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April 2011

DIY of The Month – Flame of Love

Think you’re a hands-on kind of bride and want to make something really special for your wedding? It doesn’t have to be something elaborate; think small, simple yet significant. It could be a personalised Save-The-Date card, or a memorable wedding favour. You don’t even have to be very good at Arts and Crafts to make these wonderful mementos. SingaporeBrides shows you how to Do-It-Yourself.

Candle wedding favours often are considered the most romantic of favours. What better way to spread the romance of your wedding day than with a keepsake guests can light on their own romantic evenings? Other than being decorative and functional at the same time, tea-lights are economical as they can be bought in bulk from just about anywhere. If you’re willing to spend a little more, look for beautiful glass, ceramic or metal tea-light holders that match your wedding theme and colours and you’re good to go.

For those of you who are on a budget, but would still like to have your guests bring home a personalised and romantic gift, read on. Whether your wedding is a formal affair, an outdoor event, or has a beach theme, candle favours can’t go wrong.

Here’s what you need:

  • Round tea-lights, scented or unscented
  • Corrugated craft paper, white
  • 6 mm polyester ribbon, baby pink and blue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Craft Knife
  • Ruler
  • A piece of string or tape measure

Time taken for each: 5 minutes
Average cost for each: $1.00

1.This DIY favour is so simple to do, even your little nephew can do it. Kids love craft work, so offer to babysit on a Sunday afternoon, order in some pizzas, and make full use of the free child labour. Just make sure they are old enough to handle scissors and tape, and be around to monitor at all times. Start by stacking three tea-lights together, and taping them down on three sides to stabilise them.

2. Using a tape measure or a piece of string, measure out the height and the circumference of the tea-lights. Add an extra 1 cm to the circumference. This step only needs to be done once.

3. With the measurements you have from the previous step, mark the dimensions down onto the entire smooth underside of the corrugated paper lightly with a pencil. Using a ruler and a craft knife, cut out the strips of corrugated paper that will be used for individual trio of tea-lights.

4. Take a strip of corrugated paper and wrap it around the tea-lights tightly, making sure that it is aligned neatly to the bottom of the tea-lights so that it sits nicely. Using double-sided tape at the underside of the extra 1 cm of paper, stick the top of the strip over the bottom end. This will be the “back” of the favour.

5. Measure out about 25 cm of the ribbon you’ll be using. Tie a tight, neat bow around the tea-lights so that it doesn’t slip up or down easily.

6. Make sure that the rounded ends of the bow are as equal as it can be, but we can all forgive a little imperfection. Cut off the ends of the bow in proportion to the favour—not too long or too short—then finish off by positioning the entire bow slightly above the middle of the three tea-lights, just for that extra touch of sophistication.

This trio of tea lights are very easy to manage, even if you think you have fat fingers. Either put each set at your guests’ table settings, or arrange them decoratively on a table. Write a sweet little note to invite them to grab one home and think of you as they light all three tea lights up for your past, your present, and your future.

Perfect for Solemnisation tea parties, Outdoor garden weddings, Beach weddings in the evenings, Church receptions, White-themed weddings, Bridal or baby showers

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DIY of The Month – Flame of Love