May 07, 2010

We've packed Link Love with a few extra special projects today -- just see below!

1. Origami Boxes. These would be perfect to hold favors, treats at the table, or even small seating cards. (Mairuru).

2. Lemon and Leaf Table Garland. Just imagine how fragrant this tabletop masterpiece will be as you sit down to your reception dinner. (Project Wedding).

3. Rose Petal Projects.How sweet is this bridal shower that features handmade rose petal soaps and rose petal ice cubes? (DIY Bride).

4. Oversized Tote. How perfect would these be for your bridesmaids? (Maiden Jane).

5. Embroidered Handkerchief. Don't forget, busy brides, Mother's Day is this Sunday! In honor of that, this amaing embroidered hankerchief, a perfect gift for mom on your wedding day. ({ritzy bee blog}).

And for those of you feeling super crafty -- check out these projects. There's a DIY tutorial on making paper (#1) from Mega-Crafy via Ready, Set, Craft!. And we just love these table-top chalkboards (#2) from The Bride's Cafe. Talk about an eco-friendly way to seat your guests. And finally, you can download this old-fashion lemonade label (#3) along with others right now from Marry Me You. They're perfect for an outdoor summer reception.


handkerchief photo by Kate Headley Photography; chalkboard photo by Anika London Media; lemon and leaf garland photo by Jordan Ferney.

-- Amy E.

April 22, 2010

In honor of Earth Day -- we're doing a few DIY earth-friendly favors!

Grow Your Love. Instead of giving traditional favors, why not try something that will stay with your guests throughout the season? Give them a packet of seeds with a cute little pot or even a small seedling to plant. They'll always remember you as they watch it grow, and what could be better than planting a tree? Try Plant a Memory (No. 4) or Green World Project.

Plantable Paper. If you're not into giving your guests a real live tree (which could be tough to transport on a plane, we admit), why not try these plantable paper favors? You can pick from several designs, customize it with your name and date and even choose colors to match your wedding party. We love it. Try Botanical Paperworks (No. 3) and Green Field Paper Company (No. 1)

Box It Up. By now, most of us know that bamboo is the way to go when you're going green. So why not try out this cute bamboo trinket box? The material is completely eco-friendly, and you can fill it with something you made or small pieces of candy. You could also use the seed paper to make a custom tag. Try Little Things Favors (No. 2) and Beau Coup.

Are you doing eco-friendly favors? What are they? Tell us below!

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April 16, 2010

Sorry for the delay with Link Love, but we've been swamped with Bridal Fashion Week since Saturday! Make sure you check out all of our coverage here and here. Now, on to Link Love:

1. Love this vintage book planner tutorial. Perfect for your bridesmaids! (Just Something I Made).

2. An amazingly simple DIY candle favor your guests will really use. (100 Layer Cake via guest blogger Sarah from Truly Smitten).

3. Look what we found! If you're making invitations yourself, you can download and print templates here. For free! (Download and Print).

4. Always on the lookout for something a little more non-traditional than the usual rose boutonniere, I'm loving these cute flowers made out of cupcake liners. How creative! (Intimate Weddings)

5. These cute tissue paper brooches are so perfect for your flower girls of even the mother of the bride. (Salsa Pie).

-- Amy E.

March 18, 2010

Our link love today is all about your guests. We've heard plenty of complaints about what guests don't like getting, so try any one of these projects for a surefire hit favor.

1. Hello, Violet! This super easy project could double for a pretty centerpiece. ({frolic!})

2. Invite your guests to make their own cupcakes, for now—and later! (Style Me Pretty)

3. Style your flower girl, bridesmaids or don this cute headband yourself for a chic reception look. (PS I Made This)

4. So fresh and so clean, thanks to these easy-to-make felted soaps. (Wit & Whistle)

5. OK, so we know making a wreath is a little much as a favor for every guest, but it's a festive bit of decor you could give to your VIP's or use to decorate at your wedding. (Project Wedding)

Photos: (1) By Chelsea, courtesy of {frolic!} (2) Photo by Jen Huang; (3) Courtesy of PS I Made This; (4) Courtesy of Wit & Whistle; (5) Photo by Chelsea Fuss, courtesy of Project Wedding.

March 01, 2010

We're obsessed with washi tape. Ribbon and tape in one. Colors and patterns galore. Could we ask for anything more?

Washi tape (happytape.com)
Metal tins (or any container you like!)
Candy, nuts or any favorite treat

Step 1 Fill up the containers with your favors.
Step 2 Break out the washi and decorate those favor packages. Go on and work the tops and sides! Voila!
February 26, 2010

We know, you've probably seen this before but we love it because it's just so easy. And we love putting our favorite fabric scraps to good stylish use!

Old-school jam jars
Fabric scraps (mix and match all different colors and patterns)
Pinking shears
Granola (you can fill with anything you love!)

Step 1 Take the top off the jar and pop out the middle.
Step 2 Place the top on the fabric and leave about 2" on all sides.
Step 3 Fill jar with granola.
Step 4 Place fabric over the opening and twist on top.
Step 5 Trim edges.
February 24, 2010

We love this eco-chic favor mainly because the container is so cute and colorful. They're reusable, available in every color and only $1.49 each! We can't beat that!

Small zig zag pots (Containerstore.com)
Seed packets
Hole punch
Favor tag
Recipe card

Step 1 Take hole punch and make punches in about four of the accordian folds. Weave ribbon through and add on a tag.
Step 2 Fill pot with seed packet and bag of dirt.
Step 3 Don't forget the recipe card! We shared Grandma Annie's pasta sauce to make with the basil!
February 22, 2010

Nope, not just any old flower pot. We decided to give the typical (and cheap) terra cotta pots a fresh coat of paint... in your signature wedding color, of course! The best part: it's chalkboard paint! Write a note of thanks or use it as a place setting and scribble your guest's name. How convenient!

Terra cotta pot (HomeDepot.com)
Chalkboard paint (HomeDepot.com)
Flowering plant

Step 1 Buy your pot and pick your paint color (you can get pretty much any color you want!
Step 2 Give the pot a coat of paint. Set aside to dry.
Step 3 Add in a plant.
Step 4 Write your personal message!
February 19, 2010

Sometimes it's just about repackaging an idea. We wanted to show off fresh fruit favors in a whole new way. We spotted these cupcake wrappers and couldn't resist!

Cupcake wrappers (nycake.com)
tags (paperpresentation.com)

Step 1 Buy your apples in bulk.
Step 2 Wrap your fruit with the paper wrapper.
Step 3 Add tag to finish off.
December 01, 2009

Machstix How cute are these? We spotted these on stylemepretty.com and couldn't wait to share them with you. A classic favor gets a simple touch and creates a charming takeaway. We actually can't wait to make our very own!

Photography by Max Enger

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