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How To Make DIY Wedding Favors in 3 Easy Steps
Making your own DIY wedding favorsdoesn't have to be a chore! The trend of do-it-yourself favors is hugely popular recently and it continues to rise. Great for the crafty bride, but not so great for the bride who's all thumbs - but believe us, making your own wedding favors is easy. We'll show you how to DIY in this tutorial in 3 easy steps. This guide was designed for the bride who isn't best friends with the craft store - but wants to be!
How to Make Your Own DIY Favors - Step 1 - Decide on What to Give
The first step is deciding on what to give your guests as favors. The most popular DIY favors are edible treats but there are many other ideas. Think about what would remind your guests of you as a couple. One of our bride's gave out Swedish fish because it was her fiancÚ's favorite treat. Here's some ideas to get you started:
- Chocolates - truffles, Kisses, Miniatures, bon bons, jelly rings, peanut butter cups, peppermint patties, brownies, chocolate covered cherries, chocolate bars, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered cookies, bark, fudge, M & Ms, you get the idea!
- Candies - jelly beans, mints, taffy, caramels, Swedish fish, gum drops, lollipops, candy corn, sweethearts, conversation hearts, cinnamon hearts, licorice, sea glass - oh this list could be endless!
- Cookies - Macrons, Macaroons, Oreos, fortune cookies, dipped cookies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal, linzer tarts, suagr - what is you favorite type of cookie?
- Carnival Food - popcorn (all flavors), cotton candy, funnel cake, caramel apples, soft pretzels, churros - what's the one food you gravitate to at street/county fairs?
- Au Natural - Trail mix, mixed nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruit, granola, strawberries, kale crisps, homemade jerky, homemade jams, jellies, butters and honey!
- Cakes & Pies - cupcakes, mini cakes, petite fours, a slice of your wedding cake, mini pies, smores, pastries, twinkies, muffins, doughnuts, etc...
- Go Gourmet - Hot sauce, BBQ sauce, Basting Oils, Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, homemade vanilla extract, infused sugar.
- Make A Mix - Cookies, hot cocoa, cocktail powders, pancake mix, muffin mix, biscuits, cupcakes, etc...
- Go Eco-Friendly - wildflower seeds, small seedlings, plants, herbs, birdseed feeders and flowers can be kept and grown long after your event
- Get Crafty! - Handmade soaps, hand poured candles, Mini frames painted with chalkboard paint with a magnet attached, handmade Christmas ornaments, even a home brew or wine!
How to Make Your Own DIY Favors - Step 2 - Decide On How To Package Them
The next step is all about packaging. From above you can see one little galvanized favor pail as five different favors. The fact is, any standard box, bag, pail or container can be transformed fabulously into so many uses! Still stuck on how to package your DIY favors? Here's 10 great ideas:
- Favor Boxes - Available in any number of shapes, sizes, colors, textures - with or without personalization - you can fit literally ANY favor in a box.
- Favor Bags - Boxes you'll have to form, fold and close - for a quicker method of packing your favors select favor bags. Also available in many sizes and colors these are probably the easiest method of packaging your DIY favors.
- Favor Containers - Containers are great if your having a theme. Containers usually are shaped around a theme or decor - such as snowflake shaped boxes, little picnic baskets, flower pots or vintage mailboxes. Worth checking out if you're looking for something a bit more unusual or creative.
- Candy Jars - Typically made of glass, these little canisters have old time, vintage candy store charm. A number of designs such as candy jars, apothecary, mason, mini bottles, squares and even milk bottles - can hold a variety of edible and liquid treats.
- Mint Tins - Typically for smaller candies like M & Ms, breath mints or gum these are great for guests to stick in their pockets or purses.
- Mason Jars - Available in different shapes and sizes these are great for dried "mixes" (like chocolate chip cookie mix), jams, jellies and anything you can "can". They are made for canning - so they withstand heat, cold and are airtight to ensure your goodies stay fresh.
- Organza, Tulle, Cellophane - Organza, tulle and cellophane are good to tie around small objects such as candies and cookies. You'll need an extra set of hands though to help hold the packaging as you secure it with a tie.
- Pretty cloth - Checkerboard cloth, soft floral prints, or classic prints like houndstooth can be purchased from fabric stores. Use craft shears to cut out scalloped edging and use it to packaging your gifts.
- Specialty Cake Boxes - If you're thinking of giving cupcakes, cake or pie - they make specialty boxes just for these items so guests can take them home and have the cake stay intact!
How to Make Your Own DIY Favors - Step 3 - Decide on How To Decorate Them
So maybe you're not Martha - you can't whittle your own wooden candle holders nor can you heat engrave your monogram onto wooden tags - you need not fret. There are so many ways you can decorate your DIY favors without too much time or energy! There are a variety of pre-made options that are easy to do such as:
- Stickers - Seal the flaps of your bags down, close your boxes so they don't pop open. Put them on the outside of cupcake boxes, stick them to jars. Personalized stickers are SO easy - just peel and stick onto anything you need. This option will make you feel like a kid again!
- Tags - A little more work than stickers, tags usually require assembly - that is often they come on sheets you need to "pop" out of and you'll have to attach them to your favors using string, ribbon, twine or rope. If you don't mind tying little bows onto all 100+ favors, then this may be your thing. The upside? The ribbon used will add more color to whatever it is you're giving.
- Charms - Think of a charm bracelet - tiny little charms dangle off anything you give. They're cute, they're small and they require the same patience of tags. You'll need something to tie them on with ribbon, bakers twine, etc.
- Pearls, Crystals, Tie-ons - Depending on the type you get some stick on (like crystals with sticky backs) or some you'll have to hot glue on (like pearls) whereas some actually tie on (like flowers) because their stems are made of wire.
- Labels - Larger then stickers, labels attach to bigger gifts such as wine bottles, vases, jars and such. Easy to use they are usually peel and stick.
- Feathers, Leaves, Twigs and Twine - Popular with the rustic and vintage crowd, these natural elements give it a homemade look. But please don't forge leaves and twigs and attach them to food items!
- Paper Wraps - These wraps usually "wrap" around the item for easy decorating. There are box wraps (think no wrapping paper, because these just slip on), candy wraps and ribbon wraps.
- Rubber Stamping - Find pretty designs at local shops or have one custom made for your wedding. Stamp onto boxes or wrapping paper to say thanks!
- Ribbons - Personalized ribbons have always been popular, but considering tying one or more colors together to finish off your favor.
- Glitter or Lace - For a little sparkle, try mod podge and glitter, for something more dainty attach lace to make it frilly and vintage.
I hope these have given you ideas on how to start crafting your own DIY wedding favors and get in with the trend. DIY favors don't have to be complicated - they can be easy. Just follow these 3 simple steps and you'll be on your way to crafting your own DIY wedding favors in no time!
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