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Pinspiration Monday: Wedding favors

Woa. Yesterday was wild. The biggest wedding crafts day that I’ve initiated so far. Only 54 days to go until the big day, so my still-to-do list is heating up:

  • Create a chalkboard menu display for buffet out of a vintage frame
  • Spray paint lots of vintage frames in bright colors to set on tables denoting where gifts go, favors, etc.
  • DIY favors
  • Decorate a vintage suitcase for the guest book
  • Secure a coral flower hair clip for my up do
  • Meeting with florist to talk flowers
  • Purchase burlap for table runners
  • Make about a million more paper pinwheels
  • Create some kind of ribbon garland
  • Am I forgetting anything? Probably…
Thankfully, we were able to knock a few things off of that list yesterday. My sister and mom came over and we got to work right away. Our first order of business was the favors. My inspiration for this DIY favor project came from, you guessed it, Pinterest and I couldn’t be more excited with how they turned out.

Source: DIY with Stef

The idea was to buy glass test tubes (the kind topped with natural cork stoppers) and fill them with something fun that guests would enjoy taking home – None of that monogrammed stuff for us that guests likely won’t use, will toss or will get stuffed in a junk drawer somewhere. Instead, I decided to fill our glass test tubes with three different options, that way guests can choose exactly what they’d like to take home with them. Here are my fillers:

  1. Wildflower seeds
  2. Mini M&M candies
  3. Homemade lavender-scented bath salts
I thought those three options ran the gamete enough to please everyone. To make it easy for guests to find the test tube of their choice, I paired each of the three favor options with a word: The seeds are tagged with the word “Grow,” the candies are tagged with “Indulge” and the bath salts got “Relax.” This will make a bit more sense in a moment…
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First, we needed some test tubes. I bought mine here based on a link in the comments section of my Pinterest inspiration source – The 80 test tubes that I ordered came in under $40, which seemed pretty cost-effective to me!
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In addition to the test tubes and the various fillers, we also needed a funnel to make “stuffing them” a little bit easier. Mom forgot to bring hers, but we made one out of tape and a piece of computer paper – Worked like a charm!

Truth be told, the only filler we had on hand yesterday was the wildflower seed, but I figured we could at least get the process started. Once my mom and her friend, Kim, have time to make the bath salts and we are able to track down some mini M&M’s, we’ll fill up the remainder of the test tubes to complete the process.

Here are the completed tubes of wildflower seeds – I love how natural they look and hope that guests will enjoy sprinkling their gardens with the seeds after our wedding!

The last step before calling this project done (for now) was to add those tags I mentioned. A few weeks ago, I went ahead and made little paper labels for my test tubes. All I did was type up a couple of pages of the words in a Word document on my computer and then printed them out on different colored pieces of paper. “Indulge” got yellow paper, “Grow” got green and “Relax” got blue. After cutting them out with a pair of scissors, I finished off the edge with a quick hole punch for a small piece of twine that would eventually hold the tag to the test tube.

So yesterday, my mom, sister and I started a quick assembly line where my sister cut the twine using a templated string of about 3 inches, my mom threaded the twine through the hole punched in the tags, giving it a quick knot near the paper, and then I snipped off the excess. We had to make the twine a little long or else tying the knot would have been a nightmare.

In my Pinspiration image, you may have seen that the tags they used were just tied around the glass test tube – I didn’t think that would be strong enough to stay in place, but wasn’t really sure what our other options were. Mom came to the rescue though with the idea of putting the twine inside the test tube and then squeezing the cork in place on top to hold it in place. It worked like a charm!

Although, word to the wise – I broke four test tubes because I tried to slip the cork all the way back into place, not taking into account that the twine needed a little extra room. So if you try this at home, just be very gentle with this step or else you’ll get super frustrated like I did – It’s not fun to be around a frustrated bride, just ask my mom and sister…

Live and learn! Hopefully stuffing the rest of the tubes will go more smoothly (with fewer casualties). I’ll be sharing the details on the rest of the many projects we did on the blog Wednesday and Friday, so stay tuned.

What do you guys think?? Would you all appreciate something like this as a favor? I wish I could make one for all of YOU guys! You all have been so sweet and supportive of our upcoming wedding…

Hope you have a great Monday!

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  • March 5, 2012 - 10:25 am

    Spade - I love this idea! I think your guests wud be delighted! I am really glad you shared the wedding process on your blog, because weddings here are different, and seemingly too commericalised.

    Regarding testtube, I have an idea a few years ago, and went to buy testtubes with my friend. We then wrote a message each to each other when we reach 10 years later, filled it up with sand from the beach and gave it to each other *after decorating it a little*

    p.s. nice new background!ReplyCancel

    • March 5, 2012 - 10:37 am

      Carrie - Thank you!! I’m glad you like them =) And I LOVE the idea you had to use test tubes with your friend! So cute…

      P.S. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2012 - 10:38 am

    Tin Roof Press - lovely! i like that they have a choice of 3. thats so niceReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    cravesadventure - Love this idea – very creative and just a little something, something special to hand out to guests:) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Ainhoa - That’s so adorable! I never would have come up with anything similar. Seriously, I love it! And having three choices is great (although I probably would want to take home all three of them!!)ReplyCancel

    • March 5, 2012 - 2:12 pm

      Carrie - Thank you! Trust me, I wouldn’t have been able to come up with anything similar without Pinterest =)ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2012 - 5:43 am

    knotrune - Such a nice idea, I love the wildflower seeds :) Even without a garden they could be used as flower bombs to spread joy in unused spaces. You seem to have it covered with the other options too.ReplyCancel

    • March 6, 2012 - 6:54 am

      Carrie - Good thought! I love that. And thanks! I’m glad you think so =)ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Mary Kate - I love your idea! I didn’t have favors at our wedding because I couldn’t come up with anything that I thought people would actually use and was cost-effective – looks like you conquered this one, though!ReplyCancel

    • March 6, 2012 - 10:20 am

      Carrie - I was definitely having the same issue coming up with something that people would actually use…Glad you think this idea will do the trick!!ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2012 - 11:05 am

    Erin @ The Great Indoors - What a charming favor! I never would have figured out the trick to sticking your tag tie into the test tube. So smart. Great job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    ErinReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2012 - 11:15 am

    Erin @ The Great Indoors - P.S. Good luck with the rest of your wedding crafts and with the big day! :-)ReplyCancel

    • March 24, 2012 - 5:13 pm

      Carrie - Oh thank you so much! And thanks for allowing us the opportunity to link up!! So much fun and love all of the inspiration =)ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2012 - 6:04 am

    deniseinark - Thanks for sharing this with us. Hope you update it as you get the others finished. I’d like to put the wedding date or something else to help the guest remember the day – family full of scrapbookers here. That way perhaps they could put the tag on a picture on the wedding page.ReplyCancel

    • April 11, 2012 - 10:13 am

      Carrie - I will be updating it in the next few days actually! Stay tuned =) And great idea to add the wedding date!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    Marg Long - What size of the glass test tubes did you buy and would it be possible to get the recipe for the lavender salts? Great ideas for upcoming bridal shower. Thanks.ReplyCancel

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