Turn a "Gold Leaves" pillbox into a sure-to-be-treasured keepsake (choosyshopper.com). Line the inside with velvet by gluing a piece to the top, and then folding some around a cardboard circle and taping it to the bottom. As an added measure, have a jeweler attach a chain you can clip onto an attendant's belt loop. If you prefer a vintage look, remove the mechanism from an antique timepiece (find one like those at bottom on eBay), and line with fabric.
The Details: Tacori rings.
Even if you’re not tying the knot with your toes in the sand, this is one chic way to bring a bit of the seaside to your soiree. Start with a shell you already have (high-five if you picked it up on your first vacation together as a couple). Not a beachcomber? Just buy one online (we like Shell Horizons). Then gild the inside with Testors enamel paint in gold and attach a piece of ribbon with a hot-glue gun.
If yours feels like a classic romance, fashion your favorite piece of literature or collection of poems into a hidey-hole for your rings. Simply send your chosen tome to Secret Safe Books. They’ll glue all the pages together, carve out a nook, and insert a strip of magnets to ensure that the goods don’t tumble down the aisle. Once you’re wed, store your valuables inside and set it on a bookshelf, and no one will be the wiser.
Our ring book is easier for little hands to clasp than a slippery pillow, and your tiny attendant will love that it contains a secret compartment filled with treasures only he is entrusted to deliver. To personalize your book, use a desktop-publishing program to create an iron-on monogram.
We think a homemade ring pillow has tons more charm than most store-bought options. Choose a pretty fabric and sew your own from a pair of squares. (If the thought of needle and thread makes you itch, enlist a crafty friend.) Secure bands with a ribbon tacked to the top.
Looking for a ring pillow? Try your sewing box. A pincushion makes a charming one that's just the right size for little hands. A vintage pincushion like this is particularly nice, but you can use a new one, too. Then all you need is a long decorative head pin, ribbon, and your rings. Thread ribbon through rings, and tack ends to cushion with pin.
A handmade ring pillow will look lovely from all angles when its sides are crafted from pretty ribbon. To give the cushion a tufted effect and to provide a spot for the rings to nestle, add a button by stitching all the way through. Attach the rings by tying them to the button with a thin ribbon.
To make this ring pillow, cut ten 5-inch squares of sheer pink and orange organza. Stack, then stitch a 4-inch square in the center, leaving a 1-inch opening. Stuff batting into pillow. Finish stitching to close the square. Trim organza edges with scalloping shears.
Create a soft, plump pillow using flowers instead of fabric. Cut a block of floral foam to size and poke 'Kermit' chrysanthemum stems into top and sides. Push a U-shaped piece of green floral wire through foam; bend tips flush against bottom of block. Cover bottom by pinning paper over. Tie rings to wire with ribbon.
The pillow from Christina and Peter's wedding was made by cutting the border of a moss-green Ultrasuede pillow with scalloping shears; dots were added to the light-green Ultrasuede overlay with a Japanese screw punch. The rings are tied on with a green-and-white satin ribbon.
It's only fitting to present the symbols of a new union on a beautiful "something old": a pillow embellished with an heirloom handkerchief or another vintage linen. A few stitches keep everything in place and can be snipped later. If you don't have a vintage piece, you can find one at a flea market.
Knitted ring pillows lend warmth to winter weddings. To make: Stitch together two 5-inch felt squares, leaving a 2-inch opening. Turn inside out; stuff with batting and stitch closed. Knit a same-size square; hand-sew to top of pillow. Sew a 12-inch ribbon to center; trim ends on the diagonal.