This wedding season has been full of beautiful barn weddings for me. I love the rustic charm and elegance that accompanies a barn wedding, along with how each bride can still personalize the trend. (My own wedding was a barn wedding, so they'll always have a special place in my heart!) One thing I've noticed with my brides, however, is that they often get stuck on details like the ring bearer pillow. I've even had brides opt-out of having a ring bearer pillow all together.
Now, while I am all for brides who want to go their own way and are unafraid to break tradition, I thought it would be fun to come up with a ring bearer pillow that hasn't been seen a million times before and would fit with this rustic, elegant wedding trend. Thus, this DIY wooden log round ring bearer pillow was born!
Don't be intimidated if it looks complicated! It's not as hard as it looks!
- Wooden Log Round (Ideally sanded so that the ring bearer doesn't risk splinters.)
- Embroidery Thread
- Paper the size of your log round
- Nails (I used 18 gauge x 3/4 inches since this project is purely decorative.)
Disclaimer: Please use discretion when using the hammer and nails. Paper Swallow Events is not responsible for any injuries as a result of this DIY. Thanks. :)
Step 1: Start by tracing the shape of your log round onto your paper. This will give you boundaries so that you can be sure your design will fit onto the log.
Step 2: Decide what shape you want to make and outline it. I chose a heart shape, but you could choose any shape you want! Once I'd outlined it I drew dots where I anticipated placing the nails to give myself a guide.
Step 3: Cut your design out so that it fits on the top of your log. I went over my dots with a marker to make them easier to see, but that is a completely optional step.
Step 4: Nail along your outline. As you can see in the photos, my original two outlines were too close together so I ended up revising my outline once I got the smaller inner heart completed. I recommend keeping your nails approximately 1/2 inch apart, or sometimes even closer if it's a more intricate part of your design. Remember, you want people to be able to easily understand the image!
Step 5: Now for the fun part! Tear your paper away from your design and tie on your thread. I only used 2 strands of my 6 strand embroidery thread. I advise separating the threads in advance and getting them as long as possible without tangling because you will use a good amount and you don't want to be constantly tying more thread onto your nails. You want to be wrapping it around to create a pretty texture!
Step 6: Wrap away! Zigzag between all of your nails one direction and then go the opposite way to get good base coverage, but then just let yourself play. If you don't like the way things are looking, just unwrap the parts you don't like and try again. It's incredibly relaxing and fun to see how the design shapes up.
Step 7: Tie your rings in place with a pretty bow!
What is your favorite unique ring bearer pillow idea?