Make your own personalized bridesmaid gifts: Custom rhinestone initial purses

Learn how to make a thoughtful and personal gift for your bridesmaids–a rhinestone initial purse!

You’ve decided to make a personalized gift for your bridesmaids! Why not a rhinestone initial purse? They are “all the craze” at department stores and many women are carrying them. This article will help you create a gift your bridesmaids will never forget.

First, assess each bridesmaid’s style–is she classic or chic? Is she nouveau or alternative? While there are other styles to consider, these are the main ones being used for the purpose of this article. Only you are going to know each bridesmaid, but with this guide, you should be able to make a beautiful gift for each bridesmaid that is as unique as their friendship is to you.
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For the classic bridesmaid, you’ll want to choose a purse that is neutral in color–perhaps taupe, black, or basic brown. Next, go to your local craft store and select out the decor for this purse. If your bridesmaid is classic, you’ll want something elegant and reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe, perhaps pink sequins or rhinestones. Don’t make it too flashy or gaudy, simple is what does it for the classic bridesmaid.
You’ve got a chic bridesmaid? Is she up on all the latest fashions and trends? No doubt you’ll want to get this bridesmaid a purse in her favor color–something vibrant, to match her personality. Back at your local craft store, you’ll find that something chic to put on this purse might be cutouts for scrap booking–in the shape of her favorite animal, perhaps. Now, let’s not forget we’re making an initial purse, so don’t forget something smart and sophisticated for the decor. Perhaps feathers or maybe glitter (or rhinestones) in the shape of her initial. This bridesmaid is hip to all the latest fashions and trends, so it may be best to window shop at some purses before deciding concretely on her purse.

The nouveau bridesmaid is, generally speaking, similar to the chic bridesmaid but she’s new in gaining that status. For this bridesmaid, check out the popular colors and fashions to select a purse. One of the newest trends is the jelly handbag; this may be perfect for your nouveau bridesmaid. To decorate her purse with fashionable buttons, the ever-popular Italian charms or other fastening devices (i.e., zippers or snaps) would be very hip indeed.

The last bridesmaid you may have is the alternative, or once called punk. This bridesmaid is anything but what’s popular. Pay particular attention to her purse of choice and select something similar to it–basic black is probably a good choice. For her initial decoration, you may try something simple like stenciling it onto the purse. Another idea is to use ribbon or a simple rhinestone in the shape of her initial. You don’t want anything over stated for the alternative bridesmaid–seldom does she like to be the center of attention.

I recommend shopping second hand stores for the purses–they can be inexpensive and unique to each bridesmaid.

Now, for all of the above-mentioned purses, you will need a hot glue gun and whatever decoration you’ve chosen for each purse. You may need some thread and a needle if you decide to sew anything like buttons onto your gal’s purses.

One other addition to the purses might be to tuck a little something into each purse for each bridesmaid. Consider including a body spray and a lotion or a nail polish and lipstick suitable to each bridesmaid.

Let your creative spirit run free! This is a fun time and what a unique gift your bridesmaids will be getting!

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