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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Dress up basic dollar store kraft boxes with some scrap fabric and extra paint. Fill the finished boxes with candy and you have a cute and inexpensive favor for guests.
Supplies:Fabric Scraps Scissors Decorative Kraft Box Paint Brush Mod Podge or Craft Glue Paint
1. Cut a small piece of fabric that is at least twice the width and the proper length for your box.
2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the side of the box, all the way around. Place the box on one side of the fabric, in the center, so that there is extra fabric above and below the box. Then, start rolling the scrap of fabric onto the box and smooth out any bumps as you roll. Set aside and wait for the glue to dry.
3. Cut slits all the way around the excess fabric at the top of the box.
4. Then apply glue to the inside of the box and tuck fabric in to secure fabric to the inside.
5. Repeat step 3 and 4 with the excess fabric on the bottom of the box. Set aside and let dry.
6. Paint lid and let dry.
7. Fill the box with candy and tie it up with string and a little note or thank you tag. Voila!
Project and Photso by Brittni Mehlhoff Everyone loves a little something sweet every now and again. So why not give your guests a wedding favor they'll love: a sweet treat for guests to eat. These edible DIY gem favors are the perfect snack favors for guests to grab as they're leaving your reception. And they'll also give you the opportunity to add a clever thank you note! The best part about these colored chocolate candies, though, is how easy they are to make. Here's how to make your own. Supplies: White Chocolate Chips (8 oz makes about 6 gems) Spoon Food Coloring Gel Jewel Ice Cube Tray (you can buy it here) How-To: 1. Separate chocolate chips into several different bowls (each bowl will eventually be a different color chocolate) and microwave at half power in 20 seconds intervals until melted. Stir with a spoon to make sure all the chips have melted completely. 2. Next, add food coloring to each bowl of melted chocolate and stir until the color has been completely incorporated. 3. Spoon melted chocolate into each ice cube well. Once all wells have been filled, gently tap the tray several times to remove any air bubbles. 4. Place the tray into the freezer. Once the chocolate has hardened, pop each gem out of the tray. 5. Fill small canvas bags with the chocolate gems and a note to guests to say thanks for coming to your wedding. There you have it! Pretty, delicious little parting gifts! Tip: If you purchase several gem trays to work with, you'll be able to get these candies made in a fraction of the time.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Add a little extra pizazz to your wrapped wedding favors, with these DIY clay tags that you can customize any way you would like. Pick clay colors that match your event's color scheme and personalize the finished tags with your wedding date, a monogram, or a short message of thanks. Your guests will love the thoughtful packaging and special touches to remind them of your big day. Here's how to make your own personalized clay favor tags. Supplies: Oven Bake Clay in Various Colors Metal Number Stamp Set Circle Cookie Cutter (1 inch) String or Twine Wooden Skewer or Toothpick Scissors Rolling Pin How-To: 1. Start by pinching off equal parts of clay, in two different colors, and mixing them together by continuously pushing them together and then pulling them apart (kind of like taffy). Once you've reached the desired marbling effect, roll the clay into a ball. 2. Next, flatten the ball out, with a rolling pin, making sure the clay maintains the same thickness throughout. 3. Then, cut out a circle from the clay, with a cookie cutter. 4. Now, stamp your wedding date onto the clay circles (or other message) and add a hole at the top of each circle with a wooden skewer. 5. Place the clay pieces into the oven and bake according to instructions on the packaging. Once cooled, add a string. 6. Tie the tags around wrapped favors to present to guests!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Serve your guests some sweet treats at your reception with these color blocked glitter gift bags. They're perfect for candies, popcorn, and cookies. Plus, they'll add a sparkly pop of color to any table.
Materials:Small Paper Gift Bags Glitter in Various Colors Craft Glue Paint Brush
1. Start by adding several drops of glue onto one side of a gift bag.
2. Then, using a paint brush, spread the glue out to create an even layer of glue on a diagonal, as shown in the photo.
3. Next, gently pour glitter over the gift bag, directly on top of the glue, until you can no longer see the glue.
4. Shake off the excess glitter and allow the glue to dry according to the instructions on the packaging.
5. Add candy, popcorn, or another sweet treat. Or keep the finished glitter bags unfilled, next to a candy station for guests to grab for self serve favors.
Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien
Everyone one loves a mini dessert, and with this DIY you can treat all your guests to lots and lots of mini cookies. We just love the mini milk bottles they are packaged in here, but you could easily use a cellophane treat bag or small box.
What You’ll Need:Wooden rolling pin Piping gel Sugar cookie recipe Fondant (in colors of your choosing) Small heart cookie cutter Food-use only paint brush Small acrylic rolling pin
Roll out sugar cookie dough with wood rolling pin, using extra flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Refrigerate until firm before proceeding to next step.
