DIY Party Favours

Oct 24, 2012


We recently had a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party for my son's 1st birthday. 

Here's how we made the take-home bags and goodies to go in them.

You can use these ideas for any theme of party by simply changing a few little details.


DIY PLAYDOUGH BAGS


 "Make-your-own" play dough bags make a great party favour as you can easily control the costs by making the playdough yourself. Here's our favourite quick and easy playdough recipe. They are also really simple to make and as a bonus, they look great and kids love them.

You can make them in any theme to suit your child's party.
Here's how we made them for our Very Hungry Caterpillar Party


Materials: Playdough, embellishments (googly eyes and pipecleaners), zip lock bag, cardboard tags.



After making up the playdough I made my own version of what the children could make with it.
I then photographed it and made a simple label on the computer.

Print out the labels onto thick white paper, assemble each zip lock bag with playdough and embellishments and then staple a folded over label over the top of the ziplock bag. All done! Too easy :)


Click here for a copy of the Very Hungry Caterpillar playdough bag labels.
Be sure to download onto your computer and then print for best quality.


RECYCLE BABY FOOD JARS


Recycled Baby food jars make such cute little lolly holders for take-home bags.

We used ours to hold our "Caterpillar Food"

Materials: Empty baby food jars, paint, stickers/paper/glue

After ensuring that all the jars were thoroughly cleaned I painted all the lids with green paint.
I then made up a simple label on the computer (Caterpillar Food) and stuck those on top of the lids.


Fill your little lolly jars with whatever you like


Voila! Easy and pretty and can be made to suit any theme.



Party Bags

To put their treats in I purchased some plain paper bags and stuck on a thankyou that I made on the computer.


For a cheaper alternative, try brown paper lunch bags with a mini peg keeping them folded over.



You can see the rest of our Very Hungry Caterpillar Party here.



What great DIY Party Favour Ideas do you use?



Happy playing,
Debs :)



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97 comments:

  1. Oh how fun! We made make Your Own Elmo play dough party favors for Rosie's second birthday back in February. The kiddos loved them! Rosie still plays with hers

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    1. Thanks. Ooh, I'd love to see them. Did you write a post on them? DIY Playdough as take home treats is so good because it's so easy and inexpensive for parents but the kids absolutely love it! :)

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  2. Awesome! I love the baby food jar idea.

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  3. Hi,
    I was just wondering what computer program you used to make the labels? This idea was adorable! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks, you're more than welcome. I just used Microsoft Word actually, so nothing fancy at all, lol. Got whichever pics I could off the internet and then scanned our copy of the book to get any food pics I was missing. Resized them in word and just added a little text box with the words. I then published it as a PDF file through Word. They're not the most professional or anything like that but I think they're good enough and all together, looked like I was hoping. :)

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  4. I love the playdough,looks so pretty!

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  5. this looks like so much fun. my grandson will be turning two soon might try this. thanks for sharing

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  6. caterpillar food... genius! playdough is a great party favor, but you took it up a notch. seriously so cute.

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  7. Hi,

    I'm throwing a similar party for my son's first birthday and love all your ideas? I'm really inexperience with making labels, would you mind sharing yours? My email is [email protected] and would really appreciate any help you can give. thanks! -Kate

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  8. I was also hoping to get a copy of just the leaf if you don't mind! My email is [email protected]
    Will be doing the same party for my son's first birthday as well and you've given me a ton of great ideas! Thank you ma'am!

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  9. Would it be possible to get the file for the playdoh cardstock labels? If so, you can email it to [email protected] Thanks so much! Awesome ideas~ Lori

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  10. These ideas are so creative! I just found your blog and I think I might be addicted:)
    www.molosspeechblog.blogspot.com

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  11. I too would love to get the file for the playdough labels...would you be willing to share?? If so, please email to: [email protected] Thank you for the great ideas!

