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How to Build a Wishing Well for a Bridal Shower

In addition to a gift on the registry, guests at a bridal shower will often bring a little extra household item the couple might need. These extra gifts can be added to a theme-oriented wishing well.


  • Step 1: Complete the well when you're finished decorating with a decorative sign on the roof that says "Wishing Well" or "Make a Wish."
  • Step 2: Tell guests on the bridal shower invitations that there will be a wishing well at the shower. Inform guests of the wishing well theme so they can bring an additional, anonymous gift for the lucky couple.
  • FACT: A survey by The Knot, Inc. found that the average length of an engagement was 13.4 months in 2009.
  • TIP: For a cash theme, buy colored envelopes for guests.
  • Step 3: Decorate the well to reflect the theme. Use a checkerboard tablecloth for a kitchen theme or pink tulle and lace for a "for-the-bride" theme. Cover the basket with bridal wrapping paper, ribbons, and flowers for a general wedding theme.
  • Step 4: Build the base of the well out of the laundry basket, adding construction paper to cover the sides.
  • Step 5: Create the roof of the wishing well with a rectangular piece of cardboard, which is at least wide enough to cover the top of the well. Fold it in half lengthwise and keep it in a V shape to resemble a roof.
  • Step 6: Add the roof by gluing or taping the paper towel rolls vertically on either side of the roof to act as supports. Then, affix the rolls to the inside of the laundry basket so the roof stands up.
  • Step 7: Decide on a theme for the wishing well. Popular themes include the kitchen, bed and bath, the honeymoon, cash, or "for the bride."

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