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DIY Wedding Favors, Decorations and Souvenirs to Make From Miniatures

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You can make your own DIY wedding decorations and miniature souvenirs for a lot less than it costs to buy similar items. From printable heart shaped favor boxes, to tiny roses, bouquets or white doves for a cake, and ways to make ring cushions, there are lots of projects here that are easy for a group of friends to make, and prepare ahead of time for a custom wedding or shower.

1. Make Printable Heart Shaped Favor Boxes

A miniature pink rose in 1:12 scale decorates a wedding favor box.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

These classic heart shaped favor boxes can be made in a range of colors using the printable template, or you can print off red and gold, or silver and white variations using the 1:6 scale printables directly.

If you have a paper similar to the one used for your invitations, or a paper that matches other items of your decor, you can print the template outline pdf (acrobat reader file) on your special paper to cut boxes directly from your paper so they match your chosen theme. The outlines used to cut the templates can be turned to the inside of the box so they won't be seen.

2. Make Miniature Moss or Ivy Topiaries For Decorations or Place Holders

A moss covered miniature heart is trimmed and decorated to make a miniature topiary.
Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

Moss or miniature ivy topiaries are easy to make from inexpensive craft materials. Although the instructions show these topiaries in the shape of hearts, they can be made in a range of shapes to match your theme. You can insert them into small flower pots, or 'plant' them in printable Versailles boxes made from lightweight card or cut from craft wood or veneer tape

To make the topiaries closely match your color scheme, add tiny dried or paper flowers, bows made from fine silk ribbon, or pearl beads on top of bows.

3. Make Miniature Wedding Bouquets

A dolls house gardener delivers a rose bouquet for a miniature wedding.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
I used to make these to decorate shower gifts or wedding presents, choosing colors and flowers I knew would match the bridal theme. They were always a great hit. You can make them with paper flowers, ribbon rosebuds or tiny silk flowers if you prefer. In addition to miniature paper roses there are also instructions for making miniature lilies and making miniature tulips

4. Gallery of Miniature Wedding and Anniversary Souvenirs

Mementos gathered from the wedding and engagement fill the shelves of a miniature armoire.
Photo Courtesy Lin of On My Shelf Copyright 2008 Used With Permission.

This gallery showcases miniature and special anniversary souvenirs made by members of the miniatures community. Many of the keepsakes are presents, given to mark a special day in a friend or relative's life. Some were designed as shower or wedding gifts, and include special mementos saved from the actual day and incorporated into the miniature.

These mementos are a great item to place in a deep frame, similar to traditional miniature vignettes. They can then be hung on a wall to remind the recipient of their special day.

5. Make a Miniature Cushion From a Needlework Scrap

Petit point bouquet of roses with lily of the valley, tied with a bow.
Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

If you want a tiny cushion to tie a ring to, and have a scrap of treasured needlework, an old hanky, or something else you thought was too small to use for your wedding, think about making a ring cushion from the small piece you have to work with. The cushion can also be created with new needlework for the occasion. Miniature cushions don't take very long to stitch. Some suitable patterns on the Miniatures site include:

You can also make a cushion and decorate it with tiny silk bows made on an easy to make bow former. Sewing these over a scrap of lace or silk, and centering the bows with small pearls will make a lovely decorated ring cushion as well.

6. Make Miniature White Doves

A sitting dove and a standing dove in dolls house scale.
Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Although the doves in these instructions were made from air dry clay, you can make similar doves out of fondant paste using the same instruction if you want to use them for cake decorations. The doves are easy to model. For shower decorations, or for anniversary souvenirs, you can also make the woven wicker bird cage from white 'cake' wire available in cake decorating sections of the craft store.

7. Make Miniature Bird Cages

The top wires are wrapped around the hanger to finish the dolls house scale bird cage.
Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

These miniature bird cages are great for cake and table decorations. They are made from paper covered white wire, available in the cake decorating supply section of a craft store. They can be combined with a pair of doves made from air dry clay or fondant to make a unique cake topper.

8. Sculpt Miniature Bells from Polymer Clay or Fondant Icing

Assortment of dolls house bells in various scales made from polymer clay.
Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
Miniature bells are easily made from fondant icing or polymer clay to decorate a range of wedding accessories. These are a very quick item to make, and can be made from any color to accompany the display. For a wedding keepsake, you can make a large bell from papier mache, or polymer clay, cut away part of the side, and use it as a container for a keepsake, piece of the bouquet, or small wedding scene.

9. Make Miniature Figures From Polymer Clay

Divisions of the face used to locate facial features on a miniature scale doll.
Photo Photo © 2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
Use these instructions to shape miniature figures from fondant icing, or go all out and make characatures or realistic representations of the bride and groom from polymer clay for the top of the cake. You can also use the intstructions to make a miniature bride and groom for an anniversary keepsake that features 'The Day' . Sculpting figures from polymer clay is not particularly difficult, especially if you only need a head, hands and feet for a bride and groom.
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