DIY Test Tube Wedding Favors


When my hubby and I tied the knot April 2012, we set out to create an event that was truly “us,” with as many DIYed details as we could cram into our after-work and weekend schedules. Sure, it took extra time, but stepping into our wedding reception to see all of our hard work in action blew us away (and brought this emotional bride to tears).

One of my favorite projects that we tackled has to be our wedding favors. Now, I’m the kind of type-A personality that appreciates good, old fashioned practicality. That said, I really wanted to come up with a favor that our guests would actually use post-reception. I mulled over the idea of candy (who doesn’t love candy??) and even went so far as to purchase candy forms to make my own. But then I stumbled upon some inspiration via Pinterest that caught my attention. The idea was to fill classic glass test tubes with things like candy, potpourri and birdseed, and let guests make their choice. Sold.


For our own favors, we went with the following: wildflower seeds, mini M&Ms and bath salts. My mom and sister helped to fill the 80 glass tubes using a couple of funnels. To differentiate between the favor fillers I typed and printed small tags, each with a different color and worded label. The wildflower seeds were marked with tags that read “Grow,” the M&Ms were labeled “Indulge” and the tags for the bath salts read simply “Relax.” Using twine, we looped it through a hold punched into the tag and then sandwiched the knot between the glass and natural cork stoppers.

Simple as that! They seemed to be a big hit and I think everyone got a favor that they would use long after the new Mr. and Mrs. drove off into the sunset.



Photos by Katie Stoops

Which would you have chosen?

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  • September 9, 2013 - 10:48 am

    Pietzi - Oh I’m a huge fan of diy wedding favors <3 I've attended two weddings this year and at each the bride had prepared homemade candy and cookies to take with us and everytime you eat some, you're reminded of the beautiful day 🙂

    Those test tubes are such a cool idea! What a great and thoughtful wedding favor! I would have gone with Relax… Who doesn't need some time-out every now and then? 😉ReplyCancel

    • September 9, 2013 - 11:48 am - Thanks for the fun comment!!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Catherine @ Happily Ever Crafter - Holy cow that is super cute!!! And you got married just a month after I did! Spring 2012 was the best time for weddings 😉 I would have picked the seeds because even though I don’t have a green thumb, I love to grow things!

    Also…I’m doing a series on my blog called Wedding Wednesdays! I’d absolute love it if you would guest post sometime! You could use this post, share advice, or do a quick story with pictures of your wedding day. Send me an e-mail if you’re interested! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • September 9, 2013 - 5:05 pm - Thanks!! And how funny! 🙂 I’ll email you ASAP.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    Jennie - Where did you find the glass tubes? Wonderful idea!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2016 - 4:58 am

    Jasmine - Did the males go for these? Love the ideaReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2016 - 9:34 am

      Carrie - They did! Especially the candy. We barely had any left over!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 27, 2016 - 1:48 pm

    Kristen - These are great! What size test tube did you go with?ReplyCancel

    • March 28, 2016 - 8:50 am

      Carrie - Thanks! We got the 16mm “plain” OD Test Tubes!ReplyCancel

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