Crafty Wedding Gift Ideas

By: Missy Sorg

Now that we're past Memorial Day we're into June - or, as I like to call it, wedding season!  It seems that every time I turn around there's someone getting married.  I'm not saying it's a bad thing.  I love weddings.  My banking account has a different opinion, however.  

While I realize that most couples register for everything these days, I'm an old school stickler for getting couples something unique.  My go-to gift is bakeware and a recipe book - but not just any recipe book, MY recipes.  One couple, for instance, had me bake their wedding cake.  I included the recipe for each of their cake flavors as part of my gift to them.  They loved it!  

I realize not everyone has that ability.  That's why I'm going to share some of my favorite wedding gift crafts.  (p.s.  Some of them are easy enough I could have my non-crafty husband do them if I wanted to.)

1.  Monogrammed Frosted Glass:  This one is by far the easiest of easy projects.  All it involves is some Rustoleum Frosted Glass spray paint, some painters tape, and some stickers to create a beautiful piece that can serve as a table centerpiece or curio cabinet gem.  If you're feeling super artsy, you can use an etching cream instead of the frosted glass spray.  The etching is a more permanent option that is less likely to come off like spray paint may tend to do.

From Bustle http://www.bustle.com/articles/76983-14-diy-wedding-gifts-that-are-easy-and-inexpensive-because-thoughtfulness-doesnt-have-to-break-the
From Make It Love It: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/06/glass-etching.html

2.  Wood Cutting Boards:  This one is a little more advanced.  It requires power tools!  But, it's a perfect gift for the couple who entertains.  With the right piece of wood and some elbow grease, you can make a beautiful cutting board.  If you're feeling super crafty, you can personalize it with the couples' names, wedding date, or whatever personalization you'd like.  

From Centsational Girl: http://centsationalgirl.com/2011/09/diy-wood-cutting-boards/

3.  Recipe Tea Towels:  Again, I love to bake.  And, I love a little bit of history.  For my friends who are in the same boat, this would be a great personalized gift.  What's better than printing an image of an old handwritten recipe directly onto a tea towel?  I'd file this one under a medium skillset.

From Spoonflower: http://blog.spoonflower.com/2012/07/turn-recipes-into-tea-towels.html

4.  Love Maps:  A super cute idea from someone who who knows the couple well - a roadmap through the couple's voyage.  While this site uses where the couple met, were married, and now live, giving it to them as a wedding gift may equate to the same locale as where they live.  You can certainly toss things up with their first date, or where the proposal was.  

From Delightfully Noted: http://www.delightfullynotedblog.com/2011/10/love-map-wall-art-diy-wedding-gift.html

5.  Photo Candles:  Speaking of taking a trip down memory lane, you can use a collage of photos to create the perfect candle for the couple.  

From A Beautiful Mess: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2015/03/make-your-own-photo-candle.html

6.  Recipe Plate:  If you haven't figured it out, I'm all about the recipes.  In my opinion, they're something personal I can share with a person - a piece of my own heart and heritage.  With just a Sharpie and a Dollar Store plate, you can create a one-of-a-kind gift that keeps on giving.  My sister-in-law gave me a "Made with Love" etched plate with my name on it when I got married.  It was the perfect gift to share my favorite baked goods with friends.  In the same vein, this project shares your baked good - as well as the recipe so they can make it for themselves.

From Josie Jones: http://www.josiejones.com/2013/11/a-recipe-plate/
NOTE: The Joseie Jones site appears to be down.  The information from the site is as follows:
Handwritten Recipe Plate
Create this adorable DIY recipe plate by following Josie Jones’ easy four-step process: 1.) purchase plain plate at the Dollar Store, 2.) Sharpie your recipe on said plate, 3.) cook the Sharpied plate for 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven, and 4.) make the recipe and serve the final gift on the plate.

7.  Sharpie Mugs:  Since you have your Sharpie handy, this makes the perfect personalized gift for the tea tipper, hot cocoa sipper, or coffee drinker couple.  You can put a simple "His" and "Hers" on it.  Or, you can dress it up to make it personal to the happy couple.  Package it up with their favorite tea, cocoa, or coffee blends and maybe some shortbread cookies, and you have a super cute gift idea.