Here’s a great alternative to play dough.This glitter slime is super-easy to make and requires no cooking. Your kids could even help mix up the slime with their hands. All you need is Elmer’s Glitter glue, borax and water. Make up one batch or several in different colors and package it in snack bags or baby food jars for slimy fun.
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Who doesn’t have a bunch of broken crayons around the house? Up cycle those bits and pieces by melting them into fun shapes in your oven. At Big Dot of Happiness they used a muffin tin to make round, chunky crayons, but you could use anything from candy to cupcake molds. Mix up the colors for fun. multicolored crayons or stick with your party’s theme colors. Package these in cellophane and tie with a bow for a cute party favor. Complete instructions are available at
. Big Dot of Happiness
Here’s a really easy and fun party favor. Purchase sidewalk chalk in a variety of colors and designs. Try glow-in-the-dark, striped, swirled, neon, sidewalk chalk has come a long way and you won’t believe the variety! Then
, twisting the excess paper on each end to resemble a piece of candy. Tuck individual pieces of chunky chalk into goody bags or gather several together and tie with a bow or colorful craft tape. package each piece of chalk in waxed paper
If you decide to go with an edible party favor, why not make it completely unique? We love
So easy and fun! Simply spear several gummy candies onto a skewer or lollipop stick, then cover in cellophane and top it off with a bow or closure made of decorative tape. Check out a candy store for a variety of gummies that look like everything from fried eggs to frogs. You could even use gummies that complement the party theme or colors. these gummy skewers!
Having an ice cream bar at your party? These cute take home ice cream sundae look alikes will be a hit. April and Jenny over at used these cute ice cream cone cups and shredded white paper. If you can't find sundae cups like they used, any plastic sundae cup or even plastic tumbler will do. You can pick these up at a Dollar or Thrift store. Fill the bottom with crumpled white gift tissue, and then add some candy or other goodies such as tiny erasers or mini bubbles. Top it off with crumpled white gift tissue or white paper shreds for the whipped cream. A Pixie Stick becomes the “straw” and don't forget a wrapped peppermint or cinnamon candy for the cherry. You could even add a colorful plastic spoon. Yum! Urban Daisies Creative Blog
Send your guest’s home in disguise with these fun super hero masks! Choose from four free printable masks at First Palette. Simply print out the template onto cardstock and cut out. Add string, curling ribbon, or elastic to each mask and you are done! We traced the patterns onto felt and cut out the masks. Felt doesn’t fray so there was no sewing involved. A hot glue gun was employed to attach ribbons for the ties. The felt cost about 11 cents per mask! You could hand these out as your guests wave goodbye, or allow kids to decorate as a party craft. Either way, these will make for fun party memories. Full tutorial at
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Help your guests clean up with this cute fish-in-a-bag soap! This is easy to make (seriously) but the results are fabulous!
posted the simple instructions. Simply melt glycerin in the microwave, add a scent if you wish, then pour into a snack sized re-closable bags with a plastic fish inside. Once the glycerin hardens, you’ll have a super-cute soap, and a party favor that will definitely be used. Taylor over at Taylormade
Having a sleepover party? Hand out personalized flashlights to your guests. Purchase flashlights in a variety of colors and add a guest’s name to each. You could use a paint pen or letter stickers for the personalization. You could use any size light from small, LED keychain flashlights to larger versions.
with designer Duct Tape, glue-on jewels, or paint. Guests could even decorate their own as a party activity. Either way, these will make a fun and useful party gift, just don’t forget the batteries! Add pizazz by decorating the lights
Another great sleepover idea is to hand out pillowcases. Buy in white or a solid color and let guests decorate or autograph each other’s pillow cases with sharpies or fabric markers. They can use the cases during the night for sleeping, or as a bag to carry all their gear home in the morning. Just be sure to get out of the way when the pillow fights begin! Buy online
two for $5.99 at Ikea.
Go old school and give paper dolls. There are oodles of free printable paper doll sets available on the internet. Just Google “free printable paper dolls” and you will get dozens of hits, from vintage images to more modern characters like Fancy Nancy. Just print out the paper doll set of your choosing on cardstock. If you have time to cut them out before the party, then do so and hand out in manila envelopes to keep the pieces together. Or you could just hand out the printed images along with an envelope or folder to keep the dolls together. Here are a few links to get you started:
Printable dolls roundup; free dolls; more paper dolls.
Having a musical birthday party?
Adriel at made these great CD’s as party favors for her son’s Rock Star Birthday Party. She burned CDs in a favorite music mix, and then made Adrielbooker.com printed labels and sleeves out of folded, stapled paper. This could work as a fun favor for any age from preschool to teens, whether you are having a dance party or not! Just try to pick a few non-annoying songs for the parents who will be driving and listening!
Having a volcano or zombie-themed party? Check out this great “disaster kit” made up to look like a volcano.
made these as favors for her son’s volcano party. There are so many fun directions you could go in with this idea. For teens, maybe a “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit”, or for younger kids a “Car Survival Kit” for when they are stuck in the car while a parent runs errands. You could make a volcano shape like Jess did, or just grab a brown paper bag and fill with fun goodies. Put in a snack, a small drink, a lollipop, a band aid, and a toy or game from the dollar store. Print out a label and Jess over at Happy Homemade you have a great, unique gift bag. Tiffany Doerr Guerzon is a freelance writer and the mother of three children, including a teen. Read more of her writing at TDGuerzon.com .