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Bridal Shower Favor: Take-home Cake Pop Box!

Bridal Shower Favor: Take-home Cake Pop Box

Good morning dearies! Wedding season is ramping back up, and I’m so excited to share with you more budget-friendly ideas! I absolutely LOVE this bridal shower favor, but full-disclosure, that’s probably because these were the favors I made at my shower! If you’ve read this blog before you know that I am a HUGE fan of edible or practical favors. Because if my opinion, if you can eat it or use it – it’s junk, and I hate the idea of my hard-earned money going straight to the trash. 

And WHO doesn’t love cake pops?

Cake Pop Favor Boxes

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions:

1. Download your free Cake Pop Box labels!!! We recommend printing these labels on full-sheet label paper. Customize and cut out each label. Never used our printables before? Visit our printing FAQ page to learn how to customize your printables in Adobe Reader (it’s easy!).

Do you LOVE this idea, but our yellow labels aren’t working with your color scheme? We offer customized versions of our printable labels in our Etsy shop for as little as $5! We can change colors, fonts, etc.! Contact shop@marrythis.com with questions or to request a custom order.

2. Assemble your pre-baked cake pops. I followed this recipe, except I used pink and brown candy melts instead of almond bark to coat my pops. Decorate the pops using your favorite toppings! I used pearls and sprinkles as well as shredded coconut (my favorite).

Bridal Shower Favor: Take-home Cake Pop Box 
3. After the cake pops are fully set, place each pop in a clear treat bag. Tie each bag with a twist tie. Cut off any excess. You can see a few pink wrapped pops toward the back of my crappy photo above 😉

4. Assemble your boxes! My boxes held 8-10 cake pops each. I laid them flat, alternating directions, so they nestled nicely. Wrap your boxes with a bow. Peel and stick on your customized label, and VOILA! Favors that are GUARANTEED not to end up in the trash. I have it on good authority that most of my favors didn’t even last through the weekend.

Bridal Shower Favor: Take-home Cake Pop Box

As always, if you used our free printables in an awesome project, we would love to see your work! Send your photos to allison@marrythis.com for a chance to be featured on our blog! Happy gifting!

Freebie Friday! “It’s What’s Inside that Counts”
Oreo-stuffed Cookie Favor

Happy Friday, friends! I am so excited because for the first time ever MarryThis! has teamed up with de Lovely Affair for a fun wedding favor post swap! (In case you missed it, make sure to check out yesterday’s totally rad Plantable Wildflower Paper charity favor!)

Oreo-stuffed cookie wedding favor

Head on over to dLA to check out my guest post featuring DIY Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookie wedding favors. You read that right. Stop drooling. AND since we here at MarryThis! like to do things on the cheap — you better believe that each favor costs less than $1 to make!

Download your free “It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts” printable label and check out the DIY!

Oreo-stuffed cookie wedding favor

And as always, we want to showcase YOUR lovely MarryThis-inspired favors!
Send your images to allison@marrythis.com — you may just be featured on the blog! 

A few awesome wedding links for your weekend:

This week on MarryThis!:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Charity Favor: Go Green – Plantable Wildflower Paper

Hello there MarryThis friends! I am Mellissa, and I blog at de Lovely Affair. I was so excited when Allison asked me to write a guest post for the Charity Favors Series, and today, we are going green with a fabulous charity donation idea AND a super easy DIY project for you crafty, budget brides.

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

A green wedding isn’t just about going cheap; it’s about making smart, value based purchases for everything from invitations to your dress. NOT purchasing packaged, shipped, and then tossed wedding favors, is good for the planet and your wedding budget. There are so many green DIY options for a green bride but by far my favorite is donating to an eco-friendly charity close to your heart.

The Atlantic Forestvia The Costa Rica News

A perfect green cause for eco-conscious couples: preserving the Amazon Rainforest. Why? The Atlantic Forest region of this vast Amazon Rainforest was once a thriving habitat covering nearly 330 million acres. Now only 7% remains due to urban expansion, industrial development, agriculture, and illegal logging. It’s home to thousands of animals and plant life, some found nowhere else on Earth.This fragile, diverse, and lifegiving biosphere is worth saving for future generations. The Nature Conservancy has a fabulous program to help protect this beautiful rainforest with their Plant A BillionTrees Campaign. You can donate 50 trees for just $50 – a small price to pay.

Green charity favors are an excellent option for eco-conscious couples who want to make a difference with their dollars and give something a little more meaningful than Jordan almonds. And as with every MarryThis charity favor, we can’t have guests going home empty handed. So I have put together a super easy tutorial for Plantable Wildflower Paper. What better way to help the environment than to grow something beautiful?

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

Plantable Wildflower Paper

Plantable paper is made using paper pulp and seeds! Pretty simple. This is an easy paper making project, perfect for a DIY bride on a budget – no fancy equipment necessary. The end result is beautiful textured paper with a rustic feel, adding handmade charm to your plantable paper wedding favor. {All project photos via de Lovely Affair}

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper to make pulp – recycled junk mail, card stock, toilet paper roll – no glossy paper
  • Wild Flower Seeds (small seeds are best)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Blender
  • Wire hand strainer
  • Cookie pan
  • Towels or cloths
  • Cookie cutters to make shapes (optional)
  • Plastic wrap or parchment paper

Note: This is a messy and wet process therefore it is best to work on a well-protected surface.

