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Dragee Favors

Jordan almonds, or dragees, wrapped in tulle and presented to wedding guests is a centuries-old tradition. Since these sugar-coated nuts range in size, color, and flavor, they can be selected to match your wedding palette and, as Darcy Miller explains, can be creatively packaged using some of the following methods.

To fashion winged pouches, carefully cut a length of tulle into 8-inch squares. Place several dragees onto each square, gather the tulle around the candy, and secure each pouch with twine. Attach a die-cut bird (available in crafts stores or scrapbook-supply shops) to the top of each pouch, knotting the twine around the bird's legs to anchor it. Set the pouches out on trays for guests to take home.

You can also present dragees in sewn, tied, or stamped packages. For pouches with sewn tops, put nuts into 3 3/4-by-5-inch clear plastic bags. Cut out 5-inch squares of decorative paper; fold in half, and scallop the ends. Slip a piece of folded paper onto each bag top, sew closed, and trim the sides. To make a Tootsie Roll-style bundle, cut two 4-inch strips of organdy paper and one 4-inch strip of netting. Sew paper to opposite sides of the netting. Add the almonds, roll up, and tie the ends with twine. Craft dragee packages with special designs by printing the wedding date with or without an icon on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of vellum paper, and cut apart. Fold each in half, and sew along three open sides. Cut off fold. Add candy, and sew closed. To create a bundle with a decorative backing, stack one sheet each of 5 1/2-by-6-inch sheet of cellophane and patterned paper. Sew three sides, add dragees, and sew closed. Scallop the edges. Tie on a 26-inch ribbon; trim the excess, and glue to secure.

Hang glassine dragee favors from the branches of a quince tree. Use differently sized waxed-paper bags. Fill each bag with candy, fold top over a 20-inch piece of twine, and secure the fold with a decorative sticker. Tie a knot in the ends of the twine. Place the bags on sturdy limbs.

For paper cones filled with dragees, cut a 2-inch-thick Styrofoam sheet to fit a tray of your choice. Affix with floral clay. Insert two wooden skewers for each cone in the foam. To make the paper cone, cut a sheet of card stock into a 6 1/2-inch square and roll it into a funnel shape, leaving a small hole in the bottom. Adhere with craft glue, holding until the glue sets. Adorn each cone with an 8 1/2-inch paper ribbon held by a monogrammed sticker, and fill with dragees. Slide cones onto skewers. Cover the foam with various shades of sugared almonds, and place a banner on the tray instructing guests to take a favor.