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DIY Personalized Wedding Gift: Create a wedding gift they will LOVE!

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DIY koozies are the perfect gift for many occassions

Are you looking for a really cool, personalized, and budget-friendly wedding, Father’s Day, or birthday gift? I recently was in one of my best friend’s weddings and I really wanted to create something memorable, personalized for her. When it came time to go to the bachelorette party, another bridesmaid and I wanted to make something special for the event.

We began the search to make our own koozies for her. My friend started saving all the clip art that would work. And yes, all the custom koozie websites have a TON of designs you can choose from. However, I wanted to really make a unique wedding gift and bachelorette gift.

Truly Personalized Koozie

I decided I would design personalized koozies just for them. It truly was a unique, fun, and personalized gift for my friend.

She loved them so much, that she even requested more for the actual big day!

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Two blue wedding koozies with drawings of a dog and wedding date and a personalized drawing of the couple in front of personalized drawings done for the couple.

How to design personalized koozies and drawings?

It actually is pretty simple. First, you have to decide on the image you want to use. I ended up using her save-the-date picture. In addition, I decided I needed to make a two-sided koozie with an image of their dog on the other side! 

Once I had my pictures picked out, I simply used this drawing transfer technique that I explain in this post. By placing graphite on the back, you are able to get a pencil drawing that you can add or take any details away. 

Tip for creating image transfer: Really pay attention to details when tracing the pictures! It will really help the drawing look more realistic!

Once I used the drawing transfer technique, I simply cleaned up the lines using an extra-fine tip sharpie. After the sharpie drawing was done, take a nice eraser, and get rid of extra pencil lines. 

In the picture below, you can see how I used a sharp pencil to trace the important details of their faces. Also, make sure you check out a few other of my posts, especially if you are curious about other art supplies I recommend for DIY projects or how to make the cool desk I am working on!

blue wedding koozie favors on top of personalized wedding artwork

2 personalized gifts: Create personalized framed artwork

These cool, little drawings came out so great that I even decided to frame the artworks once I was done taking a good image to send to a koozie company. I found these awesome 8” x 8” white frames that were perfect. I did end up cutting a new black mat for the DIY artwork, because I thought we needed a little more contrast. 

Two framed black and white artworks in white frames for a wedding gift.

Use a design website to finish the koozie artwork

Before I submitted the artwork to the koozie company, I uploaded the image into Canva. If you have not tried canva before, you truly need to check the website out. It is free design website that allows you to create many different designs.

Yes, you can buy an upgraded PRO version, however, I have not needed it yet. In Canva, I simply just needed to add text to my designs. Adding their hashtag to the front design and their wedding date on the back design with the dog. I also enhanced the image but increasing the exposure in my photo editing app on my iPhone. 

I found several companies that were able to have you upload your own personalized koozie design. It was really simple and they will email you back a proof of your design to approve before your order. There are even a few really good, American based companies for this. Below are few links to companies that will allow you to create custom wedding gifts, favors, and other customized items.

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Simple Drawing Technique=2 AWESOME Personalized Wedding Gifts!

I can’t believe a simple drawing transfer technique allowed me to create an amazing personalized wedding gifts for one of my best friends. This technique even helped me create an awesome DIY chalkboard wall! It really is a simple and easy way to transfer images and lettering!

Using this technique can help you make all sorts of personalized gifts for any occasion and they truly will be DIY gifts to LOVE!

two blue koozies and two framed artworks for diy wedding gift

My friend was so happy to have personalized keepsakes and easy DIY personalized wedding favor for guests at her wedding. During the bachelorette party, everyone kept saying how much they loved these and couldn’t believe how awesome the design was.

I kept it a secret about how easy and simple it was to create the personalized drawings!

I would love to hear about any fantastic DIY personalized gifts or personalized wedding favors you have created? 

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I just love that this is another example of how DIY projects truly can make the best personalized gifts for all sorts of celebrations!

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Hello! My name is Erin and I am a DIY nut. Currently, I live in Ohio with my beautiful family. My husband and I love making our house a home through DIY projects. I hope this site inspires you to become a DIY nut!


  • Jenn Summers

    I love this so much, Erin! What a clever way to create your image and they turned out amazing too! I will have to try this tracing method sometime I never would have thought of it and it truly is amazing! I love this gift idea I’m sure they absolutely loved it! I used to make can koozies back when I had a gift shop lots of fun to create and so many fun ideas but this tracing would have been a game changer for sure!

  • Andrea

    I love this idea, Erin. I was thinking for a long time to buy a cricuit machine to start creating my own designs, but now reading your transfer technic I might just save some money on my crafts. ?

    • Erin

      Hi Andrea! I think I need to invest in a circuit machine at one point. I still had to see out the drawings to get printed somewhere else. I am sure it probably was cheaper to have a company do it for me from my drawing, since I had a lot made for my friend.

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