Wedding season is just around the corner. And if you’re a best friend, mother, or sister of a bride-to-be, there’s a good chance you’re in the midst of organizing a bridal shower. The pre-nuptial soiree is a great way for everyone to get together, enjoy good food and cocktails, and shake off any jitters before the big event. As with all wedding-related parties, thanking friends for coming with a small token of appreciation is good etiquette. It doesn’t have to be expensive and fancy. In fact, a thoughtful gift you make yourself will do just fine. In need of a little inspiration? Here are ten DIY bridal shower favor ideas your guests will love.
Pedicure In A Jar
We can all use a little pampering now and then. Wedding parties and uncomfortable shoes go hand and hand. So a pedicure in a jar will be a hit with the ladies for sure! You’ll need a small mason jar, nail polish (we suggest choosing colors inspired from the bride’s wedding scheme), travel size lotion, nail care tools, and custom printed labels. Visit evermine.com for complete list of materials.
Weddings can be stressful for everyone involved. There’s no better way to relax than with a warm, soothing bath. Don’t be fooled, these little tea sachets are intended for the tub, and actually contain calming, aromatic herbs such as lavender, chamomile, and lemon verbena. Visit marthstewart.com for full tutorial.
Hand Painted Vase
If you ask us, you can never have too many flower vases! A small hand painted vase makes a nice gift because it doesn’t take up too much space and adds a nice pop of color to the home. Feeling hesitant because your art skills are a little rusty? Choose an easy pattern you are comfortable with such as florals or a geometric design that can be made using painter’s tape. Visit abeautifulmess.com for complete instructions.
How charming are these little wall garden terrariums?! Perfectly petite, they add a touch of natural beauty to a room. To make these favors, you’ll need gravel, moss, tiny air plants, magnetic metal tins, painter’s tape, a dremel tool, and E6000 glue. See full tutorial at ruffledblog.com.
Vintage Tea Cup Candle
Candles always make a wonderful gift. Here’s a great project for upcycling any old teacups you have on hand. To make the scented candles, you’ll need eco-friendly soy wax, wax dye, scented oil, and candle wicks. For full tutorial, visit my mykitchenantics.com.
Will you be entertaining a room full of foodies? See them off with a gift of seasoning samples they can test out in their kitchen at home. You’ll need craft test tubes with corks and a small container box. Seasoning contents can be either handwritten or printed on thin strips of paper. For seasoning recipe ideas, visit bonappetite.com.
Wow guests with a gift set of stylish, yet practical tile coasters that you made yourself. This project is much easier to make than it looks. To get started, you will need square tiles (check your local hardware store), scrapbook paper (check your local art and crafts store), felt, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, glue, and clear acrylic sealer. Visit thecottagemama.com for complete tutorial.
Shot Glass Succulent
A Mini succulent in a shot glass is a fantastic favor. Guests leave with not only a new house plant, but a celebratory drinking vessel. The succulent will need to be repotted so be sure to include care instructions. Visit intimateweddings.com for more information.
Clay Incense Burner
Along with candles, incense bring a feeling of peace and serenity to the home. We love the minimalist design of this DIY incense burner. For a complete gift of Zen, include a box of incense sticks (we love Nag Champa, sandalwood, and Frankincense), and small healing crystal. Visit abeautifulmess.com for full tutorial.
With everyone looking to add all-natural products to their beauty arsenal, homemade bath salts will be a definite winner with the girls. This simple recipe calls for salt, liquid oil, essential oil, and baking soda. Baking the mixture is key to producing bath salt that is clump free and non-sticky. For full tutorial and downloadable labels, visit somethingturquoise.com.
End the festivities on a high note by saying goodbye to guests with any of these easy and inexpensive DIY bridal shower favors. And don’t think you have to make them all by yourself. Here’s the perfect reason to call up friends and invite them over for craft and wine night!