5.24.2013

wedding favors

So this is another guest post from my bestie, Kate. I love that she's starting to share some "old" wedding goods that haven't been shared before [she's so creative and I love everything she did for her big day]. I think favors are one of the funnest parts of a wedding. They really let the personality of the bride and groom shine through. We did homemade hot sauce with spicy labels. Here's their cute and affordable favors...




This time last year, my husband and I were up to eyeballs in wedding projects. Being cheap, crafty, and on a tight budget, we ended up infusing d-i-y into almost everything. FYI: we got hitched on a mountain side on October 11 so, I’m just gonna share little snippets here and there. You know, to build up the suspense ;)



One of the first (and easiest) projects we tackled was our favors.  We knew from the get-go that we wanted our favors to be useful (no knickknacks, magnets, frames, etc), affordable ($1 or less), and nature inspired (the hubs is a bit of a bird freak – I say that with love). Our solution: birdseed hearts!



Here’s what you’ll need: (this makes about 20 hearts, so adjust accordingly)

-4 cups of birdseed
-3 tablespoons of corn syrup
-1 packet of unflavored gelatin
-½ cup water
-½ cup flour
-parchment paper
-heart shaped cookie cutter (other shapes would be cute, too!)
-twine



In a large bowl, whisk together the corn syrup, gelatin, flour, and water. After you get a cohesive goo going on, pour in the birdseed. Stir the mixture well and make sure the birdseed is completely coated.




Go ahead, roll up your sleeves and use your hands - it’s fun! Next, lay down some parchment paper and grease the inside of your cookie cutter. Trust me, don’t skip this step! If you do, it won’t be pretty. Fill the cookie cutter half way with the birdseed mixture, pressing it down firmly. Take a piece of twine and place it at the top of the heart. Then fill the rest of the cookie cutter with the birdseed mixture, again pressing down firmly to compact it. Gently lift the cookie cutter up and it should slide right off.






Transfer your wet birdseed heart to a drying rack (not pictured) and let dry for several days. It is very important to make sure it dries thoroughly – otherwise you might end up with a moldy heart. After your hearts are nice and dry, they can be stored in a ziplock bag for up to 2 months.




Aren’t they adorable hanging in the tree? What bird wouldn’t love a heart shaped snack??
We ended up customizing some muslin bags for our heart favors (scored on Etsy, $30 for 100 bags) and placed them in a basket with a sign proclaiming our love and gratitude for all of our guests, see:


-Kate



Don't you just love it?? I was so impressed with Katie during the whole wedding prep [like, an entire year]. I waited a little too last minute and ended up rushing through things. Bob and Katie planned everything down to the smallest detail and even did "test runs." I can't make that up. 

Oh and to top it off, we're making this post all about Kate. Turns out, she's the lucky winner of Rebecca's headbands! I swear it wasn't rigged- but I couldn't figure out how to save a picture of the random number generator. So boo to that! 

7 comments:

  1. Love those! That's so cute and unique!!

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    1. I'd say thanks but that might be taking credit ;)

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  3. man... where was this post 3 years ago! haha, such a fantastic idea - love the little bags made for them as well :)

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  4. I am trying to make these for Christmas gifts, and am having some trouble. How do you transfer the wet heart to a drying rack? When I start to move it, it just falls apart. Thanks! Such a cute idea!

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    1. I'm so sorry it isn't working out for you! Here's just a few thoughts... Maybe the mixture is too wet and needs more seed to firm up? Are you trying to transfer too soon? And if those don't work all I can think of is maybe the temperature isn't allowing them to set up properly. Maybe it's too warm? Let me know if any of those tips work for you or not- and I'll keep brainstorming!

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    2. And also make sure it's packed in tight in the cookie cutter- and that you can use the cookie cutter to transfer it to the rack and then loosen it up there. Hope that helps!

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