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  12. I would also love the playdoh labels, if you are willing to share. Thank you so much for your very creative ideas!
    [email protected]

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  13. I LOVE the playdough labels you created. If by chance you can share the file, I'd be so appreciative!

    [email protected]

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  14. I LOVE all of your ideas. Would it be possible to share the files for the playdough label and leaf? THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! Beautiful party!

    [email protected]

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  15. I would love to get the playdough label file too. If you are sharing it, my email is [email protected]
    Thanks!

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  16. I guess other's had the same idea I do :) Would you mind sharing your playdough label? I don't have a computer to make my own.

    Email:

    [email protected]

    Thanks so much!

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  17. Since everyone is asking are you willing to share your playdough label. I love the simplicity. My littles would love these. I downloaded your cards can't wait to do this theme with my kids. I also love that it is a very healthy unit that ends with a treat. I love your blog. Thank you. Mrs. Valerie
    Email: [email protected]

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  18. Thanks everyone for your kind words. I hope that everyone above received their copy of the playdough bag labels. Happy to send them to anyone that asks.
    Kind regards,
    Debs :)

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    1. Hey Deborah, I just found your page as I was looking for ideas for my son's 1st birthday, I love everything you put together! Could you please send me the play dough labels as well, that is just a great idea and i think it will be the neatest party favors!
      [email protected]

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    2. I would love a copy of the play dough label please!

      [email protected]

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    3. Hi Deborah
      Could I also please get a copy sent of the lables.
      Wanting yo do this for my kinda kid.
      Thank you
      [email protected]

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  19. I'd LOVE a copy of the file as well! I'm planning my triplet's two year birthday party and keep coming back to your site for inspiration. Thanks x3!!! Jennifer
    email: [email protected]

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  20. I'd love a copy as well! I'm just now seeing this great idea and my sons birthday party is Saturday!!!! You have such wonderful ideas, I wish I would have came across your site sooner :) Thanks so much!
    [email protected]
    Nicole!

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  21. Hi Deborah! Would you be willing to send me the file for the play dough favor? This is the perfect favor for my daughters birthday party, hate the thought of giving candy to little ones!
    Thanks
    Dayna

    [email protected]

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  22. Hi Deborah, I love your blog!! I would love if you could share your play-doh label. My son's party is next week and this is such a great idea!!! Thanks in advance, Amanda

    [email protected]

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  23. If you don't mind sharing the play-doh labels could you email a copy to me to use at my son's first birthday? My email address is [email protected]
    Thanks so much!

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  24. Hi Deborah,
    I love all your party ideas, they are amazing. Can you please send me the play-doh labels for my daughter's birthday? My email address is [email protected]

    Thank you so much!!

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  25. Could these be any cuter????? I am totally in love with them! :-)

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  26. I am throwing a Hungry Caterpillar party for my daughters playgroup and we will be celebrating 13 of the childrens birthdays at my home! I am a little behind on planning and was wondering you if you please share the file for the play-doh.

    [email protected]

    So appreciative of your post!!!

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  27. I would LOVE these labels as well. I am having my son's 1st birthday party in October, and these are perfect for his Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party.

    [email protected]

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  28. Hi, I would love the playdoh label file too please.
    [email protected]
    Fantastic idea!
    Thanks!

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  29. Hi, I would love the playdoh label file too please! We are throwing our son's 1st birthday party in 2 weeks! My email is: [email protected]
    Thank you!!

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  30. I must jump on the band wagon and say I love the playdoh idea and would love it if you could share the label file. Love all your ideas and can't wait for my daughters first birthday to see how it all comes together. [email protected]

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  31. Super cuteeee party!!! Would you mind sharing the playdoh labels with me?? [email protected] Thanks so much!!

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  32. Thanks everyone :) As far as I know, I sent the labels out to everyone who asked :) Hope you all had a great party. If you'd like a copy as well, just leave me a msg below with your email addy and I will send it over to you. :)

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  33. Oh no...I believe my labels might have gotten sucked into my spam folder. If you don't mind, could you please try sending again.

