DIY Project: Super Easy, SO Beautiful Glitter Ornaments – Great for Favors and Decor!

diy glitter ornaments with pledge floor wax Perfect for weddings events
image courtesy: Crafts & Confections

The Holidays are here and while everyone is bustling around in preparation of get-togethers with family some of you are lucky enough (or crazy enough? hehe) to also be getting married during this wonderful time of the year! If you are having a holiday or winter themed wedding, party or event one of the simplest and yet most beautiful favor or decor ideas are ornaments. Whether your event theme will be red and green, silvers or blue or even something completely your own these DIY Glitter Ornaments can be created to fit anyone’s color theme AND anyone’s budget!

All you need are a few ingredients –

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Fine Colored Glitter in your choice of color(s)
    (If you are making a lot of ornaments I highly recommend buying in bulk from somewhere like KitKraft to save you some money!)
  • Pledge Floor Care Multi-Purpose Finish OR Water based Polyurethane (Like Minwax or Varathane)
  • Glass or Plastic Ornaments (Both work great!)
  • Optional: Ribbons, Scrapbooking Stickers, Gemstones and Glue etc. to add some extra sparkle or details to your ornaments

Ready? Let’s Glitter!

For best results it is best to clean your ornaments with some rubbing alcohol before starting. Remove the top of the ornament and then just pour a little inside your ornament(s), swish it around and pour it out. Allow them to dry for a few hours (upside down in small disposable cups works wonderfully!)

Now, all you need to do is pour some of your floor wax or water based polyurethane into your ornament, swirl it around and pour the excess back out into the container.

Then add some glitter and swirl around until fully coated. Allow to dry and replace the top of the ornament.

Then if you like add some ribbon, some gems or if you have a steady hand you could always paint your names, a little monogram or your wedding date. I think they could also look really pretty painted with themed words like Love, Cherish, Hope and Sincerity…or maybe words that define you and your relationship!

SUPER easy. SUPER gorgeous! Your guests will love having such a beautiful take home for their tree or holiday decor and they will remember what a wonderful time they had at your wedding or event every time they pull it back out around holiday season.

 

DIY Green Wedding Favor – Chic Adorable Potted Succulents (or Cacti!)

Pretty Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credit – MarthaStewart.com

As summer comes to an end I am always sad to say goodbye to my garden until next year. I’m sure many of you feel the same way when you wrap up your gardening and planting in the fall and look forward to another spring! But what if we could enjoy tending to plants year round? That’s where succulents (and cacti!) come in! They are hardy little plants that just need sun, good drainage and a little water once in awhile and grow great indoors. Since they are so easy to care for and long lasting they make perfect take home favors for your wedding guests. Then they too can enjoy a little gardening year round and think of your beautiful wedding or event each time they tend to their potted succulent plant.

You don’t need much to create these potted succulent wedding favors. With just a few materials you can create a bunch of these plant cuties and customize them to fit your wedding theme too!

Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credit – valkyrieh116 on flickr.com

You will need –

– Succulents (You can find them often at local garden stores such as Lowes and Home Depot but you can also find them online! Check out – The Succulent Source on Etsy, or Amazon (Like this collection of 36 mixed succulents or this collection of 128 of them!))
– Small 2″ or 3″ Terra Cotta Pots or Mini Pails/Buckets (Both can typically be found at crafts stores like Michaels or on the Oriental Trading Website). If you go with the pails it is best to drill small holes at the bottom of each so they have good drainage which is essential for plants like succulents!

– Decorative Moss

– Potting soil (They make a kind specific to succulents and cacti but any potting soil will do in a pinch)

– Acrylic Paint and PaintBrush/Sponge (Optional – In case you want to paint your pots before assembling!)

– Ribbon and/or Twine (For wrapping your pot or pail)

– Hot Glue Gun or Glue Dots (Helps keep the ribbon or twine wrapped around the pot/pail in place!)

– Newspaper (Optional – to protect your work area from the mess!)

– Hang Tags or small labels with your names and event date or monogram (Make them yourself or I can create some for you – just visit my stationery and paper product design website weddingsnwhimsy.com for details!)

Let’s get started!

