Friday, 24 February 2012

diy favor kit for vintage inspired weddings, showers and parties


Have you picked up the 2012 Weddingstar magazine yet? If you are planning a wedding or planning a bridal shower this year you are going to love all of the products and inspiration in this magazine. We carry everything in Weddingstar on our website and you can also see and purchase many of the items in our three store locations.   

I've always been a fan of vintage style and I was really excited to hear that vintage is one of the big wedding trends this year. You will find many vintage inspired products in our stores but one of my favourites is the Vintage Style Favor Wrapping Kit. The kit contains 12 kraft coloured paper boxes as well as an assortment of ribbon, lace and vintage printed papers.

Of course, I had to open one of the kits and make some samples for the new Creative Studio at the Toronto store. The favor boxes come flat in the kit so the first thing that you have to do is to make the boxes.  
There were not a lot of instructions in the kit in regards to how to put together the boxes but thankfully Weddingstar as put together a number of videos that show us how to fold favor boxes ...


Once you have the boxes folded together you are ready to get to the fun part - decorating the favor boxes!
I really like the idea of not having every favor look the same so I was quite happy that there were so many different embellishment options in the kit. I think that it would be too stressful to have to come up with 12 different ways to decorate the boxes so I decided to create three different designs ...
and I think that it would be easy to repeat these designs with the other boxes. I used two sided tape (not included in the kit) to attach all of the papers, lace and ribbon to the favor boxes.

I really like paper flowers, so of course I had to try to recreate the paper flower favor that was shown on the kit photo. Here's how I made my paper flower:
I cut four "petals" from the two different paper strips in the kit and punched a small hole in each petal as shown in the photo above. I also cut an irregular circle shape from a piece of the lace and punched a hole in the centre. A brad (not included in the kit) was used to hold all of the paper petals and lace together.
I also used the brad to attach the flower to one of the ribbons that was wrapped around the box.

Gift tags were not included in the kit but it would be very easy to add small vintage looking manilla shipping tags to these favors. I think that these would be nice at a wedding, shower or any vintage themed party.

If you have not picked up a new copy of Weddingstar magazine you can buy them at all of our stores or you can view it online here. And if you would like to view more inspirational videos from Weddingstar on YouTube you can see them here.

I will be in our Creative Studio at the Toronto store on March 3rd doing mini workshops and demos. You can see my vintage favor kit samples on display in the studio now.

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