Looking for an eco-friendly wedding favor that won’t break the bank?
Wedding favors can be tricky. You want to come up with something creative and cool that your guests will actually enjoy instead of throwing away or shoving into the back of a closet. After all, do your guests really need a silver plate with your name on it?
Candy is always a popular option but how many weddings have you been to that featured personalized M&Ms as favors? Sure, they’re always delicious, but their popularity might leave you wanting something more unique. With that in mind, here are five eco-friendly DIY favor ideas.
1. Flavor of Love
If you have an herb garden and a green thumb, consider tying up small bunches of herbs for your guests. If your garden is too small or your thumb is more brown than green, you could pick up your favorite herbs from your local farmer’s market.
2. Love in Bloom
Check the local nursery and find seed packets of local flowers. Some places might even give you a deal if you buy in bulk—it never hurts to ask. Once you get the seeds, you could put them in a new packet, like these homemade wax packets, below.
They’re very easy to make. To start, get a roll of regular kitchen wax paper. Cut out the size you want and fold it in half. Then, fold in the sides about ½ inch.
Next, take a glue gun and run a line of glue along the inner folded edge. Fold the packet in half and voila, you have a packet.
To make it look a little fancier, you could create a label or use a stamp on the front of the packet. And once you add the seeds, don’t forget to seal the packet—you don’t want any seeds to escape.
You can also consider your theme when making the seed packets. If you are having a destination wedding or just love to travel, consider making the packets out of old maps instead.
3. Love Brew
If you and your beloved are a couple that loves coffee, you could share that with your guests. If you have a favorite coffee you drink every morning, you could portion out some beans in the aforementioned wax packets. Your little “love brew” could be a welcome favor for the next morning after a long evening of dancing the night away at your wedding.
4. Love Is Sweet
Create a cookie mix jar. Combine all the dry ingredients in a jar and attach a card with a list of the wet ingredients and directions.
Here is a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe you can use:
- 2 cups plus 4 tablespoons flour 2 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Drop by the teaspoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
5. Love Doctor
If you and your love are known for having a wild side, try equipping your guests with a hangover kit.
In the little bag attached to the water bottle, you can include items like asprin, chewing gum, chapstick, band-aids, safety pins, and antacids. If you opt to use a bigger bag, you could include larger items like a granola bar or an inexpensive pair of sunglasses. Even if your guests don’t get too crazy, the items in the bags are still useful to have on hand.
If you’ve read through these and none of them really strike your fancy and you’re coming down to the wire… just go for the M&Ms. They’re popular for a reason.