When planning a wedding reception, don't break your budget on expensive guest favors. Treat friends and family members to sweet candy favors they can indulge on during the festivities or at home. When it comes to wedding favors, what's on the outside is as important as what's on the inside, so decorate the candy favor bags to give them personalized touches. Use colors and designs that coordinate with the overall look of the reception.
- Small paper bag
- Pinking shears
- Ink stamp or acrylic paint and stencils
- Hole punch
Cut 1/2 inch off the top of a small paper bag using pinking shears to give the bag a decorative zigzag edge.
Place the bag on a flat surface. Use stencils and acrylic craft paint or ink stamps to create designs, such as diamond rings, hearts, doves, wedding bells or gowns, on the front of the bag. Choose hues such as purple and green to reflect the wedding colors, and then allow the paint or ink to dry thoroughly.
Fill the bag with favor candy, such as almonds, conversation hearts or foil-wrapped, heart-shaped chocolates. Fold 1 inch of the top of the bag over to create a flap.
Punch two holes 2 inches apart in the top of the bag, going through the flap. Slip a satin or grosgrain ribbon in a color that matches the bag design through the holes, and tie the ribbon into a bow to finish the favor. Make one candy favor bag per guest.
Create an elegant candy pouch using tulle fabric as another idea. Cut a 10-by-10-inch piece of tulle fabric, and set it on a flat surface. Place small candies in the center of the fabric. Gather the edges of the tulle together, and knot a wide organza ribbon around it. Tie the ribbon into a bow to finish the favor bag. Choose a ribbon color to coordinate with the wedding colors.
Make one candy favor bag or pouch per guest.
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