DIY Crafty Wedding Favor Ideas

Crafty Wedding Favor Ideas
Wedding favors, while not a required part of your special day, can be a wonderful way to thank your guests for celebrating your nuptials with you. If you're on a budget, save money by creating unique crafty wedding favors instead of purchasing premade favors from a party supply shop.

Edible Wedding Favors

Edible favors are a popular choice for weddings because they don't contribute to excess clutter in your guests' homes. Here are some ideas:

  • Alcohol: If you want to be the most popular couple in town, pass out tiny bottles of alcohol with tags saying, "Love Potion" or "Take a Shot, We Tied the Knot." However, if you decide to go this route, it would be a good idea to have a second option for your adult guests who don't drink as well as your guests who are legally underage. A few chocolates or Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle would be a suitable alternative favor.
  • Tea or Coffee: Hand out small tins of loose leaf tea with a label that says "Love Is Brewing." Black tea is the most popular type of tea overall, but feel free to pick a variety that is your personal favorite to share with your guests. If tea isn’t your thing, coffee would work well as an alternative option.
  • Jams or Jellies: Using homemade jams or jellies as your wedding favors can be a unique way to show off your domestic skills. This project is also fairly affordable if you're using garden produce and already have the basic tools necessary for canning. For a cute presentation, tie fabric squares around the lids using a bit of baker's twine and add a self-adhesive label to the front of the jar that says, "Spread the Love.”
  • Trail Mix: If you're having a casual outdoor wedding, trail mix makes a tasty and affordable wedding favor. Package the trail mix in a pretty bag or a tiny mason jar, then add a tag that says, "We Go Together Like Sweet and Salty."
  • Chocolate Dipped Pretzels: Even if you have limited skills in the kitchen, chocolate dipped pretzel sticks are a quick and easy DIY wedding favor. Decorate them with sprinkles in your wedding colors and package them in clear cellophane bags tied with a bow. Add a tag that says, "The Sweetest Way to End This Sweetest Day."

Practical Wedding Favors

If you'd prefer to avoid edible favors, here are some practical alternatives to consider:

  • Lip Balm: Tins or tubes of handmade lip balm make inexpensive yet practical wedding favors, especially for winter weddings. If you want to add a customized label, try using the saying "Hugs & Kisses" along with your names and the date of your wedding.
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  • Soap: Melt and pour soap making bases can be customized with the essential oils of your choice, then added to shaped molds that match your wedding theme. For example, if you're getting married in the winter, you could create tiny snowflake soaps with a peppermint or spearmint scent. Place the soaps in a large wicker basket with a sign thanking guests for coming and inviting them to take a favor on their way out.
  • Candles: Candles made in tiny teacups are the perfect favor for a wedding with a vintage feel. Enlist a few friends and family to check out local thrift shops to help you collect enough teacups for the project.
  • Charitable Donation: If you and your beloved are known for your commitment to helping others, why not choose a wedding favor that reflects your philanthropic side? Make a donation to charity of your choice, then print up small postcards to pass out to your guests that explain why you selected the charity and how guests can go about adding their own support for the organization. However, if you choose this type of wedding favor, it's best to avoid charities with political or religious undertones that some of your guests might find offensive.

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Natural Wedding Favors

Favors inspired by the great outdoors are perfect for outdoor weddings, but also work well for indoor weddings held during the spring and summer months. Options include:

  • Wildflower Seeds: Pay tribute to your love of the gardening with seed packets labeled "Plant Seeds of Love" or handmade plantable paper hearts.
  • Succulents: Succulents are very easy to propagate, so if you have friend or family members who will let you take cuttings you could give you guests mini succulents in tiny terra cotta pots. Alternatively, you could plant the succulents in tin cans that have been spray painted in the color of your choice.
  • Bird Seed: Pass out bird seed in stamped fabric bags or decorated tiny jars. If you have a little extra time, you could make bird seed hearts by combining bird seed within a base of plain gelatin and using a cookie cutter to form the shapes.

Pretty Packaging Makes Any Favor Better

Regardless of the particular favor you choose, remember that presentation counts. Pretty packaging can elevate a simple gift into something special. This decorated paper bag would work well for packaging most lightweight wedding favors, including purchased items such as wrapped chocolates, bottle openers, sunglasses, or keychains.


  • Small brown paper bags
  • Pencil with fresh eraser
  • Ink in your wedding colors
  • 4-inch round paper doilies
  • Brown Kraft cardstock
  • "Thank You" clip art or rubber stamp
  • Large heart shaped paper punch
  • Mini clothespin


  • Using the eraser end of your pencil as a rubber stamp, create a polka dot pattern on your brown paper favor bag.
  • Use clip art or a "Thank You” rubber stamp to decorate a punched paper heart. If desired, you could also add a monogram or your names and the date of your wedding.
  • Fold a paper doily in half. Put your favor in the paper bag, then slip the folded doily over the top. Use the mini clothespin to attach a punched paper heart and seal the bag shut.

Creating a Coordinated Look for Your Special Day

The Printable Wedding offers a wide range of clip art and wedding backgrounds designed to coordinate with DIY wedding invitations, programs, and other stationery. Review our selection of DIY wedding tips to learn how to use these resources to create an affordable yet fabulous look for your special day.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team