DIY Kids Birthday Party Favors

Happy Monday! Hoping your weekend was wonderful.

As I mentioned on Friday, our nephew turns three tomorrow!

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I met little Thomas when he was just over a year old, and watching him grow – especially in personality – has been really special.

For his big third birthday party, my sister-in-law put together a Thomas the Train-themed party that was held on Saturday. I put myself on party favor duty to help out. A friend of mine did something similar to this favor for her son’s class valentines this year, and I thought the idea was just adorable. With a few modifications, I came up with my own!

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Putting these together couldn’t have been easier.

DIY Kids Birthday Party Favors

What You’ll Need:

  • Photoshop or Pic Lab HD app (see below for instructions)
  • Photo paper (either at home or at your local printing store)
  • Hole punch
  • Lollipops/Sucker candies (any candy with a stick, really)
  • Scotch tape
  • Your camera

Step One: Based on the party theme in mind, take a photo of your child (or overgrown child, as the case may have it) holding his or her hand out or up, as Thomas is doing in the photo above. It’s important that the pose is done in such a way that it looks as if he or she is holding something. If you can, putting the little guy or girl in a corresponding outfit is perfect! Thomas is wearing his train hat here.

Step Two: Using Photoshop, plug in some text for the Thank You note. I kept my text in line with the Thomas the Train party. Tip: If you don’t have Photoshop, the iPhone app PicLab HD is a great download and will overlay text in this fashion for you. And it’s a bargain at only $1.99! Once you download, simply plug in a couple of quick text boxes and arrange them over your photo as you like. You can even choose custom fonts.

Step Three: Save your photo as a JPG file and send it off to a printer. My quick go-to is always Office Max. I recommend asking them to print your photo on a gloss paper with a matte back (12 point gloss is great). My photo is a 4 x 6 inch print.

Step Four: Using a hole punch, punch a hole through the space where your child’s hand is in the photo (I realize this sounds really weird, but there’s just no better way to phrase this one!).

Step Five: Put the stick side of a lollipop/sucker candy through the hole you just punched so that the candy side is touching the side on which your photo appears and the stick is touching the matte side of the photo.

Step Six: Using Scotch tape, secure your lollipop to the back matte side of the photo, and you’re set!

The favors seemed to be a hit, and I hope they will be for you, too!

BE paperie kids birthday party favors