Guest blogger: Indigo Bunting, bridesmaid gift

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Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some ideas for sweet, thoughtful gifts you can give to those who are a part of your wedding. I think preparing gifts for bridesmaids, and all those people who are so helpful on your day is a wonderful opportunity to express your appreciation and love. Gifts need not be extravagant and expensive – sometimes it is much nicer to have a small, well-considered gift that is personal and maybe even handmade.

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Here is a very simple idea for a bridesmaid gift – a vintage locket with a hidden personal note for your friend folded up inside.

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You will need an assortment of vintage gold or brass lockets (one for each bridesmaid, maybe even an assortment of different shaped lockets based on what you think each girl might like). I purchased this vintage bubble locket from etsy.com; you can find all kinds of affordable lockets (I saw many between about $15 to $45). I like how unadorned it looks, and I requested that the seller extend the chain to about 25” for a more attractive length.

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You will need patterned decorative paper; one side should be plain white. Use an X-Acto knife or paper cutter to produce straight thin strips. The height of the paper should be less than the diameter of the locket’s interior. The length of the paper will depend on what you write on the backside.

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Write a personal note, anything you want, on the back of the paper strip. It can be a meaningful quote, a funny inside joke, an important memory you shared or just simple words about how much you’ve cherished her friendship all these years.

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Fold up the paper accordion-style (again, make sure the width of your folds are not more than the diameter of the inside of the locket). Place the folded-up paper inside the locket and close. When your friend opens up her locket, the little note will pop out.

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Voila! Hope this inspires you to make something sweet for your best gals.

xo, Erin

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Rebecca on Apr 27, 2010

That is seriously the sweetest thing ever! I love it.

Emily on Apr 27, 2010

Erin, this is absolutely adorable!

Super Burbs on Apr 27, 2010

Such a great and memorable idea!

W on Apr 27, 2010

That is so sweet! Love the idea, it's simple and personal.. I'd love to be given something like that!

Album Boutique Team on Apr 27, 2010

What a beautiful gift, I love how it's so personal and unique. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly @ Notable Inspiration on Apr 27, 2010

I love this idea, how adorable!!

Dognbird on Apr 27, 2010

This is really charming, lockets never go out of style - this one is so fresh!

Sarah@FoglioPress on Apr 27, 2010

What a beautiful idea! I love that it can be sort of the same, but also different and personal for each bridesmaid. So creative!

Rose on Apr 27, 2010

These are absolutely adorable! I've been looking for cute, personal and affordable gifts for my bridesmaids, and these are perfect! Thank you so much for this great idea!

lydia {ever ours} on Apr 27, 2010

oh this is too adorable and so sweet. will definitely be sharing this idea with bridesmaids.

Carissa on Apr 27, 2010

wow I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have been worried that I won't be able to find a meaningful gift for my ladies and I don't want to get them just anything, you know? Thank you so much for this wonderful idea! I'm definitely using it!!

forget.me.knot.weddings on Apr 27, 2010

This is one of the sweetest DIY gifts I have seen! Love this idea! Thx for sharing!

Rachael on Apr 27, 2010

This is a great idea! I had such a hard time finding gifts for my bridesmaids that were thoughtful and something they would want to keep. I love it!

Cynthia at My Bridal Bids on Apr 27, 2010

How cool! Got anything for the bride? My bff is gettin married this May and I'm rattling my mind trying to figure out what to get my best girl. She's a lover of anything vintage and I wanna make it extra special. I already have *some* ideas, but I wanna get something *amazing* yknow? :) Great post!

Ashley • Fine Day Press on Apr 27, 2010

So beautiful and sweet!!!! what a great idea. thanks for sharing!

Bethany on Apr 27, 2010

This could not be a sweeter idea!

Nico Designs on Apr 27, 2010

This is such a sweet gift! Im IN love

lianne on Apr 27, 2010

You always have the best ideas, Erin. I absolutely ADORE this.

FireFly Bachelorette Events on Apr 27, 2010

Erin - this is a fabulous idea, so personal and unique - a wonderful keepsake - thanks for sharing

colleen @inspiredtoshare on Apr 27, 2010

What a great idea! I love this! :)

Andre@Vermont Wedding Country on Apr 27, 2010

Nice and beautiful. With it's message inside, it's makes it more adorable.

Paige on Apr 28, 2010

This is an amazing idea, I may use this to ask my friends to be bridesmaids!

cufflinks on Apr 28, 2010

I love your handmade locket. What made it more endearing is the message that one can insert inside the locket. Personalized gifts will always be valued.

Green and Bloom on Apr 29, 2010

How pretty, simply beautiful!

sera on Apr 29, 2010

that is maybe the sweetest thing I've ever seen. I just love it.

anna and the ring on May 5, 2010

I love this so much. What a simple but beautiful gift. Thank you.

Natalie on Jun 20, 2010

I love this and am doing it for my bridesmaids! I already got the lockets but haven't come across cute paper yet....any thoughts on where I can get some like yours or even order online? Scrapbooking stores don't seem to have anything very unique thus far...

Dana on Oct 2, 2010

Great Idea! Where can you buy this locket? Or get one similar? I didn't know you could get round ones! I love it! Ta.

lorenzo on Jun 17, 2011

SO FANTASTICALLY FABULOUS IDEA!!! This is a good trend...

lillian on Sep 17, 2012

hi im lillian im 16 my moms wdding aniver is coming up do u thank i could buy one from u?

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