Sparkler tags are one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the presentation of sparklers at your wedding. No bride enjoys the idea of ugly boxes or grey sticks on their reception tables, and tags can make a huge difference. Most people wonder how to make sparkler tags because it is an easy DIY project. To help, I’ve put together this tutorial to guide you through the process. Here is everything you need to know.
Download a Template to Make Sparkler Tags
The first step in this process is to find and download a template that you like. We include several templates in our send-off sparkler display kit, but you can also find them on various other websites. I prefer to use an editable file so I can add names and wedding dates. However, there are plenty of “ready to print” options if you want something easy. Either way you go, picking the right template is the first step to your success.
Choosing the Right Paper
Choosing the right paper has two important facets; size and “weight”. Most sparkler tag templates are designed for standard 8.5” x 11” printer paper, but you’ll need to verify that before making a final decision. The term “weight” refers to how thick and durable the paper is. You should choose card stock at a minimum, but I strongly suggest a linen stock. It is much more rigid and elegant than regular card stock. Remember, you’ll need to punch holes in your tags; so the paper needs to be sturdy enough to not tear.
Customize and Print Your Sparkler Tags
Edit and Customize the Tags
Open the editable file in the appropriate software on your computer. Typically, editable files will require Microsoft Word or a similar application. You can change your names and wedding date on the sparkler tags. Customization will improve the look and elegance of your tags for the best possible result.
Print Your Tags
Using your home printer, print the tags onto the paper that you previously selected. If you don’t have access to a printer at home, you can go to a local shipping or printing shop and do it there. Make sure you print only one copy at first and inspect it for accuracy. You may need to adjust the printing margins or other variables to achieve the best results.
Cutting Your Tags and Making Provisions for the Sparklers
Once you have the sheets of tags in your hands, it’s time to cut them for use. Ideally, you should use a paper cutter to get perfectly straight lines. However, if you don’t have one on hand, you can use a razor or a standard pair of scissors. Try to cut each tag to the same size and keep very clean edges for a professional appearance.
Next, you’ll need to make holes so they can slide over your sparklers. They need to be at least an 1/8” in diameter to fit over standard sparklers for weddings. You can do a few tags at a time if you use a standard hole punch. However, if you need to make sparkler tags for a lot of guests, you can use a drill press to do them all at once. Either way, you want a round hole at the top and bottom of each tag.
Displaying Your Wedding Sparklers
Now that you’ve learned how to make sparkler tags, it’s time to properly display your sparklers at the event. Simply slide the tip of a sparkler through one of the holes, behind the tag, and back through the other hole. It’s best to use a tag for each sparkler, but you can just do a few if you are short on time or money.
Next, you need to display them in a highly visible location. I suggest placing them in a fancy bucket at your guest table. Otherwise, you can place them in small vases in the center of each table. Ideally, you should include an instruction card to describe the process to your guests. That will set you up nicely for an amazing send-off experience!
Alternatives to Learning to Make Sparkler Tags
Of course, not everyone wants to make sparkler tags for 200 guests. Fortunately, there are a few easy alternatives that you can consider instead. Obviously, you can buy sparkler tags that are already printed and ready to go. However, you can use ribbon to decorate each sparkler. It’s a fast and easy way to add a decorative touch without editing files or printing and cutting. Additionally, you can choose a sparkler holder template instead which decorates several sparklers at once. Lastly, you can leave the sparklers as-is and place them in an elegant vessel such as a vase or galvanized steel bucket.
If you decide to make sparkler tags for your wedding, it can be a fun and inexpensive way to dress things up. However, it does add a bit of preparation and cost to your event. Fortunately, there are plenty of templates available, and this guide should help you each step of the way. Thanks for reading, and good luck with your wedding exit!