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Unique DIY Wedding Favor Ideas

Updated on September 8, 2016
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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One great way to add a unique, creative flare to your wedding is with homemade wedding favors. Whether you are including favors as one of the many do it yourself aspects of your wedding or are simply interested in just making the favors, people will remember the handmade favors. There are a wide variety of popular items out there. Don't be afraid to take some liberties and make these ideas your own.

Consider the following personalization options.

  • Seasonal. Think about scents and flavors that fit with the current season for soaps, candies, jams, candles, and more.
  • Wedding theme. Go beyond the wedding color scheme and think about how your favors will fit in with the overall theme, such as classic, vintage, or beach.
  • Regional. This is not necessary, but it can add another unique touch to your wedding favors.

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Soaps

Consider fragrances and shapes that will be appealing to both men and women of a variety of ages. Raspberry heart shaped soaps are fine for a bridal shower favor, but square clean scented soaps (i.e. rain scent) will be a better bet for wedding favors. Keep in mind that the soap favors can be small. A couple little squares is just fine. Label the soaps with their scents so people know what they are getting.

Tip: Don't forget about the packaging!

Consider adding a handmade packaging option to your homemade wedding favors.

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Candy and Other Sweets

A small amount of candy or a couple cookies is the perfect way to end the wedding. People can enjoy a little treat before they leave or can take it with them to enjoy the next day. Many craft stores sell bulk treat bags and boxes in the candy section. Additionally, a number of craft stores have wedding sections that may have other options. It may be easier to purchase plain bags or boxes and decorate them yourself than to do the entire packaging project from scratch.

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Jams and Honey

This is one of the more ambitious wedding favors that you can make. If you enjoy making jam and have access to relatively inexpensive, seasonal fruit, go for it. It will certainly wow your guests. Make sure to include labels with the type of jam or information about the honey.

How to Make Strawberry Jam

Matches and Matchboxes

While matches and matchboxes don't have the appeal that they once did for commonplace smoking, they are still household staple for many people. They can also have a romantic connotation when associated with candles. There are a number of plain matchbox sleeves and boxes available that you can have personalized or decorated any way that you like.

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Seeds or Plants

There are a lot of creative ideas out there for both seed packets and potted plants. I have featured just one possibility in the photo on the right. Consider pairing your seeds or plants with a quote about growth and/or planting.

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Christmas Ornaments

Obviously, a Christmas ornament is a great seasonal choice for December weddings, but you can gift a Christmas ornament any time of year. An ornament is a special piece of décor that will serve as a reminder for your guests of your wedding day and marriage for many years to come. The possibilities for designs and materials are endless.

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Bookmarks

There are many options for materials and messages for bookmarks. Go beyond a simple paper bookmark and make something that will be a more lasting gift for your guests, such as leather, fabric, or plastic.

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Paper Flowers

Paper flowers are a fun, versatile décor item. People can find many ways to use them around the home. If you want to create a flower favor that will last a little longer, consider fabric flowers. If sewing intimidates you, go for one of the many no-sew options out there. Additionally, paper flowers can make a great box or jar topper for other wedding favors.

Learn to Make Paper Flowers!

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Candles

Small candles in mini mason jars or vintage tea cups make a beautiful addition to your wedding table settings and will also be great favors. This is another favor where it is important to consider fragrances and designs that will be appealing to both men and women. Keep the scents light so they don't overwhelm the entire room and label your candles so people know what scents they are getting.

How to Make Candles : Recipe for Making a Soy Candle

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Mix CDs

I know that mix CDs are considered obsolete in a primarily digital music age. However, they're still a fun, personalized gift, and people can easily rip the songs and listen to them on the computer or their choice of music player. Enjoy the process of selecting favorite songs with your spouse and building a great playlist.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      I'm planning to make wedding boutonnieres myself, but the favors are a bit more difficult. I simply can't find what I like. The "seeds or plants" idea is cool, my friend had lavender planted in small pots as her wedding favors.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Good luck with the wedding boutonnieres and favors! My biggest challenge for my own wedding was finding favors I liked that didn't break the bank. If you can find a bulk deal or can score some vintage planters, flowers can be a fairly inexpensive option. I'm sure that the lavender smelled amazing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      These are some excellent ideas for wedding favors. I like the nice variety. Very useful hub.

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      Joana e Bruno 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Randomcreative, lovely ideas, loved the bookmarks, especially, those were the ones I would do, if I was getting married, since I am already married, I'll shared this hub with friends that are not... Voted up and useful and sharing! Take care!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      algarveview, thanks for sharing this! I'm glad that you enjoyed the ideas here.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Pamela!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      These are some great ideas! Voting up and sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Julie!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great collection of ideas, super creative non expensive ways to give something special and personal in favors or gifts. Lovely layout and full of information, nice job randomcreative! voted and shared!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Really neat ideas. Last wedding I was out did cd's which was nice. Great hub.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Suzie!

      Glimmer, that's awesome. :) Thanks!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I love these ideas for handmade wedding favors! Extremely awesome! :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Terrye!

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Awesome ideas!!!! I didn't get to have a huge wedding but when I remarry my hubby (hehehe) I will be doing some of these ideas for sure! Thanks!!! Voted up, shared, and pinned!

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I love your wedding favor ideas - I guess it's the personal touch. My wedding is next week and I'm still getting inspirational ideas for favors and decorations. Great hub - voting up.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha sounds good, Cassy!

      Emma, I agree that a personal touch adds a lot to wedding favors. Good luck with your wedding favors and decorations!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Fantastic tips. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned. Kelley

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I always love attending a DIY kind of wedding. Everything is always so much more personal and memorable when the items are purchased and ordinary. I can remember DIY centerpieces and favors from every wedding I have attended. Great hub! Voted up.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kelley!

      Donna, I agree. Even a few DIY items can add a lot of character to a wedding.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Fun stuff here! I love this hub and it's great for people who are looking to trim a little bit from their wedding budgets. Definitely sharing this. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Cyndi! Yes, for sure.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      You have such neat and unique ideas. It makes the event so much more memorable and personable. I'll be sure to share this.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Marisa! Yes, for sure. Thanks for the shares!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Great ideas! Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Gail!

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What great ideas. I'll be forwarding to my oldest daughter she will love these.

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals! I appreciate that. :)

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