Use small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts from dough. Scraps can be either re-rolled and used again immediately or shaped into a flattened disk, wrapped in plastic wrap, and frozen.
Space cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 325, checking after 6 minutes for doneness. Remove from oven when a slight golden brown can be seen around the edges.
While cookies bake, roll fondant thin with small acrylic rolling pin. Cut small hearts using same heart-shaped cutter used for cookies.
Brush cookie with piping gel.
Place fondant heart on top of cookie, pressing gently so it adheres to cookie.
Display cookies in mini milk jars (we purchased them on Amazon) tied with matching ribbon.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Coming up with a cute wedding favor that is also practical for guests can be a challenge, but there's no need to reinvent the wheel. Colorful notepads and unique pencils, dipped in gold or silver leaf are a great (affordable) option. And they're easy to put together too. Here's how you can make a useful gift for guests to take home for under $2 apiece.
Materials:Twig Pencils (which can be purchased at World Market—$4 for 12 pencils) Liquid Silver Leaf Notepads (which can be found at The Dollar Store—$1 for 4 notepads) Gift Tags Alphabet Stamps Stamp Pad Heart Stickers (Optional) Ribbon Scissors
1. Start by shaking the container of liquid leaf thoroughly. Then remove the lid and dip the end of the pencil in the liquid leaf.
2. Scrape the edges of pencil back into the container to remove as much excess as possible before laying it down to dry, in a well ventilated area. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all of the pencils you want to dip.
3. While waiting for the pencils to dry, stamp gift tags with the name of each guest onto the front of the tag.
4. Then add a sticker and write the table number that each guest will be seated at. Or you can skip the stickers and stamp the number onto the gift tags instead.
5. Next, assemble each gift with a notepad, a ribbon, the gift tag, and the pencil.
This DIY will serve as an easy, yet practical, gift idea for guests that will also get them to their proper seat at the reception.
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.
Project and Photos Brittni Mehlhoff
Impress your guests with a quirky, fun wedding favor that doubles as a unique escort card. These DIY garden stakes, made of metal collar stays, are the perfect match for a pretty potted succulent. Here's how you can make your own.
Materials:Small decorative pots (mine are from here and were painted lilac) Succulents Acrylic paint Paint brush Nameplate flags (make your own with paper and wood skewers) Collar Stays Tape
1. Start by taping off a section of each collar stay, being sure to leave enough room to write a table number on it later.
2. Next, paint the top of each collar stay in a color that matches your wedding colors. Let the paint dry completely before adding a second coat and/or flipping over to paint the opposite side.
3. Once dry, use a permanent marker to write the table numbers on each collar stay, as shown. You can write the table number out as a word or keep it simple.
4. Now it's time to pot the succulents in the decorative containers.
5. Then add the collar stay garden stakes, along with some longer nameplate flags with each guest name, to each potted plant.
Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography
PRESENTATIONUse a color scheme that matches your wedding palette: wedding colors aren’t just for the flowers and bridesmaids dresses! Taking advantage of the colors you’ve already established can enhance your candy table’s presence, and bring cohesion to your entire reception. Create depth and height in your display: with simple boxes or even phone books, you can sculpt a beautiful landscape on your table. You can wrap the boxes in decorative paper, or even leave them bare and covered with matching linens for a refined, free-flowing cascade. Take advantage of your centerpieces: whether they be flowers, candles, or tiny little goldfish, using an extra centerpiece or two will not only tie into the rest of your reception, but it can also add life and freshness to your candy table. Don’t be afraid to use trimmings: details like good quality linens, ribbons, and paper can add nice touches to your overall display. Less is more: trimmings are definitely your friends, but don’t go overboard! Too many space fillers can potentially clutter your table and cause sensory overload! Consider the table: where will it be located? Will there be a nice backdrop or wall behind it for pictures? Or will it be open so people can access it from all sides? Will it even have sides, or will it be round? These are all good questions to ask yourself before deciding on a set-up design.
