40 Frugal DIY Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Actually Want To Take Home
1. DIY Romantic Wedding Mixed Tape
What better gift to your wedding guests than a CD of the very songs that you had played during the ceremony? Mixed tapes have been around for decades and that’s just what this DIY wedding favor is. You simply burn CDs – however many of them you need – of your wedding songs. When you’re compiling the CD that you’re going to use in the ceremony and reception, just make several additional copies. You can even make a lovely CD case for each one.
2. Homemade Birdseed Hearts
These little birdseed hearts are the perfect DIY wedding favor. Not only are they hearts, which symbolize love, they’re also made of birdseed so they’re really environmentally friendly and so very inexpensive so make. You just mix the birdseed up and then mold with cookie cutters or silicone molds. Tie a nice ribbon or piece of twine to the top and you’re all set. You can even add a little personalized tag.
3. DIY Wood Bud Vases
These little bud vases serve two purposes. They can help with your seating arrangements at the reception and when the festivities are over, your guests can take them home. They’re really easy and inexpensive to make and are perfect for decorating for a rustic wedding. Plus, guests will adore taking home a flower from your wedding as a reminder to them of your special day.
4. Easy DIY Soy Candle Wedding Favors
Everyone loves a good smelling soy candle, so these DIY wedding favor candles are sure to be appreciated by your guests. They’re pretty easy to make and the supplies are not at all expensive, especially if you have a few small glass jars on hand. Just fill your jars with your candle mixture and then add a nice label or other design to the jar itself.
Tie on a little thank you message with a piece of twine or thin ribbon.
5. Handmade Coaster Wedding Favors
These little coasters are really easy to make and are the perfect DIY wedding favor if you want something inexpensive and unique. They’re made from square ceramic tiles, which you can get at any home improvement store for under $1 each. Use Mod Podge to add your design and then tie a couple of them together with ribbon, twine or burlap – depending on your wedding décor – to give to your guests as they leave.
6. DIY Cocktail Kits
These little cocktail kits are perfect for giving your adult guests something to remember your special day. The ingredients for mojitos or any other cocktail aren’t terribly expensive, particularly if you choose not to provide the liquor. Just print up the directions for making the cocktail that you choose and attach with a piece of twine to the package. Guests will love you for this one and they’ll think of you when they are relaxing and enjoying their after wedding cocktails.
7. Adorable Coffee Bean Wedding Favors
These adorable little coffee bean wedding favor jars can be made in under an hour – several of them, that is. They’re not expensive, especially if you have a collection of tiny jelly jars. Even if you have to buy all of the ingredients and materials, you’re still not spending much and your guests are going to adore their own little coffee bean gifts.
8. DIY Glitter Confetti Bags
Guests will love these little confetti bags, that you make with mini treat bags. Just add the glitter confetti when the bags are done and add in a special message for your guests. The bag serves as the favor and they can use the confetti to send you off in style when all of the festivities are over. Embellish your bags with the date of your wedding and a special thank you message that they can cherish for years to come.
9. Yummy Cookies In A Jar Wedding Favors
Everyone loves a good cookie, right? Instead of serving actual cookies to your guests as wedding favors, why not provide them with a cookie in a jar kit that they can make themselves at home? Cookies in a jar have been popular gifts for years and you don’t have to do large jars. If you’re on a tight budget, choose smaller jelly sized jars and just give them enough ingredients to make a half dozen or so cookies with each one.
10. Monogrammed Mug Wedding Favors
This project may be a bit complicated, particularly if you don’t have an iron clad RSVP list. But, you could do something aside from monogramming if you prefer. Create custom mugs with your own initials and the date of your wedding or if you know who will be at the wedding, you can make custom monogrammed mugs for each and every one of your guests to take home afterwards.
11. DIY Customized Drinking Glasses
Here in the South, mason jar drinking glasses are very common. Everyone has at least one in their cabinet, which makes these custom drinking glasses the perfect DIY wedding favor. They’re not at all expensive – you can get an entire case of mason jars for under $10. Then you just draw or paint the design that you want to include or even embellish it with the date of your wedding.
12. Customized Fortune Cookies
This is such a neat idea! You can buy fortune cookies in bulk from many different manufacturers. Once you get them – and this is a bit time-consuming – you just take tweezers and remove the fortune that is in them and replace it with your own special message. It’s a great way to get a customized fortune cookie without spending an actual fortune having the custom messages added.
13. DIY Burlap Coffee Or Tea Bags
These burlap coffee and tea bags are great and your guests are sure to love them. You can buy small burlap sacks or you can make them yourself – which is actually the least expensive option. Just add coffee beans or tea – or a combination of both – and then tie them up with ribbon or twine. You can put a label on them so that guests know what’s inside them and add a special message, too.
14. Homemade Extract Wedding Favors
Give the gift of deliciousness when you offer your guests these homemade extracts. You can choose any flavor that you want or make a combination of different flavors, labeling them so that guests can choose their favorites. The little bottles can be found at Hobby Lobby or any other craft supply store and they’re relatively inexpensive. The extracts are really simple to make and create a wonderfully unique wedding favor for your guests.
15. Homemade Granola Favors
Small jelly jars are perfect for housing homemade granola and your guests are going to really love this wedding favor. Granola is not at all difficult to make, or you could buy it already made and just pour it into the jars. Label your jars with a special thank you message to your guests and tie the lids up with twine or ribbon to make them extra-special.
16. DIY Lemon Body Scrub
Body scrub is a great gift to off your wedding guests. Once they’re home again after your special day, they can relax and exfoliate a bit. This is more a gift for women but there are plenty of men who enjoy a nice relaxing scrub now and again. You just make the scrub in bulk and then add it to mason or jelly jars. Add your special message on a label or tag and tie it all up with ribbon or twine.
17. Homemade Hot Cocoa Kit Favors
Treat your guests to a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate after the festivities with these homemade hot cocoa kit wedding favors. You can even add special flavors and labels so that guests can choose the ones they want or make all of your hot cocoa recipes the same and just add a label with your special thank you message and directions for whipping up their hot cocoa.
18. DIY Infused Oil Favors
Infusing your own oils is really easy and these are beautiful when they’re added to small bottles. They make wonderful wedding favors for your guests when you add a label with your names and special date – as well as the flavor of your oil. Small glass bottles can be found at any craft supply store and you can get the corks for the lids really cheap, as well.
19. DIY Lace Tambourine Favors
These little lace tambourines serve a dual purpose. Not only do they serve as a wonderful wedding favor for your guests, they also help your wedding attendees to really send you off on the honeymoon in style. They can shake their tambourines as you leave. These are easy to make and actually look really lovely on a table – they triple as décor for the wedding until the time comes for guests to grab them up.
20. Homemade Elderflower Jelly Wedding Favors
Guests will really love receiving this lovely jelly as their wedding favor. Now, you certainly don’t have to go with elderflower jelly. You can make any jelly that you want. The gist of the idea is to label the jelly jars with your names and even the date of your wedding. These are great for a rustic outdoor wedding and you can even add a small loaf of homemade bread – if you have a lot of time and really want to make your guests feel special.