We will be having other favors/take aways at the wedding, but I wanted each guest to have a little something personal (read “handmade”). Better yet, I wanted to combine the trinket with the escort cards so they would have a little something to open when they got to the table.
And I wanted a little something to help break the ice when people first sit down at their table.
And I refused to spend hundreds of dollars for plastic junk.
So…I made little crochet fortune cookies with specialized “wedding” fortunes (and a thank you from us). I added the key chain to make it somewhat functional, and we worked hard on humorous sayings (but I won’t post them all here because some of our wedding guests read my blog). If the guest don’t like them/want to keep them, that’s fine. They’ll have fun getting their fortune and sharing it with others at the table.
Besides, they are mainly serving as Escort Cards, so two things off of my “todo” list. There are other favors for the guests to enjoy (the candy/popcorn/cookie bar; the photo booth…).
To wrap them, I decided on the pyramid box template I found here. Although there are several other types of boxes, I liked these the best, and they are very easy (read: few & easy cuts).
How to make the crochet fortune cookie
I didn’t invent these and there are many tutorials out there. It is a crocheted circle, folded in half, sewn up the outside (with a little opening).
Wedding on a Budget has the “pattern” here Each cookie took about 5-10 minutes to crochet (times 160 guests….)
Make up your “fortunes” and write them in the first column of a two column table in your word processing software. So far, we have about 40 different “fortune” statements so hopefully not too many guests at one table will get the same one. To make them double sided, in the 2nd column, write your “thank you,” or names, or wedding date, etc. For the size of my cookies, my columns were 2 inches wide and about a half inch high. Print them out, fold along the center line (between the two columns), glue the halves together and then cut out.
Stuff the fortunes in the cookies, attach a key chain finding, and you are done–with this part anyway…
How to make the Escort Card/Favor Pyramid Box
Material: Medium-weight paper (lighter than card stock, heavier than standard copy paper), scissors, glue stick (or double sided tape), ribbon, template, hole punch.
1. Cut out the template. Fold it in half, and then half again (the other way) so it looks like this:
This will cut down on the amount of cutting.
2. Lightly fold your medium-weight paper in half, and then half again (the other way) so your template will fit. Line up the folds on your template with the folds on your paper. Trace (on the wrong side of the paper so any lines will be inside the box 🙂 This is a light fold–do not crease.
3. Unfold your paper and punch a hole in the center of each side near the top.
Fold each side toward the punched hole (careful, don’t rip the paper). It should look like a point 4-sided star.
Next fold each side into the center. Give a good crease.
4. Glue the folded flaps on one side (triangle) only. Leave the other three without glue. After all, you want people to open it!
5. String your ribbon through the holes (I found it easier to do before it was glued shut). Pull up the three sides and attach to the glued flaps. This will leave one side for opening their gift.
6. Put your prize in the box and tie the ribbon to close the box.
7. To make it an escort card, I will attach a tag with the guest name & table number (we don’t even have a final guest list yet).
Total Cost for 160 wedding favors/escort cards?
Yarn: 3 large skeins @ $3 each = $9
Key Chain Findings: 80 per pack, 2 packs @ $2 each = $4
Paper for Pyramid Boxes: 160 sheets (I bought a 240 sheet scrapbook pack at Michaels for $5 on sale so I have paper left over) = $5
Ribbon: 4 rolls thin ribbon @ $.25 per roll (10 yards) = $1
Total cost in Dollars = $19
Total cost in Time?
20-ish hours to crochet the cookies
10 hours to make the boxes/stuff the cookies/make fortunes, etc.
30-ish easy hours (read: do while watching TV)
Since a lot of these will be left at the table after they served their purpose, the local Human Society will be taking them. They make great cat toys 🙂
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