Oh, Goody! The Best DIY Kids' Birthday Party Favor Ideas

From a ponytail holder pop to make-your-own slime, these clever kids' birthday party favor ideas are fun, affordable and definitely doable

Even though you've entertained your kids' favorite peeps and plied them with pizza and birthday cake, you're still expected to send them home with a treat. But you don't need to resort to bag of plastic junk: Say thanks for coming with these easy and adorable DIY birthday party favors instead. 


Hair Apparent
They got enough sugar with the birthday cake, so treat your daughter's friends to a sweet ponytail pop. Bird's Party Blog offers a simple tutorial that involves wrapping ponytail holders around a Styrofoam ball. (We might need to make a few of these for ourselves, too!)

Pillow Fight
Hosting a slumber party? Hand out personalized pillowcases, and your overnight guests will giggle with glee. We love the fabric letters used by thatstoocuteboutique on Etsy.com. Take it a step further and have Sharpies on hand, so everyone can collect autographs from their friends. Sweet dreams!

Ballpark Figure
Hit a homerun for your baseball party guests by handing out a favor bag like this one from Creating Couture Parties. Wrap up ballpark faves -- think Cracker Jack and Twizzlers -- along with a shiny new baseball, and you'll be batting 1000.

Animal Magnetism
Not only does is this adorable candy kabob made with gummy candy from Every Day is an Occasion perfect for an animal party, it also makes even a small amount of sugary treats look incredibly exciting. We love the note: "Thanks for coming and partying like an animal!"

Ears to You
Going with a classic Mickey Mouse theme? Send the kids home with goodie bags full of Goldfish, animal crackers or other treats, in a design like this one from Picture Perfect Party. Oh, boy!

Color Us Impressed
Guests at Alannah Rose's rainbow-themed party took home these personalized pocket mirrors in gift bags that included this sweet ironed-on poem: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the brightest rainbow of them all?"

You're the Man!
Got a "little man" at home? Pack up favors like little moustaches and clip-on ties into these crazy-cute paper-tie goodie bags from Bliss Bloom. Man, that's cute.

Write on!
Take creativity on-the-road with this great idea from the Under the Sycamore. Use glue sticks to cover mini notebooks with printed paper and wrap elastic around the book to hold crayons. (See the tutorial -- there's a little sewing involved.) Now that we think about it, we may need to make a few extra to keep in our purse, our glove box, our diaper bag, our …

Dig It
The perfect favor for a construction-themed party? Try this idea from Paperboxpress.com. Fill a plastic sand bucket with a shovel and treats -- cute soaps (aka, "industrial hand cleaner") and stoplight-decorated cookies (with "Hope you dug my party" notes). Good times ahead.

The Slime Light
Perfect for Halloween-themed birthdays -- or any sort of monster madness, this green slime party favor from All Things Simple is sure to cause guests to scream with delight. The blog offers directions on how to make the slime mix -- just add your own little monster!

Lego Love
We seriously love the idea of a Lego party -- and these Lego gift bags from the Crunchy Catholic Momma. Just buy colorful gift bags, matching card stock, a circle stamp about the size of a half dollar (or use scissors) and pop dots (or double-sided tape). Punch out eight circles per bag, stick the pop dots on the circles, and then stick the circles on the bags. It's a lot less time than we spent putting together that Ninjago set.

Flip You for It
Whether you're hosting a pool party, a sleepover, a spa soiree or just a come-on-over-and-celebrate-with us birthday bash, girls will love being sent home with a pretty pair of embellished flip flops. Find out how to make them at D&G Stories, then brace yourself for flip-out.

In the Bag
An easy way to make goodie bags? Fill Ziplock baggies with brightly-colored notepads, crayons and candy, then dress it up by folding card stock over the opening of the bag and stapling it shut. Easy-peasy! Check it out on iVillage.

Something's Fishy
Forget flowered centerpieces. Mom got the partygoers' parents' permission first, and then let kids take home their own pet Dorothys after the Elmo festivities.

Outside of the Box
Now, we all know kids are often happiest when they're left to play with a cardboard box, so creating a party theme around the simple structure? Genius! On to Baby features this idea, along with a great party favor idea: Fill a big box full of bouncy red balls for the little ones to take home. 

From the Street
Planning a Sesame Street soiree? Your party favor bags are covered. Order up some ready-made treat bags, like these made using card stock from Buggy's Basement, or start snipping and create your own. Done!

Monster Mash
Pack the little monsters (we mean that in a totally loving way) up with their own monster-themed container of Play-Doh. To make this simple favor from the Meet the Dubiens, take a regular can of Play-Doh and wrap it in colorful card stock and use black, white and red cardstock to cut out eyes, mouths and tongues. So cute, it's scary!

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