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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Create custom favors for guests at your wedding with a gold embossed favor box idea, filled with your favorite treats. The embossed detailing will take inexpensive painted boxes to the next level. And you can even personalize the design by having a custom stamp made with your initials, wedding date, etc.
Materials:small to medium kraft boxes rubber stamps acrylic paint paint brush clear ink pad embossing powder embossing heat gun
1. Remove the lid from each kraft box and paint the base and lid with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
2. Next, gently tap the stamp over a clear ink pad, several times, making sure that the raised area of the stamp is completely covered in ink.
3. Press the stamp evenly onto the top of the lid.
4. Then, pour embossing powder over the stamped area.
5. Remove the excess embossing powder and set the design with a heat gun.
Add candy, cookies, or macarons and you have a unique wedding favor for guests to take home wit them.
Photos By: Mary Swenson Cookies are a crowd-pleasing, can't-go-wrong favor, and they're easy to personalize! To make these lemon-flavored sugar cookies, you'll need the following: 2 sticks room-temperature butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 large egg yolks, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, and powdered sugar for sprinkling. You'll also need a stencil to use to put the initial on the cookie. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, lemon zest, and salt in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the yolks and beat until blended. Add the flour in 2 additions, beating just until blended after each addition. Gather the dough together in a ball and place it on a sheet of waxed or parchment paper and cover with another piece of the paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it's about 1/4 inch wide. Chill the dough until firm, at least 4 hours or up to one day. Once the dough has chilled, use a cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as you need from the dough. Make sure the size of the cookie is large enough to accommodate the initial. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough cutouts on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes, until the cookies start to turn golden brown. When the cookies are done, move them to a cooling rack to cool. As they're cooling, place the stencil on top to start monogramming. Sift powdered sugar over the top of the stencil and gently remove. If there is excess sugar on the cookie, simply blow it off using a straw. Stencil the remaining cookies. Once the cookies have cooled completely, package them in glassine bags. A strategically placed label not only seals the bag, but also can be used to write the guests' names. A cute, tasty favor personalized with your new initial!
Photos By: Mary Swenson Simple, inexpensive clay pots can be turned into lovely little favors and centerpieces with just minimal effort and even less cash. Here's how! To make the favors, we started with a small three-inch high pot. We cut the top off a plastic water bottle (make sure to keep the cap on), which fit perfectly inside as a liner for the pot. Cut a piece of wet floral foam to fit inside the plastic liner. Insert the liner and the foam into the pot, and fill the inside of the liner with water, so that the foam absorbs most of the water. The liner will ensure that the water stays away from the inside of the clay pot, preventing it from getting dark and wet (and, from leaking out of the hole that's in the bottom of most pots). We purchased an inexpensive flower arrangement at a grocery store, cut out the flowers we wanted to use, and inserted the cut flowers into the foam. Since these favors will be going home with your guests, the foam will keep their arrangement intact during travel. Our finished favor arrangement is sweet and simple! Creating a matching centerpiece is even easier -- simply use a larger pot, and stick a cup of water inside the pot for your stems. We used the same flowers as we did for our favors, and added tulips for an extra touch. The coordinating favors and centerpieces create a cohesive, beautiful look for your event! To personalize your arrangements, print out guest names and table numbers on regular printer paper, cut into strips, and affix with double-sided tape or glue to the pots. So charming!
Project and Photos by: Jennifer Kirk Materials: Wood veneer edging Hot glue gun Glue dots Duct tape Cloth you don't mind staining Small can of wood stain (I used Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut) Small can of water based Polycrylic Protective Finish Two sponge brushes Paper towel Popsicle stick or some other type of stir stick Scissors Glass votives (I found Darice 'Roly Poly' glass votives at the craft store for 50 cents each) Various succulents Small spoon for scooping soil Flat piece of cardboard, kraft paper, paper bag etc. to protect your work surface To Put Together Mini Succulent Garden: Step 1: Prepare your succulents. Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim cuttings from a larger plant and let cuttings sit indoors, away from direct sunlight for 1-2 days. The ends need to dry out and callous, otherwise the ends will rot or take up too much water. Step 2: Add a couple scoops of potting soil (I used the soil already in my succulent pots) into the bottom of the votive. Step 3: Gently flatten the soil with the backside of the spoon but don't pack the soil tightly. Step 4: With the handle of the spoon (or another thin object) poke 2-3 holes in the soil. Step 5: Tear off a small piece of paper towel and moisten the end. Wipe the soil off from the inside of the votive. Step 6: Gently push cuttings into the holes you made in the soil. If the soil is looking dry, add just a bit of water. To Create Votive With Wood Base: Step 1: With a sheet of cardboard (I used a flattened cereal box) beneath, tape down a long strip of veneer. While duct tape has the strongest hold, you may want to place something heavy on the ends of the veneer strip to keep the strips from popping off your work surface. Step 2: Open can of wood stain and stir with a popsicle stick. With a sponge brush, apply a coat of wood stain. Let sit for 15 minutes, the wipe and rub off with a cloth. Step 3: Allow stain to dry for at least 4 hours or overnight, then with a clean sponge brush, apply a single, uniform layer of Polycrylic finish. Let dry completely, about an hour. Step 4: Wrap a veneer strip around the bases of the votive to determine the length of the wood base. Mine were about 8.25" long. Cut strips down to this size. Step 5: Glue ends of strips together with a modest dab of hot glue. Hold between your fingers (careful, this can be hot) for a few seconds until glue has set. Repeat for the remainder of the wood strips. Step 6: To attach the base to the votive, stretch a glue dot and stick it to the upper, inside rim of the wood veneer ring. Apply another glue dot to the opposite side. Step 7: Inset the votive within the ring and push down from on top with the flat of your hand to ensure a tight fit. Ta-Da!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Turn inexpensive manilla gift tags into beautiful dip dyed paper goods that you can use for wedding favors, table numbers, thank you notes, and beyond. They're super easy and quick to make and will add a colorful DIY touch to packages, tables, and more.
Here's how to make your own dip dyed gift tags with watercolor paints...
Materials:Manilla Gift Tags (any size) Watercolor Paints Small Bowl or Mug Water Paper Towels
1. Start by filing a mug or small container halfway with water. Then, add in a generous amount of watercolor paint and stir until completely mixed.
2. Next, dip tags into the watercolor and water mixtures, pulling up to see the color after 15-20 seconds. If the color is too faint, remove the tag and add more paint. Stir. Then, dip the tag back into the mixture.
3. Once you've reached the desired color, remove from the container, and place onto a paper towel to let the tag dry.
4. Repeat this process until you've completed the number of tags you'll need for the occasion.
5. Allow the tags to dry flat for several hours (up to 24 hours). Then, you can write messages / table numbers / names / etc on each tag with a pen.
6. Tie a finished gift tag to a small bouquet of flowers as a souvenir for your guests to take as they leave. Or gift them to your bridal party and other friends and family, instead.
Photos By: Mary SwensonCandles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started! Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay. First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar. We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions. You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid. While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar. The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest! Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them! Photos By: Mary Swenson
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsIf embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates! You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad. Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding. Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it. Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement. Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!