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

Instructions:

1. Tear the paper into small pieces and toss them into a blender. Add warm water to cover the mixture and blend away. Make sure the pulp is really smooth.

2. Pour pulpy mixture through the wire hand strainer and squeeze out the excess water. All lumps should be removed at this stage and the paper pulp should be well mixed. Note: Squeezing out TOO much water will make the mixture too lumpy and hard to form.

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

3. Mix a handful of seeds and paper pulp in a bowl. The amount of seeds required will depend on the type of seeds used and the finished effect that you are looking for. Mix the seeds well using your hands or a spoon. Do not use the hand blender otherwise you’ll damage the seeds.

4. Grab your cookie sheet and your mold – a cookie or biscuit cutter, which I used. Press the seeded pulp into the mold, making sure that it is even on all sides. Make sure it’s not to thick or it will take longer to dry. Use a towel to press as much water as possible from the paper pulp.

5. Drying the seed paper quickly is essential, otherwise the seeds will start to grow! Placing the seed paper in a warm (but not hot) environment and ensuring that air can circulate around it is the best way to dry the paper quickly. Blowing the seed paper with a hair dryer on a cool setting will also help. Make sure the paper favor is completely dry before embellishing. Store on plastic wrap or parchment paper. Craft it up and you’re done!

Budget Breakdown:

The seeds and embellishments were the only things that cost any money for this project.

  • Paper: Free, unless you want specific color paper. I made 10 seed discs and used three 8×10 sheets of paper. If you want to make thicker discs, add one more sheet.
  • Cookie cutter: Grab one at the Dollar Store if you don’t have one. I like the idea of a heart shape.
  • Embellishments: I used products I already had. I grabbed them at Michael’s for $1
  • Seeds: Sometimes you can find big seed packets for very cheap at the Dollar Store. Any other garden store will have a mixed packet for around $5-$6.

Grand total per favor: Less than $1 each 

Plantable Wildflower Paper wedding favor

Once I got it all figured out, it went very quickly. Less than an hour for my ten discs, but I would say this is an all day, grab your bridesmaids sort of project.

I also put together a printable tag for this project available for download over at de Lovely Affair.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this charity favor! As always, we’d love to see your projects come to life, so send your fabulous wedding favor photos to allison@marrythis.com.

Happy Crafting,
Mellissa

Mellissa de Oliveira is the creator and editor of de Lovely Affair, a practical wedding resource for modern multicultural couples. The blog blends world traditions and international “I Do’s,” practical planning and DIY projects with a good dose of humor, gorgeous photography and, of course, real weddings.

Best of MarryThis!:
A Collection of our Best DIYs, Free Printables & More!

Happy Monday friends! I thought we’d kick off this week with a roundup of our top 5 posts ever! This list was calculated based on a combination blog and Pinterest views! And our top post ever is …….. drum roll ……..

5 Reasons To Get Married When You're "Fat"

1. Five Reasons Why You Should Get Married When You’re Fat

A bit controversial, yes — but still a great read. I wrote from experience ladies! Read why I think trying to lose weight before your wedding is the worst idea ever.

'Be My Bridesmaid' Cupcake in a Jar with Free Printable!

2. “Be My Bridesmaid” Ombre Cupcake in a Jar with free printable

Surprise your bridesmaid-to-be with this fabulous ombre cupcake in a jar! I love this little gift because it’s SUPER adorable, affordable AND shows your friends how special they are to you without the added pressure of a large gift or gesture. I almost forgot the best part … our cute inkjet transfer “Will you be my bridesmaid” napkins! Your girlfriends will be so surprised to see their hidden message waiting for them!

Free Printable Wedding Planning Timeline

3. Wedding Planning Timeline free printable

Our timeline will take you through each wedding task (and when you should do them) from the day you get engaged all the way to the big day. We even made you a section to take notes just in case we left something out (the horror!). Just download, print and get checkin’!

Pick Your Poison Bachelorette Party Favors with free printable!

4. DIY “Pick Your Poison” Bachelorette Party Favors with free printable

Lets be honest, you’re NEVER going to wear that “one last ride for the bride” T-shirt again. This fun Pick Your Poison gift box filled with mini liquor bottles is the perfect gift for any bachelorette and her posse.

5. Five Things Your Budget Wedding Doesn’t Need

Budget weddings require a bit of extra time and smart planning, but it is SO possible to throw a beautiful wedding and still have enough money left over to … um, eat … or whatever. Here’s a list of the top five things your budget wedding doesn’t need. Also make sure to check out our 5 Things Your Budget Wedding Can’t Go Without.

Tell me, what are YOUR favorite MarryThis! posts so far? Share in a comment below!

Happy Planning!

