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This Engagement Ring Came In A Sad, Little Box. Now It Looks Completely Different

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When JD Swartz popped the question to his girlfriend Sarah on May 15, he made sure that everything -- down to the engagement ring box -- was the bee's knees.

He replaced the "terrible" box that the morganite engagement ring came in with something much beautiful -- a bee landing on a sunflower. Not only that, but he made the new ring holder by hand.

Why a bee? "Sarah has always loved designs that incorporate bees, and often wears jewelry that incorporates them," Swartz told HuffPost Weddings.

To see how he put it all together, check out the photos below.

  • JD Swartz
    "The ring."
  • JD Swartz
    "The sad, little box it came in."
  • JD Swartz
    "I used the flower on the left as the base, and the center of the flower on the right as the lid."
  • JD Swartz
    "I found this old bee trinket box and decided to incorporate it."
  • JD Swartz
    "It opens, so I placed a slip of paper inside it asking, 'Will you marry me?'"
  • JD Swartz
    "I took out the ring holder from the old box."
  • JD Swartz
    "I measured out the size I needed to cut out from the center of the flower."
  • JD Swartz
    "A dry fitting."
  • JD Swartz
    "I mixed up some paint for the styrofoam interior to match."
  • JD Swartz
    "I wanted to make sure the bee would fit on the new lid."
  • JD Swartz
    "I cut two slits in the lid and ran a ribbon through it so I could tie the bee on."
  • JD Swartz
    "Bee loosely tied in place."
  • JD Swartz
    "Here's the finished interior with the ring in place."
  • JD Swartz
    "She took this picture just before opening it. And she said 'yes.'"

"I'm sure she would have said yes if I had given her a cardboard ring," he wrote on Reddit, where he first posted step-by-step photos of his creation. "We're on a shoestring budget and trying to save as much as we can where we can, but I wanted to do something to make the proposal special, and this was an inexpensive way to make that happen."

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