04 May DIY weddings: Hen do charms
Your bridesmaids may well be in charge of all things ‘hen’, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get just a tiny bit involved and organise a little gift for everyone who’s coming, to thank them for being there and celebrating with you. In this article, Claire shows you how to make these unique and personalised little gifts for your hens.
Hen do charms
Difficulty: Medium / Time: 1 hour per item / Cost: £3 per item
What an amazing bunch of friends you have – and they’re all coming on your hen do! Thank them for attending with a cute and inexpensive little treat. You can personalise with the date and even a little poem (or Google can help you with that!).
What you will need:
- Enough charm bracelets for each of your hens – you can find these on eBay (see advice below).
- Coloured thick card. We used kraft card which you can get from Hobbycraft or from eBay. Using our recommended measurements below, you will need one piece of A4 card for every 10 bracelets.
- A computer and printer (with paper)
Firstly, you’ll need to scour eBay for the colour and type of bracelets you’d like to use and choose what charm suits the tone of your hen do (and your wedding). You can usually pick up the bracelets for between £1.50 and £2 each. Click here to see some on eBay, similar to the ones pictured above.
Take your thick card, measure out 100mm x 50mm and cut this out. You should be able to cut 10 pieces of card at this size from an A4 sheet of card. Cut enough pieces so that you have one for each of your bracelets.
Get onto your computer and set up a document size for 10mm on each side smaller than your card – for example 80mm x 30mm. This will give you a nice even border of your card colour once you’ve stuck the paper onto it. Add whatever text you like on the document (using the colours from your wedding perhaps), making sure you leave at least a 10mm gap in the middle of the wording for the bracelet to sit. Also don’t forget to add a thin border (0.5mm) on the document to give you space to cut it out.
Print enough copies onto paper and cut them out. Stick them onto the middle of the thick card using the glue.
Next, cut a slit either side on the thick card of where you want the bracelet to sit. Pop the bracelet onto the card and push through the slits. Tie a knot in the bracelet on the back of the card and then secure with a piece of sellotape.
Tip: You can find an array of different charms online. For example, if you’re travelling abroad you may like to use a little plane charm. Or if you fancy a top notch night out, you may consider a cocktail or wine glass charm.
Ask Claire… Our DIY wedding articles are written by the lovely and very talented, Claire. Claire is a graphic designer who created an array of beautiful handmade wedding decorations and props for her own wedding at Sopley Mill near Christchurch in 2015. If you fancy any of the items on our DIY weddings page but haven’t got time to make them yourself, you can contact Claire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and she can make them for you!