DIY Wedding Favors with a Personalized Touch
Do I have a life? Yes. Did this take an obscene amount of time? Yes. Did my entire basement/living room/man-room/man cave magically turn into a craft hut? Yes. Did it look like Michaels and Hobby Lobby exploded all over my house for 6 months? Oh yes. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.
This, by far, was my favorite part of the entire wedding. Forget the dress, the rings, the ceremony, planning, etc. Ok, maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but you get the idea!
Cheap Wedding Favors Made From Tiles
I decided that every single guest at my wedding should have a set of 4 home made tile coasters for a wedding favor. For me, this meant 800 total coasters. So we know that they are awesome, but what I am going to tell you next is going to make you positively giddy. They are less that $1.00 per set. If you are looking for cheap wedding favors these coasters are the answer! You can’t even buy a wedding favor for cheaper than $1.00! We made personalized wedding favors using a monogrammed stamp for our guests. I also made a non-monogrammed set for our vendors (photographer, pastor, etc.).
“How do I make them?! How do I make them?!” You ask? The actual coaster itself is a tile. Yes, like a bathroom tile on the wall of a bathroom. There are several different types, styles, sizes and colors. I went to Home Depot and selected the basic square white tile for 18 cents. You can buy them per tile or in bulk. I bought them in packages of 80.
Materials Needed for Personalized Wedding Favors
Tools and additional items you will need:
- Optional monogram stamp (I ordered mine from Blooming Babies… wonderful product and excellent personal customer service)
- Scrapbook patterned paper (I bought a book of 250 12×12 sheets)
- Paper cutter
- Modge Podge
- Foam paint brush
- Waterproof acrylic coating
- Roll of foam, cork or felt (for the non-skid backs)
- Gorilla glue or another type of really good craft glue
- Twine or ribbon to tie the coasters together
- The entire DVD collection of Sex and the City
Directions to Make Your Wedding Favors
- Begin by cutting a stack of paper to the desired size. Leave enough room for a quarter inch border on the tile.
- If using a monogram, stamp it on the paper after you cut a good sized stack of paper. For my wedding favors, each set of 4 had only one tile that was stamped with our monogram. The other 3 were just the decorative paper.
- Paint a layer of modge podge on the tile. Immediately position the paper on the tile. Smooth out the air bubbles. Immediately paint another layer of modge podge on the top of the paper. Put aside. Repeat on another tile.
- If an air bubble forms after you have set the tile down, dip your finger in the modge podge and smooth out the bubble with your finger. It may take a handful of tiles to get the hang of it. You may want to practice with other paper.
- Let dry completely. Give or take 20 minutes.
- I did 3 layers of modge podge then let them sit over night to ensure complete dryness. Depending on the thickness of the paper, you may want to do more or less coats of the modge podge.
- Put on one coat of the waterproof acrylic coating. Let dry over night to ensure complete dryness.
- Cut roll of foam into stacks. I cut my foam the same size as the paper. You can also use felt or cork. I’ve tested all three and like the foam the best. Cork is a little more expensive than foam or felt.
- Adhere the glue to the tile and position the foam on it. If using gorilla glue, note: it EXPANDS! In order to get the gorilla glue to grip, Stack the tiles on top of each other to “weigh” them down for a tight fit. Let glue dry completely, over night.
- Take the twine and tie a stack of 4 together like a present. I positioned the tile with the monogram to go on top.
Have fun :)