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Handcrafted Jewelry by Erin Pelicano

Gift Guide

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Erin Pelicano

Starting our Gift Guide with a bang, let us introduce you to . If you haven’t heard, Erin designs beautiful handcrafted jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each design has a special meaning in between the person giving the gift and the one receiving it, making for a sweet gift idea for sisters, grandmothers/mothers/daughters, dads/daughters, mothers/daughters and to your beau as well. The jewelry is made of sterling silver, gold, and our favorite, rose gold, and you can mix and match by choosing a birth stone, initial or a symbol charm. Find more great gift ideas here.

Handcrafted Jewelry by Erin Pelicano


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Valentine’s Day Friendship Bracelet DIY

DIY Projects

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Cambria Grace

While there are plenty of gift ideas for your honey out there right now, we thought it’d be nice to show off this cute Valentine’s Day (or any day!) gift for your girlfriends. Not only are these friendship bracelets the perfect way to perk up a friend’s day — they’re also a perfect add-on gift for your bridesmaids. Thank you so much to Cambria Grace for capturing this tutorial, and Lauren of Lauren Wells Events for sharing her tips!

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

From Lauren of Lauren Wells Events: I have always loved sending my girlfriends Valentines. They appreciate pink and glitter and xoxo’s way more than my husband does, and it’s always fun to let your friends know you are thinking of them. This year, I decided to make some old school friendship bracelets. They are the perfect snow day activity, and so simple to make. Not to mention all the colors you can choose from!

For this project, you will need:
-Embroidery Thread
-Scissors
-Clipboard (optional, but helpful!)

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

Classic Chevron DIY
1. Cut 5 colors of embroidery thread 60-70″ in length, then fold in half and tie a knot. You should have 10 strings total, 2 of each color.

2. Secure the knot down (we used a clipboard, but you can use tape or a safety pin, too), and separate the 5 colors to each side. Make sure the order of the colors mirror each other as shown in the photo.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

3. Starting with the thread on the far left (in this case, green), cross it over the thread next to it (blue) in the shape of a 4. Holding the blue thread taut, pull the green thread tight and secure into a knot. Repeat, so the same knot is tied twice.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

4. Using the same green thread, move to the next thread (red), and repeat the same knot twice.
5. Repeat two knots on the pink thread, and then two knots on the gold thread, until the green thread is now in the middle.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

6. Repeat the entire process on the right side, beginning with the outer most green thread once again. Rather than making a 4 shape, cross the thread over in a P shape. Then, tie each knot.
7. Once you have reached the middle, tie the two green threads together, again knotting twice. Your first row is done!
8. Repeat the steps above, using the new outer thread each time (the second row will now be blue), and you will see the classic chevron pattern emerge a few rows down!
9. Once the bracelet is long enough, separate the extra thread into two braids, and tie around the knot to secure.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

Heart DIY
The heart DIY is almost the same as the chevron, so once you have mastered that, this one will be a cinch.

1. Select 2 colors, and cut 2 60-70″ pieces of each. Fold in half, and secure with a knot. You should have 4 pieces of each color, 8 strands total.
2. Secure the knot down, and separate to each side, alternating colors. Make sure the order of the colors mirror each other as shown in the photo.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

3. Make the first two rows the same as you made the classic chevron. We will call these the “classic rows.”
4. For the third row, take the thread that is second in from the left. Make a “P” as you would on the right side, and knot twice. Then, take the thread you just knotted on, and complete the row as you normally would, with figure “4” knots.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

5. Repeat on the right side, taking the thread that is second in from the right, and making a “4” knot on the outer thread, knotting twice. Complete the row as you normally would with “P” knots, and knot the two strands in the middle once they meet. We will call this a “heart row.”
6. For the fourth row, repeat steps 4-5, making another “heart row.”
7. Alternate two classic rows, with two heart rows. Once the bracelet is long enough, you can braid the ends, and tie it on! Friendship bracelet success.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/


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Winter Bridal Shower Ideas + DIY Personalized Mugs

Design Inspiration

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Cambria Grace

Cozying up with some warm apple cider + doughnut holes and getting your craft on with your besties – doesn’t it sound like a fun bridal shower idea for a winter bride? Lauren Wells Events and Krissy of Pollen Floral Design recently threw such an event at Fenway West Elm captured by Cambria Grace Photography, where they taught their guests how to make some supremely cute mugs and flower arrangements. The best part? These hand-decorated mugs and plates would double as amazing bridesmaid or bridal shower gifts!

