But...I'm about the reveal the wedding favor for the men. It is costing me less than $0.25/favor. Yeah baby!
And here it is...
Those are matchboxes made with pages of a book. And if you didn't know what the initials stand for...Mike & Heidi.
If you want to try this...here's what I did...
I used the top of a matchbox to make a "guide" or template out of card stock.
Then I used the guide to trace a box on the book page I was using.
This was the book I used. I picked this one because it is one of our favorite authors & we have another copy.
After I cut two rectangular pieces from the guide, I used a glue stick to secure them on either side of the matchbox.
At first, I took a page, glued it on top of the matchbox & then trimmed the edges. I've got to do a ton of these, so using the guide seemed faster.
I got these letter stamps from Michael's for a couple of bucks with a 40% off coupon & the stamp pad cost $0.99.
Then I took the stamps & added our initials.
Side note: I tried the book pages with both the words going from left to right as well as up & down. I prefer the up & down because it gave a contrast with the initials.
I tied two matchboxes together & there is our cheap, quick & meaningful favor for the manly men. (Every time I hear the term "manly men", I think of Two & a Half Men...anyone else do the same? No? Okay...I'm alright with being a little "off" ;p)
I actually prefer this tied around the boxes over the rope. What do you think?
Here's another angle...
I also wanted to see what it would look like if the book pages were darker...ya know...had more of an antique look to them.
I started by dying them in tea (coffee would probably work too). To do this, I just heated a tea bag in 3/4c. of water for a couple minutes in the microwave. Then soaked the page for about 5 minutes.
Then I let it dry. Well...I waited for about 20-30 minutes & it still wasn't dry so I used my hair dryer to finish the job.
Here is how it looks contrasted with the original page...
And here is the finished project, next to the original one.
I like the dyed one but for times sake, I think I may stick with the original one.
The cool thing about this is you could still end up with a cheap favor & used scrapbook paper in your wedding colors or even wrapping paper.
What do you think?
While we're on the subject of cheap favors, I came across and adorable favor for a kids camping party!
This is from a blog called Three Pixie Lane. She did an adorable, penny-pinching outdoor party for her child & you will love it.
The party favors were red bandanas with goodies inside tied around a stick! How cute, huh?
These were the goodies inside. Everything I'd need for a camping trip! :p
Do you have any cute & p4p-worry favor ideas? (p4p = parties for pennies)