Wedding favors
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For the do-it-yourself bride, paper offers versatility and affordability that can’t be beat. It’s easy to add paper touches to everything from the aisles to the favors, so you can see why brides are getting crafty with paper.

Pinterest is awash with ideas for paper creations for your wedding. Your options are endless, with scrapbooking and craft papers of every hue and texture and die-cutting machines galore on the market.

A paper for every look

Choose chic vellum or coarse kraft paper for just the aesthetic you want.

Rustic weddings themes can make great use of natural and earth-tone papers. From the invitations to placecards to guest books, mix textures and shades of browns, creams and even leafy green to keep the look natural and accessible.

Craft your own flowers

Cut or fold paper into floral shapes and patterns for affordable but beautiful decor. With a little practice, you can make floral arrangements that are indistinguishable from the real thing.

Punch sheet music or pages from old books into heart shapes to make confetti for tables at the reception or for showering the couple as they leave the festivities. These media also make for great bouquets or boutonnières.

Add paper flowers to the outside of cheap paper lanterns for simple hanging decor.

Craft paper butterflies to peek out from floral centerpieces. Hang a wall of paper flowers spaced evenly down the length of twine for the look of a floral curtain.

Functional creations

If you expect the day to be hot, cut intricate patterns into circle-shaped sheets of scrapbooking paper and fold into a fan. Add craft sticks at each end for a unique take-home favor.

Use thick stock paper to make favor boxes or accent cardboard boxes with a greeting.

Make quick work of crafting placecards with a paper and font to match your wedding theme.

When it comes time to thank your guests, there’s nothing a die-cutting machine and imagination cannot do. Use your imagination to create a card that says “thank you” in style.

As you can see, the versatility of paper affords you the opportunity to get creative — just a little or a lot.

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