For our wedding favors, we wanted to be able to give our guests something unique and handmade to take home with them to remember our special day. My sister and I came up with the idea to make personalized mini jars of honey with ribbon-tied fabric tops. Robbie and I both love honey, and the name Melissa actually means "honeybee," so this was perfect for us. These favors are especially cool in that they can be used for any type of party, not just weddings. Today, my sister and Matron of Honor Morgan is going to share how she made these pretty little favors, and show you how you can make them too!
Hello Bubby and Bean readers! I'm still beaming from Melissa and Robbie's wedding on Saturday. It was beautiful, with so much attention to detail. They worked for many months to make almost everything themselves, and created an atmosphere that combined vintage and modern, rustic and urban, with a handcrafted touch. Getting to be a part of that through these honey favors was so much fun.
Before you start, find a nice big table or area of the floor to work on, and get together all of your supplies.
A note about the labels: I was lucky because Melissa is very handy when it comes to graphic design (have you seen her art shop?!), and she designed them herself. But you don't need to be a designer or a Photoshop or Illustrator pro to make these favors look pretty. Just some text on the labels with your names and wedding date, the name of your event or party, or even a quote or poem works, and you can use a simple program like Word for that.
2. Use your pinking shears* to cut your fabric into 4x4 inch squares. Cut enough for each jar. (*Scissors with a zigzag pattern that prevents fraying and creates a pretty edge)
3. Set a fabric square on top of the lid of a jar, and fold excess over the edges. Then pull a clear hair tie or rubberband over the top to hold the fabric in place. Repeat for each jar.
4. Cut your ribbon into 8-10 inch pieces with your pinking shears or a regular pair of scissors. Cut enough pieces for all of the jars.
5. Tie a ribbon around each jar and secure with a knot. If you'd prefer a bow to a simple knot, you'll need to cut your ribbon strips 2-3 inches longer. Fold the ends of each tied ribbon in half with your fingers, and trim at an angle from where the corners meet toward the fold to create a decorate v-cut.
|Photo by Danielle Moses|
Thanks for letting me share this tutorial with you! If you decide to make these favors for an occasion, make sure to leave a comment or contact Bubby and Bean to let us know. Melissa and I would love to see them!
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