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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 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 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!