Monday, May 23, 2011

Graduation Party Favors: Votive Candles

Grad Votive Red Label
So…I was trying to think of what party favors I could do for our family gathering to mark our son’s HS graduation. I was perusing the internet and saw some votive candles…an idea I loved because you can always use another votive, but they were $3 each which was more than  I wanted to spend.
I knew Michaels had these:
Clear glass votive holders, 16 pc for $7.99 ( $4.79 w/ 40% coupon) .
While wandering through the wedding aisle, I found these great print yourself votive wrappers for $4.99 for a sheet of 25 ( $2.99 w/40% discount that you have to make a separate trip through the checkout line to use but it’s worth it to me so I did). That just gives me more $$ to spend at Michaels!
These are really easy to use because you go to the Gartner Studios website and download a template you can edit in Word that’s sized / spaced to fit the blank spot on your wrapper. Before I printed the actual votive wrappers, I printed mine out on a blank piece of paper and layered a sheet of the votive wraps over it just to make sure I got the spacing right.
They come perforated for you so you can just print and tear. They also come with double sided adhesive to secure them to your votive.
Our school colors are red and gold / red and yellow so I put some gold bag stuffing whatchamacallit in a clear cello bag, tied with red or yellow ribbon and then attached a little “graduation cap” tag.
Grad Votives
Grad Votive Red
For the tags, I started out with a great printable that Diane at Pittypat Paperie created:
and added a laurel wreath and diploma to it. For the original, please go visit Diane to download! At less than $1 per votive, I like my price!

Oh and Michaels has the motherlode of coupons this week: Motherlode Of Michaels Coupons
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Michelle L. said...

Looks so fun! I love not having to cut stuff to size.

Craft That Party said...

Wow-- they came out great! I need to save this idea!

Diane said...

OMGosh, that is toooo cute and what a great party favor for your guest! I'm so glad you were able to use the wordart from my site and thank you for telling others about it Ÿ

I will be checking out the votive wraps. I had no idea they made those.

Again those are the cutest Ü

Netty said...

These look great and stylish. Such a terrific money saver. Annette x

lindalou said...

So cute but so glad all my kids graduated before I knew about graduation party favors.

Christine said...

They came out so nice--what a great keepsake. I likey your price too--woo hoo! Must bookmark this for four {gasp} years from now...

LuLu Kellogg said...

These came out great!!

Don't they just grow up too fast? *sigh*


Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

These look great! Michael's to the rescue. :)

Jenn Erickson said...

Carol, they came out beautifully! So chic and elegant!

I was visiting the link-ups from last week's "A Little Birdie Told Me.." and came over to see your pendant, but the link appears to be broken.

No matter -- I've been enjoying your other posts, but just didn't want you to think that I was ignoring your resin project. If you get a chance, could you shoot me a new link via email?


Antonella said...

What a great project!! Love the idea - yes, I have been known to go through more than once, or better yet, bring an older child and you only have to take one trip through - lol.
Hugs, antonella :-)

Doreen said...

OK, I want to be your friend...not just virtually, but in person to create great crafts together. These votive party favors are right up my alley! And in my house, the rule is "Every party must have party favors, no exception." Look for my new graduation project post later today.

Our Hopeful Home said...

I'm loving this! And congrats on the grad!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Cute idea, Carol. And inexpensive, too! Who knew you could buy a votive wrapper kit?!?

Jocelyn said...

They look super fab!!! Great job with Michaels to the rescue yet again:-) LOL what go through the line again to use another coupon??? Who would do such a thing? ;-)

Kath said...

this is an awesome awesome idea!!!


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