DIY Weddings: Party Favor Projects and Ideas

Find DIY gifts and clever ideas for wedding favors that your guests won’t leave behind.
By: Jeanine Hays and Keri Sanders
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After Dinner Coffee

When the reception is over, send guests on their way with your favorite coffee beans. Bonus? These darling free downloads from Something Turquoise really up the cute factor.

Potted Succulents

Great for centerpieces and favors alike, potted succulents are a wedding trend that is only getting more popular with time. Don't forget to personalize them like Chelsea Costa of Lovely Indeed did here by painting the pots with your wedding colors!

Farm-Fresh Display

For a rustic wedding, store your seed packets in an old wheelbarrow with a cute sign as seen here.

Pretty Little Packages

Each one of these sweet and elegant little boxes is filled with homemade cookies in the same flavor as the wedding cake. Visit Etsy for original box kits like this that can be put together by you and your wedding party.

Sew Cute

These delightful DIY sewing kits are so simple to make, and they are great to keep in a purse or car for fashion emergencies. Learn how to make them at Something Turquoise.

Cotton Candy

Send guests home with a sweet and nostalgic treat when you string a clothesline with bags of delicious cotton candy. Photo courtesy of Tim Robison Creative

Spice Things Up

Show guests that you know how to think outside of the box by sending them home with a hot and spicy treat. Download the labels from Something Turquoise.

Lollipop Pics

Add taste to your special day by putting an edible image on a sweet treat. Use your save-the-date or engagement photo to make the personalized pops. Lollipics come in 19 different colors and patterns in 11 different yummy flavors.

Plant a Tree

Give a gift that keeps on giving when you supply guests with a way to plant their very own Scotch pine tree. Make your own kit, or buy it premade from MorganTheCreator on Etsy.

Cocktail Creations

Let guests take home a taste of your signature wedding drink by filling cute jars with dried rosebuds and a recipe for a Rose and Mint Champagne Cocktail. Get the recipe here.

Macaron Morsels

Decadent and delicious, bite-size Tiffany-blue macarons are the perfect sweet treat to give guests for the drive home. Get the recipe here.

Hand Stamped, Mail Ordered

If you love the idea of giving out coffee beans as favors, but you just don't have the time to do it yourself, you can even buy the beans already roasted and in custom-stamped packaging from AproprosRoasters.

Catch the Wind

For an outdoor wedding, how about a lighthearted pinwheel to catch the breeze? Make pinwheels to match the wedding's color palette, and include the name of the couple and the date of the wedding. Blank paper pinwheels can be purchased from Paper Source, along with ribbon, paint, stamps and more.

Fresh Fruit

Great for a summer wedding, fresh fruit is a healthy treat everyone can enjoy. For an extra-special touch, package seasonal goodies in cute color-coordinated boxes, like these ladybug boxes from PartyPail.com.

Air Plants

Even easier to care for than succulents, air plants make a great wedding favor (and place holder) even for those without a green thumb. You can find these rustic beauties on thisfineday's Etsy shop.

Ocean and Air

If you love the idea of air plants but prefer a more nautical look, place your plant in a sea urchin shell for an instant ocean effect. Or, simply buy them from peacocktaco on Etsy.

Mocha Magic

For a favor your guests will be anxious to use, make your own mocha latte mix in super cute test tubes. Find instructions and download the free label from Something Turquoise.

Seed Packets

Create your own custom seed packets out of old magazines, cards or other paper. Simply fill with seeds from your (or a friend's) garden for an inexpensive favor inspired by nature. Learn to make the packets here.

To-Go Boxes Full of Treats

Personalize the favor boxes by using a thin strip of grosgrain ribbon in your wedding colors. A sticker with your initials can be a nice finishing touch.

Candy Buffet

Place favor boxes by the dessert bar and have guests fill them with treats. Customize the bar with the wedding color palette or the color of the season. For a December wedding, use white candy and striped peppermints. The fun is finding the perfect desserts to match your color palette.

Natural Elements

These monogram bags are made simply using paper bags, chalkboard tags and raffia. Place some sweet treats inside so guests can have something to enjoy after the wedding.

Double-Duty Terrarium

A charming place holder that doubles as a sweet party favor, this DIY terrarium place holder via Green Wedding Shoes is the perfect, easy craft that is sure to impress your guests.

Musical Memories

A CD with a custom label that includes the bride and groom’s initials is a wonderful favor. Include songs from the wedding reception as a reminder of the special day.

Savory Treat

Walnut-Rosemary Olive Bread: yum. Invite guests to break the bread with you and your new spouse with these sweet and savory loaves. Get the recipe here.

Souvenir Favor

For a destination wedding, look for favors that do double-duty. A Caribbean wedding uses cast-iron airplanes as place cards and favors for guests. Baker's twine is simply attached to a piece of card stock and then tied to the plane.

Homemade Lip Balm

Cheaper and safer (no mystery chemicals!) than store-bought lip balm, homemade beeswax lip balm is a great wedding favor for men and women alike, especially during fall and winter weddings. Learn how to make your own lip balm here.

A Little Glitz

Send guests home with a little sparkle. Glitter-dipped cooking spoons are a useful, glam favor that will remind guests of all the fun they had at your wedding every time they cook! Get the full tutorial from Something Turquoise.

Candy Holders

Place cards are inserted into Ferrero Rocher candies for a tasty display. To create your own candy seating card, use stirrer sticks and affix labels with the name and table number on them. Then simply push the stick through the center of the candy.

Tiny Bubbles

Give the bride and groom a sweet send-off with mini party bubbles. To tie the bubbles in with theme of the wedding, place them in small favor bags. Find the bubbles at Oriental Trading Company.

Pickled Produce

Do you love to garden? Try pickling your produce to give guests a charming country treat and to make sure none of your bountiful veggies go to waste.

Country Classic

Great as a vase and perfect to send home with family and friends, personalized Mason jars are just the thing for a rustic country wedding. Make your own or buy a set from David's Bridal.

Sugar and Spice

Give guests a sweet treat that will make it past the car and into some of their favorite dishes with a cute set of infused spices.