This past Friday, Job and I were invited to a colleague’s wedding. Job and I haven’t been to too many weddings together and we never know a good gift, so we decided that we would just give the couple some money. Who doesn’t like money?
There are many ways to give money, in a card, in an envelope, but we really wanted to make our presentation special and appreciated by the couple. It always means a lot to receive a gift that has some thought and work put into it, so we decided to make a small gift box for the couple.
We went to one of our favorite stores in Amsterdam for crafting supplies, the Vlieger. They sell boxes, paper, paints, and some other artist tools. (In America, you could buy all of the materials at a craft store like Michaels or A.C. Moore.
Here we purchased two sheets of patterned paper, a sheet of card stock, and a small gift box.
I also stopped by the Blokker for some ribbons. Normally this is not where I would go for ribbon, but it was the day of the wedding and I still had to finish putting the final touches on the wrapping and needed ribbon for the final touches.
With the patterned paper, we folded paper cranes. Paper cranes have been very significant to us this year and doing a quick internet search for the meaning of paper cranes, one will find that they’re a symbol to wish happiness, good luck, hope, peace, and long life. These are all perfect wishes for a new couple. When making the cranes, we had to cut the paper sheets into squares leaving us some left over strips. I used one leftover strip to create a pocket inside of the card stock (which we folded in half to make a card) for the money to make a money holder.
On the card stock, we wrote a small message to the couple wishing them well and customized the front of the card with their name. (I first found a few fonts on my computer that I liked and slightly modeled my “font” for the cover of the card after those. I practiced in pencil and then traced over it a few times in fine point sharpie, and then made my own font for the note inside of the card.) As mentioned before, I added in the strip of the paper left over from the origami as a money holder, and I used a piece of ribbon inside of the money holder pocket as a pull tab to help retrieve the money from the pocket without having to stick your fingers in. Just pull the ribbon and the money comes up.
We placed the completed card inside of the box and placed the cranes facing each other inside the box on top of the card. We closed the box and I added the ribbon to the outside.
It is a really simple and elegant way to present the gift receivers with money, and the best thing about it is that it is also something that can be displayed after the wedding as a keepsake in your house.