When my home skillet and I embarked on the process of wedding planning, one aspect we struggled with the most was how we were going to include and honor all of the friends we’d made during the various phases of our lives — high school, college, graduate school, and in the Real World — and not have an embarrassingly huge wedding party that made us look like over-indulgent thirty-somethings.
After agonizing for several weeks, our solution was ultimately not to have any wedding party, but to make sure that we would still let our friends all know how special they were to us without making them wear tulle and sateen in lovely shades of grass and mustard.
One day, a few months before the wedding, I found this do-it-yourself jewelry project while trolling for my daily dose of wedding porn on Elizabeth Anne Designs and decided to make each one of my girlfriends a necklace. Based on this design, I ordered the same jewelry findings from Jewelry Supply, as listed on her blog, except that I ordered a variety of colors for my sassy girlfriends.
To start this project, I suggest reading Elizabeth Anne’s blog post for how to obtain the necessary supplies. Her post isn’t super helpful on providing directions on how to actually assemble the necklaces, though, so that’s where I come in.
I also made accompanying jewelry boxes to hold each necklace. Using clear-top favor tins similar to the ones you can buy here, I popped out the clear plastic tops and traced them onto various Japanese washi papers that I already had laying around. I made sure to make my tracings slightly larger than the tops so that there would be some overhang.
I cut out each paper circle and positioned the washi paper over the clear top before popping the top back into the lid frame. The frame and the pressure from the clear top holds the paper in place, so no glue or tape is necessary.
Lastly, the week before my wedding, I wrote each girl a personal note telling them how much they meant to me. You know, no one ever warned me that before my wedding, I’d turn into a walking cheeseball. Oh, the tears I shed that week thinking about the laughs I’ve had with my friends. Who am I?