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From the stylist, Lauren Wells: Krissy Price from Pollen Floral Design and I hosted a styling workshop at West Elm a few weeks back. I styled the table, and in lieu of “placecards,” personalized each person’s plate with a porcelain pen, writing why I was thankful for them. Krissy designed the flowers for the table as well. We then showed everyone how to bring two of those DIYs to life – the floral centerpiece, and DIY porcelain mugs. It is the perfect season for steaming cups of cocoa and hot, spiced teas, and I thought these mugs would make a thoughtful (and inexpensive!) gift for the holidays.


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hot cocoa wedding favors via ruffledblog.com

diy holiday mugs // via ruffledblog.com

For this project, you will need:
-plain porcelain mug
-porcelain pens (we used these)
-carbon paper (optional)

Instructions:
1. Make sure your mug is clean and completely dry, and make sure your pens are fully shaken and blotted.

2. Get creative, and start drawing! You can freehand it (as shown in the images), or you can use carbon paper to trace a monogram or other detailed image. (If using carbon paper, just tape the carbon side to the mug, and the image you want to trace on top, face up. Use a pencil or another sharp point to trace over the image, and then remove the carbon paper. Trace over the carbon lines with a porcelain pen. The first time you place your mug in a dishwasher, the remainder of the carbon will wash off)

donut holiday parties via ruffledblog.com
winter bridal shower ideas via ruffledblog.com
diy personalized mugs // via ruffledblog.com

diy porcelain mug event at west elm via ruffledblog.com

3. Once you are done, let sit for 24 hours.
4. Bake as directed on the pen (bake temperatures and times vary based on pen brand).
5. Let sit 72 hours, then place in the dishwasher.


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flower arrangement parties via ruffledblog.com
handwritten plate diys // via ruffledblog.com

Fill up that mug with your favorite hot drink, and enjoy!

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west elm holiday diy event // via ruffledblog.com

diy porcelain mugs via ruffledblog.com


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Shoot Location: Boston, MA / Photography: Cambria Grace Photography / Event Design, Styling and Porcelain Mug DIY: Lauren Wells Events / Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design / Venue: West Elm Fenway / Donuts: Union Square Donuts

Engagement Gift Kit

DIY Projects

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Annie, the designer behind Anniemade is our most recent DIY Contributor and we’re super excited to be sharing packaging + gift projects. You may very well remember her from her wedding we shared a few months ago. We will let let her take it from here:

engagement gift box

This is a great project for an engagement party that won’t tax your time or your bank account. In fact, you’ll need just a few things to whip up this quick gift package:

Supplies (Time: 30 Minutes // Cost: Approximately $20-30)

Magazine File (IKEA Kassett)
download Congrats text (or design your own – font used is “Alex Brush”)
A digital photo of the couple
ruler
2 sheets of 8.5 x 11” adhesive label paper (we used Staples Sticker Paper)
One pair of scissors
X-acto knife and cutting mat
ribbon
tissue paper
1 large cellophane bag
A card and wedding related goodies
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Step 1: Print and Prepare your labels. Using your computer, blow up your photo to the size indicated by the photo placeholder template. When ready, print the photo template page and the “Congrats” text on your sticker paper.

Step 2: Cut + place your labels. For the photo and side elements, grab your cutting mat and x-acto knife. You’ll need the x-acto knife for the front cutout, and a cutting mat (or paper cutter) can be used to cut the photo with straight edges. For the “Congrats” text, use your scissors to carefully cut a loose border around the edges. Peel away photo and side labels and place on file. You will want to work from the edge to ensure there aren’t any air bubbles.

