As you may or may not already know, aside from ButtonMakers, I am also a full time portrait and wedding photographer. As a nice little perk to my wedding packages I offer an engagement shoot and the most adorable little photo magnets you’ve ever seen in your life!!
But you don’t have to book a photographer to make these cuties for your big day. Just break out your best shot, your button machine, some craft supplies, and you’ve just made yourself the most adorable wedding favor EVER!
The magnets pictured here are 1-1/2 inch. They cost $0.29 each ($29/hundred). I used 6 per bucket. I got the pails from Michaels for less than $0.99 each. Then I also needed a little bit of foam for the inside of the buckets, and some ribbon. I found these laying around the house. But even if you had to buy the foam and ribbon, it would still be less than $5 per bucket, not counting the price of the machine and punch. It’s still a hell of a deal for personalized wedding favors!
Next, We Present: Blooming Buttons!
Okay, I admit I was having a major Martha moment when I came up with this one. You should have seen the way I was gushing when I found those itty bity terracotta flower pots!
With this project, we’re using buttons instead of magnets. The idea is that the guests can take the button from the stem and wear it around.
You might need to include a little card with instructions like this: “Take the button off the stem. Wear it around to meet new friends.”
While you could make personalized buttons for every guest, and it would be freaking hilarious to see someone wearing a “Therapist of the Groom” or “Personal Trainer of the Bride” buttons, that would be a tad impractical. So instead we made guest of honor ‘flowers’ and lined the bottom of the pot with green buttons that just say “Jeffrey hearts Heather.” Jeffrey and Heather of course, being our fictional bride and groom.
For the stems, I just used small wooden dowel wrapped in yarn. (Actually, the dowels were skewers from a kabobfest I had a while back.) The yarn is really key, because it allows you to affix the pin back to the stem and keep the button in place. Plus it’s really inexpensive and looks crafty and cute! I used green peas for the base in this photo, which admittedly didn’t work out so well. I would definitely recommend potting foam for anyone doing this for an actual wedding. The leaves are plastic and came from the artificial flower section of Michaels.
Last and Least Expensive: Bride Side / Groom Side Buttons!
This one is the simplest idea of them all and is a great way to help your wedding guests mingle and get to know one another.
Simply make buttons that say Bride Side and Groom Side! Coordinate the colors with the scheme of your wedding, and these little buttons will be the perfect touch to your perfect day!!
For these, I actually printed the flower pattern and text on transparencies. I used the transparency instead of mylar and used a piece of velum instead of a printed graphic. This allows the metal to shine through and gives it a nice creamy metallic look. It’s a hard to capture in a photo, but it looks really nice in person.
As always, please feel free to post questions, comments, or ideas here. I love to hear from you!!