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DIY State Ornament Tags

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This DIY that Anniemade created for us is great for both weddings and for the holidays coming up! These DIY state tags can be used as Christmas ornaments or wedding favors, and can be made any in state or other shape that strikes your fancy.

From Annie of Anniemade: Deceptively easy and practical to enjoy long after your big day, these tags are made from kids air-dry clay. You can simply customize with any cookie-cutter in your own state – or if you’re from two different states, make both! We’ll even show you how they can be favor thank you tags, gift tags, and escort cards for your reception. Moreover, they can also go on to become great ornaments for your friends and family to enjoy at the holidays.

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Here’s what you need:

– State-shaped Cookie Cutter (you can find many more states here)
– 5 lb tub of Crayola Air-Dry Clay (makes approximately 20 ¼” x 5” CA-shaped tags)
– Foam brush
– Gold acrylic paint (ours is Martha Stewart Yellow Gold)
– Bamboo Skewer
– Jute string or thin ribbon
– Parchment Paper
– Rolling pin

To add text layer:
– Graphite Transfer Paper (ours from Amazon)
– Pencil with eraser
– Painter’s Tape
– Regular computer paper
– Extra Fine Tip Black Paint Pen

Step 1: Play with the Clay

Set parchment paper out on a flat, hard surface like your dining or kitchen table.

Open your clay container and grab the approximate amount of large avocado. Roughly shape it in your hands into a ball that somewhat resembles the shape of your state.

Set the clay ball down on the parchment and use a rolling pin to roll the clay to a ¼” thickness or so. Our clay was sticky so we recommend rolling the pin very fast so it doesn’t get caught up on the roller.

If you’re making a bunch, you could roll out a much bigger rectangle of clay to be cut the same way you would cut a bunch of cookies from a large piece of dough.

DIY state ornaments via
DIY state ornaments via

Step 2: Cutting your state

Set your cookie cutter down on your flattened clay ball and push down firmly. Carefully peel away the excess clay around the cutter and place back in your clay container to use later.

While the clay is still in the cutter, use the flat end of your bamboo skewer to create a hole (where the string will eventually go) near the top of your state shape. Make sure the hole pushes cleanly through.

Then carefully press the clay out of the cookie cutter. If you get fingerprints on the piece, you can smooth them out using a few dabs of water.

Repeat for as many tags as you’d like to make in a batch. Set the shapes out on parchment and allow to dry for 2-3 days.

DIY state ornaments via
DIY state ornaments via

Step 3: Painting & Finishing your state

Set your gold paint and cover your now-dry white clay shapes. You can paint right on the parchment paper. We painted just the front of ours but you could paint both sides if you so chose.

When the paint has dried, cut a length of jute string or thin ribbon about 6-7 inches long. Fold it over on itself once and then use the pointed end of the bamboo skewer to push the ribbon through the hole you left in the clay state. Push, do not twist the skewer, as twisting can remove some of the gold paint.

Once pulled through, slide the open ends of the jute through the loop and your tag is ready to go!

DIY state ornaments via
DIY state ornaments via

Step 4: Adding Text

We added some rustic text using a graphite transfer method and a black paint pen. We measured the size of the space for text (about 1.5” x 3.5”) and typed our messages and names, such as “thank you.” The font is a free Google Web Font – IM Fell.

We printed this on computer paper as our template which we used painter’s tape to adhere to the gold tag.

Between the tag and the paper template, we slid a small piece of graphite transfer paper. Graphite paper is basically just a giant sheet of colored pencil that adheres when you push down on it- making it a great tool to transfer / trace any image or text.

Once the graphite (dark side touching the gold tag) is in place, use a pencil to press down firmly and trace each of the letters. When you finish, remove the paper and the graphite and you’ll have markings left for you to trace with a black paint pen.

When the paint pen dries, carefully use the pencil’s eraser to remove any visible graphite lines and you’re done! You can also use pre-set rubber stamps if you’re making larger quantities.

