May 16, 2012

Handmade Wedding Gift: A Unique Spin on giving Utensils!

Hey ya'll!

I told ya I'd be back with some more wedding gift fun today :)

I shared one of my most favorite DIY wedding gifts on Monday which you can check out here
The gift idea I'm sharing today actually was for the same couple as the personalized wedding sign
I packaged them up together all cute & had way too much fun making them!!

One of my favorite gifts to give new couples are utensils. 
There are so many things a new kitchen needs and you can't go wrong with a smattering of spatulas, wooden spoons, whisks, serving name it!!

However, it can get kind of boring just throwing a bunch of utensils in a box and calling it a gift. 
Plus I'm kind of on a budget...and need something way cute for not a ton of cash :) 
Which I figured most of us would feel the same way!

Which is why I had to come up with a way cuter alternative to just the plain ole boring utensils. 
Soooo, how about a personalized utensil box? 
Check it out...

Utensils just got a lot more fun, huh??

Check out what all is crammed (er...placed neatly) in that cute little box: 
*Two Potholders
*2 Kitchen Towels
*1  Rubber Spatula
*2 Wooden Spoons
*2 different serving spoons
*1 Plastic Spatula

In addition to whatever utensils you decide to get you'll also need: 
*Some sort of container (I used a wooden box) 
*Items to decorate your container if desired
*1 Tall glass vase from the Dollar Store

I get all my utensils and towels from the Dollar Store or the Dollar Spot in Target... I get basic ones so I don't have to worry about cheap can openers or anything. Just keep it simple :) 
I always get a couple of towels to help package it up pretty. 
Overall on this gift, I spent about 10$. 

Now, there's a little bit of an art to getting everything to fit and it will completely depend on the type of container you're going to be putting it in. 
I've done it before with a larger gift box that was easier to get everything in...this time I used a smaller box which I'll show you in a bit!!

For this set-up, I started off by rolling the pot holders into the vase, leaving an opening for the utensils to slide down into the middle. 
I arranged the utensils in the middle to look pretty :)
The next step was to wrap one of the kitchen towels around the base of the glass vase. 
This will serve as a buffer between the glass and the wood box as well as making it look cuter! 
I kept one kitchen towel out for now. 

Here's what it looked like after all that: 

Next I started working on making the plain wooden box more glamorous.
I got this little box at Hobby Lobby in the unfinished wood section. 
Everything I used to decorate it with I had on hand. 
So drag out your stash and get creative :)

Here are the supplies I used for the box: 
*Black acrylic paint
*White acrylic paint
*Chipboard Letters
*Hot glue gun 

Finishing up the box was super easy and turned out so much better than I originally thought.
I love that it can be taken apart and used for a cute trinket box or decoration in their new home!!

I painted the inside of the box black to give it a pop when it's open. 
I used chipboard letters to say "d&k" and hot glued them to the front of the box. 
Then I just painted the whole outside of it white. 
Right over the letters and everything.
It made the letters look like they had been made with the box the whole time :)

Here's the cutie all finished and ready to be packed full of goodies: 

Isn't it cute?? 
I may have been more excited about giving the box than the utensils...

The last step is just putting it all together. 
This box was tricky because it was on the small side. 
The first thing I did was to scrunch up one of the towels in the bottom of the box.
You can totally skip this step if you want, I just had the two towels already and I was DETERMINED to make them fit!!

Next, slip your towel-wrapped vase snugly into the box.
The towel helps the vase sit nicely in there without moving around. 
Then I used a pretty piece of satin ribbon to tie all the way around the box to the front of the vase. 

This kept the lid from hanging open awkwardly and kept everything all nicely together :) 
After taking the pics, I realized it almost resembled a little Tiffany Box which makes me happy!

Now for it's photo shoot! 
I just loved how it all came together :)

The box is still my favorite part :) 

I did my best to tie a cute bow- I'm kind of completely horrible at them :)

I paired it with the cute personalized wedding sign for our friends and loved the two of them together!
I love giving a practical gift (utensils) along with a completely unexpected surprise :)

Don't they look good together? 

Do you have a favorite item you give for weddings? 

Are you ready to go glam up some utensils now?

I so hope these past two gifts have given you some inspiration and ideas to get through the wedding craziness this spring/summer!
I'd love to hear about any of your own DIY gift ideas you've done!! 
I've got one more fun utensil box to show you on Friday- hope to see you there!!
Have a great week :)

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  1. Love it! And I think your bow looks cute too :) And I love the sign and the quote you used - "I have found the one my heart loves"

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  2. Chickie! This is Super Super Cute!! Totally pinning! Love it girl! How do you do it all? Super MOM!!!

  3. Love it! One of my favorite gifts to give is a personalized wine basket. We include several wines, glasses, cork opener, and each wine has a poem attached to it that goes along with a specific situation (first baby, first home, first Christmas, first fight).

  4. This is really cute! I'm always looking for good wedding gift ideas, especially since I have a really big family and there always seems to be weddings happening. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. What a thoughtful wedding gift, made with love and so personal. Here from I heart Naptime, now following :) Tanya

  6. oh Kelsey I love this .. I would have loved this as a gift


  7. This is a great project! It is such a fabulous gift idea.
    Would you consider linking up to my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  8. I love both of these ideas! So cute and they look really easy. Newest follower! We would love for you to check out our blog and follow!


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