    [email protected]
    Thank you!

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  34. HI Deborah. I absolutely LOVE your Caterpillar party ideas. You are so creative and talented. I am throwing my daughter a Caterpillar party for her 4th birthday since it's her ultimate favorite book. Anyway, I hope you don't mind I am "borrowing" most of your ideas :) Would you mind sending me copy of your caterpillar labels. I would really appreciate it. Thanks! My email is [email protected]

    -Nancy

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  35. Love this!!! Could I too get a copy of your labels (especially the play-doh ones?) please and thank you!
    [email protected]

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  36. I love your playdough favor idea. Can you please also send me the playdough label? Thank you!

    [email protected]

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  37. Hello - love everything you did for this party! I am having one in 2 weeks and just found your site. I would LOVE your playdough bag label if you are still sharing! [email protected] Thanks!

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  38. Oh my goodness you are awesome!!! I got so many ideas from your party!!!!

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  39. I love this theme for my son's first party I was wondering if you could send me the labels as well
    [email protected], please and thanks in advance

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  40. Hi! Would I be able to get an email with your playdough labels? If you don't mind sharing! Thanks heaps- such a fantastic idea! [email protected]

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  41. I'd love to use your label for the playdough as well as the leaf. I'm doing a family literacy workshop at my preschool using the hungry caterpillar book. This would work great! Thank you! My email is [email protected]

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  42. hi there, we love your idea's! Please could we also have a copy of the hungry caterpillar labels?
    Our address is [email protected]
    Thanks!

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  43. I'd love a copy of the files as well if possible. Thanks so much for sharing! c.mcwhirter AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. No worries Carly. Thanks for you msg on FB :)

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  44. Your DIY HC Playdough labels are precious! I'd love to have the file for my son's party if you're still sharing. Thanks!
    Shannon
    mrscoultersclass at gmail com

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  45. I am planning on this theme for my twins upcoming 2nd bday and love everything you did! If you are still sharing your playdough label, I'd appreciate a copy. My email is nicoledivirgilio at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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  46. If it is at all possible I would LOVE a copy of the labels for my son's hungry caterpillar party! Such a great idea!
    Kate
    [email protected]

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  47. Could I also get a copy of the VHC playdough labels? So cute!

    [email protected]

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  48. Hi, I would love the playdoh label file too please.
    [email protected]
    Fantastic idea!
    Thanks!

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  49. Hello,

    I have pinned this post a few months ago and now is the time to have a party :-) Would you mind to send me your printables - I mean playdough label, leaf, party bag label and invitation? [email protected] Thanks and have a nice day.

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  50. Love the play dough idea!!! Could you please send me the label file
    [email protected]

    Thanks!!!

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  51. What a great idea! LOVE it all!!! Could you please share your play dough label with me? [email protected]
    Thank You!!!!

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  52. Love your VHC party, fits what I was imagining for my son perfectly. I'd love a copy of the playdough label if you don't mind.
    Thanks, Penny
    [email protected]

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  53. Would you mind sharing the play dough label? I would love to use it for my daughter's birthday. [email protected]

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  54. I would also love the play dough labels.
    Please :-)
    [email protected]
    Thanks!!
    I lovee everything you did! I always have ideas but lack of time to do everything I want. How did you manage your time to do all this?
    Blessings

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  55. Absolutely adorable and so unique and creative. Is it too late for you to share the play doh label with me?
    [email protected] I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much!!

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  56. This is adorable. I'd love a copy of the labels for my twins 2nd birthday if you have the time to send them. [email protected]! Thanks :)

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  57. Please tell me... How did you make the leaf in the jar? Love all of your wonderful ideas, thanks so much for sharing!!

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    1. Hi Dee, the little leaves inside the jar are a type of sweet that I purchased called "mint leaves" They are a pretty classic lolly here in Australia. If you mean the leaf on the lid, I just found the image on the net and printed them out. :)

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  58. Looks great!! Could you please send me the playdough labels, my sons birthday is this weekend and I've looked everywhere for a similar and couldn't find any.. [email protected]
    I would really appriciate it!!