CANDYColor is key: as mentioned before, having a specific color scheme can really make your table pop. Monochromatic palettes can also be striking and elegant. Make sure to consider different hues and shades – for example, if your colors are red and brown, don’t be afraid of using different shades of reds and pinks. If using primarily dark colors, try to use trimmings in lighter shades to bring energy to your table. Check the weather: Will it be hot or sunny? Will the table be indoors or outdoors? If indoor, will there be AC? If you’re worried about warmth, save the stress and avoid candies that could easily melt (unfortunately this includes most chocolates)! Fruit seasons: if you’re planning to use fresh fruit on your table (e.g. chocolate dipped strawberries), make sure you consider if they are even in season. Strawberries in the winter might not be as sweet as when they’re at their peak in the summer! Not just candy: if you’re open to treats in other forms, consider mini cookies, kettle corn, or spiced nuts as sweet additions. Placing the wedding cake or groom's cake on the same table can add visual diversity. Be creative: candy isn’t just made to be eaten, but also to play with! Bundle large lollipops together like a bouquet of flowers, or skewer some marshmallows to simulate kabobs – the possibilities are endless. Keep it simple: having a variety of flavors and different types of candy can be satisfying to everyone, but don’t be afraid to go with a specific flavor profile. Whether it be a gummy bear bar or a chocolate truffle tribute, your guests will definitely enjoy the sugar rush! Don’t buy too much! It’s easy to worry about not having enough for everyone, but if you’re planning to include a meal and cake in your reception, guests probably won’t be stuffing themselves with extra sugar. A small portion of ½ cup (4 oz) or less is a good estimate per person. If you want to buy in bulk for a visual effect, save large containers for popular candies so you won’t have too many leftovers.
CONTAINERS AND SUPPLIES
WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES
Project Wedding – the forums have a great Classified Section where you can buy gently used items from the community.
Online Candy Stores:
Local stores for candy:
- Your neighborhood grocery store: Safeway, Lucky, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.
- Bulk stores like Costco
- Michael’s: they have a special selection of wedding candies
- Ethnic grocers may also carry unique treats that can give your table a broader range of flavors.
Containers and things:
- Restaurant supply stores, like Kamei or East Bay Restaurant Supply
- Save On Crafts
- Furniture stores like Ikea, Crate & Barrel
- Thrift or second-hand shops
- Cost-saving stores like Target, Ross, or the Dollar Store
- Scoops and more scoops
Event Design and Description by Lollipop Events and Designs, Photography by Cary Pennington
Create a feast of fireworks! Transport your guests to the eastern shores for this Nantucket style clambake where sea foam and cherry colored beachy décor set the tone for this laid back nautical event. Think cable knit, Kennedy’s and Coca-Cola Classics for this Americana inspired motif. Glossy red willow branches play dress up as red coral for the evening and bring the event to dramatic new heights.
This patriotic palette started with a basic white linen. We jazzed up the linen by throwing a bright red overlay over the table at an angle. Anything from a plain red textured linen to a red and white checkered table cloth, will give the table a Nantucket feel.
We took two basic cylinder glass vases of the same width and height. Any size will do depending on the drama that you would like to create in the center of the table. Overturn one of the glass cylinders so that is upside down on the table, then take the other cylinder vase and place it right side up on top of the first vase. To ensure that they do not fall down use a glue gun to place a few small drops of glue on the bottom of each vase, you will be able to scrape the glue pieces off after your party. Next, wrap decorative wrapping paper around the center of where the two vases meet. Embellish the vases with decorative ribbon to customize and finish off the look. We used plain red ribbon and then layered a thinner white ribbon on top of it. Finally, take willow branches and spray paint them in a high gloss white or red and place them in the vase. They will have a floating affect due to the overturned vases that you created.
To balance the large centerpiece, take small bud vases in any size or shape. Embellish them with the same ribbon used on the main centerpiece to tie the table together. Fill them with any flower from inexpensive red carnations to bright red peonies.
Any plain white dinnerware will do, just play around with the shapes and textures. We used plain white plates with square bowls, and textured white milk glass stemware. Incorporating tableware in creative ways will create that extra panache and interest on the table. We used basic cornhusk holders to serve as containers for our silverware instead of using them to hold the corn as they were intended.
For the linen napkins we found fabric of the same color palette but with a different pattern to create extra drama and punch on the table. We then took the same red and white layered ribbon from the centerpiece and bud vases to tie around each napkin, blending together every detail of the decor. To top it off we bought sea fans and spray painted them white to add extra texture and a nautical feel to the table settings.
Set up a small table on the side and line it with rows of retro popcorn containers filled with freshly popped popcorn. Make sure to have enough for each guest. This is a quick and easy snack! You can also purchase nautical themed cookies so that your table is filled with both salty and sweet treats that your guests can munch on. To add an extra touch we took a basic white ceramic container and filled it with vintage coke bottles. Next we took decorative wrapping paper and a wooden dowel to create a sail that we glued to the inside of the container to create our own customized drink holder/sailboat!
We printed a Nantucket themed feast on a simple white lunch bag and placed one at each table setting. We just simply opened up the lunch bag so that it would stand up in front of each place setting. We hole punched it at the top and tied red ribbon through the holes. This is a simple and creative way to provide an easy to read menu for your guests. Next, we used basic picture frame holders to display the table numbers. We chose clear acrylic holders so that we would be able to re-use them for any style of table in the future. Please see our paper candy section to purchase semi-custom menus and table numbers similar to these.