- 9 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008
I figured it would be a good idea to share another DIY project that we undertook for our engagement party in late August: our party favors. We wanted our guests to take home a small engagement favor that was unique, customized, at least partly edible, and would not immediately be thrown in the trash after the party.
So, we made a custom votive for each guest, coupled with a traditional Indian/Pakistani sweet, the ladoo.
Since we hoped that our engagement favor was going to be kept by our guests, we decided against putting our names directly on the votive. Rather, we thought putting our names on the edible portion of the favor would be the way to go.
The first step was to buy the supplies, which were: Close to (200) glass votives and scented tea lights from Ikea:
Full-page labels, which could be fed in to a laser printer:
200 ladoos from the local Indian sweets and snacks store, which were made to fit individually in each votive:
In addition, we used wax paper, organza fabric, and pink ribbon in the construction of the favor. In the first step, we went ahead and meticulously traced, cut, scanned, and warped an image to cover the votive (instructions on how to do this later), inspired partly by instructions from Mrs. Emerald.
Once we had edited the image, we went ahead and printed 100 pages of labels (2 votive labels on each page).
Then, we began cutting away.
Once cut, the labels were ready to be affixed to each glass votive.
At that point it was time to peel away…
… put the label on the glass very carefully…
… and slowly wrap the sticky label onto the glass as such.
I have to warn you that this is not an easy process, and that you have to make sure you buy some high quality labels. Otherwise, when you pull and tug on the label, some of the ink can smear or even come off of the label. Once you have the label perfectly on the glass, you will get something like this:
Then after you have 200 done, you should have a nice visual of your accomplishment!
A tea light was placed in every votive, along with a piece of wax paper over each tea light. The wax paper was used to ensure that the scent of the candles did not seep into any of the ladoos. Each ladoo was wrapped in a cellophane and a personalized sticker with our names was used to keep the cellophane closed. Initially, we wanted to wrap each ladoo with wax paper, but it somehow it didn’t look right. If I could go back and change things, I would have probably wrapped the ladoos in some sort of gold tin foil, similar to Ferrero Rocher candies.
Each votive was then wrapped in a 10″ x 10″ square of cream organza, and tied with a pink ribbon.
Here are a few pictures of the finished product:
Our guests couldn’t stop talking about how “cute” the favors looked. We were pretty happy that they could eat a part of the favor, but then use the container as a functional piece in their households.