Thursday, January 12, 2012

Alternative Ring Bearer Pillow

If you're like me, you don't want the typical store bought ring bearer pillow. But, if you're also like me, then you're trying to find something unique--on a budget. $30-$40 for a pillow is ridiculous just because it has a colored ribbon around it, or was made with patterned satin instead of white. I'm sorry--but it is. I was lucky enough that my talented momma made mine custom, and I love it!

If you're looking for some unique ideas, here are a few that might catch your eye.

Source: The Knot
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This would be perfect if the couple shares a favorite book
Source: Marth Stewart
Source: Project Wedding

This could easily be made, and customized for your colors. Mine only concern is with the rough edges on the twigs. I wonder if they would snag a tux or dress.
Source: Etsystatic

Use a family bible and tie the wedding rings to the bible's ribbon page marker. I just love this idea.
Source: Wedding Bee

This company makes these little plates to hold your rooms. It would be a cute item to display after the wedding, also.
Source: Paloma's Nest

Source: Etsy

Source: Etsy

Many dollar stores sell these kinds of bales in the fall. Look for a deal!
Source: Etsy

A Twist on the Typical Pillow:

These are made from Kermit Mums with pearls as accents.
Source: Francoise Weeks

Source: One Thrifty Girl

Use a delicate lace sewn into a square with a matching ribbon. It would be a nice touch to use lace cut off during alterations if there's enough. 

Source: Etsy

If you plan to make your own, try to find a unique way to create it. Doilies, lace, a family handkerchief, flowers, ruffles and ribbon are great additions that can add to the atmosphere you're creating with your theme and color scheme.

Here are some great resources to help you DIY the additions:
Alisa Burke- She has a tutorial on ribbon rosettes.
TipNut- This site has tutorials for every kind of ribbon flower
Chatelaine- How to tie the perfect bow
Craftiness is Not Optional- Tutorials on felt flowers 
(The layered flower can be made with other materials)

Good Luck! Happy Crafting!


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