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my DIY wedding: A manicure in a jar

One of the hidden costs in planning a wedding is gifts for attendants. The editors at estimate that the average bride spends approximately $70 on each gift. Considering the fact that the average wedding has 5 bridesmaids/groomsmen, it can be a significant expense…and one that few brides factor into their budget. 

Many decide to give accessories (jewelry for ‘maids and ties for groomsmen) that they’ll wear at the wedding, while others choose a more personalized gift. I’ve decided to indulge in creativity and make personalized gift baskets for each of my ‘maids. While I can’t go into complete detail (because they are loyal followers of this little blog of mine – and I love them for that) I can show a few of the goodies that I plan to include in the gift baskets. You can bet they’ll utilize my newly obtained sewing skills and will reflect my unique friendship with each girl. 

Realizing how simple it was to make bath salts for my Mother’s Day craft project I thought I’d give the gift baskets a ‘spa element’ and was excited to find a recipe online for a Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub. 

I grabbed some clean, glass jars from the recycling bin, decoupaged the lids, mixed a few simple ingredients and, voila! They will each enjoy a manicure in a jar!

pretty lids

simple ingredients; lemon, sugar and olive oil

mix ingredients until well blended

the finished products!

I plan on packing these gift baskets to the brim, so stayed tuned for more inspiration and sneak peeks into my DIY bridesmaid’s baskets!

2 Responses to “my DIY wedding: A manicure in a jar”

  1. Laura Says:

    I have a strong feeling the bridesmaids are going to love their gift baskets. Especially since so much love is going into each one of them. :)

  2. eClaire Creations» Blog Archive » Sharon’s Orange Lavender Hand Scrub Says:

    [...] by this little blog of mine. So when my friend, Sharon, told me that she was inspired by my “manicure in a jar” craft project I was thrilled. And when she showed me photos of her “Orange Lavender Hand [...]

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