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Project and Photos By: Mary SwensonWhat better way to celebrate a springtime wedding than with seedling favors that not only symbolize the start of a new growing season, but the blooming of your new life together as husband and wife? Packaged up neatly inside simple boxes, these favors are easy to make and convenient for guests to take home. You'll need small kraft boxes, plastic wrap, potting soil, and the seeds of your choice. Herbs and grasses are virtually foolproof, but even pretty flowers will work. Check out the seeds available at your local garden center, and be sure to read the backs of the seed packets for the growing instructions before making a decision. Start by lining the inside of your box with plastic wrap. This will prevent the box from getting soggy when watering the seeds. Next, fill the lined box almost to the top with potting soil. Make sure to moisten the soil first with water so that it's easy to work with and to prepare it for the seeds. Following the planting instructions on the seed package, place the seed(s) on top of the dirt and cover lightly with more soil. Moisten the soil with water. Trim away the excess plastic wrap. When you're ready to assemble your favors, just gather the twine, string, or ribbon of your choice, as well as name tags and glue or double-sided tape. Affix the name tag to the front of the box with a dab of glue or a bit of double-sided tape, and tie the twine around the box. Simple and cute! The favors look sweet all lined up on a table, or set at each place setting... ...or, showcase the favors alongside the flower or herb that they're getting. And don't forget to include (or display) care instructions for your seedling favors to ensure successful sprouting! Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson
Photos By: Chelsea FussWhat could be a more ideal fall wedding favor than flower bulbs? Your guests (local and out of town) can bring these sweet bulbs home with them to plant and then enjoy the following spring. We wrapped tulip bulbs individually with parchment paper from the grocery store, then trimmed the paper with pinking sheers. Cute Tag Templates: Download the adorable tag templates by clicking here.
Planting Instructions: The tag templates include easy planting instructions.
An Array of Colors: Match your wedding theme with the array of fun color combinations in the template download! (See link to templates in the comments below).
A Budget-Friendly Option: At just $0.45 per favor, this cute DIY is easy on the budget.
Cute, Easy, and Thrifty! The project is so simple, and the gift- something every guest can enjoy!
Paperwhite Kits: If you want to give a more substantial gift- try a Paperwhite kit! Click for the template here. Simple Pots: To make these sweet gifts, we spray painted terra cotta pots white, and filled them with gravel and bulbs (Paperwhites only need gravel and water to grow)!
Pretty Tag Templates: The favor can be adorned with a stylish DIY tag, complete with planting and care instructions! Find the template download here.
Ribbons and Bows: Secure the gift with ribbon and this simple project is complete. (See link to tag templates in the comments below).
Sow Seeds of Love: A unique and memorable gift, for sure! Happy Planting! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Project and Photos By: Mary SwensonFresh cranberries are readily available in grocery stores from mid-September throughout December, and this recipe turns them into a sweet/tart treat perfect for packaging up and giving to your guests as favors! Ingredients and Supplies: 2 cups of sugar 2 cups of water 2 cups of fresh cranberries 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar Small lidded glass jars Steps One and Two: 1- First, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has fully dissolved. Do not bring the mixture to a boil. 2- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. The water should be warm, but not too hot. Combine the cranberries with the sugar water in a bowl and cover; refrigerate overnight. Step Three: The next day, drain the liquid from the cranberries and toss in a bowl with 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Spread the sugared cranberries onto parchment or waxed paper and let them dry for about an hour, or until the sugar has hardened. Step Four: Package the treats inside the jars and cover tightly. We used spice jars, which are perfect for individual guest favors; use larger jars if you're giving out one favor per couple. This recipe filled six 3.4 ounce spice jars; adjust accordingly for the number of favors you will need. Step Five: Add a simple personalized tag, and you're done!
Photos By: Chelsea FussTreat out-of-towners to local specialties. For this Oregon arrangement, we used Oregon hazelnuts... We also picked up some local strawberry jam. Find some fun, patterned wax food paper to wrap the goodies in!
Fill your box with shredded paper.
You can also wrap twine around the box, add a name tag, and add twine to the gift items as well.
If you have a lot of guests, make it easier by handwriting one and then color copying the rest! Re-pacakage the food into the smaller containers.
We love a handwritten note, which adds personal charm!
Guests can snack on the treats during their stay, or bring them home as a souvenir of their trip. The boxes also make great favors, if you are a little more ambitious.
