Mariah of MJ Creative Co is back on the blog walking you through how to create these amazing DIY bridal party gift boxes that your friends are sure to LOVE! She's using a fun combination of our Color Chimp heat transfer vinyl, our Craftey Chrome Polish adhesive vinyl, and a set gorgeous (and FREE!) hand-lettered bridal party cut files that she created just for the Craftey Community! Looking for more inspiration, ideas and free cut files? Head over to the Craftey Community and join in on the fun!
Weddings are (usually) the most expensive event of your lifetime, so crafty people tend to make a lot of things themselves if they can to save some money. Custom bridal party gifts can be a fun way to surprise your girlfriends and let them know you love them, and Craftey HTV and Adhesive Vinyl can make your gifts look like they were made by a professional. No matter your style, or the colors of your wedding, these bridal party gift boxes are super easy and inexpensive to make.
What you’ll need:
- Color Chimp Essentials HTV
- Craftey Rainbow Chrome Polish Adhesive Vinyl
- Craftey Transfer tape
- A simple t-shirt or garment (you could even do a robe!)
- Champagne insulated tumbler (the one I used is from Amazon)
- Weeding & scraper tools
- Other gifts to fill your box (optional)
- Cutting machine
- Heat press
- Parchment paper
- Free Bridal Party SVG Cut Files (download them here)
Monogram Bridesmaid Tee
While you could easily just do one color for your bridal party shirts, I chose to do two colors of Color Chimp Essentials HTV (Baby Pink and Ice Blue) because I liked the retro feel of having a colored shadow. With the free SVGs you get with this project, I included files for every type of bridesmaid (and the bride!). I decided to add in a name in Cricut Design Space with a quick font I had on my iPad to add a little personalization. You can use any font you have installed to add in names, or choose to go without names at all!
Prepping & Cutting the Vinyl:
To cut out both the colors, I imported the SVG file, made sure it was welded and to size (I did 4 inches wide), and then duplicated it. Then, if you choose to add in a name, add in text in whatever font you want and type in the name. Weld that as well (so the letters don’t separate), and click Make It.
I cut out both colors at the same time, so I organized it with the Baby Pink as the background shadow and the name right under it, and spaced the Ice Blue as the top color in a separate location. Next, place the HTV on the cutting mat with the shiny side down (or the white/lighter side facing up), making sure that the colors match where you organized them in the design space. Make sure that you mirror the design, set the dial to iron-on vinyl, and cut.
Weed each one like normal, and then you can move on to heat pressing them!
Start with prepping your garment by heating it for a few seconds, following the temperature instructions for the Color Chimp HTV. Start with the shadow color, the pink in this case, by placing it on the shirt where a pocket would be, covering it with parchment paper, and heat pressing according to the instructions.
Peel the transfer tape off while it’s still warm, and then align the other color (the ice blue here) so it is slightly shifted over the pink. Repeat the heat pressing.
Peel the transfer tape off again while it’s still warm, and give it one more press with the parchment over it for a couple seconds. Especially with two color designs, I like to give it a little extra to make sure it’s really on there.
Repeat with the rest of your bridesmaids, maid/matron of honor, and don’t forget one for yourself!
With the retro feel I wanted for the shirts, the Rainbow Chrome Polish Adhesive Vinyl fit with the theme and looked super cool on the white insulated champagne tumbler. The vinyl is permanent, so there’s no need to seal it with anything either which makes it extremely easy to add to your gift boxes. You can even copy the name you did on the shirt and cut that out as well in the vinyl to personalize it a little bit!
Cutting Out the Vinyl:
As much as I’d like to cut all of my vinyl at the same time, unfortunately you have to cut the adhesive vinyl separately from the HTV. Adhesive vinyl is cut on a different setting, because it doesn’t need to be mirrored and the dial needs to be set to regular vinyl. The chrome polish vinyl is a little thicker than a basic vinyl, so you may need to increase the cut setting to go through it, so I would recommend testing it first.
Once the vinyl is cut, you weed like normal - I start with weeding the inside pieces, then I pull the outer piece off.
Attaching the Vinyl:
Cut a piece of transfer tape to size and place it over the vinyl. Use your scraper tool to press it, then flip it over and pull off the paper backing carefully. Depends on the transfer tape you use, you may be able to use it multiple times before you need to throw it away. As you reuse it, it will lose some of its stickiness, so you’ll have to go slowly when you pull off the paper backing to make sure it sticks (but it should still work fine).
Align the vinyl, using your finger to lightly press it in place in the center. I do this on curved surfaces especially, like wine glasses, because sometimes vinyl bunches on curved surfaces. I start in the middle, using the scraping tool to move across all of the letters from the middle to the edges, making sure they are smooth and adhered properly.
Peel back the transfer tape carefully, and you’re done!
Put Together the Gift Boxes:
Using a cute box, fill it with tissue paper or crinkle paper, and organize each of your gifts so they are facing up and showing when the box is opened. What you fill the rest of your box with is up to you, based on what your bridal party would like and use. I chose to add in a nail polish, a necklace, and a little bottle of champagne.
The last step is the best part: gifting your boxes. Use it for a wedding day gift, or to ask your besties to be a part of your bridal party. Your friends will love it!
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