There are so many cute ways to ask your best friend, cousin, or sister to be your bridesmaid, but our favorites are the ones that can be a keepsake after you ask them.
Our DIY project is a simple locket. The idea is to create a gift to show your friend how special she is to you. The little trinket you make, although undeniably cute, is nothing compared to what you are asking her to be a part of. She will feel your love and know how much you care about her because you want her to share in the most special day of your life.
- Locket pendant
- Crystal Effects
- Mod Podge
- Picture of you and your soon-to-be bridesmaid
All of these items can be found at any chain crafts store and the project costs around $10-15.
Step 1: Type out the little sayings for the inside of the locket. (For the inside front cover of ours we used “He asked and I said, ‘YES…’” and then on the inside back cover it reads “But I can’t imagine saying, ‘I do’ without you.”) On our locket the glass frame popped out, so we used this to trace around the words, which made cutting easy.
Step 2: For the outside of the locket, choose a cute picture of you and your bridesmaid. Once this is printed out, trace the locket to make a perfect circle around the photo and words. Adhere the photo and sayings with Mod Podge. Be sure to flatten out any air bubbles that get trapped underneath and then let dry.
Step 3: Add decorative beading to the front with fishing wire. Our beads came with fishing wire, but if yours don’t, be sure to pick some up before you leave the store. You’ll only need enough to tie a small circle. As for the beads, we tried using solely pearls at first, but they were too overwhelming so we found some clear beads to string along with the pearls. It also helps if the locket you’ve selected has a lip around the edge to keep the beads from falling off when wearing it.
Step 4: When trying to place the beads around the edge of the locket, we found that it was easiest to tie the fishing wire into a circle. If your fishing wire is thin enough, you can thread the wire back through the beads a second time.
Step 5: Next, dip the beads into Mod Podge and place around the edge of the locket. Once dry, you can cut the fishing wire to get rid of the knot that you created when tying the beads into a circle.
Step 6: To give the locket that embossed glass look over the picture apply the Crystal Effects, start in the middle of the image and work your way to the edges. Make sure to pop all the air bubbles that you see. Let dry for 30-60 minutes. This will help the photo to look 3D and hold the beads in place.
Step 7: Now you need to officially ask her to be your bridesmaid! We printed out “Be my bridesmaid?” and cut it into a thin strip. Then folded this thin strip of paper until it fit snugly into the locket. You are now ready to ask your best friend to be your bridesmaid! Present her with the locket and cross your fingers for a “Yes!”
Model: Chloe Turner
Photographer: Patrick Zeinert
Girls in the photograph of the locket: Shelbi Cornelius and Kaitlin Mitchell