easy DIY fabric Christmas goodie bags

Hi everyone! I whipped up a few fabric goodie bag designs for Christmas gift giving.

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I’m sharing one here and I’m thrilled to be over at Amy’s blog, Positively Splendid, as part of her Swell Noel, sharing a second tutorial!

So let’s get crafty and make a few goodie bags. They’re easy to make, easy to personalize and fun to share!

How to make Santa Stache Goodie Bags | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

First you’ll need to make a Snowflake Cork Stamp. Grab a wine cork, Sharpie and Xacto knife. Draw a basic snowflake with the Sharpie, trim it out with the Xacto knife and instant stamp!

Now that you have your snowflake, you’ll also need:

  • Red canvas (my bags are 4 1/2″ x 6″ each and my fabric is from JoAnn)
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine (I used a simple blanket stitch)
  • White and blue fabric paint
  • Letter stamps (S-N-O-W-B-A-L-L-S)
  • Pinking shears
  • Fine paint brush
  • White gumballs (I got mine from Candy Gallaxy)

And now for the easy DIY steps:

  1. Cut red canvas in 4.5″ x 6″ pieces, you’ll need two per bag.
  2. Using a fine paint brush, lightly paint each stamp and apply design to fabric.
  3. Allow paint to dry completely.
  4. Set sewing machine to blanket stitch and sew three edges.
  5. Trim off the top of each bag with pinking shears.
  6. Fill with candy. I used large white gumballs… SNOW BALLS. {wink}

Wanna know how I made the Santa Stache Stamp and bag in the “materials” picture above? Hop over to my post at Positively Splendid and check out the full tutorial!

As always, hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gumball spider Halloween favors

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Hi there! It’s Deanna from Mirabelle Creations here to share a not-too-spooky treat for Halloween.

These creepy crawly Spider Lollipops are simple enough even for your little goblins to help assemble. And, kids will love that they are not made using traditional lollipops, but made using gumballs! They are perfect for a Trick or Treat, You’re So Sweet Halloween Party favor, classroom Halloween treat, or a simple goody to pass out to neighborhood friends.

These little Halloween Spider Lollipops were made using just black gumballs. However, feel free to get creative and use whatever color gumballs you’d like. They would be especially cute in pink or purple for a girly Halloween party. You should also be able to find a package of black pipe cleaners, so you don’t have pick out the black ones from a package of assorted ones. I found the package I used for under $1.00 at my local grocery store.

To make Gumball Spider Lollipops, you’ll need:

  •  Wooden Skewers (with a pointy end)
  •  Gumballs
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Small Plastic Bags
  • Black Pipe Cleaners
  • Small Wiggly Eyes
  • Glue Stick

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Simple how tos:

  1. Using a wooden skewer, poke a hole in the bottom of a gumball. If your kids are helping you assemble these, make sure a grown up does this part.
  2. Remove the skewer and stick lollipop stick through the bottom layer of the gumball.
  3. Place small plastic bag over gumball. I simply cut one side of a plastic sandwich bag and used that to cover the gumball.
  4. Cut two black pipe cleaners in half, so you have four pieces each approximately 6 inches long.
  5. Wrap pipe cleaners around the top of lollipop stick, where it meets the gumball until you have eight legs.

Pop in and visit me at Mirabelle Creations. And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy spider cello bags + FREE Halloween favor tags

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Halloween favors don’t have to be expensive, but they can be fun! Here’s how you make a super simple spider cello favor bag for your spooky bash! {say that three times fast!}

Plus, embellish it with my FREE orange and black spider Halloween favor tags! Guests will be giddy when you thank them for “dropping by!”

For this easy Halloween craft you’ll need:

  • Pretzel size cello bags
  • Black craft paint (mine was Martha Stewart brand)
  • Silver Sharpie
  • Marshmallows (or other goodie)
  • Orange ribbon
  • The Celebration Shoppe’s FREE printable Halloween favor tags (Note: The fonts might look odd on the scribd.com preview, but they’ll be perfect once you download!)