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DIY state ornaments via
DIY state ornaments via
DIY state ornaments via

View all step-by-step images here

Have fun! You can make these as escort cards hanging from manzanita branches, as place cards with guests’ names on them, as favors, as tags for packaginging… no matter how you customize them, you can display these as escort cards or favors on an intricate tree of Manzanita branches, for guests to take off each branch. Or for the holidays, go all out and place them on a Christmas tree!

Sweet Packaging + Free Download!

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It’s been much too long since our last printable! We are giddy to share this crazy good download designed by Rabbit Hole Design from Wedding Friends, a wedding site created by a team of talented wedding pros based in Pretoria, South Africa. Today they are sharing with us these botanical illustrated chocolate wrapper printables, so you can use them as favor packaging!

botanical wedding printables
botanical wedding printables
botanical wedding printables

Download chocolate wrappers

DIY Dip-Dye Ribbons

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The ladies from HEYLOOK created this quick Valentine’s Day gift packaging for the last minute gift you got your honey, complete with watercolor gift tags (also great for favors)! These lovely dip-dyed ribbons for packaging remind us of hand dyed silk ribbons, though for much less. You could use one of these ribbons and fabric stiffener or cornstarch to create a bow to embellish your a simple white wedding cake. Just sayin’.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

For this project, you will need:

– White cotton fabric (or any other non-synthetic fabric) torn or cut into strips. You can use muslin fabric (available at craft stores) or sheets
– Cloth dye or liquid fabric paint
– Water and dipping dishes

Prepare your fabric strips by rolling them into small rolls that will fit your dipping dishes. If you’re using fabric dye, follow the instructions on the package to prepare the dye (most likely you will need hot water). We used liquid fabric paint and mixed it with water in a ratio of 1:2. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. Just experiment a little.

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Dip the fabric rolls into the dye as shown on the picture. For the two colored ribbon, let the paint drip off a little, then turn the roll around and dip the other side into the other dye. For larger gradients, just let the roll sit in the dye for a moment until the paint is soaked through the roll about half way.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

For softer color, soak the fabric roll in water first, then dip shortly into paint. Try out different ways to get variating effects. Play around. Let the dipped rolls dry on a paper sheet until they are not wet anymore, only moist. Unroll and hang the ribbons to dry.

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pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's daypink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

Download Watercolor Favor tags. For personal use only.

Think Garnish


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We all know that sometimes the magic of a truly memorable wedding is in it’s details, and our sponsor Garnish knows all about incorporating beautiful, creative details into your special day, to make it personal and tailor-fit to you! Whether it’s wedding favor boxes tied in baker’s twine or personalized wine bottle labels, Garnish is the perfect resource for the sweet little details that your guests will remember.

From Garnish: Have you ever wondered what makes the difference between special and spectacular? It’s the Garnish! That little something extra that brings a sparkle to the eye and a giggle to the heart. Garnish products are blank canvases just waiting for your expression. Totally customizable, they offer infinite possibilities. Take this opportunity to let your personality shine through…and make every occasion a special occasion. It’s easier than you think to package life’s moments. All it takes, is a little Garnish.

Check out Garnish Blog for great ideas on how to use Garnish products.

Garnish is also giving a discount to Ruffled readers. Place an order and receive 15% off using the code ruffled15! Discount is valid thru November 15th, 2011.

DIY Clutch Bridal Shower Favors

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We’re reaching the final stretch of our DIY entries! All the entries are so amazing, it will be hard for the judges to pick the winners. As a sweet reminder, there is a lot at stake: first place will receive $500, second place will receive a $300 gift card to ModCloth and third place will receive a Silhouette Machine, a $299 value. Judges will be voting based on the following criteria: creativity, budget, originality and level of difficulty (or how easy it is for others to execute the project). To say that it will be hard for them to make a decision is a huge understatement.

