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Test-Tube Favors

I am recently obsessed with Handmade Weddings: More Than 50 Crafts to Personalize Your Big Day by Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle and Shana Faust, and loved their idea for Test-Tube Favors. Not only are they inexpensive, they look polished and can be used to gift teas, herbs, candies, and even flavored salts.

See below for step-by-step instructions from Handmade Weddings: More Than 50 Crafts to Personalize Your Big Day so you can make your very own.

Level: Easy
Time: 6 to 8 hours
When to start: 1 to 2 weeks before the wedding
Budget: $50 to $75

Materials
Makes 100 favors
• 1 yard muslin or lightweight canvas
• One hundred 18-x-150-mm glass rimless test tubes with corks
• Approximately 4 ounces (50 cups) loose tea, candy, herbs, or flavored salts (we recommend staying away from liquids)
• Brown ink pad
• One hundred 3-mm gray eyelets
• 100-foot length thin yarn or twine

Tools
• Favor Tag Template available at Chronicle Books
• Font: Remington Weather
• Rotary cutter
• Ruler
• Cutting mat
• 1/8-inch hole punch
• Eyelet setter (available at craft supply stores)

How To
1. Prep your Peg-Board
Lay newsprint on the floor of your work area, and lean your Peg-Board against a wall or table on top of it. If using, roll a coat of paint onto the board. Let it dry. Apply another layer if desired. Trim the kraft paper into panels that are sufficient to cover the back of your Peg-Board completely. Affix to the back of your Peg-Board with glue dots.

2. Decorate your clothespins.
Affix a strip of decorative tape along the length of each clothespin. Smooth it flat. Trim off any excess with a craft knife. Repeat on the other side.

3. Print your seating cards.
Using a word-processing program or the Peg-Board Seating Card template, customize your seating cards. Print them using an inkjet printer onto text-weight paper; because they are printed on both sides (guest’ s names on the front, table number on the back), print at least one test run to ensure proper alignment. Trim along the crop marks provided using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat.

4. Assemble your seating chart.
Decide how you would like to space your rows of seating cards. For each clothespin, thread an 8-inch length of wire through the spring. Insert the wire ends into a hole in the Peg-Board, pierce through the kraft paper, twist a few times to secure the clothespin, and flatten the ends against the board, trimming with scissors if necessary. If desired, secure the wire ends with masking tape (recommended if you are transporting the assembled board to your venue). Clip your seating cards to your clothes-pins in alphabetical order.

Posted by Milena Canizares

2011-09-29, 10:40:43

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