Recently, I was looking for something inexpensive that would make a nice, little party favor. What I came up with would also make a great bridal shower guest gift.
I found this box of these rose-shaped soaps [each petal is a piece of soap] at a Michael’s Craft Store. The cost? Are you sitting down? ONE DOLLAR!!! That bargain price left me with extra funds to purchase a package of tiny, open-ended plastic bags (apx. $2) and a roll of thin satin ribbon ($1.00). The box of 9 rosebud soaps had only 1 tag attached, describing their scent (lavender) on 1 side and instructions (for use) on the other side. Since my plan was to create 9 individual gifts out of my economical find, I needed to create 8 more labels to attach to each soap rosebud.
To accomplish this, I scanned both sides of the label into my computer. Next, I created a 9-cell “table” in Microsoft Word. Into each cell, I inserted the .jpg I created by scanning the front of the label. I repeated this process and inserted the “instructions” instead. I, then, printed the front “table”, flipped over that printed paper and placed it back into the printer. Then, I printed the instructions, which ended up on the back (of the original printout). I’m a little technologically challenged, so I had to print it out a few times (front & back), hold it up to the light to see where lining-up adjustments should be made until I finally got it right. In the end, it printed out a grid of 9 tags that looked exactly like the original! Now, all I had to do was cut them apart and punch a hole in each so I could thread a length of satin ribbon through it and tie in a bow to close up each baggie with a rosebud in it.
For the event, I displayed them together on a silver platter, on a table located by the front door so each guest could take one on their way out the door. It was a big hit with the party-goers because most of them had never seen rosebud-shaped soap before and the beautiful, yet simple packaging made it seem like a very special gift… and an economical gift for me. A win-win!!!