Step 3: Insert all your goodies into your magazine file and tuck a few pieces of tissue paper inside for the finishing touch. Then wrap the whole thing in cellophane and tie it all together with a beautiful satin ribbon.

If this is being given as a group gift, you may even want all the bride’s friends to use a sharpie to sign the magazine file itself. Here are some fun ideas of what to place in your magazine file to provide your bride with great inspiration: a Congratulations card, wedding mags, card with wedding blog musts, passed down wedding books, stylish pen + pencil, notepad, sticky notes, thank you notes, your own piece of advice if you’re already married!

Project and project photos by Anniemade.

Gift Box Ideas: For Dads

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This next gift idea created by Michelle Edgemont is Sunday morning wrapped in a basket. It’s such a sweet, yet surefire way to please anyone who loves to read the news along with a good cup of coffee!

gift basket ideas

From Michelle Edgemont: Today, let’s talk about dads. When I was a kid, I remember my dad would drink a lot of coffee and watch a lot of news, which at the time I thought was boring. Now, I ride the train with the strongest coffee I can find while reading the New York Times on iphone. The perfect gift package for anyone, especially dads, who appreciate a dash of news, strong coffee, and a delicious snack in the morning. For this gift package I included a coffee mug, strong coffee beans, a coffee spoon, biscotti, and a homemade gift card for the New York Times. Print out the gift tag and the homemade gift card for your personal use. To keep with the newspaper theme, I lined a black, metal basket with the Sunday edition of the Times. Before placing the items in the basket, crumble up a few pages of the newspaper to fill in the bottom and lift up all those great, little gift items.

#001: striped mug from Target, #002 newspaper subscription of your choice or a gift card to Kindle, #003 his favorite coffee, #004 coffee spoon from Pier 1, #005 biscotti

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Download Gift Box Labels: Your Perfect Morning

Gift Box Ideas: For the Boys

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This one is for the boys! Drink kits would also make great hostess gifts, just mix and match your favorite cocktail ingredients. From Michelle Edgemont: This thoughtful and personalized gift package includes a rocks glass, initial drink stirrers, a miniature can of soda, and a miniature bottle of Maker’s Mark. Miniature versions of anything are my favorite. This is a gift box that will get any party started.

To build the package, first print out the labels on kraft sticker paper. It’s your lucky day because these labels are available to you for FREE for your personal use. To make the initial stirrers, cut out the rectangles from the kraft sticker paper and fold around a wooden stirrer. Use a black pen to hand draw your friend’s initial on one side of the flag. Hand drawn details really give this gift package a personalized touch.

Use a glossy, black box and natural crinkle paper filler as packaging. Try other soda and liquor combinations to create different varieties of this fun gift. Sprite & Vodka or Tonic & Gin would be cool alternatives.



Download Gift Box Labels: Drink Kits

Gift Box Ideas: For Your Girls

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This week Michelle Edgemont will be sharing gift box ideas for everyone in your wedding. Just in time for the holidays, or plenty of time to prep a little something for everyone who is helping you plan leading up to your wedding day! Scroll down to download your very own Sparkle & Shine labels.

From Michelle: Yep, this was my favorite gift package to put together. It’s filled with glittery, glitzy, and bubbly items that I know I would love to receive. Gift your bridesmaids with a super fun package of shiny items that they can use to jazz up everyday outfits. Don’t forget the individual cans of pink champagne! Perfect for getting NYE party started or toasting you on your wedding day.

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Included in the bridesmaid’s gift package are shimmery eye shadow, glitter nail polish, a metallic Ban.do pouf, can of champagne, and sparkly hair clips. I used a round, white tin that I first filled with white, crinkle paper and gold tinsel which can be found at craft stores.

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Those multi colored sparkle hairclips were purchased from a neighborhood pharmacy. An easy tip to make inexpensive, store bought accessories look more personalized is to re-package them onto your own homemade tags. So easy and so much better. With this sparkle and shine gift package, all of your best girlfriends will look extra glittery for the holiday season!
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Download Gift Box Labels: Sparkle and Shine