Learn how to make these simple and sweet kids party goodie bags with a special handmade touch. The homemade play dough recipe I share in this blog is easy to make and oh so soft.
My son William turned three this past week and it was a bittersweet moment.
It feels like his baby years have come to an end and as much as I love watching him grow into a little boy, I miss my chubby, happy little baby.
There will be no more babies for us, so these precious years are something to savour!
For William’s party we kept things simple and gathered our closest friends and family at the playground (hello cheap stress-free party venue), decided on a pirate theme, baked cupcakes and made goodie bags for all the kids.
I mean, what’s a party without a goodie bag!?
My kids just love being involved making the goodie bags in anticipation of their special day. Sure I could just go and get everything we need from the shops and pack the bags one night after the kids go to bed but it means so much more to do it together. They especially love practising their counting and help to divide everything up.
Homemade Play Dough
For our handmade goodie bags I made a double batch of my homemade play dough recipe in red and blue to match the theme of the party. This made enough for 15 goodie bags.
Homemade play dough is so quick and easy to make, and you can make it any colour you like! Don’t be put-off by the prospect of making your own play dough. The whole process only takes six ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and around 30 minutes.
I packaged individual portions of the the play dough in little tins from Kmart which only cost $1 each. To finish the look I stamped each portion with a heart-shaped craft stamp. This could be any stamp that matches your theme.
Making play dough is a great activity to do with the kids, but take care when using the stove and the food colouring.
Hand Stamped Goodie Bags
To hold all our goodies we simply stamped kraft paper bags with a sweet thank you message for a personal handmade touch.
The bags had paper handles so they were completely plastic free and recyclable. I also got these from Kmart and they only cost $0.70 each.
Simple Finishing Touches
To go with the homemade play dough tins I chose to add a few chocolate coins, to serve as ‘pirate’s treasure’, a stick of sidewalk chalk and some pirate stickers to finish our goodie bags.
The party bags were a huge hit. Some of the kids even started using their side walk chalk at the party which was great for keeping them entertained.
TIPS FOR MAKING DIY PARTY BAGS
- Don’t leave it to the last minute to purchase your supplies. Get organised early to save money and reduce stress.
- Involve your kids in the process, they will make memories to last a lifetime.
- Browse Pinterest for more DIY and homemade party bag ideas to suit your theme. We came across some cute ideas for ribbon wands, seed packets and finger puppets to name a few.
- If you’re adding chocolate treats to the bags store them in a cool place to avoid a melted mess. Individually wrapped sweets work best.
- Before you buy anything new, check what you might already have left over from the last party or in your craft cupboard and see what you can reinvent to save time and money.
- Be aware of the age of your party guests and avoid anything that could present a choking risk.
- Cotton bags, scraps of fabric and little cardboard boxes also make great party bag options. Let your creativity run free!