We're kicking off link love again with a gorgeous roundup of potential DIY gift ideas -- perfect for your bridesmaids and even a few options for the groomsmen. Check out these projects (and don't forget to let us know how it goes if you try one out!)
1. Burlap Bottles. Perfect for anyone in your bridal party, these stenciled burlap bottles can easily be modified to cover your favorite wine bottle or even a fancy beer bottle. Switch up the stencil to show the city where the wedding is being held, your monogram, or even your wedding date. (Projects by Jess)
2. Painted Votive Candles. French-inspired-Monet wedding theme anyone? These painted candles would look divine sitting on your reception tables at an outdoor evening rehearsal dinner, or be a perfect gift for your bridesmaids. Just add your favorite scented candle. (OnceWed.com)
3. Feathery Earrings. This project only looks tough. These cute earrings will have your bridesmaids looking chic (whether they wear them at the wedding or not!). (McLaughlin Designs)
4. Tiny Polaroid Magnets. We love this idea not just as a gift, but also as a great save-the-date. Tuck one into your paper save-the-date so you guests are sure to remember. (Ambrosia Creative)
5. Bling Leather Cuffs. For the bride who wants just a touch of urban edge to her wedding day look, these cuffs will do the trick. The sparkly details amp up the glam factor, but the leather keeps it casual. They're also a perfect gift for your besties. (Crap I've Made)
This cute DIY thank-you card project comes to us straight from wedding and event planner Angela at Oh So Joyous. We love the personalized details, like the monogram stamp and wedding photos that she used.
This thank you pack includes an embossed card and the couple’s favourite wedding photos all wrapped in a pretty little pocket folder and finished off with a ribbon.
What you will need:
- watermark ink or embossing ink
- ink of your colour choice (I used black)
- thermal embossing powder of your colour choice (I used gold)
- rubber thank you stamp
- rubber stamp of your choice for front of card (I used a custom monogram stamp)
- heat gun
- cards and envelopes
- luggage tags
- pocket folders
- a selection of your favorite wedding photos
Here's what to do:
- Using a thank you stamp, stamp the luggage tags with the regular ink and put aside.
- Press the rubber stamp on the watermark ink and stamp the image on the card by pressing down firmly and removing the stamp quickly.
- Shake the thermal embossing powder over the image until it is completely covered. To remove the excess powder tap the card over some paper and then empty this back into the thermal embossing powder container. Make sure the card has no flecks of powder by brushing them off.
- Turn on the heat tool and melt the powder this may take a few seconds.
- Once you have filled in the cards with your note and enveloped them you can insert the card and photographs into the pocket folder and seal it.
- Put the ribbon through the luggage tag and tie it around the pocket folder, finish it off with a tie of your choice and voila!
All images courtesy of Oh So Joyous.
Like what you see? Check out her blog for more creative ideas.
Looking for a fun wedding favor that will really set you apart? Try this: a homemade limoncello recipe. Limoncello is an Italian, lemon-flavored liqueur, sometimes served as an apertif (or you can serve it after dinner).
Start this recipe (which I used for our wedding) about six months in advance and you'll have a totally unique favor to hand to your guests at the end of the night.
What You'll Need
3-4 cups filtered tap water or distilled water (not mineral water)
3-4 cups pure white sugar
- one bottle everclear (at least 151 proof)
- one bottle vodka (80-100 proof)
- 15-20 large thick skinned bright yellow lemons
- large clear glass jar (to hold your mixture, something like this)
How to Make It
- Pour the bottle of everclear and the bottle of vodka into the large glass jar.
- Clean all of the lemon skins thoroughly with a vegetable brush. Dry the lemons. Use a peeler or zester to zest the yellow part of the skin off the lemons. You don't want any pith (the white part) to get into the mixture, this will make it bitter. Try to make the pieces as large as possible, it will make the straining process easier
- Add all of your lemon zest to the jar and stir gently.
- Cover the jar tightly with a lid and store in a cool, dark spot (not in the fridge).
- Stir your mixture about once a week. Let the mixture sit for anywhere from 8 days to 40 days. The mixture should turn bright yellow and start to smell like lemons.
- Gently stir lemon peels.
- Scoop out one of the larger peels and test the flexibility. Ideally, when the peel breaks like a potato chip, you know you're ready to move on to the next step.
- Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a boil over high heat on the stove. Boil for 5 minutes or until the mixture is totally clear. This should make you 3-4 cups of simple syrup.
- Set aside the simple syrup to cool.
- When cool, add the simple syrup to your mixture. The more simple syrup you add, the lower the overall alcohol content you'll have and the more syrupy your limoncello will be. As you stir the mixture should start to feel more like a liqueur.
- Return the infusion to a cool, dry place for up to 40 days (or for at least 8 days), and repeat the process of gently stirring the mixture about once a week.
- The mixture should look bright yellow, and once everything settles, it should be fairly clear.
- Filter you limoncello using the cheese cloth and a funnel and strain into smaller bottles. Flip-top 80ml clear glass bottles (we used these) are an excellent size for wedding favors. Just make sure whatever bottle you pick can seal tightly.
- Since it's homemade, your limoncello should be consumed within about 6 months for the best taste. It will get smoother with age.
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