PHOTOS: Eco-Friendly DIY Wedding Favors

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If you’re planning a planet-friendly wedding this summer, you’re likely pondering ways to cut costs, reduce waste and shrink the footprint of your special day. The last thing you want is to send your loved ones off with a mass-produced trinket that’s destined for the landfill.

But the idea of making 100 or more favors yourself can seem expensive, time consuming and, let’s face it, pretty frustrating. Defy the odds and give your guests something sentimental and sustainable to remember your nuptials with surprisingly simple handmade favors that won’t break the bank. From mini gardens to elegant edibles, here are seven handmade favors you just have to see.


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1. Teacup Herb Gardens

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Photo/Design: Christina Friedrichsen/Intimate Weddings
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Adorable herb seedlings find their homes in upcycled vintage teacups in these unique and memorable wedding favors dreamed up by Intimate Weddings blogger Christina Friedrichsen.

These darling mini-gardens may look like a million bucks, but they’re actually very friendly on your wallet and take mere minutes to make.

To save some cash on your project, take a page from Friedrichsen’s book and visit local thrift stores, vintage boutiques and yard sales in your area to hunt for low-priced vintage teacups. Or ask relatives for unwanted pieces from their own china cabinets for an added personal touch.

And, rather than buying pricey seedlings from the garden center, start herb plants from seeds indoors or divide establsihed herb plants from friends’ gardens for use in your favor project.

Check out Friedrichsen’s tutorial for more photos and step-by-step instructions. And if you’re feeling ambitious, try adding plant markers made from stamped vintage spoons using this handy Intimate Weddings tutorial.

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