  1. If you plan on painting your pots first pull out your paint and brush/sponge and do this first and allow them to dry.
  2. If you are wrapping the pot or pail with ribbon wrap a piece around your pot or pail and cut to size allowing a small overlap. Remove the ribbon and measure how long it is so you can cut a bunch of ribbon strips to size all at once to speed up your process!
  3. Wrap your pot/pail with ribbon. It helps to put a little dab of glue (or glue dot) on and press one end of the ribbon into it to secure and then wrap and secure it with another dot of glue.
  4. Spread out your newspaper and put a little bit of potting soil into each container. Then gently remove succulent from its container and place it into it’s pretty new home.
  5. Gently water your little succulent so it has a little drink before heading on its journey to a new home!
  6. Add a little more potting soil and/or decorative moss around the top to fill in and hide the roots.
  7. Wipe off any dirt or smudges on your pot/pail that may have occurred while planting with a damp cloth or sponge.
  8. Attach your custom label over the ribbon (covering the seam works best!) or wrap a string of twine around the container with your tag hanging from it and tie. You may want to add a tiny bit of glue behind the twine to secure it as well!

Just repeat the process for each potted succulent you plan on creating for your guests and you are all set! Place them in pretty rows on a table or tray to look like a little garden or place them at the tables as part of the table setting to add a unique touch. You could also use them as place cards or escort cards and put the guests name and/or table assignments on the labels or hang tags. Adorable!

As always if you use this tutorial to create something spectacular     for your big day please send in your photos! Would love to see (and maybe share with the world too!)

Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credits – hortulus and dog.happy.art on flickr.com

DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Sea Glass Candy – Perfect for Summer & Beach/Waterfront Weddings

homemade diy sea glass candy wedding favor recipe beach water treat
credit – Sarah Parrott on flickr

When one thinks of summer one of the first things most people think of is… the beach! What’s one thing that one finds at the beach? Sea glass! That’s why I thought this diy candy recipe would make a perfect wedding or party favor for those having a summer, beach or waterfront wedding or event. Like a lot of the ideas on my blog the recipe is fully customizable to give you the ability to tweak it to fit your special day. There are so many flavors and colors to choose from and also a variety of pretty packaging options!

First things first, lets start with the recipe so you can make your own sea glass candy right at home!

DIY Homemade Sea Glass Candy

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon flavoring oil, depending on strength of flavor – You will want to make a test batch to get the color and flavor intensity just right! *See notes below for links to some sites with a HUGE selection of delicious flavor oil options. You can also try baking, craft or your local grocery stores!
  • Liquid or gel paste food color (Gel Paste Colors tend to be more intense!) Available in most craft and baking supply stores or online. *See notes below for links to sites offering a wide selection of colors.
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place on a wire cooling rack.
  2. Stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat just until sugar dissolves.
  3. Without stirring, boil until candy thermometer registers 300-310 degrees which usually takes about 30 minutes. You can test by dropping small amount into ice water; syrup should separate into threads that are hard and brittle when ready!
  4. Immediately remove from heat and wait a minute or two for boiling to stop.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir in flavoring oil and food color until well blended. Immediately pour onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  7. Lightly dust slab of candy on both sides with confectioners’ sugar, brushing off excess sugar.
  8. Break into small pieces.

Store airtight. Makes 1 pound, 6 ounces(4 cups)

 
That’s it! Make one color/flavor or a few batches of different coordinating colors to make pretty mixes! Pack them in little tins, bakery bags or bakery boxes with some pretty ribbon or twine and maybe even add a cute label or sticker with your names and wedding date, your wedding monogram, etc. The possibilities (as always!) are endless. Let your creativity explode! (Need twine or custom designed labels or stickers to personalize your yummy sea glass treats? Check out my shop website and I can help you out!)

It’s so simple and delicious. The hardest part will be not eating it all up before the wedding!

*Note – Helpful web links!

  • Wilton – Large Selection of Food Coloring
  • LorAnn Oils – Huge Selection of concentrated super strength flavors plus they have food coloring too!
  • Layer Cake Shop – Another great selection of yummy flavoring oils and food colors too!
  • Weddings*n*Whimsy – My stationery, paper products site – Custom designed paper products for weddings and events such as tags, labels, place cards, table numbers and more! Plus much sought after luxe baker’s twine in a huge assortment of colors.

homemade diy sea glass candy wedding favor recipe beach water treat with tin
credit- Sarah Parrott on flickr.com

DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Homemade Lemonade Favors in Pretty Italian Bottles – Perfect for Summer Weddings!

homemade fresh squeezed bottled lemonade with recipe for summer wedding favors

Summer is here and who doesn’t enjoy a fresh, cold glass of homemade lemonade? These custom homemade lemonade wedding favors are presented in pretty italian glass swing top bottles that you can customize with a label, tag or pretty ribbon! I got this great idea browsing pinterest and I stumbled on photos of lemonade favors done by Jordan of Ohhappyday.com (see photo above!). I did more research into a recipe and supplies and will break it all down for you below so you can send your wedding or shower guests home with their own refreshing bottle of lemonade. It’s extremely affordable and your guests will love how pretty they are (and how yummy they are too!).

