Saturday, June 18, 2011

~~~~ROMANTIC WEDDING FAVOR BOXES~~~~ Baby Shower and Christening, too

~ROMANTIC WEDDING FAVOR BOXES~
(Left Click Pictures to Enlarge!)

When my daughter, Adrienne, was engaged to her solider-beau, Micah, we had the grandest time planning her September '07 wedding.  I was so blessed to be a big part of her dream day and together (with LOTS and LOTS of HELP!) we managed to pull off a celebration that will last within our hearts forever...
 ~GREAT DISCOUNT STORE DEAL~
(Two Boxes of 25 for $4.99 each)
 During those hectic, but exciting, days we were constantly on the lookout for ideas for favors and gifts for her wedding guests and attendants.  I can't remember now how many creamy white strawberry sachets we decorated for wedding keepsake gifts, but I know it was over 200...probably 300!  I was sooo sick of them I never thought I'd evahhhh make another one!
 ~WHITE TO CREAM~
(Boxes Were "Baked" to Age)

Every single one of those fragrant little beauties were boxed in simple cream colored boxes and wrapped in off-white embossed wedding paper.  Pretty silk soft white ribbons and bows were used as complements and creamy white mulberry roses, too.  The boxes were almost as pretty as the sachet themselves!  Timeless yet elegant.
~TIED UP WITH SIMPLE RAYON RIBBON~

Just after Christmas I was shopping in one of our local discount stores when I came across two boxes of 25 count Favor Boxes.  They came with the melting chocolates and a mold to make wedding cake shaped chocolates.  They'd been marked down to $4.99 each (per 25 boxes).
 ~BEAUTIFUL FRENCH LACE~

At the time I didn't know about any special occasions being planned, but even so it was the little BOXES that I wanted...not so much the chocolate or the mold.  At some point someone is always getting married so there are lots of weddings, baby showers, etc. to attend! Who could go wrong for less than $5?
~LOTS OF SWEET SILVER CHARMS~

Today I'm showing you a mini-sized tutorial on how you can transform great (but rather plain) boxes like those from the Favor Kit (or those found at your local craft store) into fabulous keepsake boxes for a wedding, shower or even a Christening celebration.
~DECORATING IS SO FUN~

I started by "baking" the white boxes six at a time in a slow oven for 1 hour at 250 degrees*.  I wanted them "aged" as they were tooooo new looking for me!  I watched that first batch like a hawk.  I was afraid I was going to blow up my oven (or burn my house down!).

*NO WARRANTY IS IMPLIED OR GIVEN HERE!  :)  WATCH WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND DON'T LEAVE YOUR KITCHEN and/or YOUR OVEN UNATTENDED!

NOT EVAHHHH!
~VINTAGE LACE and ROSES~

After the outside of the boxes were "baked" to a soft creamy white I let them cool for about 15 minutes.  The lid was then wrapped in four-square style  with ribbon.
 ~PAPER LACE SHELF EDGING~

The tops were then decorated using vintage laces, ribbons, parchment roses and tiny silver charms.  You can absolutely use new ribbons, laces and trims...  Just choose smaller style trims and keep your main flower no bigger than about the size of a half-dollar.
 ~SOOO VINTAGE LOOKING~ 

The base of the boxes were wrapped (lightly glued in place) in paper lace edging and trimmed to fit.  I've had this edging for years and years so it was already softly faded to just the right color.  I'd think you could bake it, too!  I'd just be REALLY, REALLY CAREFUL if I were you! 

Once filled all you have to do is pop the lid back on and you are done!

Easily personalized with computer or hand addressed labels, too!
~SWEET FOR A BABY BOY CHRISTENING~ 

Lovely when filled with chocolates for an elegant wedding or other candies or keepsakes for special baby shower party or luncheon!
~A PRESENT IN ITSELF~

I think the boxes are so petite and sweet they'd be darling turned into a keepsake Christmas Ornament as well!  Wouldn't they be wonderful with a lock of baby's hair tucked inside?  For an ornament just hot glue a loop of tiny ribbon onto one of the corners of the box, add a dainty little bow and wah-lah...

~SWEETLY DISPLAYED~

Hope you enjoyed this Mini-How-To!  If you have any question just shoot me an email!  OK?

Hope your weekend is wonderful!  I'll be out junking and slummin' (aka:  Tag Sale Shopping).

Love to you...

20 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

Oh goodness what lovely boxes all prettied up!! I love the idea of aging them - what a neat idea!

You are so wonderfully creative- thank you for sharing with us!

bee blessed
mary

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

They are LOVELY!
:)
~Becca~

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Rebecca,

Thanks so much for this sweet tutorial on these darling boxes! I saved it to my computer in hopes that someday I will find the time to be able to try these myself!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Amy Jo said...

What beautiful boxes... thanks for sharing them.

Amy Jo

Oklahoma Granny said...

Perfection!

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

Absolutely precious!
xojana

Rita said...

Absolutely gorgeous boxes. But then everything you do is always beautiful! You are such a talented lady! Thanks for the tutorial. If I ever get another computer to replace mine, I'll have to go back and look this over again.

KatyDidStitches said...

LOVE these, Rebecca! I embellish my keepsake ornaments in a similar fashion (aside from the "baking" LOL)...but I never thought of trying this on a little box! Gorgeous!

Kathy

Marilyn said...

Oh Boy!! Now maybe I should have an event so I can make these!! (Just kidding)........LOL!!
Just love your tutorial... Very complete & easy to follow!!
Take care.....
Love Ya'!
Marilyn

Our Back Porch said...

Oh, these are wonderful! I wouldn't have thought about baking the boxes. Simply lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rebecca

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I've never even thought of "aging" boxes, but what a terrific idea!! Everything you make is sooo pretty, girlfriend! An empty box from you would be like Christmas to me!! :0)

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wow honey these are just to pretty.
So wish some of your creativeness would rub off on this ole grandma in Texas. lol
Been trying to leave you a comment for a while lets hope this one works.
Hope your having a wonderful Saturday.
Love
Maggie

Ginger said...

These boxes are just beautiful. Looks like a lot of work but well worth it. Tammy is excited and she is very happy. I am excited for her. Lots of planning going on. Love your post

Only Cute Things said...

Wow so nice!

I love it!

your blog is fantastic.

HPS
XOXO

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Marilyn said...

SWEET. Thanks for sharing. ♥♫

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

These are so sweet :) I'm thinking of placing some candies in a cello bag for little "thank you" treats for the guest's for Amber's baby shower, and tie them up with blue ribbon bows (of course) ~ I just need to decide on What candies to put into them....decisions, decisions, lol :)

How did the tag sale shopping go today? We did a little garage saling today, but didn't really find any good treasures, :( Maybe next time.

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Lin said...

You simply amaze me!

~ Lin

Theresa said...

You are one talented Lady:) Love those precious little boxes! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Gail said...

Thanks for the tutorial especially the "baking" of the boxes and the reminder about proper scale with flowers/embellishments.
I've never baked boxes before and will try it this week.

karen said...

They are so pretty. You could be a wedding planner. Lucky daughter you have. I hope my son elopes. LOL!!!!

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