point white paint pen
- Muslin or other neutral fabric
Step 1: Stain the outside and inside of the box using a paint brush. Typically it is recommended that you stain wood by using a cotton cloth to rub in the stain, but I found that painting is easier and equally effective in this situation (since I used a fairly light color, applying it liberally with the paintbrush didn’t end up in any overdramatic results). Don’t worry about going removing the metal clasps or anything, either. The stain wipes right off metal, and if there is any residue, it just gives a little more of an antique feel. Apply a few coats if necessary; let the box dry overnight.
(Depending on the roughness of the surface, it may also be helpful to lightly sand down the box first before staining)
Step 2: Use the paint pen to decorate the top of the box. You can use the couple’s initials, the date, etc… the fine point paint pen makes it very easy to draw, but if you aren’t confident in using it without any guidance, you can trace your design with a pencil first!
Step 3: On the inside of the top, use the paint pen to mark the spaces accordingly with “Mr.” and “Mrs.”, or “His” and “Hers”… whatever you prefer!
Step 4: Cut two rectangles of muslin to line the bottom of the box where the rings will lie. I measured the piece to be able to fold into thirds, and placed them in the box.
Now you’ve got a cute case for your rings, and you can be sure they aren’t going anywhere. The box also makes a great accessory holder or decor item for your home after your wedding!
Thanks to sweet and handsome Malaki for modeling this project, Jenna Rae Photography for the pics, and Jacque Boatman for letting us snap pics of her gorgeous Brilliant Earth (conflict-free diamond — woot!!) ring :)
What do you think?