Lauren made these bridal shower favor “clutch” boxes out of animal cracker boxes!

cracker box bridal clutch favors

animal cracker wedding favor box

List of Materials:

– animal cracker box
– 1 ply poster board/chipboard (from Michaels or Joanns)
– metal-edge ruler & x-acto knife & pencil
– tacky glue & hot glue with gun
– lace ribbon (about 12-14” per box)
– cotton fabric in your color/pattern of choice
flower template printed out on cardstock
– scissors
– spray starch
– steam iron
– scraps of contrasting fabric to use for flower backing and flower center
– candy, cookies, goodies to put inside!

diy paper petal flower pin

cracker wedding favor box

wedding favor box ideas

wedding paper flowers


Step 1. Disassemble an animal cracker box and lay flat on your 1 ply chipboard. Trace the box and then cut out with an x-acto knife. Cut the slits just like the real cracker box.

Step 2. Use a metal-edge ruler to fold the chipboard where necessary. If you would like to cover your box with patterned paper, do that now, using your box as a template and adhering with tacky glue. Then fold the box together and glue the bottom and side flaps with tacky glue.

Step 3. Using your x-acto knife, cut a ¼” slit on the small sides of the box.

Step 4. Cut about 12-14” of your lace ribbon. Insert each lace end into the slits. Use your x-acto knife to help you wedge in place, if necessary. Lace should be thick enough to stay in place without tying knots.

Step 5. Print out the flower template onto cardstock. Use an x-acto knife to cut out the templates.

Step 6. Trace two small flower templates and two large flower templates onto your fabric. Cut out the flowers with scissors.

Step 7. Place your flowers on an ironing board (or similar surface) and mist them with spray starch. After a few seconds, run an iron over the flowers a few times. The heat activates the spray and your flowers should become stiffer.

Step 8. Cut out each flower petal with scissors.

Step 9. With a small fold, pinch each petal to give it some depth. Use hot glue in the fold to maintain the shape. Repeat steps 11 and 12 with all the small and large petals.

Step 10. Glue five of the small petals back together again.

Step 11. Take the second set of five small petals and glue behind the first set to create depth. Repeat this with the two sets of large petals, so that you are slowly creating a blooming flower.

Step 12. Fold and adhere (with hot glue) a contrasting piece of fabric into the center of the flower. Using the same fabric, cut a small circle and adhere to the back of the flower. This fabric serves to cover your hot glue gun marks.

Step 13. Hot glue your flower to your box wherever you would like it.

bridal shower clutch wedding favors

wedding favor box bridal clutch flower

Fill your box with candy and enjoy!

DIY Wildflower Seed Favors

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Sarah made her own wedding favors using locally sourced wildflower seeds and test tubes for maximum packaging cuteness. The details were designed to a T, from the hand stamped initials on the beeswax seals to the tags.

 test tube wedding favor packaging

 wildflower seed wedding favors

What you’ll need:

– Plastic test tubes and corks from
– California Native Wildflower seeds from Eden Brothers
– Beeswax
– Cardstock paper. I added this poem printed on the tags: “Love is no hot-house flower, but a wild plant, born of a wet night, born of an hour of sunshine; sprung from wild seed, blown along the road by a wild wind. A wild plant that, when it blooms by chance within the hedge of our gardens, we call a flower; and when it blooms outside we call a weed; but, flower or weed, whose scent and colour are always, wild!”-John Galsworthy
– Hemp Twine from the craft store
– Metal printing press letters- put together to form our initials (repurposed from a vintage fleamarket)
– Stickers (made by my husband who is a graphic designer) to put on the tubes.

 eco friendly wedding favors

 test tube wedding ideas
Fill each test tube with Wildflowers. With a large needle or awl, punch a hole in the cardstock and run hemp twine through. Tie it in a knot. push the ends of the hemp twine down into the tubes, then put cork on to secure the poem cards. Heat the beeswax. Dip each cork into the beeswax and let cool slightly. Stamp the tops with the metal printing press letters.