If you are hosting a bridal shower, you know how important it is to pick just the right favors. The favors for a bridal shower do not have to be extravagant, but they should be charming and special. Make the parting gifts even more delightful by trying out one of these diy ideas for bridal shower favors.
Even if you are not the crafty type, there is something that you can make. There are tons of kits and books available to help lead you through the process step by step. Even if they are not quite as perfect as what you could buy in a store, a handmade shower favor has a sweet charm that could never be matched by something that was mass produced. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to make sample batches if you are trying something new.
Candles always make lovely favors. One idea is to make the candles themselves. Any craft store will have kits to help you customize candles just for your party. You can choose from different shapes, colors, and even fragrances. Classic feminine motifs like flowers are always pretty, or select a design that matches the theme of the bridal shower or an interest of the bride's. Handrolled beeswax candles can also be lovely.
A variation on this idea is to focus on an interesting candle holder. Did you know that it is very easy to frost your own glass? You simply put a sticker on the area that you would like to remain clear, and then paint on a special etching solution that frosts any glass that is not covered. It creates a beautiful effect, and you can choose any design that you like, such as stars, flowers, or even the first initial of each guest. For more drama, select a colored glass votive holder. Simply fill each one with a tea light, and you will have beautiful one-of-a-kind favors.
Soap is something else that is a great diy favor project. Start by choosing a clear or cream soap base. Then pick a favorite color or two, and layer in a scent. The liquid soap is then poured into special molds to harden. Think about using a mold that ties in with the shower. For instance, if you were going with a tropical theme, you could use seashell shaped molds and coconut scent. A springtime shower would be a great excuse to create lilac scented soaps. You can also layer other colors and forms into clear glycerin soaps to make your design really unique and personal. Soap favors work best when you stack two or three bars for each gift or make a small bag with five or more tiny guest soaps.
You can't go wrong with edible favors, which can also be simple enough for a novice. Craft stores have easy to use candy molds and meltable chocolate for creating tasty and pretty candy favors. Handmade chocolate truffles or chocolate dipped strawberries are other great favor ideas for the novice. If you are an experienced canner, by all means treat your guests to a jar of your signature jam or relish.
Don't forget about the packaging for your favors, as it is what will truly make them special. Wrap a set of soap in a handmade piece of paper, tie it up with a beautiful ribbon, and finish it off with a wax seal. For candy, glassine bags with custom labels featuring the bride's name are adorable. And brides, don't neglect thanking your hardworking friend for throwing you the perfect bridal shower! Special thank you gifts for a bridesmaid who hosted a bridal shower would include a small piece of jewelry, a handmade photo album, or a silver frame with a picture of the two of you in it. (Of course this would be in addition to the bridesmaid jewelry you give her for being in your wedding.)
Making bridal shower favors can be easier than you think. There are so many kits out there that make it a snap to create your own unique gifts. Let your creative juices flow, and having fun with a great diy favor project that will help to make the bridal shower special and memorable.