After celebrating the baptism of your child, you can give the guests a small token of your gratitude with a gift. Of course, you can buy ready-made gifts – there are many online stores for this. With a little skill, however, you can craft beautiful christening gifts for guests, which are on the one hand cheaper and on the other hand carry a personal touch. Let the following ideas inspire you!
Table of contents
- Making candles as christening gifts for guests
- Christening favors for guests with flower seeds
- DIY christening favors in a jar
- Small picture frame with photo as a guest gift for baptism
- Baptism gifts for guests craft from salt dough or Fimo
- Classic christening gifts for guests: wrapping christening almonds
- Homemade cookies as christening gifts for guests
Making candles as christening gifts for guests
Whether for a wedding or baptism, candles are always a great idea for guest favors. They look beautiful and can also be used by the guests. We will now show you how to make these candles yourself with pretty, churchy accents. First, get the materials:
- Candle wax
- Candle wick
- double-sided adhesive dots, transparent
- hot glue gun
- white satin ribbon, thin
- scatter decoration crosses
- small glasses
- Cardstock and artwork
First, melt the wax over medium heat in a water bath. While doing this, stir with a metal whisk until it is completely melted. Allow the wax to cool for 10-15 minutes.
While the wax is cooling, place a glue dot on the bottom of a pre-waxed wick and stick it to the bottom of the jar.
Once the wax has cooled for the allotted time, fill the jar with it. Use a clothespin to hold the wick upright if needed. Allow the wax to cool and harden, then cut off the wick.
Tie a piece of white satin ribbon around the neck of the mini glass jar. Use a small dab of hot glue to make the ribbon overlap in the middle. Glue a small cross where the ribbon overlaps.
Print out our free gift tag template (see below) on white cardstock and punch out the round tags with a paper punch (or simply cut them out by hand). Attach the tags to the jar with glue dots.
Present your homemade christening candles on a decorative tray so each guest can take home this sweet and sentimental keepsake!
Template to print
Craft candles with photo as baptism gifts for guests
Craft baptism gifts for guests with flower seeds
Flower seeds as a gift for a wedding or christening are very trendy right now. The idea behind it is simple: After the celebration, the guests should plant the seeds and take care of the growing little plant. Such a gift is environmentally friendly, practical and always well received. And the ideas for decorating are virtually endless.
Pack flower seeds in cloth bags
Since flower seeds are a sustainable gift, it would be recommended to package them in an environmentally friendly way as well. Fabric scraps are a great idea for this. In the following picture tutorial, take a look at the steps.
First, cut a square piece of fabric with pinking shears to make the edges beautiful. Then, add a small square piece of paper in the center that will serve as the base for your seed bags. Sprinkle the flower seeds on top, bring all the corners of the fabric together and tie them with a piece of twine. If you wish, also add a label with the guest’s name or with a small thank you message. Another interesting idea for this hostess gift can be found below.
DIY guest favors for baptism in a jar.
Glasses in mini size you can use not only for homemade candles. You can also make a decorative hostess gift out of them by filling them with white beads and attaching a cross under the lid. Adding a piece of lace ribbon around the jar and a small gift tag with the name of the person being baptized will perfectly complete the cute gift.
Flower seeds in a jar with a beautiful saying
For the flower seeds as a gift idea for the guests of the baptism, small cork jars are equally perfect. This also fits an original inscription. Here is an example:
“Thank you very much!
Please scatter in my name
these little flower seeds.
If they bear blossoms – countless pieces,
remember my baptism.”
Add the name of the person to be baptized and the date of baptism and the personalized hostess gift is ready.
Small picture frame with photo as a guest gift for baptism
Not only the relatives will be happy about a photo of the person to be baptized. This nice and personal gift is well received by all guests and remains as a beautiful memory of the baptism of your child. First, choose a nice photo of the child or take a photo especially for it. Then insert the photo into a suitable picture frame for gifting to the guests.
You can also present the photo as a guest gift in the form of small refrigerator magnets. If you can find suitable mini picture frames, you can also make the magnets yourself without much effort. You still need small round magnets, printed photos of the child in small format and glue. If you want to paint the picture frames in a different color, acrylic paints are best for this.
Craft baptism gifts for guests from salt dough or Fimo
Various small figurines are also quite suitable as hostess gifts for different occasions. They may not have any practical value, but look quite elegant and round off the decoration wonderfully. For a baptism, church motifs such as crosses and angels fit best, but white doves and lambs are also popular. If you want the hostess gifts to be homemade, you can also craft the figurines yourself instead of ordering them.
Salt dough offers itself as the ideal material for crafting small figurines. It is quite cheap and easy to handle. To make salt dough you need only 3 ingredients – salt, flour and water. From these, knead a dough and then shape it as you like. Alternatively, of course, you can use white Fimo modeling clay.
To make all the figures look the same, we recommend using cookie cutters. To do this, roll out the salt dough or modeling clay and simply cut out the shapes with the selected cookie cutter. Then let the figures harden in the oven or in the air. If you want to attach a tag, don’t forget to make a small hole while the material is still not hardened.
The white figurines look nice as is, but you can decorate them further if you wish. With a pen or thin brush and paint, you can add a few decorative elements or even write the name and date on them. A pretty cellophane wrapping would also be recommended to give the baptism gifts for guests a completed look.
Classic christening gifts for guests: wrapping christening almonds
It doesn’t get more classic than christening almonds. This tried-and-true baptism guest gift is always well received and has special symbolism. Usually, five sugar-coated almonds are given as gifts, each representing love, success, long life, happiness and God’s blessings. If you have decided to give this classic gift, then you can get creative again and make the packaging for the christening almonds yourself. Below you will find a simple idea for DIY.
Make a pinwheel out of felt
Pack the christening almonds in a small organza bag and decorate it with a homemade pinwheel. For this you need blue or pink felt (neutral also works, just match the color to the decoration), hot glue and a small wooden handle. Here’s how to do it step by step:
- Using a pencil and ruler, draw a square with about 7 cm sides on the felt sheet and cut it out.
- Cut the square again with scissors diagonally from the outer corners to the center. Do not cut the felt all the way, but leave about 2 to 3 cm to the center of the square. So make 4 cuts for each vertex.
- Take one end of the square and fold it, connecting the corner to the center of the square. Glue it down with a dot of hot glue.
- Repeat for the remaining 3 sides, always folding each side in the same direction.
- Glue all 4 corners to the center of the square, take a button (or other decoration of your choice) and glue it to the intersection of the corners with hot glue.
- Take a wooden handle and glue it to the back of the pinwheel.
- Tie or glue the organza bag with christening almonds to the stem and the christening guest gift is ready.
Homemade cookies as baptism gifts for guests
Instead of crafting the baptism favors for guests, you can simply bake them! Yes, the homemade cookies are always a good idea when it comes to guest gifts. All you need for this idea is a good cookie recipe and suitable cookie cutters. For baptism, of course, crosses fit well, but also still angels and doves.
If you stick to a certain theme for the decoration for the baptism, you may of course decorate the cookies appropriately. The best way to do this is to use egg white icing (still known as royal icing), which you can color any way you like with food coloring. Once the icing has dried (best to wait 24 hours), you can wrap the cookies in cellophane and decorate them with a pretty bow. This way they are better to take with you.