Spider Cello Favors | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Quick steps:

  1. Pipe some black paint onto a flat surface.
  2. Press your thumb into the paint (this could be a lot of fun for your kiddos!) and press to the center of the cello. This will be your spider’s body.
  3. Allow the paint to dry for 5-7 minutes (dry to touch).
  4. Draw on your spider legs with a silver Sharpie. Spiders have eight legs and I chose to make them look segmented. A bit creepier that way. {grin}
  5. Fill with treats, tie with ribbon, adorn with my FREE Halloween favor tags and waalaa. Lovely and inexpensive Halloween party favor!

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There’s more Halloween fun where this came from! Here are just a few things around my shoppe and blog:

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Trick or Treat Halloween Party Invitation. DIY Monster Pedestal Jars. Owl Candy Bar Wrappers from Candy Corn Halloween Party Collection. Halloween Placesetting with Trick or Treat Halloween Party Collection.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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personalized favors {boxes & bags}

personalized favors

Love giving personalized favors when you host a gathering? Check out these adorable and hand drawn favor boxes from Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings. Darcy designed these when Bergdorf Goodman hosted a party for David Stark’s beautiful new book, David Stark: The Art of the Party.

Want to know how she created these adorable favor boxes? In her words:

“I sketched David in four different outfits, and in each he’s holding something different in his hands that’s relevant to content in the book: a basket of berries, a bouquet of flowers, a watering can, and of course the book itself.  Smitten on Paper printed my sketches onto the sides of their two white boxes, with the upper half of his outfits printed onto one box, and the lower half onto the other. Then I stacked them, which created a twisting block that lets you turn them to pair a different top with a different bottom. One box is filled with dark chocolate covered almonds from Nuts.com, while the other holds berry-flavored gummies by Sockerbit; the candies are in cellophane bags sealed with a sticker featuring David’s photo. On the bottom of the lower box, I wrote ‘Congrats’ and ‘Bergdorf Goodman, May 14th, 2013.’ Then I tied everything together using black waxed twine and, voilà!”

personalized favors

Don’t have Darcy’s talent with a pencil? Me either. How about monograms?! When asked by the Martha team, these were my favorite choices to share for weddings, baby showers and birthdays:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Copyright ©2013. For more wedding favor ideas, check out www.marthastewartweddings.com. Photography credits: picture this, Marcus Nilsson and personalized favors, Stephen Lewis

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DIY Frankenstein coin wrapper favors

Excited to have Jen of Passion for Parties guest posting this morning and sharing her adorable Frankenstein coin wrapper party favors, perfect Halloween kids craft and so inexpensive to make!

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Good morning everyone! Here’s what you’ll need for this easy craft:

  • Coin wrappers for quarters (I bought an entire bag of wrappers at the dollar store)
  • One-inch gumballs (in a pretzel cello bag) or other wrapped candies
  • Black duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Black crepe paper
  • Black cardstock
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue
  • Google eyes
  • Black and red sharpies

And here are the easy DIY how tos: 

  1. Stuff the coin wrappers with gumballs in food safe pretzel cello bags, or other prepackaged candies, as you would with coins, folding over the edges to secure.
  2. Cut a piece of duct tape large enough to cover the opening of the wrapper and fold down the sides a bit.
  3. Rest the tape on top of one end of the wrapper.
  4. Use scissor to cut slits in the tape, then fold the edges down and secure.
  5. Measure and cut a piece of green paper long enough and wide enough to fit around the coin wrapper.
  6. Use double-sided tape to secure it in place.
  7. Measure and cut a piece of crepe paper long enough to wrap around the top edge of the coin wrapper.
  8. Cut the crepe paper in half lengthwise, then cut triangular snips out of the paper to create hair.
  9. Use double-sided tape to secure the crepe paper around the tape-wrapped edge of the coin wrapper.
  10. Use scissors or a large heart-shaped paper punch to make a 2 to 2 ½ inch heart out of black cardstock.
  11. Fold the tip of the heart over about ¼ of an inch, then secure it to the back of the coin wrapper with a dot of hot glue to serve as “feet.”
  12. Attach the google eyes to the face of your Frankenstein, then use the sharpies to add accents like eyebrows, a mouth, and stitches.

