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How to Decorate Wedding Favors from A to Z

The difference between a boring wedding favor and a brilliant wedding favor is handmade decoration. Today, we’ll show you how to decorate wedding favors with handmade wedding embellishments and ideas from A to Z. This guide will teach you how to decorate wedding favors that are more fun to make and more memorable for guests, too. Enjoy!

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How to Decorate Wedding Favors: A to Z

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Adhesive

Dress up your favorites with a quirky adhesive embellishment like these hot pink kiss lips or mustaches stickers at 42 Things.

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decorate wedding favors

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Burlap

Burlap fabric can be wrapped around any favor to tie in nicely with a rustic wedding. Consider burlap coffee favors or salt water taffy placed in a small burlap drawstring bag. Try BurlapFabric.com which offers tons of crafting supplies with burlap as their specialty! (They are a sponsor but we also whole-heartedly adore their selection, regardless.)

Calligraphy

Favor tags are more decorative with calligraphy! Hire a calligrapher or try your best penmanship with a decorative calligraphy set. Hand-written tags takes more time, but it is more personal.

Doily

A paper doily dresses up any favor and does double duty as a name tag. Place on a box tied with string or attached to a favor with a clothespin; write the guest’s name in the center.

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Envelope

Use an envelope to hold a small, thin favor – like seed packets – embellished with a stamp.

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Flower

Add a small decorative flower to tie in your wedding colors. These poppy flowers are made by Chocolate Bird. Just add an adhesive dot to the bag to stick on your wedding favor.

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Gift box

Buy small paper mache boxes and wrap in decorative paper and wrapping.

Handmade

It takes longer to do, but handmade wedding favors are more memorable. And, they’re fun to make! Call your bridesmaids over for a favor-making party. Make sure you stamp each favor so guests know the love + care added to each one.decorate wedding favors

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Initial

Stamp your initials for added personalization. These favor bags are stamped just for you by Packagery.

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Jar

Create a wedding favor in a jar (think s’mores in a jar or rainbow cake in a jar) for guests to reuse after the wedding. Or, place smaller favors like candy in nostalgic miniature mason jars to make them look even sweeter.

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Kraft tags

Show guests your appreciate with a “thank you” kraft tag or one that tells guests it’s “100% handmade”.

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how to decorate wedding favors

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Lace

Add a classic bridal staple to embellish a favor or place card. Use lace tape to decorate in a snap!

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Metal

Use a metal stamping kit + metal stamp blanks to add a personalized tag to each favor, tied with a ribbon.

Nature-friendly

Package your favor in a nature- and eco-friendly bag, like these biodegradable paper bags by From Soul.

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Originality

Do you possess a special talent, like painting, wood-burning, knitting, or illustrations? Use your talent to put a personal print on your wedding favor. Guests will notice!

Pin

Clothespins can be used to hold tags in place for favors. We’re crushing on these colorful clothespins by Clip and Pin:

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Quote

Instead of a simple, “thank you” on a tag, add a thought-provoking or meaningful quote or song lyric on your tag (with attribution of course).

Ribbon

A decorative ribbon dresses up any package in a cinch!

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Stamp

Add a decorative stamp to a kraft paper bag, box, or hang tag using a thematic wedding element. Better yet, select a stamp with your face right on it! It’s reusable after the wedding on all correspondence. How fun!

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Twine

Two words: baker’s twine. Need we say more?

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Unexpected Texture

Use an unexpected textured fabric – linen, burlap, or jute – to wrap a favor. For instance, you could wrap the top of a mason jar favor with burlap and secure with a piece of jute twine.

Volume

What makes a great favor? LOTS of it. Be generous with your favor sizes and guests will appreciate the gesture.

Washi tape

Trim cardstock, tags, or boxes with decorative washi tape. We love this stuff!

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how to decorate wedding favors

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Xtras

You’d be surprised how many guests want to take an extra favor home or to a guest who couldn’t attend, so make sure you have a few extra favors on hand.

Yum

Gift guests with a delicious edible favor with unexpected personalization such as custom bride and groom cookies.

Zigzag pattern

We love a great pattern – like a zigzag chevron print – used to decorative a simple favor bag.


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We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to decorate wedding favors! And, if you need a helping hand, enlist the help of one of our lovely Featured Artists in The Marketplace.

Happy Planning Crafting!


-E.

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How to Preserve Leaves for Wedding Decor

Have you ever wondered how to preserve leaves to keep them looking vibrant and rich? Are you planning a fall wedding and hoping to incorporate fall foliage into your decor without the leaves turning brittle and lackluster? Well, you’re in luck: today, we’re showing you how to preserve leaves for fall wedding decor and you won’t believe how easy it is! Using a few simple techniques, you can keep your fall foliage looking freshly-picked all day long. Read on to find out how to preserve leaves PLUS view hand-picked fall wedding centerpieces we think you’ll love. Enjoy!

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Gather Your Leaves for Crafting

Before you preserve your leaves you’ll need to hand-select the loveliest leaves on the lawn. Be on the lookout for leaves that are flat, full of color and slightly dry. Skip leaves that are spotted, since they typically don’t take to wax or glycerin solutions very well. Gather leaves right before you plan to preserve them; if you have to wait a day, be sure to keep the leaves pressed in a book or weighed down on wax paper to prevent curling.

How to Preserve Leaves

You can preserve leaves using various techniques. Today, we’re going to discuss how to preserve leaves with wax, glycerin or via pressing them.

– Use Wax

It’s easy to preserve leaves with one simple ingredient: wax. Check out this pretty demonstration of how leaves look when preserved with wax:

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This hanging leaves project via Martha Stewart uses beeswax and a double boiler to preserve leaves with wax. You can get the full supply list and read the full scoop here. Leave it to Martha to come up with this beautiful hanging leaf idea! Wouldn’t it look gorgeous above the cake table or at your reception site entryway? We think so!

– Use Glycerin

A solution of glycerin and water (twice as much water as glycerin) poured over leaves in a pan will keep your leaves soft and colorful. Leave the leaves in the pan for six days to fully absorb the solution. Easy!

– Pressing Leaves

You can always preserve leaves using the old-school, grade-school tradition: press them! Find a big book (an old textbook works wonders) and add DRY leaves in a single layer on the pages. Place the book in the sun so they can stay dry while they press.

Fall Centerpiece Inspiration

Now that you’ve pressed the leaves, how about trying a few fun centerpieces? Here are a few fall wedding centerpieces for inspiration:


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Don’t forget to keep the theme going throughout the wedding, even if you can’t use real leaves for the entire event. For instance, fall place cards will complement your fall centerpieces beautifully and fondant leaves atop a wedding cake such as this cake via Style Me Pretty (photographed by Joelle West):

Happy Planning!


-E.