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  • 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

    Instructions:


    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. 

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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

    How To:

    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.

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  • 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

    How To:

    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.

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  • 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

    How To:

    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.

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  • 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

    How To:

    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.

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  • 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

    How To:

    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.

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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!    
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  • 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.  
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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.  
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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

    How-To:

    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!

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  • 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

    Instructions:


    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. 

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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

    How To:

    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.

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  • 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

    How To:

    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.

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  • 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

    How To:

    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.

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  • 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

    How To:

    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.

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  • 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

    How To:

    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.

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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!    
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  • 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.  
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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.  
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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

    How-To:

    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!

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