Sunday, July 15, 2012

Owen's vintage circus 1st birthday: DIY favor tutorial

Owen's party favors for his friends turned out so sweet. A cotton baggie with a vintage circus playing card print, a few circus animal coloring sheets, colorful crayons and a lollipop. It really was an easy favor to make and turns out to be a fun bag of goodies. The kids were thrilled as they pulled all the treasures out of the baggie. It gives them a bag to keep things in, a coloring activity to do, a fun way to learn about colors, animals and letters and a sweet treat to enjoy. Here is what I did...

Favor bags with image
-Buy cotton drawstring bags. I used these 4x6 muslin bags. 
-Buy soft transfer paper for light color fabric. You can usually find this at your local craft store. 
-Buy your desired image for the outside of the bag (I used a vintage deck of crazy 8 playing cards)
-Scan the cards in your computer and follow the directions on the transfer paper instructions (scan in, reverse image on computer, cut out, place on cotton bag, iron on, let cool, peel off, easy)

Coloring Sheets
-Find 6 themed coloring pictures or drawer your own (I tried drawing my own and it didn't end well, I should take a picture and show you my attempts just for the humor or it)
-Add the name of each animal in an easy to read font
-Print out on card stock and cut to fit in bag

Circus crayons
-Buy mini candy molds. I got these cute circus animals.
-Buy crayons in desired colors
-Peel the label off the crayons
-Chop crayons into small pieces 
-Place cupcake liners in a cupcake pan 
-Put two crayons of the same color (or get creative and mix them up) into each cupcake liner
-Preheat oven at 350 degrees and bake crayons for a few minutes or until the crayon has almost completely melted
-Quickly poor hot crayon liquid into the candy mold (I only melted 6 cupcake liners of crayons at a time because they start hardening up fast)
-Let cool and your cute crayons will pop right out

Thank you tags
-Buy plain craft tags. They should have these at your local craft store. 
-Buy two stamps: a cute thank you stamp and another stamp that goes with your theme. I got this stamp of a giraffe with a birthday hat. (I also used the giraffe stamp on the envelope of the  invitation and on the thank you notes)
-Buy two colors of ink
-Stamp thank you on one side of tag and other image on the reverse side 

Add some candy and you have a perfect little favor!

I made bunting out of the deck of cards and hung it over the favor table for a cute finishing touch. 

Click here to see more pictures from his party! 


  1. Christy, you guys did such a great job celebrating Owen's first birthday! Love the theme, decor and favor bags!! Happy Birthday, Owen!!! xx

  2. Fantastic job for this theme! it got me inspired for my kids birthdays next year. They will turn 3 (boy) and 6 (girl) (same month) and I try to choose a theme that they both enjoy. I am totally ready for the ride!

  3. These turned out so great! Love them :)

  4. Is there any way you could let me know exactly what color balloons you got to put on his high chair? Thanks so much!

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