Plans for My First DIY Favor Adventure

Alternate title: “How I Will Inevitably End up Gluing My Hand to Something”

True confessions: I am the farrrrthest thing from a do-it-yourself’er. My arts and crafts capabilities mimic those of a five year old.

You know what? Scratch that. The two little girls I babysit (who are also our flower girls and two of the cutest girls in the entire universe) are super adept at arts and crafts, and they’re both under 10. In fact, as I told a friend this morning, they often ask me to do arts and crafts and I end up having to dissuade them. (“Don’t you want to play Simon Says?”)


Image from Amazon / This is about as arts-and-craft-y as I get, folks.

As I’ve been perusing websites, I’ve been finding more and more awesome DIY ideas.


From hive member IrishBride2Be / How to make your own / This just isn’t possible—my new last name has a “z” and is eight letters long.


From Mrs. Brooch / How to make your own / I actually have dreams for these—so adorable.

Here’s pretty much what happens: I see it and go “OMG. I LOVE THAT!” Then I go “Oh…wait, I can’t buy it? I can’t make it on a computer?” Then I scroll through the tutorial and my heart sinks. For example, no matter how hard I try, this would turn into a pile of fabric with some glue, and this would turn into chocolate-covered crumbs…and that’s only if I were lucky! It’s more likely that I’d end up cleaning some sort of explosion. From the ceiling. It’s a curse.

Thankfully, I have a crack team of a bridal party, almost every one of which has DIY skillz (yes, with a “z,” ’cause it’s a baller trait). They all bake around the holidays (something I equate to DIY skillz, mostly ’cause I suck at that too), they’re all super crafty when it comes to gifts and other holiday-themed items, and best of all, they LIKE doing this stuff. I mean, they probably won’t when May rolls around, but good thing I’m a super planner and I started early, right?

One of my bridesmaids and I have been discussing wedding things exorbitantly via email. I’m talking no less than 15 emails a day, the bulk of which are swapping ideas and such. So I expressed to Bridesmaid Y (or Bridesmaid-to-Be Y!) that I really, really wanted to somehow have a place card setting that could also be a favor. Why am I obsessed with this idea? I’m not really sure, but I knew from the start that it’s what I wanted.

At first, I figured we could do a very loose “under the sea” theme. Since our colors are basically shades of blue, we could throw some greenish and silver accents in there and be done with it. Hey, I love The Little Mermaid! Mr. Palm Tree loves fish! We both love Disney (are obsessed with it, actually). PERFECT. Pft, not. Mr. Palm Tree’s words were—and I kid you not—“I think seeing fish everywhere will remind me that I’m not a fishing boat captain, and it’ll make me sad. I don’t want to be sad at our wedding.” Fair enough, I thought, but in my head I saw all of my visions shriveling (bye, adorable fishie place card settings; see you later, saltwater taffy in fishnet gifties) and being replaced with a giant damnnearflashing “NEW PLAN! I NEED A NEW PLAN!” thought. So, I thought, OK, we can do a LOOSE fairy-tale theme. Not horse-and-carriage style, but just soft, pretty, romantic, sparkly style. VOILA!

Back to Google I went…

For any fellow brides-to-be that are ALSO brides on a budget: how are you going about your favors? Are any of you putting your stellar entourage to work like I am? 😉 And for those BTBs who are purchasing favors or have other ideas—I’m super jelly. There are so many cute things I love but are simply unobtainable.


Mrs. Palm Tree

March 20
Pittsburgh, PA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 6:41 am

    I can sew and bind books (I know, random skill, but I took an awesome class in college about using printing presses and binding books). I’m always super nervous about any other crafting. People assume because I sew, I craft – totally different!

    @Ms_Maple: That’s an awesome idea!

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    hmgreene3540 18 posts, Newbee @ 7:08 am

    I saw some really cute seaglass favors on pinterest that could fit with your under the sea theme 🙂 no fishies involved

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    mylittleviolett 2124 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:54 pm

    We purchased little wooden birdhouses from Michael’s and my FI’s cousin helped us greatly by painting them all beautifully. We are also putting a tiny bag of wildflower seeds in each one.

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    new york bride 13 334 posts, Helper bee @ 6:36 am

    I love your new theme 🙂

    Our favors are little pots and sticks and jars of honey. I was inspired by the “Honey Bee”music video by Blake Shelton. I can’t wait to put it all together, but I have to wait so they honey doesn’t go bad!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:40 pm

    @chica_b: I totally lack patience, too. Yay for your fiance taking on that responsibility!

    @Pacificgirl: You’re absolutely right and that’s on our list of contenders. It’s always nice to do something for the Greater Good – I have a few posts related to that general idea coming up in the future!

    @mkelove: We’ll have take-home bags at our cookie table but part of me gets nervous feeling like that’s not enough or like I won’t have enough cookies for everyone to fill up their bag. . . so many worries.

    @Miss Lemur, @krislynn_sd, @Kelshock: I really like edible favors. I think they’re so useful and definitely helps avoid the ‘waste’ or ‘get left behind’ potential.

    @hlayers: Another ‘z’ girl! This maybe fits into my stalkerness that I mentioned previously 😉 but I practice writing my new last name often and it took me forever to get a handle on the ‘z.

    @Ms_Maple: Love that idea! So useful – another contender of ours.

    @DEBeachGirl: SO unique and sweet (no pun intended 🙂 ). I’d love to be a recipient!

    @DaniLyn: Random, maybe, but AWESOME! I can’t sew either, but I’m creative with words and ideas and I get the same reaction. “You’re so creative, why can’t you craft?” Mer.

    @hmgreene3540: I love that idea! The colors could fit, too! You’ve just given me the necessary motivation to go on a Pinterest scavenger hunt!

    @mylittleviolett: I seriously applaud your skills and patience. I’d love to receive that favor, I love things that can be re-used and re-purposed.

    @new york bride 13: I’ve seen those on Pinterest! I love them and you can have such cute wording with it. Mrs. Eagle had really kickass DIY Honey favors – have you seen hers?

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:53 am

    Maybe one of your uber-talented BM’s can make you a hanger? 😛

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    lovelyduckie 756 posts, Busy bee @ 7:29 am

    I’m doing ribbon wands, and basically a lot of ribbon decor (garland garland everywhere). I made my wands a bit different, I’m not really sure what will look best in pictures the way I did it (looking lots of smaller pieces around an eye hook that’s inserted into the rod) or the way you have pictured above. I hadn’t even considered making them that way until after I had already started mine. I’m a bit concerned mine won’t photograph well now but oh well they look great and I’ve already done over 60 so I’m committed.

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:37 am

    @Blonde17Jess: I do have some lovely skilled ladies! I try to spread out the projects, though, so I don’t tap them out – or over-annoy them. 😛

    @lovelyduckie: I love ribbons and this idea! I think that yours will photograph awesomely, the way I have it pictured from above is one of many. If you think they look great, that’s what really matters – definitely be proud of your creations!

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