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DIY Wedding Favors: Cactus Blooms

It's time to retire the bubbles and bells, and offer your guests wedding favors that last. A beautiful flowering cactus in a hand-painted bowl is a wedding favor they'll treasure for years to come.

Providing your guests with wedding favors that will last beyond the big day will help your friends and family remember your wedding fondly. We chose these beautiful flowering cacti that were offered in pink, red, yellow and orange and gave them a home in hand-painted glass bowls.

DIY Wedding Favors: Cactus Blooms

These personalized wedding favors are a super-easy project and one you can do with a slew of friends. But they're probably best suited for a smaller wedding to keep down both costs and production time. If you're creating quite a few, consider looking online for places where you can buy the supplies in bulk, or visit a flower wholesaler who may give you a better deal on the cacti. Here's what you'll need: 

  • Painter's tape
  • Small glass circular votive
  • Acrylic paint (three different colors; we like gold as one of the three)
  • Paper plate
  • Small paintbrush with flat top
  • Foam brush
  • Potting soil
  • Spoon or small trowel
  • Small flowering cactus
  • Water

DIY Cactus Bloom Favors Supplies

Make sure you protect your work surface before you start painting and find a spot where you can leave your project out for several days without disturbing it. With all all the paint drying and plant potting, you may be at this for a day or two. Let's get started!

DIY Cactus Bloom Favors Steps 1-2

1. Rip off two or three lengths of painter's tape about 4 to 5 inches each. It's easier to work with multiple pieces rather than try to maneuver a single long piece around a circular votive. Starting at the open edge on one side of the votive, fold over the top piece of the tape and gently press down to get a good seal. Continue to add pieces until you've created a U shape with the painter's tape, creating a defining line.

2. Squeeze a large dollop of gold paint onto the paper plate. Coat your paintbrush with the gold paint and begin painting the taped-off portion of your votive. Keeping the brush stroke consistent—we painted with the same downward motion, cover the area with paint. Repeat with 2 or 3 more layers of paint, letting it dry completely between applications.

DIY Cactus Bloom Favors Step 3

3. Once the taped-off portion of the votive is dry, remove the painter's tape. Using a second color of paint (in our case, red), squeeze a large dollop of paint onto the paper plate. This time you will use a foam brush to apply the paint to the votive. Dip the foam brush into the paint and begin to stipple horizontally where the gold paint ends and the clear glass begins. You want to soften the line where the two colors meet. After you create that line, continue to paint the votive until the glass is completely covered. Repeat with 2 or 3 more layers of paint, allowing each layer to dry between applications.

DIY Cactus Bloom Favors Steps 4-5

4. It's time to add the cactus! Use a spoon or a small trowel to add potting soil. Fill the votive halfway to the top. Using the tip of your spoon or trowel, create a small indentation in the center of the soil.

5. Remove the cactus from the container it came in and place it gently (those plants can be a bit prickly) where you created the small indentation in the center of the soil. Using your tool or fingers, gently pat the soil around the cactus so it stands up on its own. Add a bit of water.

And that's it! Place your wedding favors on a table so guests can take one as they leave, or place one on top of each plate to add color to each table. Either way, these are wedding favors your guests will love to take home and they will definitely help your guests remember your beautiful wedding! Here's a Pin-able version with all the steps and a finished image.

DIY Cactus Bloom Favors Step-by-Step

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StyleEsque is an event & styling production company founded by Emily Gegner and Samantha Peterson. They pride themselves on creating a unique and memorable experience with an ample amount of creativity for all of their clients. SE conceptualizes a vision that highlights their client's personal style + story and creates an event or shoot that is uniquely theirs. SE is a one-stop shop for all things creative, they offer their clients everything from Photo Shoot Direction, Wardrobe Styling, Event Design, Prop Building, Decor Sourcing (and Creating), Vendor Curation, Interior styling and so much more.

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