Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How To Make An "Oh S@#t" Kit

I've actually seen these kits called a few different things - "Wedding Day Emergency Kit" or "Oh Shit" kit are my personal favorite, but whatever you end up calling it, basically it's a kit or bag that you can put together for any emergencies that might pop up on the day of the wedding. This is an awesome gift idea for a bridal shower! 

I got the idea a few years back from my Mom, who had a few co-workers put one together for another co-worker that was getting married. Since than I've teamed up with a friend or my Mom a couple of times to put one of these kits together. One of us buys a nice purse that the recipient would actually use again and the other buys all the supplies to fill it.   

My cousin Kim is getting married in a few weeks, so for her bridal shower Mom and I put together a kit. I thought I'd take the opportunity to show you all what you need to put one of these kits together.

Wanna see how I did it?

Mom bought a purse that we knew Kim would like (Pink is her FAVORITE color!) and that we knew would be big enough to hold all the supplies. 

These items came from the Dollar Tree

These items were purchased from the travel section at Target

I bought all the items that should go in the kit. I got most of the items at Dollar Tree or the travel section of Target. (LOVE the travel section at Target! They have the best variety of stuff!) Since I love checklists for everything, of course I had one when getting all my supplies. 

Just in case you can't read the list in the picture above here are the things on my list: 

safety pins
bobby pins
sewing kit
breath mints
super glue
panty hose (optional) 
clear nail polish
waterproof mascara
tylenol or ibuprofen 
Tide 2 Go pen
tiny bottle of booze or mini flask
sewing scissors (optional) 
lint roller
nail clippers
sunscreen (optional) 
mouth wash
bug spray (optional) 
tooth brush 
tooth paste

You'll notice that some of the items above are optional. I didn't get sewing scissors because the sewing kit included a pair. I also didn't get panty hose because my cousin is getting married in July and I doubt she'll be wearing any. The sunscreen and bug spray were included because she's having an outdoor wedding, but if the bride you make one for is having an indoor wedding and reception it's unnecessary. You could also add other things geared toward the bride that she might find useful, like contact solution, or you could include snacks of some variety. The fun part is customizing things to the bride!

I loaded the bag up full of all the essentials, and added one of my decoupaged mini flasks to the outside of the purse (because anyone who has planned a wedding knows that what goes inside this is essential!) and I had the perfect bridal shower gift! 

I've been featured!!!

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I'm sharing this project at the following link parties: 

~ What's In The Gunny Sack @ The Gunny Sack ~ The Cure For The Common Monday @ Lines Across ~ Make It Great Monday @ Etcetorize ~ Craft & Tell @ Cherished Bliss ~ Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories From A to Z ~ Tell Me Tuesday @ Me and My Boys ~ Take-A-Look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee Crafts ~ Talent Tuesday @ Vintage Wanna Bee ~ Tip Toe Thru Tuesday @ Crayonfreckles and Tiaras & Bowties ~ Love It And Link It Up @ The Little Giggler ~ Time To Shine @ A Diamond In The Stuff ~ Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe ~ Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife ~ Spicy Link Up @ It's Just Called Spicy ~ Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts ~ Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims ~ Lil Luna Link Party @ Lil Luna ~ Weekly Link Party @ Sew Woodsy ~ Wicked Awesome Link Party @ Handy Man Crafty Woman ~ Share The Wealth Wednesday @ Laugh, Love & Craft ~ Show & Share @ Southern Lovely, My Lil Pink Pocket and Vintage Gwen ~ Creative Juice Thursday @ Momnivore's Dilemma ~ Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage ~ Show Me Extraordinary @ The 36th Avenue ~ BFF Open House Link Party @ The Answer Is Chocolate ~ Delicately Constructed Friday @ Delicate Construction ~ Project Party Weekend @ Bubbly Nature Creations ~ Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now ~ Anything Goes Link Party @ Bacon Time ~ Free For All @ Young & Crafty ~ Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello ~ Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters Stuff ~ Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane Boutique ~ Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act Normal ~ Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid  ~ Sister Sunday Link Party @ Sisters Of The Wild West ~ Think Pink Sundays @ Flamingo Toes ~ Sunday Show Off Linky @ Twigg Studios ~


  1. you got it right! My daughter got married 6 months ago and my others daughters made her a bag like that..they needed the bobby pins the needle and thread, the sewing kit and the bandaids!!

  2. So smart! I did something similar for my sister's wedding and it came in super handy. Wish I had thought of using a purse though. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize~

  3. Good idea! My sister is getting married in a few months so I'd love to do this for her.

  4. I would love to feature this on Random Crafty Georgia Girl next month for my wedding countdown month. I will be taking a blogging break starting sometime around the middle of June. Thanks so much for this idea because I have been trying to figure out what to put in my emergency kit.

  5. what a great idea! you even got the clear nail polish to stop those pantyhose runs! i bet she's gonna love it! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  6. This is just genius. I wish I'd had one when I got married. And , I haven't been over since you changed up your blog design and I LOVE it!

  7. You've done it again Bethany! I simply love love love this idea! The next friend of mine who gets married will be getting one like this!

    Oh, and I must know- where did Mom find that purse? I must find one similar, luv pink!


  8. I love your idea! The flask is just too perfect! I featured it this morning on Thanks for linking up to Make it Great Monday! Cheers,

  9. We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  10. I love it! I've seen kits like this before and I always want to make them... like the work emergency kits ones I've seen (maybe on See Jane Work?) and thought I should put together my own... it's such a sweet gift and so thoughtful and clever and useful! LOVE it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  11. And P.S. I LOOOOOVE the new blog design! Pretty green and pink with the gothic black... screams "Bethany" to me (or at least the version of you and your style that I have in my head if that makes any sense)! : )

  12. Love it. The purse is gorgeous. The flask was a nice touch.


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