Monday, August 17, 2009

diy secret compartment ring bearer book

Being the book geek that I am, I couldn't resist bringing books into the wedding!

Here's the step by step creation of my own ring bearer books

The books (cost $1.38)(pen to show the size)
I bought used children's books because our ring bearers are 2 and 4. A full sized book would have been too much...

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Glue the pages together (I used modge podge because that's what I have and what I use for everything!)

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Some instructions will tell you to glue the side and then glue to the back page of the book. For the sake of adding paper/ribbons, do this at the end (I followed the standard method and ended up undoing things... trust me, leave gluing the pages to the back cover to the very end).

Cut out the treasure/secret compartment (use an exacto knife)

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This is where not gluing the back cover will make your life easier because you'll be able to access the back of the book and tidy up the corners.

The next thing to do is to wrap the book. I used the technique my mom taught me in elementary school with brown paper bags. I didn't take pictures of this process but here's a link with good visuals and instructions to help you out:

This is what mine looks like, with the first ribbon added:

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And the inside (I used some extra paper I had to make sure the ribbon didn't come apart):

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Add ribbons:

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I used the 2 but alternately considered using the white ribbon glued to the book and then wrapping the 2nd ribbon as a bow around the book (like you'd wrap a gift) and then using the bow tie off to secure the rings to the outside of the book. But since we have young boys carrying the books I decided the rings would be safer inside the book.

Secret compartment rings:

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A simple sewing pin hold the ribbon in place and can be pulled out to remove the rings.

Things I'd change:

As mentioned, I'd glue the back page in last (I did it in the beginning, undid it, and then glued it after adding the white ribbon... it would have been cleaner and more polished if I'd added the 2nd ribbon and then glued the pages down.

I would have ironed the ribbons before attaching them... (I will still try carefully)

Books instead of bouquets (alternative)

Omit the first few steps and skip directly to wrapping the book and adding ribbons and flowers...

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