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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Create inexpensive escort cards that are completely unique with this DIY idea that guests are sure to love. Why? It comes with a sweet treat, of course. These numbered cupcake toppers will satisfy any guests sweet tooth and cleverly direct them to their reception table. Materials: Decorative Paper Scissors Craft Glue Pen Pencil Fresh Flowers, such as Aster or Gerber Daisies How To: 1. Draw or trace numbers onto decorative scraps of paper. 2. Cut out each number carefully with scissors. 3. Hand letter guests names, with a pen, onto each number. These numbers will represent what table your guests will be placed at for the reception. 4. Glue small flowers to each number and let dry. Hang the finished escort cards from a bulletin board or rest each one on top of a cupcake for your guests to enjoy. Optional: If the paper you're using is thin and/or flimsy, attach a small bamboo skewer or lollipop stick to the number before sticking it into the cupcake.
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 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.
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 & Photos By: Jennifer Kirk
These test tube vases are a pretty and clever way to give thanks to your guests!
You Will Need: 1 1/4" wooden blocks, fine sanding block or sand paper, wood stain, cloth (2) or sponge brush for staining, 15 x 85 mm test tubes, pencil, glue gun, power drill, vice clamps + workbench, small 1/4" drillbit, large 5/8" drillbit, protective goggles
Step One: In pencil, lightly make an X on one side of a wooden block. Clamp down your block (I highly recommend a vice clamp which would be much sturdier than a single clamp) and in the center of the X, drill a small starter hole about halfway deep into the block (make sure to wear protective goggles).
Step Two: Switch out small drillbit for larger 5/8" one. Drill into the block about halfway to two thirds deep.
Step Three: Lightly sand any rough areas, then rub in a wood stain with a cloth or sponge brush. Let stain sit anywhere from 5-15 minutes (longer if you want a deeper color) then wipe off with a clean cloth. Let dry overnight.
Step Four: Once the block is dry, apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a test tube. Insert into the block and hold upright for a few seconds.
Step Five: As the glue is setting, spin the block to make sure the test tube is mostly at a 90 degree angle.
Step Six: Fill the test tube half way full of water and add a budding flower bloom.
Step Seven: To finish it off, tie a small card with each guest's name and table number to the vase.
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: 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!
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: 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.
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!