With fireworks out of the question, this little project will be a small way to recreate the pyrotechnic display I love so much.
I read about DIY sparkler packaging on a number of blogs and decided to combine a few ideas to make my very own version.
Here’s what I used:
- A matchbox for each guest
- A box of sparklers for each guest
- Thin silver ribbon
- Hard paper in white
- Printer paper in white
I printed the striped pattern from our invitations onto A4 sheets of normal printer paper – I used printer paper because it was easy to fold and the structural integrity of the matchbox meant it would not be flimsy.
Measuring the matchbox, I was able to cover 10 boxes with one sheet of paper. We would have loved to get rid of the blue of the insert (it is hard to get matchboxes in white, as the standard are the Lion matchboxes above), but decided this was one thing we couldn’t obsess over with so many projects on the list.
I removed the sparklers from their packaging (6 short sparklers came in each box) and tied them with silver ribbon I had pre-measured and cut. Before finishing with a bow, I tied tags which read “Light me when the newlyweds depart” and were printed on the same hard paper for our invitations, onto the sparklers. All my projects thus far have used the Rosewood and Eccentric fonts.
The tied sparklers were then slotted into the top of the matchbox between the insert and the cover. Each of these packages will adorn a guest’s place setting in addition to our menu/programme and photobooth ticket (both of which we are also working on this week and look forward to sharing soon!).
Here they all are, ready and waiting…
Are you participating in a sendoff? What will your guests be cheering you on with?
- Cape Town
- Journalist and Graphic Designer
- Wedding Date:
- September 2009
- Hout Bay Manor