DIY Book Ring Bearer Box

Find out how to make this cute, literary-themed wedding ceremony keepsake.
  1. What You'll Need:

    One small book (The book I used was roughly 4" x 6")

    One length of wide ribbon (approximately 2.25 times the width of your book)

    One length of narrow ribbon (approximately 4 times the width of your book)

    One silk or ribbon flower

    A scrap of decorative paper

    Paper glue

    Large square paper punch

    Scissors

    A small, flat paint brush

    A needle and thread

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  2. How To:

    1. Open your book to the second page. Take your large square craft punch, turn it upside down (so you can see to guide and center it) and feed several of the right hand pages into the punch. Slide it towards the middle of the book as far as you can go, keeping it vertically centered. Squeeze the punch, and punch out the squares. Important: Do not punch a hole in the first page of the book.

    Remove the punch, feed the next few pages in, center again and punch out the squares. Continue to punch out squares until you've created a hole that is at least 3/4 of an inch deep. (see #1)

    2. On the page after the last punched page, glue down a scrap of decorative paper to line the bottom of the "well" you just created. (see #2 and #3)

    3. Center the wider ribbon on the spine of the book. Glue the tail of the wider ribbon inside the back cover of the book. Wrap the ribbon around the outside of the book cover, and glue the other tail down inside the front cover.

    Glue the first page of the book (the one without the hole punched in it) to the inside cover to secure and conceal the ribbon tail. Glue the last page of the book to the inside of the back cover to secure the ribbon. Allow to glue to dry. (see #4)

    4. Open the front cover of the book. Use your brush to apply a generous coat of glue along the page edges on all three sides. Allow the glue to dry, then give it a second coat. Don't close the book until it's had a thorough chance to dry, otherwise, the "lid" could get stuck closed (see #5)

    5. Center your smaller ribbon on the spine of the book, in the middle of the wider ribbon, and tack it down using a couple of stitches with your needle and thread. (see #6)

    6. Take your flower, and stitch it down to both layers of ribbon on the front cover of the book. (see #7)

    7. Place your rings in the well and tie the ribbon tails into a bow to securely close box. (see #8 and #9)

  3. What it cost:

    Book: $8.00

    Grosgrain ribbon: $1.75 a yard

    Vintage Lily of the Valley ribbon: $7.50 for a half yard

    Large square craft punch: $13.00

    Ribbon rose: made with 1 yard of ribbon at $3.99 a yard

    Additional Resources:

    Vintage Lily of the Valley Ribbon from NancysSewingBasket.com, Raspberry chiffon grosgrain from MidoriRibbon.com.

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