13 DIY Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Actually Want
Because who needs another koozie?
Wedding favors are a thoughtful way to show your guests just how much you love and appreciate them. But too often, these small gifts are never used or worse — thrown in the trash. On your special day, don't fill the world with more junk. Ditch the blah favors and give your guests a practical, useful gift they'll actually want to grab on the way out the door.
These hearty plants are pretty, inexpensive and practically unkillable. For a special touch, pot in colored gravel or sand to match your wedding theme.
You'll be hard pressed (pun totally intended) to find someone who doesn't love a jar of fresh-roasted coffee beans.
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Instead of dropping tons of cash on personalized coasters (because who wants a coaster with your name and wedding date on it?), make stylish versions that your guests can and will want to use again and again. All you need to make these pretty wood coasters is a dead tree branch, a table saw and paint.
Put discarded wine corks to use by slicing them in half with a utility knife, then attaching each to a 4-by-4-inch wood veneer square with hot glue in an alternating pattern.
Cut any remaining fabric into 4-inch squares using scissors, then stitch the ends for a tailored look. Personalize the fabric by applying acrylic paint to the center of the square using a stencil and foam brush.
While standard-sized vinyl albums work well as plate chargers, mini LPs are ideal as drink coasters. Search for small vinyl albums or toy albums approximately 4 inches in diameter. Choose an assortment of colors for a playful look, or choose albums with the same coloring for a more cohesive feel.
Cut cross sections into a dead stick using a hack saw, hand saw or table saw. Use painter's tape to divide the face of the wood slices in half, then paint the exposed parts with a sponge brush. Get creative and use more than one hue and try out different patterns, too. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
Bring a burst of color and pattern to your table with coasters made from upcycled magazine pages. Tear out pages, then fold each page into 1/4-inch strips and coat with rubber cement. Next, cut approximately 25 strips and place them to the side. Unfurl a paper clip and wrap the first strip around, creating a perfect hole for the center of the coaster. Once the first strip is wrapped around the paper clip, keep it securely wound with a bead of hot glue. Continue to roll the strip around the paper clip, then layer other strips on top, securing each strip to one another with glue. Once the shape of a coaster takes shape, secure the very end of the last strip in place with glue.
Spools of rope can bring a touch of farmhouse charm to a tabletop. Unfurl rope from its spool, then coat it with acrylic sealer. Wrap a pencil with the rope until the diameter is approximately 3 inches wide. Protect the bottom and keep it reinforced by cutting a sheet of cork to size, then attach it to the rope coaster with hot glue.
Bring a rustic touch to your tabletop with wood trim assembled as mini shipping pallets. Cut four 1/2-by-1/8-inch accent trim into 4-inch strips using a utility knife. (These will become the slats.) Next, cut three 1/4-inch strips to size as the bottom structure. Secure the bottom structure to the slats using wood glue.
Now that virtual clouds are the norm for backing up digital files, floppy disks have become practically extinct. Add a sense of nostalgia to your tabletop by using floppy disks as drink coasters. These can simply be placed on the table and used without any crafting at all, or they can be made waterproof by treating with resin.
Get five delicious hot sauce recipe ideas, plus these adorable (and free!) printable labels from Something Turquoise.
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Rununculus and Pomegranate
Bring a touch of elegance to your autumnal spread with colorful floral, touches of fruit and warm wooden texture. This arrangement was made by placing ranunculus into glass votives set inside a reclaimed plank of oak, then filling the votives with pomegranate seeds for a rich fragrant effect.
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These beautiful mini arrangements can be used as place settings or as extra wedding decor. Just be sure to let your guests know they can take them when they leave.
Infused Simple Syrups
These sweet treats are a great way to punch up any beverage and will look super pretty on the gift table.
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Apple Butter Jars
Spread the love with tiny jars of homemade apple butter. You can even include the recipe as a sweet bonus.
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Tunes for the Road
Guests can remember your special day with a playlist loaded with songs from your reception or songs that hold special meaning to you and your S.O. Upload songs onto a CD or USB drive decorated with a custom label.
Printable Floral Labels for Champagne Bottles
This gift is as easy as it gets; all you have to do is download our free label printables and add your own text using word processing software. Tip: For non-drinking guests, sparkling water is a great alternative.
Infused Liquor Party Favors
As easy as mixing together a few common kitchen ingredients with standard liquors, these three festive flavors make delicious holiday cocktails and party favors.
Give basic liquors a boost by infusing them with delicious ingredients your guests will swoon over.
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DIY Essential Oils
Due to their many health, beauty and culinary uses, these fragrant oils are super popular right now. Make your own from olive oil and plants from your garden.
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Make your guests feel like part of the family by gifting them the recipe to one of your favorite family dishes. Leave one at each place setting, or include in a gift bag with another small favor.
Turn on the charm by laying a hemstitch linen runner down the length of a rustic wood table. Create a striking place setting by stacking dinnerware in alternating navy and white patterns, like this Modern Graphic collection from Newlywish. Top it off with heirloom silver and etched glassware.
Profile Place Cards
For place cards, create custom silhouette art by photographing the profiles of the bride and groom, cutting their shape out carefully, tracing onto card stock and painting black. Stamp female guests' names above the bride's silhouette, and males' names above the groom's silhouette, then place in a simple gold frame.
Paper flowers are terrific for creating a centerpiece that's a departure from a traditional floral arrangement, but still a strong visual impact. For this garland, we created paper magnolia blossoms and attached them to real magnolia branches, then arranged them all down the length of the table.
Burgers + Fries To Go
After a long night of festivities, your guests might need a snack for the road. Mini sliders with shot glasses of french fries will give guests a quick energy boost for the ride home. You can even throw in tiny milkshakes!
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Hand Stamped, Mail Ordered
If you love the idea of giving out coffee beans as favors, but you just don't have the time to do it yourself, you can even buy the beans already roasted and in custom-stamped packaging from AproprosRoasters.
Custom Chocolate Bars
If you're looking for a simple way to dress up store-bought goodies, look no further. These printable wrappers will turn any basic chocolate bar into the elegant wedding favor of your dreams.
Great for centerpieces and favors alike, potted succulents are a wedding trend that is only getting more popular with time. Don't forget to personalize them like Chelsea Costa of Lovely Indeed did here by painting the pots with your wedding colors!
Even easier to care for than succulents, air plants make a great wedding favor (and place holder) even for those without a green thumb. You can find these rustic beauties on thisfineday's Etsy shop.