Budget Bridesmaid Gift:
DIY Agate Pendant Necklace

Budget Bridesmaid Gift: DIY Sliced Agate Pendant Necklaces

Oh to the my to the god. I planned to make these sliced agate pendants a few weeks ago but I had NO idea that they would turn out so amazing! I have been jumping with excitement this weekend waiting to share with you! Not only are these pendants freakin’ GORGEOUS in their simplicity (don’t you feel like you could look at an agate for hours?) they are also super easy to make AND budget friendly.

These pendants (chain included) only set me back $6.26 each. No joke! At that price you could easily hand out beautiful pendants to all your bridesmaids, or even as bridal shower or bachelorette party favors!

Read on for the how-to and budget breakdown!

Budget Bridesmaid Gift: DIY Sliced Agate Pendant Necklaces

The best part about these necklaces is that you need NO jewelry making experience at all! They’re so easy. I used round nosed pliers to do most of the work, but they aren’t absolutely necessary (though I do highly recommend them). Even if you never make another piece of jewelry again they are very useful to have around the house. Scroll down for instructions!

Budget Bridesmaid Gift: DIY Sliced Agate Pendant Necklaces

Agate Pendant Necklace

Here’s what you’ll need:

Budget Bridesmaid Gift: DIY Sliced Agate Pendant Necklaces

Instructions:

1. Cut your chain to approximately 72″ inches long. Fold the chain in half. It should now be about 36″ inches long. This length of chain makes a longer necklace style similar to this. If you prefer a shorter style, use your neck to measure the length you prefer and then double it and fold in half. Set folded chain aside.

2. Using your round nose pliers, open a small jump ring (figure 1). ALWAYS twist the ring open, never pull (figure 2). Feed the open jump ring through the clasp (figure 3). Close the jump ring.

3. Feed the chain through closed jump ring (figure 4). Set aside.

4. Just like step 2, open a large jump ring. Feed the jump ring through the pre-drilled hole in the sliced agate (figure 5). If you’re having trouble closing your jump rings completely, gently press the ends together using bent-nose pliers (optional).

5. Using your folded chain, feed BOTH ends of the chain through the agate pendant (figure 6).

6. Your chain should have two open ends (on the same side). Open another small jump ring. Feed the last link of each chain through the jump ring (figure 7). Close jump ring. Finally, link both ends together using the clasp (figure 8)!

You’re finished!

Budget Bridesmaid Gift: DIY Sliced Agate Pendant Necklaces

How fabulous are these? I used a double-length of chain to support the chunkiness of the agate, but you could always follow the same directions using a single length to make more economic use of your chain.

Budget Breakdown:

  • Sliced agate with pre-drilled hole: $15 for 6, $2.50 each
  • Small jump rings: .03 each (use 2)
  • Large jump rings: .20 each
  • Clasps: .50 each
  • 72″ chain: $3 each

Grand total per necklace: $6.26 

There are so many fun ways you could present these pendants to your besties! Add these to your tablescape and drape them over a beautiful tea cup, or place them in a “You Rock” card enclosed in a cellophane baggy. The possibilites are endless!

I hope you love these as much as I do! If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to help! As always, I would love to see photos of your final necklaces. Send photos to allison@marrythis.com. You just might see your photo appear on the blog! Happy gifting!

Frugal favor: Homemade granola

granola favor

I often think of a post-wedding morning as one of sleeping in, pressing the snooze button several times, and rushing around to get checked out of the hotel on time after a late night of fun.

That’s where this granola wedding favor comes in. Your guests will love you for this healthy breakfast on the go, plus homemade granola is so easy to make. And when I mean easy to make, I mean Rice Krispies treats easy. Granola takes just a few ingredients, time in the oven and voilà — you’ve got a boatload of tasty and inexpensive toasted oats, nuts and dried fruits.

granola

Use this delish granola recipe from The Kitchen Sink. Granola is sort of like a cookie where you can add whatever you want and it never turns out badly, so choose your favorite dried fruits and nuts.

To make this favor: Fill each wax food bag with one cup of granola. Tie with a fun ribbon and our printable tag and you’re good to go.

Frugal Favor: Wine cork keychain

wine cork keychain

Don’t you love when a favor is pretty and inexpensive? I’m smitten with these wine cork keychains because they look classy, but they are secretly very cheap! Each favor cost less than 50 cents.

You only need three items for these so-easy keychains that take just a few steps to put together.

wine cork key chain

Supplies:

Wine corks
Screw eyes – I used 15/16 in.
Key ring

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Attach the key ring to the screw eye first.
  2. Twist the screw eye into the top center of the cork. Corks are pretty stable so don’t worry about using a little muscle to screw it in tightly.
  3. And voila, you’re done! Put a keychain at each guest’s place setting or fill a glass jar with the keychains and guests can take one as they exit.

Personalize it!: Paint the wine corks with your wedding colors, buy customized wine corks with your initials, or tie one of our beautiful printable tags to the key ring.

This favor would be perfect with our Wine and Cheese wedding guide. Download the free guide today!

 
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