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  59. As far as I know, I've sent the labels to everyone above. If for some reason I've missed you, feel free to drop me a line [email protected] :)

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  60. Oh my goodnes this is all amazing!! Please could you send me the playdough label and pary bag label if you get chance? thanks so much! [email protected]

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  61. Unfortunately I don't have a copy of the party bag label that isn't customised with my son's name. I just used a Very Hungry Caterpillar picture from a google image search and added my own text to it.
    Happy to send the playdough bag label though. :)

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    1. Hello can you please send me the play dough label for my baby party....
      I sooooooo love your ideas thanx sweetie. My email is [email protected]

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  62. What a great idea! LOVE it all!!! Could you please share your play dough label with me
    Thank You!!!! [email protected]

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  63. Hi! I love all of your party ideas for your Hungry Caterpillar Party and am feeling inspired. I was at a loss as to what to give to 2 & 3 years olds as a party favour. I would love a copy of your labels for the playdough bag. They are awesome. My email is [email protected] Thank you!

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  64. Hi! Love your great idea. I already did the backdrop with the lantern, they look awesome! I would love to have a copy of your leaf label and the party bag label. My email is [email protected] Thanks!

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  65. Hi there, you have lots of brilliant party ideas, I love them. My 4 year has just been focusing on the VHC at school and now wants a party with that theme. Please could I have a copy of the playdough labels? My email is [email protected]
    Thanking you in advance :-)

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  66. Hi there, I am throwing my little ones 1st birthday in November. I am awful with computer..Is there anyway that you can send me the playdough label file. I would greatly appreciate it, and the leaf label and party bag. That would be such a wonderful help. My email is [email protected]

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  67. Your party looked amazing!! You have given me loads of ideas for my daughters party! Would you mind sending me the playdough and leaf files please?? Many thanks, Theresa x

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  68. Sorry forgot email address - [email protected]
    Thank you theresa x

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  69. Thank you for your willingness to share. Could you please send me the files as well please. My email is [email protected]
    Thanks again

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  70. Hello! I LOVE all your ideas and am so inspired...would you mind sending me your printable files as well, in particular the playdough one. Thank you!

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  71. Love this party theme! We are modeling our daughter's 1st birthday after this. Would you mind emailing me the playdough label? My email is [email protected]
    Thanks!!

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  72. Your party was so cute! I'm planning a VHC party for my one year old but it's a little hard to find that theme for party things here in Australia! Your blog has been great to get ideas! Would you mind emailing me your playdo pdf to use? My email is [email protected] Thank you so much!

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  73. Hello! Love, love this party theme. My little girl is turning 2 and want to do this cute party theme :( Would you be so kind and emailing me the play dough label? Email [email protected] Many thanks

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  74. If you have a moment would you please send me the label you used for the play dough bags? I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas and for sharing them with all of us!

    Stephanie
    [email protected]

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  75. I would also love a copy of the playdough labels if you don't mind? ([email protected]). I'm so inspired by your posts! I'm having a VHC party for my daughter next month ... can't wait!
    Many thanks
    Anna

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  76. I'll send it to you soon guys (just away at the moment) If for some reason I miss you, drop me an email at learnwithplayathome at gmail.com and I'll get it to you :)

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  77. Hi Deb, I LOVE your ideas!! I can't wait to plan my little guy's first birthday! When you get a chance, can you please send me the play-doh label file and the leaf file? Thanks so much!! [email protected]

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  78. I would love the play dough and leaf file as well. Love, love, love the baby food jar idea - cutest one I have seen for the caterpillar food!! [email protected] THANKYOU!!

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  79. Love this idea! I would also love the playdoh and caterpillar food label! If you still can send it my email is [email protected]! Thank You! So cute!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment! I love reading them all.