Forget filling those party bags with lollies and plastic rubbish, and break out the craft kit to make these fun DIY party favours with the kiddos…
While the kiddos may love getting a bag full of lollies, mountains of plastic junk and a ton of small choking hazards in a traditional party bag, for us grown-ups the party favour has become a veritable parenting minefield. We say it’s time to ditch (most of) the sweets, and instead shake up your party game by going DIY with favours that pack a party punch. We’ve found party favours suitable for every kind of bash from toddler tea parties to parties for teenagers.
DIY party favour ideas
1. Make your own Jewellery activity – then take home as a party favour!
If you are throwing an all mermaid bash you will love this jewellery party favour a whole bunch! We are big fans because making this DIY can also double up as a party activity. Saving you the time and effort to put it together. And honestly, how adorable are they? Little princesses will put their heart and soul into making it and will love to take it home as a souvenir of a fun jewellery-making party bash. Win-win! All you need to do is snag an attractive jewellery making box from Buppi Shop Etsy and you are good to go!
2. Homemade baking soda clay magnets
Crafting this DIY favour by ‘Sustain My Craft Habit’ is a piece of cake. You just need a handful of basic items, and you’re good to go. Kids will have a blast shaping the magnets, and the cool part is you can use a cookie cutter that matches your party theme for extra fun shapes. To kick it up a notch, think about adding a paint palette and a brush to the favour. Your guests can jazz up their creations with their favourite colours. It’s a super cool way to make your gifts extra special.
3. Make your own granola cones
Thinking about dialling down the sugar overload for your young guests? Here’s a fantastic alternative party favour that’s not only healthier but is sure to be a hit. All you have to do is whip up a couple of batches of delicious and nutritious granola, pop it into a piping bag. Want to add a little extra pzazz? Just toss in some store-bought marshmallows on top and tie it all up with a ribbon. It’s a piece of cake! Be sure to check out this helpful guide by Sheri Silver for some creative ideas on spicing up your favourite cones. Happy crafting!
4. Go retro with quirky toys and knick-knacks!
Remember the good old days when a party favour meant helping your mate hang up a homemade banner? We say go retro with a stash of goodies including pick-up sticks, slinkies and scented erasers. Head over to Typo and Smiggle, or try Daiso for cheap as chips loot and party supplies.
5. Homemade gifts in a maison jar
End your perfect party on a sweet note with a mason jar filled with take-home cookie mix and a recipe. Head over to Delicious by Dre for the DIY instructions. You could fill these jars with all kinds of things dependent on the theme of your party and the age of your party goers – sweets, bath bombs, dinosaur erasers, beads and wire to make necklaces – whatever you like!
6. Homemade Aromatherapy shower melts
There’s nothing quite like making a bunch of natural homemade shower melts for a fun party favour idea. Thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions from ‘Plant-based with Amy,’ you and your little ones will find this DIY a piece of cake. After they’re good to go, simply pack them up in a cute mason jar with a tiny how-to guide, and your guests will be over the moon!
7. Make your own fun crayons and gift them to your party guests!
Ever on the lookout for sustainable art ‘n’ craft fun, we’re totally digging these pops of colour in the form or recycled crayons. Use easy peasy instructions by PBS and then bag them up as a lovely party favour for kids of all ages.
8. Make your own glitter slime
Glitter and slime all in one cool hit? Kiddos will love The 36th Avenue’s spiffy jars filled with glitter slime: for extra brownie points set up a making station at the party and each child can get crafty by making their own!
9. Buckets o’ fun
As a small island surrounded by beaches, we know that party favour buckets will be a surefire hit with small nippers. Pick up some inspo on how to design them and what to put inside at Crafty Lady Lindsay. We’d recommend sand or bath toys, or water guns for older kids!
10. Sidewalk chalk bon-bons
If you’re looking for a party favour that isn’t going to cause cavities, check out these snazzy sidewalk chalks wrapped in wax paper by Mighty Girl. Not only do the chalks look good enough to eat, but they’re such a cinch to create that even the youngest in the fambam can help with the making.
Have fun, party people!