The Perfect Destination Wedding Gift

22 Sep

One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything.” – Riding in Cars with Boys

I think the same applies to people. You meet three or four people in your life, that significantly change its course and make you different. Allow me to introduce the first of these people to you, my childhood best friend Ashley.


The cliche’, we did everything together, is a cliche’ because we wrote it. I don’t know if there have ever been two kids who did more little life together than we did. As life goes, we grew up and our lives were different. We have remained friends for nearly thirty years and this summer, after traveling the world and living in places like San Francisco, New York, Steamboat Springs, Ashley got married (but, who knows where she’ll land).

She has collected friends and family from all over and the majority of the wedding party was coming to her.


When she started listing off the places people were arriving from, we put this idea together. I am not crafty and this was not easy, but I loved how it turned out.

Destination Wedding Map gift


Map:  You would think this would be easy to track down, but alas, no. I ended up buying the size image I wanted off of this Etsy store and then having it printed at Kinkos on foam board.

5/8th pins off Amazon

red string

glue dots size large

sticker to cover your mess of strings underneath. I chose one that said, “I do”

Sharp scissors

Shadow box


5/8th pins

Red string




From there, I packed up and headed to the craft store.

Technically, you’re not supposed to work there, but as a non crafter, I know, that I would get home and realize I needed something else or the thing I bought wouldn’t work….

So I plopped down at a display case and any time I needed something, I walked to the aisle, picked it up, opened it and stuck it to my project. Never you worry, I paid for the whole bit.



I put a large glue dot at my destination. Then I gently pulled each string and stuck it to the dot. When the strings covered the dot, I added another one right on top of the first and kept going. Finally, I added a larger three dimensional sticker on top to cover the string pile.  I think it turned out beautifully and was a big hit with the bride and groom.

A gift to keep and remember that people will travel far and wide to experience love.

Photo by Camille Brecht

Photo by Camille Brecht


And look at this LOVE too! One day, I’ll have share this story, because it’s just so good.




Photo by Camille Brecht

Look how much I love this story!


And I could get pretty used to this view

Photo by Camille Brecht

Photo by Camille Brecht


Finished Map

So happy for you Kevin & Ashley!


Thanks for reading. Now, pin the heck out of this for me because this is the one craft you’re gonna get.






18 Responses to “The Perfect Destination Wedding Gift”

  1. AnnMarie Brown (@anniecannie) September 22, 2014 at 7:37 AM #

    what a great idea for a destination wedding gift. So unique and definitely a beautiful keepsake.

    • hinoonvlog September 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

      Thank you so much for reading and stopping by. It was a fun project to make, once I figured it out 🙂

  2. gchomeschool September 22, 2014 at 2:26 PM #

    Such a great idea! Love it!!

    • hinoonvlog September 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

      Well thank you. So glad you stopped by!

  3. Kris September 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM #

    What a creative idea for a gift! that will truly be something they will treasure

    • hinoonvlog September 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM #

      thanks so much. It was fun to make and it was a big hit.

  4. Joanne Greco September 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM #

    That is such a great idea and I love that you created it inside the store!!

    • hinoonvlog September 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM #

      Haha Ya, that was the only way it was going to get done. I had to figure out what I wanted to do as I went kind of thing. Thanks so much.

  5. Michele ChoiceofMotherhood September 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM #

    Great idea!

  6. Krystal Chiarolla September 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM #

    Very creative and innovative idea. Love how classy it looks.

    • hinoonvlog September 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM #

      Thanks so much. It really came together 🙂

  7. Kyle Dycus September 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM #

    This is an awesome Idea! It looks profesh! 🙂

    • hinoonvlog September 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM #

      Well thank you! I really liked how it turned out. Thanks for reading.

  8. princessnorm September 23, 2014 at 9:29 PM #

    What a wonderful gift idea! It’s beautiful 😀

    • hinoonvlog September 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM #

      Thank you so much. It was a hit.

  9. msdiaperd September 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM #

    LOVE it! Such a beautiful gift. I agree. It only takes one person to change a life. xo

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