- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
Hey Bees! Months ago I asked the hive for help in creating my Will You Be My Bridesmaid? cards. After everyone’s help I was able to make them and each girl said yes! After many months, I am back with pictures in the hopes that it will inspire some of you to make your own cards as well. I thought this project was going to be impossible because I am one of the least artistic people out there, but it was surprisingly easy and I was really proud of my work when it was done. Please feel free to message me if you would like more detailed instructions on how to do this. I took pitcures of every step I took and would be more than happy to share!
The first thing I did was decide my envelope size (5×7) since this would determine how large everything else would be.
For the dolls head, I decided to draw the circle larger than a quarter (I actually used an Italian coin – L100). Whatever size you chose, keep in mind that you are going to have to glue on the dolls hair later, so the face will look smaller once you are done. I then created a “template doll” using the exact measurments of my paper. Make sure the arms and legs reach the exact edge of your doll paper. This is important because that is how they stay linked together. TIP: If you are at all OCD like me – you are going to have to let it go! I got frustrated at first because nothing looked even. However, in the end – this is what I really loved about the dolls because it made them look unique and NOT store bought!
I bought large sheets of paper from AC moore. I went for paper that was a little bit thicker than your standard printer paper. Be careful what you chose. I have 7 girls in my wedding and folding that paper acordian style seve times can get difficult. Also, make aure your creases are as small as possible. This will help not only with cutting, but also it will look better when you open your dolls up.
I then traced the body of the first doll on to blue paper (the color of the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress). After the glue dries, I would suggest going through and cutting out any “white” that is still showing behind the dress for a cleaner look.
I decided I wanted each doll’s hair to match my BM’s hair. For instance the doll on the left side of this picture was given dark brown highlights with a brown marker while the doll on the right’s hair was lightened up with some colored pencils. TIP: make the hair for each doll all at the same time. I then made up baggies with each BMs name that held the hair. This made it MUCH quicker to assemble each doll.
I then used a silver permanent marker to write each name. I also decided to use a flower sticker on the particular Bridesmaid or Best Man who was getting that particular card.
I then compiled 7 different poems for each Bridesmaid or Best Man that I feld was unique to our friendship and created a personal note at the bottom of each card. I used stickers and vellum to give it a personal touch.
I then completed each packet with a band and a ribbon!
I know that this style of card has gotten popular lately so when I decided to make them, I tried to be as original as possible. I used plain vellum, but they have textured vellum out there as well. Also, I made sure to use only colors that were going to be displayed at my wedding. I was really happy with the end result! Everyone loved them and none of my girls had seen anything like it before.
Warning – this is a bit time consuming of a project, especially if you have a lot of BMs like I do. Make sure you give yourself some time because cutting out the dolls CAN be a bit tedious. But trust me – the pay off is great!
So Bees – how did I do? Again, please feel free to message me if you want some more specific detail!