Daily Distraction: DIY Bride’s Kit
Posted by Katie Ostoich on May 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM
This is such a cute little gift for someone getting married! As someone who is married, I remember on my wedding day there were so many random things I needed. Luckily, a good friend made me a kit like this and all my problems were solved! You could just go buy little travel size versions of everything and put them in a standard travel makeup bag…but why not spend a little more time on something creative and handmade?
This tutorial from Oh Happy Day! shows how you can paint and use temporary tattoo paper on a wooden box. Who knew? The results are lovely and it all comes together in an afternoon.
Materials Needed: Wood box 8.75″ x 6.75″ from Joann’s Fabrics, Paint and Paintbrush, Free downloaded image, Temporary Tattoo Paper, a spoon, scissors and items to fill the box like: Visine, headache medicine, lotion, perfume, chapstick, bobby pins, etc.
Step 1: Lightly sand the box. Paint the box with craft paint. You could remove the hardware or just carefully paint around it.
Step 2: Download the image here and follow the instructions on the package of the tattoo paper. The kind we used came in two parts, a white sheet, and a green sheet. Print the design on the glossy side of the white sheet on your inkjet printer with the photo setting. The image should be reversed
Step 3: Carefully peel the green sheet apart and place the adhesive face down on the design on the white sheet. You burnish it all over with something like a spoon to get it stuck down really well and get out any bubbles.
Step 4: Cut the design out right along the edge of the outer box of the design. Peel the other side of the (formerly) green sheet off, leaving just the thin, waxy layer over the design on the white sheet. It’s very sticky at this point.
Step 5: Carefully position and stick the design down centered on the lid of the box. Stick down well everywhere.
Step 6: Lay a very damp (but not drippy) paper towel over the design and allow it to saturate the back of the white sheet for about 15 seconds. The paper should become translucent and you’ll be able to see the design. Rub any dry looking areas with the wet paper towel.
Step 7: Starting from one corner, slowly and carefully lift away the white paper backing from the design. If any bits of the design start to lift with the backing, lay it back down and rub those areas with the wet paper towel again. It should come away easily, so if it’s sticking, add more water.
Step 8: Once the paper backing has been removed, if there are any air bubbles where the film with the design is not stuck to the surface, you can use a little bit of the white backing paper to rub them onto the surface. (It’s very slippery and won’t damage the thin film the design is on. Don’t use your fingers because they will tear it and mess it up.) Once it’s dry, it’s much more durable, but you could put a clear coat of wipe on poly over the design if you wanted to make it more durable.
Click over to Oh Happy Day! for pictures of each step.
Would you make this for a friend? Former brides, what emergency supplies did you need on your wedding day?