DIY or do-it-yourself wedding favors are very popular today. They are not only less expensive than traditional favors, but they also add a personal touch to ordinary items. When you purchase a picture frame and hand it over to your guests, all they will see is a store bought picture frame with you and your partner’s picture and the details of your wedding. On the other hand, if you give them a handcrafted picture frame made from raffia or bamboo, they will feel that you are really happy to have them in your wedding. Plus, they will admire your effort and creativity. Personalized wedding favors have a huge impact on guests. They send out a message that you appreciate your guests so much that you even took time to make unique and creative favors just to show your gratitude to them. Because of this, your guests are more likely to remember your wedding than any other weddings. They would be able to recall the fun they had while at the church or reception each time they see your favor sitting on their shelf or table. You can actually make such favors from scratch, but you can also buy kits and materials from stores. Other than crafts, you may also consider giving your guests scented soaps. Handcrafted soaps are attractive and useful; your guests can even use them immediately once they get home from your wedding. In order to make a bar of soap, you should go to a craft store and buy a clear melt-and-pour soap. Break it apart and melt it in your microwave oven for approximately twenty seconds per square. Then, you should pour it over your chosen molds. Fill them half way each, and let the melted soap set for a minute. You can leave it that way and wait for it to harden completely if you plan to personalize the soap packaging. Otherwise, you should put a small charm inside the soap by placing such charm on top of the set soap before filling the mold to the top. In about thirty minutes, your soap will be ready. Once it becomes hard enough, you can simply pop it out of the mold and place it inside your choice of packaging. You can use boxes, fabric drawstring bags, and paper. Do not forget to include a ‘thank you’ card. In the olden times, little sugar cubes were used as wedding favors. Today, sugar is still very popular; they have somehow evolved though. Instead of plain sugar cubes, sugary treats in the form of candies and chocolates are given away. You can buy favor pails and fill them with sweets. You can put candies and chocolate bars with personalized wrappers or bubble gum sculptures of you and your spouse. Tie a fabric ribbon or lace around the handle of every pail. Then, place a card or a sticker with you and your spouse’s name as well as your wedding date. Your favors, no matter how small or inexpensive they are, will still be appreciated by the people you care about. So, instead of splurging on favors, you can just make your own. You will be able to reduce costs, and at the same time show your guests that you truly appreciate their presence.
If you are hosting a bridal shower, you know how important it is to pick just the right favors. The favors for a bridal shower do not have to be extravagant, but they should be charming and special. Make the parting gifts even more delightful by trying out one of these diy ideas for bridal shower favors.
Even if you are not the crafty type, there is something that you can make. There are tons of kits and books available to help lead you through the process step by step. Even if they are not quite as perfect as what you could buy in a store, a handmade shower favor has a sweet charm that could never be matched by something that was mass produced. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to make sample batches if you are trying something new.
Candles always make lovely favors. One idea is to make the candles themselves. Any craft store will have kits to help you customize candles just for your party. You can choose from different shapes, colors, and even fragrances. Classic feminine motifs like flowers are always pretty, or select a design that matches the theme of the bridal shower or an interest of the bride’s. Handrolled beeswax candles can also be lovely.
A variation on this idea is to focus on an interesting candle holder. Did you know that it is very easy to frost your own glass? You simply put a sticker on the area that you would like to remain clear, and then paint on a special etching solution that frosts any glass that is not covered. It creates a beautiful effect, and you can choose any design that you like, such as stars, flowers, or even the first initial of each guest. For more drama, select a colored glass votive holder. Simply fill each one with a tea light, and you will have beautiful one-of-a-kind favors.
Soap is something else that is a great diy favor project. Start by choosing a clear or cream soap base. Then pick a favorite color or two, and layer in a scent. The liquid soap is then poured into special molds to harden. Think about using a mold that ties in with the shower. For instance, if you were going with a tropical theme, you could use seashell shaped molds and coconut scent. A springtime shower would be a great excuse to create lilac scented soaps. You can also layer other colors and forms into clear glycerin soaps to make your design really unique and personal. Soap favors work best when you stack two or three bars for each gift or make a small bag with five or more tiny guest soaps.
You can’t go wrong with edible favors, which can also be simple enough for a novice. Craft stores have easy to use candy molds and meltable chocolate for creating tasty and pretty candy favors. Handmade chocolate truffles or chocolate dipped strawberries are other great favor ideas for the novice. If you are an experienced canner, by all means treat your guests to a jar of your signature jam or relish.
Don’t forget about the packaging for your favors, as it is what will truly make them special. Wrap a set of soap in a handmade piece of paper, tie it up with a beautiful ribbon, and finish it off with a wax seal. For candy, glassine bags with custom labels featuring the bride’s name are adorable. And brides, don’t neglect thanking your hardworking friend for throwing you the perfect bridal shower! Special thank you gifts for a bridesmaid who hosted a bridal shower would include a small piece of jewelry, a handmade photo album, or a silver frame with a picture of the two of you in it. (Of course this would be in addition to the bridesmaid jewelry you give her for being in your wedding.)
Making bridal shower favors can be easier than you think. There are so many kits out there that make it a snap to create your own unique gifts. Let your creative juices flow, and having fun with a great diy favor project that will help to make the bridal shower special and memorable.
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As a bride, one of the last things you want to be doing is operating a hot glue gun on hundreds of favors just weeks before the wedding. One of the worst parts about do-it-yourself favors is that if you aren’t creatively inclined, you could end up wasting more money in the process.
So how can you achieve the affordability of do-it-yourself favors without running the risk of looking cheap?
Mix and Match – While we understand that the main reason for creating do-it-yourself favors is generally to save money, you can’t cut too many corners on your favors. One easy way to ensure that your favors will still look great is to combine a pre-made favor with your own DIY creation. This works well if you want edible favors, like cupcakes, cookies or chocolate covered treats. You can bake or create your edible portion of the favor the week before the wedding and order a simple custom container, like monogrammed bags, or personalized jars or tins.
Quality – Go for quality materials on your favors. If you’re creating a do-it-yourself favor you should be able to cut costs drastically without cutting out the quality of your favor. If you’re being crafty, make sure you’re using the right kinds of adhesives, fabrics and paints. Cutting corners on materials can lead to a DIY favor disaster, so if you’re following instructions, make sure you follow them to the tee.
Make it meaningful – Some people prefer to create their own favors to thank their guests in a unique and personalized way. This is great for creative brides and grooms that take pride in their special baking, drawing or musical skills. For instance, if you have a secret family recipe that your friends and family love, packaging it yourself shows you took the time to show your gratitude. For truly unique wedding favors, you could include a portion of your vows or some of your favorite quotes.
Personalize – Adding some customization to your DIY favor is one of the best ways to achieve a high quality look. Attaching tags with ribbon or ordering personalized stickers are a simple and cost effective way to personalize your gift. If you really want to personalize for each guest, you can replace your placeholders at dinner with your personalized favor, which helps combine two costs. One tip on personalizing is to avoid handwritten tags and stickers whenever possible. Even if you’re going for a casual look, hand-writing on your favors is a quick way to give away the secret of your favor’s origin. Unless you’re great at calligraphy or custom lettering, it’s easier to print tags, buy pre-made ones or even go without instead of going with handwriting.