How to Make Your Own Party Favors and Favor Tags

It's easy to design your own favor tags, table cards or drink charms using desktop publishing software or scrapbook crafts programs.

Here's a how to guide for using small clip art to make your own gift tags, shower tags or personalized wedding favor tags and a few ideas for choosing or making your small gifts.

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Handmade with Love

Hand crafted and personalized wedding favors are a great way to show appreciation and thanks to your wedding party and wedding reception guests.

Favor keepsakes are a gift from you to your guests as a remembrance and thank-you for sharing your special day - your wedding - and they will help guests remember the day and the date for years to come.

Personalized Wedding Favors

Your wedding is all about sharing your special day with the people you love and what better way to keep the memory strong than by choosing a wedding favor and coordinating favor tag that remind your guest of you and your partner and the day you were married.

Wedding favors are also a thank you gift you present to guests, a small but thoughtful token for them to take home after the reception. Carefully chosen wedding favors don't end up in a junk drawer, they get used or displayed by guests, so take time to select your favors carefully.

Use your favors as part of your wedding reception decoration - arrange favors in baskets or groups on tables around the room.

If you have more than one type of favor, present selections of each type on all favor tables so guests can select the favor they like best.

You'll need to add a personalized gift tag to customize your wedding favor. You can use favor tags for other purposes for your party such as gift tags for wedding party presents, scrapbook embellishments and keepsakes for your photo album.

There are thousands of wonderfully creative favors available, or you can make your own. The most difficult things you'll need to do are deciding on a favor - or several - and designing the favor tags.

Personalized DIY Favor Ideas

Personalized favors can be used to make your wedding even more memorable for your guests. A custom favor and matching tag will add that special touch to your wedding.

Your wedding location, the season of the year and your wedding theme are all great ways to get ideas for memorable wedding favors and customized favor tags.

For a garden wedding, a small candle or candle lantern make a nice favor that guests will use for years after. Another popular garden wedding favor is a package of flower bulbs or wildflower seeds.

For an autumn wedding consider small bottles of maple syrup or jam with a personalized favor tag. You can include recipes along with the favor.

For a seaside wedding, seashell and flip flop motif favors are popular. Coasters in these shapes make nice beach wedding favors as do keychains, bottle openers, candles and drink charms.

For a destination wedding, give your guests luggage tags with your design motif and colors.

Design Tips for Favor Crafters

Here are a few simple and effective tips for designing and assembling custom wedding favors and wedding favor tags.

1. Choose a favor and tag to coordinate with your wedding theme. Design the favor tags using your wedding colors, and if there's a unique shape that also goes along with your theme - for example a maple leaf or a seashell or fancy swirl - try to use a sticker or cutout with that shape.

2. Order your tags in plenty of time before your wedding. Plan to order wedding favor tags at least 6 weeks for the the wedding date in case you discover a problem or need to reorder.

3. Have a favor making party with friends or family members. Organize the materials and steps for assembly, then assign a task to each person: one can punch holes, one can tie on ribbons, one can add embellishments, one can attach the tag to the favor.

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