Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bridal Shower Favors

As promised, here are the party favors from my friend Adrienne's bridal shower. Adrienne has always been into gardening, so when I saw this idea during a google search for bridal shower favors, I thought, "I can make that!" And if I do say so myself, mine came out better!

I used small Terracotta pots from Home Depot that cost about 54 cents each. Then my husband spray painted the outsides of them white for me. I then painted the rims a celery green color with a foam brush and some acrylic paint from Michaels. After another google search for painting pots, I found this site which recommended sealing the inside of the pots with polyurethane. So, my husband did 3 coats for me with a water-based polyurethane I picked up at Michaels. As a final touch, he gave the outsides a spray with Patricia Nimrock's Matte Sealant to make them easier to keep clean. This process took a couple of days, but it was totally worth it. The pots are super cute and more durable than the little plastic ones that my inspiration included.

Once the pots were completely dry, I tied a ribbon around each one. This ribbon is Martha Stewart's brick-coffee bean piped ribbon that is now available at Michaels. I used exactly 1 roll for the 12 pots that I made. I was going to use Stampin' Up's wine narrow organdy ribbon, but I didn't have enough on hand and I cut this project a little close to the deadline. ;)

The seed packets were made with whisper white card stock. I made a template in Word that had all the text on it (the back of the packet has planting instructions). Then I cut them out, folded them up & stamped the blooming heart from Simply Said on the front. Isn't it just perfect for the "love is blooming" sentiment? I colored it in with Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie & Certainly Celery markers.

I slipped a mini-ziplock bag in each packet filled with Love in a Mist seeds that I ordered from cheapseeds.com.

I promise to post a tutorial on the seed packets later. This post is certainly long enough!

I'll leave you with a picture from the shower showing the pots in their natural habitat. In the background you can see the plate full of yummy Italian Almond Cookies that were made by the mother of the bride.



Stamps: Simply Said
Ink: Palette Noir Black Ink, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie & Certainly Celery Markers
Card stock: Whisper White

Tools: Sticky Strip, Bone Folder, Paper Cutter


2 comments:

Melissa said...

These are sweet!!

Queen Mary said...

Stefanie, totally LOVE these! What a great idea!