DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging – Matchbox Favors Done 3 Ways

diy matchbook favor boxes

Guest favors don’t have to be big and brilliant (read expensive) to wow your guests. All they really need is plenty of layers of lovely. Adding textures and details like lace ribbons, vintage charms and dried floral to any container, box or baggie, goes miles to impress guests with a thoughtful presentation that’s just as pretty, if not more so, than the trinkets inside. Need some visuals to get your started? Check out what our play on textures and colors did for one little white matchbox.

Look #1: Vintage Vibes

Some combinations make for undeniable classics. Mix delicate lace with a raw muslin ribbon and an antique key charm for a guaranteed vintage vibe.

The Supplies

diy vintage matchbox favor supplies

  • white matchbox paper favor box
  • 1.5″ wide strand of blue raw muslin ribbon and 1″ wide strand of white lace, to be used as the main / base box wrap.
  • thin strips of lace, raw muslin ribbon and white satin ribbon, to be added as layers on top of the base wrap
  • paper flower
  • glue gun, to secure all details in place
  • antique key charm  (attach to box with the thin strand of ribbon)

The Details

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Look #2: Rustic Elegance

Present traditionally rustic elements in soft pink hues for the perfect blend of the casual and the elegant.

The Supplies

diy rustic matchbox favor supplies

The Details

diy rustic matchbox favor rustic design personalized stamp dried pink flowers

Look #3: Sealed with Love

Add a sense of old world charm to your favor trim by incorporating a pewter wax seal as the finishing touch.

The Supplies

diy matchbox favor supplies

The Details

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: One Nest. Three Ways.

mini natural bird nest

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that DIY accents are like a tiny bit of magic. After all, they have the power to transform a look with their accenting touch. By the simple addition of texture, or color, you can add instant thematic appeal. Appreciating there may be some naysayers out there who may not instantly buy into the notion, I’m putting the theory to the test today on a simple little birdie nest. With just a bit of trim and a special filler, I managed to create three different looks. And truth be told, I’m not sure which one I love more. You be the judge!

Look #1: Woodland Wonder

woodland themed nest favor

featured here: miniature natural nest favor (sold in packages of 12), miniature ceramic birds (sold in packages of 8), burlap wrap by the roll (cut down to size), and a suggested personalized tag from the Woodland Pretty Collection

The Supplies

woodland themed nest fravor - diy supplies

Look #2: Rustic Charm


featured here: miniature natural nest favor (sold in packages of 12), craft paper twine, and a suggested personalized in the Dandelion Wishes design

The Supplies

rustic themed nest fravor - diy supplies

Look #3: Shabby Chic

shabby chic themed nest favor

featured here: miniature natural nest favor (sold in packages of 12), mini wooden clip (sold in packages of 24) and a suggested personalized in the Equestrian Love  design

The Supplies

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So, Which One’s Your Favorite?

We simply can’t decide. Comment below on which look you like best to help us choose! And if you want to browse and be inspired by more favor options, be sure to check out and shop hundreds of them over at



DIY Wedding Reception Ideas: Treating Your Guests the Shabby Chic Way

DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor

They’ve attended the ceremony and enjoyed the cocktail hour. Expectations have been set high for a great wedding reception. Start things off on the right note with a yummy treat, ready and waiting for your guests as they take their seats. Sure beats the traditional bread basket! Here’s the how to on pulling this shabby chic themed treat together.

The Supplies 

DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor supplies

The Step by Step

shabby chic themed wedding favor step by step, steps 1 through 3

Step 1: Using the bag as your guide, measure out and cut your ribbon lengths, just so they slightly overlap in the back of your bag
Step 2: On the back side of the bag, glue the wider ribbon first
Step 3: Glue the other ribbon on top of the first, for a layered effect

shabby chic themed wedding favor step by step

Step 4: Glue on your button {Tip: off center button location works best}
Step 5: Add your stamp

The {Pretty} End Result 

Completed DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor

And that’s it. It’s that easy! And personalizing the look is just as simple. Consider changing the type and color of the ribbon,  use a different bag, or play around with your stamp options. Any of these simple adjustments will change up the look to suit your wedding design and theme to perfection.

Looking for More Shabby Chic DIY Ideas and Inspiration?

Then check out the Burlap Chic inspiration feature in this year’s issue of the Weddingstar magazine, available online and on all major newsstands, or shop the look here.