Craft/DIY Ideas

Gingham Wrapped Favors

Today I am sharing an idea for favors that could be used for a banquet, party, shower, or even a wedding.

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If you’re into gingham, that is.

I made a bunch of these recently for a cub scout banquet, also known as the “Blue and Gold Banquet” that is held annually. Basically I wanted to make something that looked non-girly but was still cute.

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Inside each one is an individually wrapped mint. Since I had to make over 100, I bought the mints at a bulk foods store.

These were incredibly easy to make and I could see them working with a lot of different color schemes. Also since these were for a Blue and Gold banquet, I used a blue and white gingham and a yellow cotton yarn.

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I can’t really explain how I wrapped them, but pretty much like you would a present and so no raw edges of the fabric were sticking out. After cutting about a 12″ piece of yarn, I wrapped it around the fabric one way, then crossed the two pieces and wrapped them the other way. Each ended up with a simple little bow on the front.

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As I mentioned earlier, I could really see this same general idea used for a variety of occasions. I would totally use this idea again for shower favors or even for a wedding. Gingham can be found in a whole plethora of colors, plus they could be wrapped with twine or any kind of ribbon.

To see another one of my favor ideas, check out this post from almost two years ago. It’s one of my most viewed posts ever!

Craft/DIY Ideas

Paper Bag Wedding Favors

Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy making a whole bunch of one type of thing. We’re about beyond this stage now, but for a number of years we had lots of wedding and baby showers going on in our lives. In that time, I got hit up many times to make the favors for whatever the function was and liked coming up with different ideas for each one. I enjoy being creative and I also enjoy mass producing things, so I guess it’s a good match. Well, we actually do have a wedding shower for my husband’s co-worker coming up, and I was approached to do the favors. Now, notice I didn’t call it a bridal shower–that’s because there are going to be an equal amount of men and women there. Here’s what I came up with as a non “girly” looking favor, which we are going to fill with candy.

As you can see, it’s made from a simple brown paper bag. To make it, all I did was cut about 2″ off of the top and used a fancy edge punch along the top to make the lacy design. After that I stamped the engaged couples’ initials on the front of the bag using these awesome alphabet stamps I discovered in an antique store. (They came as a complete set, upper and lower case, in a wooden box and used for sign-making. Such a cool find!)

When I had stamped them all, I folded down the top of the bag, punched 2 holes, and threaded a string through, making a bow to finish it off.

Nothing fancy or frilly here. But I rather like how they turned out.

A simple, easy, and non-costly favor. I had to make 75 and they really didn’t take terribly long. My recommendation for anyone making a large amount of the same thing is to do all of one step at the same time. For example, I did all the cutting first. Then the edge-punch, then the letter “d”, then the “&”, and so on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rachel

Recipes

Recipe for Butter Mints

I am a complete sucker for quick and easy recipes that use a minimal of ingredients and don’t have a million steps. My recipe for butter mints is exactly that. About 12 years ago, when I was preparing for my wedding and reception, my mother-in-law offered to make these for the reception tables. They were a huge hit and since then I’ve made these for various occasions. Whether you are hosting a graduation party, cookout or are planning a baby shower, bridal shower, or wedding, these are a sure crowd pleaser. Don’t let the name fool you–there is actually no butter in these mints! However, they are sweet, minty, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Sweet creamy mints. Mmmm....

Easy Butter Mints

  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 lb. bag confectioner’s sugar
  • mint oil or mint extract*
  • food coloring
  • granulated sugar

Set cream cheese out to soften, or microwave in short increments until it is very soft. Place in a large mixing bowl and add entire 2 lb. bag of 10x sugar. Mix by hand until dough is uniform. Add in several drops of mint oil or mint extract to taste. Add in several drops of food coloring, if desired. Mix mint and coloring in well by hand. Form into small balls and roll in granulated sugar. You can either flatten with a fork or use a small push-mold to make shapes. Place on wax paper. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until serving. Enjoy!

**Mint oil is highly concentrated and only takes several drops.

Mint extract is not as concentrated and may take more to ensure minty flavor.