For this box, you would need: Berry boxes Shredded paper Wax food paper Muslin bags Waxed Twine White tags Small treats sourced from your destination or wedding location. Buy large quantities and then repackage them in smaller portions. Finally, don't forget to ask your hotel or wedding coordinator to distribute the boxes. Refrigerate if needed - and enjoy! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff This gilded wedding favor diy will ensure every guest at your wedding gets a sweet treat to take home, but that's not all. These favors also double as table numbers at the reception, so guests will know exactly where to sit on your big day. Materials: Glassine Bags Number Stencils Gold Leaf and Gold Leaf Adhesive Wall Paper Samples or Decorative Paper Spray Adhesive (for the stencil) Scissors Tape or Stickers Paint Brush Step One: Start by folding your glassine bag over at the top, so you can center your stencil based on the fold, instead of the very top of the bag. Flip your bag back over, with the top of the bag facing up. Step Two: Flip your stencil over so that the 'back' is facing up. Spray a very thin layer of spray adhesive over the back of your entire stencil. Wait for it to dry slightly before flipping it back over and attaching it to your glassine bag. The spray adhesive should be tacky to the touch before applying the stencil to the bag. Step Three: Now that the stencil has been secured to the bag, it is time to apply your gold leaf glue to the stencil space. Step Four: Use short strokes and apply the glue very thinly. Wait for this to set up. You want the glue to be tacky before applying the gold leaf. Step Five: Apply the gold leaf sheet directly on top of your stencil and smooth the sheet out. Step Six: Press down gently over the entire surface with your fingers or a dry paint brush to ensure the gold leaf will stick to the glue. Step Seven: Wait several minutes and then carefully begin to peel the stencil away from the glassine bag. Patience is key. Step Eight: Once the stencil has been removed, press down lightly with your fingers on the gold once more to secure any loose areas. Step Nine: Cut a piece of decorative paper or a scrap piece of patterned wallpaper and slip it inside the glassine bag to finish the look. Now your bags are ready for candy or other wedding favors. Step Ten: Seal up the bags with stickers or pieces of tape and have the favors placed at each setting.
Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss These charming little garden kits make for lovely favors or sweet gifts for friends who help with your wedding. Herbs can grow in a sunny window or on a sunny balcony, and the seeds are pretty easy to grow. You will need: seed starting pots cellophane bags for soil brown parchment paper rocks herb seeds (basil, parsley, oregano, thyme) ribbon tags glassine bags for seeds mini paper clips (optional) potting soil rocks for drainage plant markers waterproof sharpie pen Step One: Fill cellophane bags with a cup or two of potting soil. Secure with a twisty tie and wrap in brown parchment. Step Two: Fill tiny glassine bags with seeds. Step Three: Label the plant marker with the type of seed you're using. Step Four: Place the seeds, soil, rocks, and plant marker inside the pots. Step Five: Tie with a ribbon and tag. Your guests will love these eco-friendly favors!
Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins These simple favor bags are a great way to bring in the charm of patterned fabrics, even if you're not a skilled seamstress. Cut, glue and voilá- you've got a darling little sack. Step One: Select coordinating patterned fabrics Step Two: Cut the fabric into 4 X 4 inch squares. Use a craft board and roll cutter for easy measuring. Step Three: Fold the fabric over in thirds. Step Four: Glue the ends down. This will leave a covered, easy-open pouch in the middle. Add a few decorative stitches for bonus color-coordination. Step Five: Fill the bags with simple candy treats for your guests to enjoy. For an extra cute presentation, set the bags at each place setting!
Photos By: Mary Swenson You simply can't go wrong with edible favors for your guests, and these super-simple cookies can even be customized with a special word or letters to make the favors even more significant. To make about two dozen cookies, you'll need the following ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and add the flour mixture gradually, and beat until combined. Shape the dough into two disks, wrap each one with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Roll out the refrigerated disk on a lightly floured piece of parchment or wax paper to a 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. Repeat with the second disk of dough, and put both disks of dough back in the refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes. Use a cookie cutter to cut out cookie rounds from the dough. We used a fluted-edge cutter here for a decorative look, but any shape will work. Then, using mini alphabet cookie cutters, cut a letter from the middle of each dough round. We chose the word "thanks" for our cookie favors, but you can use your initials, your wedding location, or whatever word you'd like. Just a hint: Keep it on the short side! Bake the cookies at 350 degrees on parchment-lined baking sheets for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cookies are firm. Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack. Once the cookies cool, you're ready to package them up. We slid ours into a glassine bag and made a label with the bride and groom's initials to affix to the back of the bag The packaging options for these cookies are endless! For something different, try a tin, a brown kraft box, clear cello bags...anything that can hold your cookies and can be embellished with a bit of pretty ribbon and a personalized tag will work. Have fun with it!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Surprise guests with a yummy treat to take home after the reception with these stylish mirrored glass favors that can be customized to your style. Add stripes, polka dots, or geometric shapes to plain glass bottles in minutes with this simple tutorial.
2. Now, cut tape stripes for the bottle. For thinner stripes, you may need to cut the tape lengthwise with scissors to get pieces of tape that are the width you want (about 1/2 inch wide). Or purchase a new roll of tape that is in the desired width you want to use.
3. Attach each tape stripe to the bottle securely, keeping about 3/4 inch apart from each other at bottom of bottle. I was able to attach 5 strips of tape to my bottle, evenly spaced apart.
4. Then completely cover the top of the lid with tape, to ensure that no spray paint will come into contact with the bottle opening, where candy will eventually be added.
5. Next, shake spray paint well, according to instructions, and spray the entire bottle with a thin coat of paint. Wait for it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Note: Use spray paint in well ventilated area. Looking Glass spray paint, especially, has very strong fumes. So it's best to work outside for this part.
6. Once the paint is completely dry, remove all the tape from the bottle.
7. Add small candy pieces and then plug the opening with a piece of cork.
8. Next, tie a wooden gift tag to the bottle with a piece of string. This is a great time to add a thank you stamp to the gift tag or add guests name and a table number for a favor that pulls double duty as an escort card as well.
9. Add a small sprig or two of seeded eucalyptus and you have a beautiful wedding favor for guests. Or switch the seeded eucalyptus out for any seasonal flower or greenery for a custom look, perfect for any season. This is a great place to add a pop of color as well, with a colorful spray or pretty ranunculus bloom.