For the crafty bachelorette

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This is the story of how I've come to be selling paper penises on the internet.

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In the spring of 2012 I had a bachelorette party to attend. As you may have figured out I try to find ways to incorporate a hand crafted touch when gift giving. I'd been interested in paper toys and had recently bought a book to look at construction to eventually make my own. I never expected the first toy I would make would be of the adult variety but it was an easy decision to make my friend a paper penis for her party. 

My first prototype was a gift topper that could convert into a wrist corsage for the evening.

My first prototype was a gift topper that could convert into a wrist corsage for the evening.

Notice anything missing in my first prototype? Yeah, that's right, balls. BALLS! is exactly what screamed in my head when I arrived to the party and was confronted with penis paraphernalia everywhere. The gals still thought it was hilarious though the guys on the town were a bit confused. 

My original bouquet a little beat up after a night on the town.   

My original bouquet a little beat up after a night on the town.   

The summer brought another bachelorette party to attend. I'd had more time for prototyping and crafting so I gave my friend this lovely bouquet. She clutched it the whole night. The bride's fiancee made a surprise appearance to serenade her with a karaoke song and her parting words to him were "Did you see my bouquet?!" 

My prototypes had some skin/hair illustrations that I did away with in the final piece for simplicity of printing and template construction. 

My prototypes had some skin/hair illustrations that I did away with in the final piece for simplicity of printing and template construction. 

The thing about bachelorette parties is they can be a bit over the top with condom adorned veils and blow up penis dolls. That kind of party isn't for every bride. Another friend of mine banned penises entirely from her party. How about something in the middle? On a more personal level I know someday for myself I'd want something more in the middle of the risque dial and you know I'll definitely be a crafty bachelorette.

I had enough positive feedback from my prototypes that I knew I wanted to fully flush out the idea and create something that could be given to brides and used with any tolerance level of a penis party. I've played a lot of party games at bachelorette parties but it seems what is also missing is some party crafts. 

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Keeping those couple things in mind I focused on creating a template that could be used as a full on party craft or given on it's own. Ready to be doodled on or bedazzled. I've paired the template with a greeting card for easy gift giving. Since it's not always possible to attend the bachelorette party it can be mailed to far away crafty brides. It's a fun way to contribute to the sentiments of a last hoorah. 

It was important to me that I use a bright fun color that wasn't pink.

It was important to me that I use a bright fun color that wasn't pink.

I'm wearing my serious printing face as it had been some time since I'd printed on a Vandercook. This job was a little to large to print on my personal press so I used the wonderful new facilities at San Francisco Center for the Book.

I'm wearing my serious printing face as it had been some time since I'd printed on a Vandercook. This job was a little to large to print on my personal press so I used the wonderful new facilities at San Francisco Center for the Book.

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I printed these at the end of April just in time to sell at my Arch pop-up shop and just over a year after my initial idea conception. My mom took the above printing pics. She assisted me in printing these cards which is never how I would have predicted this project would go. She and my dad also spent one evening folding penise to help me refine my template directions. Picture two almost sixty year olds and penis craft while drinking a glass of wine. It should be less painful for you to imagine since they're not your parents. 

Gold!

Gold!

There are a few product variations for this card. It can be purchased as a single card or as a party pack of 6 or 10. The party packs come with ideas for incorporating into the bachelorette festivities. 

 Print Details
Card: French Paper Company; 100C Dur-o-Tone Steel Grey and 100C Pop-Tone Blu Raspberry.
Envelope:  French Paper Company; Pop-Tone Blu Raspberry.
Template: Mohawk Paper; 65C Skytone Natural and Brown Vellum
Inks: Gold and Silver