You will need…

  • Your favorite homemade lemonade recipe (If you don’t have one see below for a yummy recipe that I use!)
  • Italian Bottles (She used some from Ikea (SLOM bottle with stopper) but I know some of us (including me) aren’t fortunate enough to live near one so I found a fantastic place online that you can order from that offers them in 3 different sizes! That way you can decide if you want a single serving bottle (250 mL), 2 serving bottle (500 mL)or more of a family size favor size (1000 mL). The more you buy the more you save! – Check out ebottles.com!)
  • A funnel
  • Custom Labels, Tags or Ribbon (Make your own or I would be more than happy to create custom labels/tags for you if needed! – weddingsnwhimsy.com)

Make your lemonade, fill up your pretty bottles using the funnel and then customize them with a label or tag, or some pretty ribbon!

Here is a recipe for homemade lemonade I have used and it comes out delicious!

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Makes 2 quarts which should be enough for 8 of the 250 mL bottles, 4 of the 500 mL bottles or 2 of the large 1000 mL bottles. Multiple recipe as needed!

  • 1.5 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice (Usually about about 4 lemons!)
  • 7 cups of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

Just mix the ingredients above and you will be all set to fill your bottles! Want strawberry lemonade instead? Try mixing in 2 pints of pureed strawberries to the recipe above. You could also try adding a tablespoon of grenadine!

Yum! I think I am going to have to break out the recipe and enjoy some this weekend. It’s delicious and I love it during the summer – and I think you and your guests will too!

 

DIY Wedding Favor Idea – Homemade Bath Fizzies / Bombs

 

diy bath bombs bath fizzies for wedding favors
credit – amanda *bake it pretty* on flickr

As the cold of winter is upon us a lot of us indulge in things during our free time that scream warm and cozy. Soaking in a hot bath is one of things that comes to mind for me and adding some relaxing bath products like homemade bath fizzies or bath bombs just ups the comfy cozy factor. That’s why I thought they would make an awesome affordable diy project for all of you looking for a favor your guests will be excited to take home and use to relax after partying the night away at your wedding or party!

They hardly cost anything to make (fantastic for your budget!) and if you wrap them up in a cellophane bag or shrink bag with a pretty ribbon or even drop them into cute little jars with a label and directions they will look really cute at your guests seat or on a favor table! Plus since you are making them yourself you can make them in colors and shapes to match your theme! (Think pretty soft green and aqua blue seashells for a beach wedding or icy blue snowflakes or snowballs for a winter wedding!)

I found my recipe on the Martha Stewart site and wanted to share!

You will need…

  • 1/2 cup citric acid (You can often find this at a local authentic indian food markets or home brewing (wine/beer) supplier. If no luck there search on google and a ton of options come up!)
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • About 6 drops food coloring or gel tones
  • 10 to 15 drops essential oil(s)
  • 2-ounce travel-size spray bottle (filled with water or witch hazel – Some recommend the witch hazel instead, saying they turn out better!)
  • plastic pipette
  • baking, candy or ice cube mold(s)

Let’s get started!

how to make wedding favor homemade bath fizzies bath bombs from scratch easy affordable
credit – MarthaStewart.com

  1. Stir together citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch in a glass measuring cup.
  2. Pass mixture through a fine sieve or a flour sifter into a mixing bowl. Stir in sugar.
  3. Fill spray bottle with water (or witch hazel), and add food coloring. Spritz mixture lightly (it should become damp but not fizzy) until you can pack mixture with your hands.
  4. Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Using a metal spoon or your hands (you will want gloves so you don’t risk staining your hands!), mix ingredients until color is even throughout (mixture will begin to dry out; when this happens, spritz until packable again).
  5. Spoon into mold, pressing firmly. Let dry at room temperature overnight. Pop out of tray gently.

Then you are ready to put them in jars or bags and pretty them up! 😀 Add some ribbons, labels with name and directions and you have yourself completely customized wedding favors your guests will love!

If you would rather watch a video showing how to make your own fizzies I found a great one on youtube by DIYBathBodyandHome. Her recipe is very similar only she also adds soluble dextrose which helps make the fragrance in the bath bomb last longer (Can’t go wrong there!) and she adds sweet almond oil so the bombs are moisturizing. She also oils her mold with the almond oil so they slide out easily. Great idea!

 

If you use these instructions to make bath fizzies for your wedding please send in photos so we can share!

how to make wedding favor homemade bath fizzies bath bombs from scratch
credit – MarthaStewart.com

homemade diy wedding bath favors for wedding seashells in bags with tags
credit – doitoutsidethebox on flickr