Homemade Bridal Shower Favors

Craft bridal shower favors are a great way to personalize your party.

If you are a crafty hostess and would like to leave your guests with a personal token of appreciation, here are a few simple homemade bridal shower favors that are sure to please.

Potpourri Sachets
Easy to make in bulk, take the following steps to make your sachets.
  • Pick out two yards of fabric and a matching roll of ribbon.
  • Cut the fabric into six-inch squares.
  • With a stitching needle, weave the ribbon in and out along the border of the squares, leaving enough of a tail on both sides to tie a bow.
  • Fill the squares with dried lavender and rose buds, cinch with the ribbon and tie.
  • With the cinched top, the tail of the ribbon can be used to tie the sachets to clothes hangers without the contents spilling out and the bag can be opened and refilled.

  • Pecan Pralines
    This New Orleans tradition is a treat that everyone enjoys but no one buys for themselves. It is also easy to make and to package nicely in fabric and ribbon. To make, take the following steps.
    • On your stovetop, combine 2 cups white sugar, 1-cup brown sugar, 1/2-cup milk, 1/2 sweetened condensed milk, 1/4-cup butter, and 1/4 tsp of salt, and bring gradually to a full boil.
    • Add 3 cups broken pecans and continue boiling until candy reaches the soft ball stage.
    • Remove mixture from heat and stir until it takes on a creamy appearance.
    • Drop the candy by teaspoons onto waxed paper and let cool.
    • Collect four or five pieces, place into six-inch squares of fabric, and tie with a ribbon.

    Homemade Candles
    Candles make a great gift for any occasion, and half of the fun of making them is in designing your own scent. Since you are in control of the ingredients, use high quality organic essential oils, which are much more healthful to breathe as well as more potent than manufactured scents. Visit your local botanical store and spend an afternoon sniffing and comparing, then pick out 2 to 4 oils.

    At a craft store, purchase medium paraffin wax and candle molds. You will also find a wide range of decorative materials to choose from, including pressed leaves and flowers, beads, and ribbon. Think artistically and purchase accordingly.

    At home, melt the wax on the stovetop, keeping track of the temperature. Medium paraffin wax has a melting point of 145 degrees. At 165 degrees, it is ready to pour. Just before pouring, add your scent, about a half ounce per 11 lbs of wax.

    Pour the wax slowly, tilting the mold, and pull the wick taut when full. The candles must be watched as they cool. A film will develop several times over the top of the candle, which must be punctured near the wick. This will allow a cavity to form in the center of the candle. When the cavity is about 1 inch deep, refill with hot wax.

    When the candle is completely cool, it may require one more filling. Finally, remove the rubber plug from the mold and let the candle drop out of the mold. If it does not easily drop out, chill the mold in the refrigerator, and then gently tap on the bottom of the mold. Trim the candle's wick and decorate it as desired.

    There are many homemade bridal shower favor ideas available to you. Do your research and use your unique skills to create your original gifts.

Written by: Megan Glomb