OMG LOVE | DIY Personalized Wooden Ring Bearer Box with a Vintage Finish! | By DIY Bloggista Renee

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.

Voila!

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?

xo Renee

Label(s): Renee, The Bloggistas, {DIY + Freebies}

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18 comments

  1. Nicole @ the Plunge Project on July 3, 2012

    Wow! Love it!

    Reply
  2. Jenessa on July 3, 2012

    Ohh I am loving this one. Goes perfectly with my rustic woodsy theme. Bookmarked! :)

    Renee, you are so creative. I’m so glad to have discovered you on here, I love every single idea you have! (PS, and your site is So pretty!)

    Reply
    • Alison on July 3, 2012

      Jenessa – isn’t Renee amaze? We love her, too. Super glad you dig her projects as much as we do!!

      Reply
  3. Elizabeth on July 3, 2012

    if the wooden ring box didn’t sell it, that little boy definitely does! what a dapper little guy! hehe :) great post, love!

    Reply
  4. Alison on July 3, 2012

    Elizabeth – Could ya tell I’m totes smitten with that little kiddo? Just HAD to put his cutie patootie face in the lead image. SO. ADORBS. Makes me excited to see my own nephew *bear* my rings!

    Reply
  5. Mode Blog on July 4, 2012

    omg this is so cute. i must make this. :)

    Reply
  6. M on July 4, 2012

    Amazing! Love the keepsake box idea, so creative!

    Reply
  7. Erika Kiss on July 4, 2012

    Vintage and unique and wonderful! Congratulations and thank you! I belselyét otherwise solve somehow.

    Reply
  8. Tim Duncan on July 9, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! This is awesome!

    Reply
  9. Paula on September 11, 2012

    looks awesome :X love your idea

    Reply
  10. Willi on September 11, 2012

    I can’t find a box like this. Where did you get it?

    Reply
  11. Willi on September 11, 2012

    Whoops I spoke to soon – in case anyone was wondering it is online at Joann’s.

    http://www.joann.com/basswood-hinged-box-6-1-8-x2-x4-5-8-card-box/prd6018/

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  12. Meredith on September 29, 2012

    Hi there, thanks for posting this! I LOVE the idea and want to make one for my wedding next year. The only kind of box I can find is the same one posted above from JoAnn’s, but it does not have the divided on the bottom and top of the box like yours did (just has it on the bottom). Could you share where you found yours? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Richard on December 24, 2012

      Hobby Lobby for $2.99

      Reply
  13. ely on November 17, 2012

    I made my own wedding ring box out of this idea. Thanks.

    http://www.mywedding.com/mylovely/gallery_681516_1.html

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