Saturday, April 28, 2012

Making of a Wedding: the Favors

I guess it goes without saying that a lovebird themed wedding would have birdhouse favors...and so it was with this one. Dd had requested birdhouse favors very early on so I had quite a bit of time to put these together. Inspired by Cricuteer club member Aileen and her cute milkbox birdhouse box, the original plan was to do something similar. Later, I came across and fell in love with another style of birdhouse box designed by Jani Lewis (Paper Compulsions). My final design was inspired by both styles, created in Design Studio using shapes from the George cartridge.

Here's a view of of the backside of the box, stamped with the date of the wedding and names of the bride and groom. Custom made stamp was purchased on eBay from seller Loongchai74...very reasonable prices!
First, the box templates were cut & scored from Bazzill Bling Diamond cardstock on my Cricut. Then after gluing on clear acetate for the heart windows, I stamped the boxes, with the help of a Fiskars Stamp Press to ensure each impression would be correctly centered on the back.
Six hundred little lovebirds were cut using the same Quickutz lovebird die that we used for the placecards. For these, I added wings, which I punched using the Stampin' Up Bird Builder punch. Eyes are 2mm black adhesive backed gemstones.
To add a bit of texture and interest, roofs for the houses were run through the Dots & Diamonds embossing folder from the Sizzix Hello Kitty Spring Set. Dh took on the job of scoring and marking each roof with guide lines for easier assembly. Leafy sprig and tiny hearts were also punched from the Bird Builder punch.
After all the pieces were finally cut and prepped, we began the tedious process of gluing and assembling. With the patient help of my bff Aunty Pat and sil Aunty Sherry, we finished assembling three hundred little birdhouses in two weekends.
The bride and groom took care of the final step of filling all the boxes with Big Island Candies' yummy lemon shortbread cookies when they arrived...

Ahhh....and here's a glimpse of what the tables looked like at the wedding reception. Bird cages for the centerpieces were purchased from Stumps, battery powered LED candles from Costco, and floral arrangements inside are by Spinning Web Florist. Thank you to groom's cousin Kiki for the photo. LOL, I was so busy enjoying myself that I completely forgot to take any pictures!


Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

WOW, these are soooooooooo beautiful. Just love the birdhouse favors.....something different and perfect for the "lovebirds."

Joy said...

WOW Eunice! that is just fabulous! love what you did for the favors for the wedding! you are the BEST MOM ever!!! great job and love the perfection! hope it will be a blast! thanks for stopping by and take care!

Jen said...

Oh my word, Eunice!!!! Soooooo Purdy!!!!

Creations by Patti said...

Wow - I can finally do a little blog hopping to catch up on the wedding event. It was truly a labor of love and professionally done by YOU. Fabulous table settings and party favors. Everything was so fabulous.......absolutely beautiful. Are you for hire?
hugs, P

Kelly said...

WOW...WOW...WOW...I really LOVE the birdhouse idea and you did a fabulous job with them. I am in total awe with everything you have done for the wedding...everything, I mean EVERYTHING is so beautifully done and is so professional!