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Easy to Make Bridal Shower Favors

Create inexpensive and charming gifts

By Jen Whitten

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Throwing a shower to celebrate the marriage of a close friend or family member is a rewarding task all in itself. You may even forget the expense of hosting the party once the bride smiles upon her entrance. Until then, consider ways to save money on all the planning aspects. While not mandatory, giving party favors is a way to show appreciation to all the guests who attend. Pre-made gifts can be costly when you buy one for each person, so it is important to find easy-to-make bridal shower favors to save time and money.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Recruit family members to help make favors.
  • Solidify the guest list before you purchase anything.
Making Inexpensive Gifts

Step 1:

Look for inexpensive items to combine in a small gift bag. You can create beautiful gifts using organza bags or tied sheets of tulle, regardless of your crafting ability level. Purchase bags of potpourri in the wedding colors or look for nail products if you prefer creating your own gift set.

Step 2:

Cut tulle into a square or circle roughly six inches in diameter. You can adjust the size based on your bridal shower favor size preference. Use scalloped scissors for a more finished look.

Step 3:

Place a small amount of potpourri in the center of the tulle. You want to use enough to create a plump ball when bunched, but not so much that you cannot contain it within the tulle. Gather the edges together to form a pouch around the potpourri. Be sure to let the edges fall over your fingers to create a poof.

Step 4:

Secure the sachet with a tiny rubber band. Even if you plan to finish with ribbon, you must ensure that the sachet does not spill open on your bridal shower guests by using a rubber band first.

Step 5:

Cover the rubber band with fabric or curling ribbon. Either tie the loose ends into a bow or allow them to flow freely.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Look for precut tulle sheets at the craft store to create bridal shower favors with ease.
  • Replace potpourri with birdseed or flower bulbs for a green shower favor.
  • Candles, votive holders and bath products are other ideas for your organza gift sets.
  • Wrap edible gifts in plastic first, never in tulle or organza, unless they have a shell or wrapping. Melted chocolate discolors the fabric and makes a mess.
  • If creating bags is not for you, look for clear boxes and fill them with colored jellybeans.

About the Author

Jen Whitten is a freelance writer and worked in the event and wedding planning fields.

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