Crafts are fun to make and can make a sentimental impact as gifts. When looking at craft ideas for wedding favors, remember that whatever you decide to make, it will be seen as a loving, memorable gesture by its recipients.
To guide you in your project selection, first consider the following questions:
- Can you construct all of your wedding favors yourself or will you need to enlist the help of your wedding party in making them?
- What is the wedding theme and will the crafts compliment it?
- How many wedding favors do you need, including some extras for unexpected guests?
- Do you want to do more than one craft project?
- Will the wedding favor crafts be the appropriate color and texture to enhance the wedding reception decorations?
- Will the cost for the supplies you will need to construct your favors fit into your wedding budget?
Frosted Votive Holders
Readily available, frosted glass votive holders are inexpensive and work with almost any theme. By printing your names, wedding date and some carefully chosen wedding clipart on clear adhesive stickers, you can personalize your holders. Add an aromatherapy votive and you have a lovely favor.
Begin with cardstock in your wedding colors. Decide on the size of your bookmarks. Either use a software program to print your names, wedding date, clipart and a personal message on clear stickers or print directly onto the cardstock. Punch a hole at one end of the bookmark and add personalized ribbon to the top. Consider adding a favorite book to this thoughtful gift.
Foam Photo Frame Magnets
Colorful sheets of foam and small round magnets are the basis for this project. You can use cookie cutters as templates for special shapes. Simply place a cutter on a sheet of foam and draw around it. If you are lucky enough to have a sharp cutter it may be even easier for you.
Use a hot glue gun to stick a magnet onto the back. Add a second piece of foam to the front side for added thickness and stability.
To add a photograph and a third piece of foam to the front of the project, make a pocket for a photo by gluing the sides and bottom; leaving the top open to slide in a photo. Consider laminating your engagement photo to slide into the pocket. If you like, embellish your foam photo frame with small shells, beads, ribbon or dried flowers. Just be careful not to overload the frames or they will become too heavy to remain in place.
When thinking about craft ideas for wedding favors, don't forget about the beauty and longevity of live plants. A contemporary favorite is lucky bamboo. Not only is it supposed to grant good luck to the recipient, but it¬?s easy to care for and inexpensive to buy in bulk.
Begin by selecting a small to medium sized water-tight container. Porcelain and glass are ideal, but plastic-lined baskets or metal tins also work well. Add pea gravel, marbles or glass pebbles to your container as you hold one to three stalks of bamboo in the center of the container. Don¬?t have the bamboo¬?s roots resting on the bottom.
Add chlorine-free, fertilizer enriched water up to the top of the container's edge, covering the rocks. You can wrap the container in personalized ribbon or place it into a clipart-enhanced gift bag with information on plant care or the meaning behind the gift. Clusters of these wedding favors in the center of each reception table can also act as reception decorations.
Wedding favors can be a fun way to express yourself and present your family and friends with memorable gifts. By crafting your own favors you are being creative and thrifty, while producing gifts you can be proud to call your own.