The past year has put weddings up and down the country on hold but now they're returning! Whether you're having a 2021, 2022 or even 2030 wedding it's best to get planning for your big day, especially if you're going to give it a handmade touch. Traditionally wedding favours began in ceremonies of the French aristocracy. They were originally called 'bonbonniere' and were a small trinket box made from crystal, porcelain or precious stones and filled with sweets!


Fast forward to today, wedding favours come in all shapes and sizes for all types of weddings. They can also be super affordable and this is where the handmade touch comes in. You'll save lots of money by making, baking and creating your own DIY wedding favours. Plus you can match them in colour and style to your wedding theme. We've gathered over 20 wedding favour ideas for you to make yourself. We've also thrown in a few lovely Etsy shops so you can support a small business and add some personalised labels to your gifts.

Once you've found your perfect wedding favours make sure you head to our crochet wedding bouquet and six free wedding gift patterns for more handmade wedding ideas.

DIY wedding favour ideas

DIY paper flower wedding favours

How to make a paper rose

Flowers always make gorgeous wedding favours but why not make ones for your guest that will last forever? We have a DIY paper rose tutorial here on Gathered and they'd look beautiful placed all over your wedding.

Mini drink bottles

DIY wedding favours mini drinks

Etsy, £2.99

Make mini bottles of your favourite alcohol or soft beverage and leave them on your tables for your guests. These lovely little labels by Hearth and Heritage will add an extra personalised touch to your bottles.

Smore wedding favours

DIY wedding favours smores

Etsy, £3.40

For a rustic campfire experience why not make your guests their own Smore wedding favours? All you'll need is some biscuits, chocolate and marshmallows tied up into a little bag. For an extra touch add Hello Rose Paperie's sticker labels to your mini bags.

DIY candle wedding favours

How to make pink ombré candles landscape

Candles always make great gifts and we have a free how to make pink ombre candle tutorial right here on Gathered. You could make yours in your wedding's colour scheme then give your guests their DIY wedding favours on their way home.

Birdseed DIY wedding favours

DIY wedding favours bird seed

Etsy, £22.65

We've got some lovely eco-friendly wedding favour ides here on Gathered but we especially love these mini birdseed packets. They're good for the environment and will help bring some sweet songbird into your guest's gardens. You could also do the same with flower seeds! Pick up Tasteful Artisan's gorgeous wedding favours over on Etsy.

Tic Tac Book DIY wedding favours

DIY wedding favours tic tac book

Something Turquoise has a free printable and tutorial over on their blog for these super cute tic tac books. They have loads of wedding favour ideas over on their blog but this one is affordable and will come in handy on the big day!

Wax melt wedding favours

DIY wedding favours wax melts

Etsy, £1.75 per bag which contains 4 wax melts

DIY weddings favours don't come more sweetly smelled than wax melts. With Love Zoe Louisex sells these lovely floral wax melts in a range of scents that your guests will love.

Sweet jar wedding favours

DIY wedding favours sweet jars

Not on the High Street, £3.96

We're all about tasty wedding favour ideas and these little sweet jars will make the perfect DIY wedding favours. Guests of all ages will love finding this sugary pick me up on their table for when all the dancing is done.

DIY Soaps & Bath bombs

How to make soap for beginners

Beauty products will always make great DIY wedding favours. We have a how to make soap and how to make bath bombs tutorials here on Gathered. You could make one of both, pop them in a little eco-friendly bag and give to your guests.

Strike a match wedding favours

DIY wedding favours matches

Etsy, £8.50

Eden and Arlo's DIY wedding favours are just beautiful and these matches are no different. You can buy her adorable glass matches over on Etsy or you could make your own. You can buy match paper, matches and glass jars all from Amazon.

Plant and succulent wedding favours

Succulent DIY Wedding Favors

Pot up a bunch of mini succulents or house plants and give them to your green-fingered guests. Add their name on a piece of cardboard stuck onto a cocktail stick and ta dah! Quick and cute wedding favour ideas.

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DIY pinecone fire starters

DIY wedding favours pinecone starters

Keep your guests toasty with these pinecone fire starters by Something Turquoise. You could also provide blankets or hand warmers if you're having a winter wedding.

DIY wedding favours for weepy guests

DIY wedding favours tissue papers

Etsy, £0.89

We also love practical wedding favour ideas and these personalised tissues are great for weepy guests! Thea Elizabeth Studio's personalised packs will be attached to your guests all day!

DIY tea and coffee wedding favours

DIY wedding favours tea and coffee

After a long night of dancing and celebrating your guest will need a nice cup of tea to unwind. Or maybe they'll need a strong coffee the next day to keep them awake! Make these tea tins (swap for coffee beans if you prefer) with Something Turquoises DIY wedding favours tutorial.

Baked goods wedding favour ideas

DIY wedding favours pretzels

Etsy, £0.91+

Home baking always makes for a thoughtful gift. Whether it's cupcakes, biscuits, chocolates or something more savoury like these pretzels your wedding guests will love a tasty snack. These cool wedding favour bags are by Mavora.

Lip balm wedding favours

DIY wedding favours lip balms

Etsy, £72.42 for 40

Keep chapped lips at bay on your big day with these personalised lip balms. You could make your own lip balm in small tins or you can buy these ones from Friendly Body Product.

Spreads and spices wedding favour ideas

DIY wedding favours honey

Etsy, £31.25+

Your favourite spices or spreads or even rubs make great DIY wedding favours. Honey, jam, BBQ rubs or a spice blend that matched your wedding food will all be well received by your guests. These lovely honey jars are by White Confetti Box.

DIY lace tambourines

DIY wedding favours lace

If you're having a boho style wedding with these DIY lace tambourines by Honestly WTF. Adults and kids alike will love banging these and dancing around at your wedding.

Scratch card wedding favours

DIY wedding favours scratch cards

Etsy, £8.28 for 10

Give your guests a little bit of luck on your wedding day with these DIY lottery ticket wedding favours! It's a bit of fun, super affordable and great for a wedding with lots of guests.

Luggage tag wedding favours

DIY wedding favours luggage tags

Etsy, £14.72

If you're having a wedding abroad then these luggage tag wedding favours would be a really cute gift for your guests. They can attach it to their luggage on the flight home and reminisce about your big day!

DIY photo booth props and matching coasters

How to make photo booth props on a stick

Simply Sewing's fun sewn coasters and photo booth props are super colourful and perfect for funky weddings. These handmade props are really special and families can take them home after for their kids to play with.


We hope you've enjoyed our wedding favour ideas and can now add a touch of handmade to your wedding. For more fun wedding projects head over to our free wedding cross stitch patterns and our DIY wedding cards and decorations.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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