 Thanks so much for having me Kim!

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You can find more of Jen’s fabulous ideas on her blog at Passion for Parties! And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! 

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DIY moving party favor boxes


Hello there! It’s Deanna, event designer and editor of Mirabelle Creations, again! I’m so happy to be back here at The Celebration Shoppe, sharing an easy party favor packaging idea. I recently co-hosted a Going Away party for a friend who was moving out of state. For party favors, I decided to package the favors like little moving boxes.

The moving boxes were filled with a packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds and homemade dark chocolate cashew bark. Additionally, a sweet card was added to the box, which read, “Flowers make the world colorful, bright and fun, just like Will & Andrea. Think fondly of them as these bloom.” The Forget-Me-Not seeds were a great favor for our Going Away party because they are both inexpensive and sentimental!

And if you have a college student heading back, these little boxes would be a creative way to wrap up a special little farewell gift!

What you’ll need:

  • 4x4x4 cupcake box or other small box
  • roll of craft paper
  • 8×11 shipping label
  • tape
  • scissors
  • favor of your choice

And the simple how-to:

I started with 4x4x4 cupcake boxes that I ordered from an online bakery packaging supply store (my resource). It’s my favorite way to package party favors so I ordered a case of 100 boxes! But you can also find them at your local craft store in smaller quantities.

  • Fold the boxes and fill with the favor of your choice.
  • Wrap the cupcake box with the craft paper, just like you would gift wrap a present.
  • Using a word processing program, print moving phrases, such as “This Side Up,” “Fragile,” and “Handle with Care,” onto the 8×11 shipping label. Cut out the labels and attach to the outside of the boxes.

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western party favor ideas

Hi everyone! It’s Bridget again. Kim is still recouping from her son’s Robot birthday party (so much to share!) on Sunday so I thought I would share a bit more about the planning for my youngest daughter’s upcoming  birthday party in October. Last week I shared the theme and a few of the things inspiring me.

And this morning, with bandanas, boots and buckaroos still on the brain, here are some fabulous favor ideas:

  • Hobo sticks filled with toys and treats from super mom, photographer and blogger Kelly Hampton. (This entire party was fabulous and she made almost everything herself!)
  • Cute and functional, these Wanted placemat posters  from Mini Mocha are fun.
  • Trail mix bags (brown lunch bags tied with raffia and a darling tag) again from Kelly Hampton.
  • Adrian of Canyon Photography picked up simple dollar bin felt barns from Target added a few animals and sent each child home with a miniature petting zoo! (via Chickabug)
  • Adorable stick ponies to fill the pony corral from Pluff Mud Studio

As always, we hope you’re inspired!

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simple patriotic favor idea + free printables

These mini gumball machines are perfect favors for the July 4th holiday! It’s not always necessary to give favors, especially at low-key family gatherings like most of us will host this weekend, but if you can squeeze it into the budget, it sure can be fun

And what’s better, they can be placecards when dressed up with our FREE printables. We designed placecards/favor tags, straw slips and napkin rings for our contributing article with Mom magazine. Download your templates now. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY bird house favor boxes

Leoni of Just Call Me Martha posted a sweet note on my facebook page a few weeks ago and with a blog name like that I of course had to take a look. This fabulous idea for a bird house favor box was one of the first things I came across and I was totally smitten. Using a template from Torie Jayne’s blog she created six little treat boxes for her niece Jasmine’s birdy birthday party.

Make sure you hop over to Just Call Me Martha for all the how to details and to see more of the beautiful bird inspired party Leoni hosted for her niece! {Thanks Leoni for letting me share!}

As always I hope you’re inspired!

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