It was hard not to go a little crazy walking up and down the cleaning supplies aisle at Target. Everything I saw became part of this love story. This is the tag I made for the front of the laundry basket which held all of the cleaning products. It made a practical and perfect bridal shower gift for our darling niece, Chelsea. Here’s what went into my basket, but you’ll be amazed at how easy it will be to personalize your own story with useful things you find. Tuck it all inside and voila! You have a CASCADE of cleaning products for the bride (and groom).
What Teenager doesn’t need a little extra “dough” for his birthday? Instead of putting a few bills in a boring card, we made the cash a little more creative. All we needed was a medium sized pizza box (Thanks Pizza Hut!), a 12″ square of foam insulation (cut round and then sanded smooth to look like a pizza crust), Twenty-Five bucks, and a thumb tack!These half sheet labels were easy to make and stick on the top of the box, and the inside. Any way you slice it, this gift is a “pizz-a heaven!”
This bridal shower gift is not only handy for newlyweds moving into a new place…but it gives the couple great advice at the same time. All it takes is a trip to the hardware store to walk down the aisles and let your creativity flow! Here’s what our “Tools for a Happy Marriage” gift contains:
You know the DRILL–always LEVEL with one another: Drill, Level
Share all of your heart WRENCHing moments with him: Wrench Set
Make him feel like a STUD: Stud finder
When things get HOT, be like GLUE, and always STICK together: Glue gun
Don’t get HUNG up on little problems: Picture hanging kit
No matter how you SLICE it, you’ll always be the LIGHT of his life: Exacto knife, flashlight
HAMMER out AWL of your problems: Hammer, Awl
Sup-PLIER with constant compliments: Pliers
Let her off the HOOK if she doesn’t always MEASURE up: Picture hanging hooks, Measuring tape
Make her feel like she’s a CUT above the rest: Box cutter or scissors
Always have a BIT of DRIVE to improve yourself: Screwdriver Set
You’ll have this marriage thing NAILED in no time at all!: Nails, tacks,
Pop it all in a tool box and shrink wrap it….and the newlyweds are all set!
It’s always interesting to me that when we are invited to a bridal shower and given a shower gift “assignment,” it often involves cooking, laundry, cleaning. As a pseudo-feminist, I sometimes get a little animated about accepting that the new bride is the only partner who will be doing these chores! What about the new groom? Sure, I’ve been spoiled by having a hubby that cleans and cooks as much (or more?) than me. So when I got assigned to bring a cleaning gift to my niece’s bridal shower, I put a bit of a twist on it that I’m sure has endeared me to her cute husband, Troy, forever…
I am notorious for using a lot of puns, which can get ridiculously silly and far fetched…This bridal shower gift was no exception. But it was a hit, and totally hysterical to prepare. Most of the ideas I came up with as I wandered up and down the kitchen implement aisles at Target, (laughing and chuckling by myself, I might add) locating all the things a new bride needs to work in a kitchen of her own. A 3 x 3 pegboard, some wire ties and delightfully “pun-ny” tags, and the gift was done.
And there you have it….a kitchen gadget board with good advice for ALL of us!
We’ve got another family wedding approaching soon, and that means BRIDAL SHOWER! We haven’t even met Tyson yet, but Nicole’s family has told us all about him, and it sounds like they are a match made in heaven……a perfect pair!
So we were inspired to make a shower gift that reflects a lot of “Perfect Pairs.” With a little help from Pinterest and a trip to Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond, we were ready to shower Nicole with all kinds of gifts that go together…just like her and Tyson.
First, we bought a tote…we chose “pear” green, and printed “Perfect Pairs…inspired by Nicole and Tyson” on a full sheet label to apply to the front of the tote.
We used glossy laser labels to print all of the stick-on labels pairs. To match the green tote and Nicole’s red kitchen, we chose the Kiss Kiss Collection from Studio Flergs as our clip art graphics.
Next…we started matching and wrapping up our Perfect Pairs, tying ribbons, bagging in cellophane, and applying the labels….. Some of our perfect pairs were pancakes and syrup, cake and frosting…
Milk (flavor beads) and cookies, Hugs and Kisses……
…..chips and clips, peanut butter and jelly…..
….pen and paper (a menu planning and grocery shopping pad), macaroni & cheese….
….salt and pepper (in snazzy grinder/mill), spoons and fork….
….cheese and crackers (aka Ritz Bits!), oil and vinegar…
and a paring knife and cutting board. I also made this sign to go with it…I loved the message when I saw it several years ago, and thought it made a perfect accompaniment to the Perfect Pairs basket.
I painted a 6″ x 12″ wood a charcoal black and let it dry.
I typed the sign using “Old Press” font (slightly eroded and distressed, but still legible). I made the background charcoal and the lettering off white, then trimmed it to within 1/16″ of the size of the wood piece and mod podged it to the wood.
Here’s the tote, all loaded up and ready for the shower! Nicole and Tyson….we are excited for you and really believe you are the PERFECT PAIR!
Need a gift idea for grandma or grandpa? Grandbaby yahtzee is the perfect thing!
Hobby Lobby sells a set of 16 1″ x 1″ blocks for a few dollars. You’ll need to paint 5 blocks for each Yahtzee set.
After that I just used mod podge to stick the grandbaby pictues on each side of the block.
I also made a Grandbaby Yahtzee Scorecard that you can download for free! Enjoy!
First, I cut my wood into 2 foot strips.
Then I stained the wood. I did about three coats.
I used thin strips of wood and staples to attach all the pieces together.
Then the fun part began! I used Silhouette stencil vinyl for the phrase “Happily Ever After Begins Here”. I cut the stencil and used a popsicle stick to make sure it was stuck to the wood. I lightly dabbed on the paint.
Be sure to peel the stencil off while the paint is still wet.
I cut a heart out of felt to attach the burlap roses to.
I followed THIS tutorial for making burlap roses. Then I hot glued the roses to the felt heart.
I hot glued the heart to the sign and was finished! Pretty easy and pretty cute!