Let’s face it – sometimes ‘do-it-yourself’ isn’t easier or cheaper. Especially when you factor in the amount of time you end up dedicating to the project. Let’s highlight some fast DIY wedding favors and trims that you can knock out in a weekend (or less!)

Cake Toppers

These projects come compiled courtesy The Knot. For full instructions and links, check out “9 DIY Cake Toppers That You Can Make In An Hour.” Some of our favorites…

  • Crocheted doily hearts: All you need is a crocheted doily, kebab skewers and fabric stiffener (or glue and water). Follow the instructions on Project Wedding to make these cute cake toppers with a vintage flair.
  • Art deco cupcake topper: These super easy toppers only require stiff paper in your choice of colors (and sparkles), scissors, toothpicks and a hot glue gun. Glittery, glamorous and festive! Check out the instructions and photos on Circus Berry.
  • Piñata hearts: Whimsical and sweet, these fringed tissue paper hearts are perfect for a bright and fun wedding. All you need is some poster board, crepe paper, scissors, glue and skewers. Follow the directions at Minted.
Piñata hearts DIY wedding cake toppers

Piñata hearts DIY wedding cake toppers, tutorial over at Minted.


Cocktail Stirrers

  • Feather stirrers: These would be great for a bachelorette party or wedding – ultra glam and easy to customize.  You need feathers, skewers, ribbon for the trim, glue and scissors (or buy the kit from Darby Smart). And these instructions, courtesy of 100 Layer Cake.
  • Faceted stirrers: Perfect for a modern wedding. Buy faceted wooden beads at a craft store along with a selection of acrylic paints in your wedding colors (plus, bamboo skewers, brushes, and a hot glue gun). Follow the directions from Confetti Pop.
  • Striped ribbon flags: It doesn’t get much easier than this. In fact, you could probably enlist your flower girl to do these with you. All it takes is ribbon, scissors and skewers. Ribbon with wire might be easier to work with, or if you pick a droopy ribbon, consider a touch of fabric stiffener to make the ribbon fly. Tutorial at A Kiss of Colour.
DIY Wedding Feather Drink Stirrers

DIY Feather Drink Stirrers tutorial on 100 Layer Cake

Wedding DIY Feather Drink Stirrers


Foodie Favors

  • Sriracha salt: Fancy salts make perfect gifts because few people will splurge on them for themselves, yet it’s something everyone can use. Making them yourself is way easier than you imagined. Ramshackle Glam has a recipe for Sriracha salt in which literally all you do is mix salt and Sriracha, spread it out on a baking sheet and let it sit for a day or two. Making citrus salts is equally easy.
  • Homemade granola: Fall wedding? Try pumpkin seed granola (see this simple recipe from New York magazine). Winter wedding? Go for brown sugar and winter spice granola (recipe from San Francisco’s top-notch Blue Bottle coffee roaster). Try a berry granola for summer, or a honey-and-nut recipe for spring. And you can serve it prettily – try a glass jar with ribbon and label, colorful paper boxes, or a simple cellophane bag with raffia.
  • Limoncello: Bright, colorful and, of course, boozy, who wouldn’t want to take one of these pretties home? This lemon-flavored Italian liquer is super easy to make at home in bulk. Follow this recipe from The Knot and you won’t go wrong. You can serve it up in mini stoppered bottles with homemade tags tied around the neck or labels pasted on.
DIY Wedding Favors

Homemade Limoncello, recipe via The Knot


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