DIY Wedding Favors for Under $2

I have seen every kind of wedding favor there is in the last decade. I received a package of flower seeds to plant, M&M’s with the Bride’s and Groom’s faces, a heart shaped letter opener, the list goes on and on. The flower seeds never made it out of my Coach leopard clutch I used at the wedding, the M&M’s were in my mouth before the shuttle got back to the hotel and I have no clue what I did with that letter opener.

So when it came time to our wedding I had to think long and hard with what I wanted our guests to leave with. I wanted them to have something that they could keep and use, while at the same time not creating a massive dent in our already expanding wedding budget. After some pining on Pinterest, I came to the conclusion that we were going to make  our own “Redneck Wine Glasses”. It was perfect; we were using mason jars for decorations already, the wedding had a rustic/country theme and we had invited some rednecks!

Instead of buying 225 mason jars, I first decided to ask any friends or family if they had any  lying around- clearly unused and clean. In total we received about 150 from family so we only had to purchase 75 more. I waited until I saw them on sale either at Joann Fabrics, or Christmas Tree Shops and bought them for less than a dollar a pop.

Next it was off to find candle stick bases. Did you know that lets you order directly on the website and has free shipping to stores?  That’s awesome! So I ended up only paying $1, plus tax, per each candle stick.

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After I had the mason jars and candle sticks in hand, it was time to test out adhesive. I tested a few types and the one that sealed the deal for me (see what I did there) was Loctite Quick Set Epoxy Syring.

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With my pieces all set, it was time to put these bad boys together. Luckily I have a helpful family who enjoys DIY-ing. The first step was to sand the top of the candlestick just a little so the glue had some crevices to stick into.

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We then added the glue to the bottom inner circle of the mason jars. We weren’t stingy because we didn’t want these to come apart; we wanted the jars on good and tight for our wedding guests beverages.

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We then kept the mason jar bottom side up and placed the candlestick into the glue. We held it there for a few seconds to make sure the glue had adhered and then left the “wine glasses” to dry upside down overnight, just for good measure.

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After we got all 225 glasses done, we took turns washing them to make sure they were clean and ready to go for our big day. All in all these favors ended up running us around $1.50 each. How can you beat that for a unique wedding favor that your guests can keep and actually use again?!

 The final product was above and beyond what I pictured in my head. I also attached a brown kraft paper tag with a “Thank you for sharing our special day with us” message on one side and our initial on the other. All of our wedding guests loved these different wedding favors.

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