What do you give kids as a birthday party favor when it’s a princess party but you have girls and boys in attendance? My answer was Design Your Own Royal Bird Castle kits. I was inspired by the take-and-make craft that Lisa of Sweet Pop Studio created for the Rainbow Wishes party that I was involved with earlier this year. I loved the idea of supplying a complete kit to make a craft at home. After all, I’m all about encouraging creativity and letting kids explore different mediums. It was also a big bonus that I wouldn’t be sending the kids home with candy or dollar store trinkets. Sweet treats are usually a big part of my parties, so I don’t feel like it’s fair to send them off with even more sugar.
When I saw the unfinished bird houses that resembled castle turrets, I was sold! It was just what I needed to tie in the princess theme while still keeping the craft gender neutral. For packaging, I purchased natural muslin drawstring bags and hand stamped them in a rainbow of polka dots to coordinate with our party. Each kit included the unfinished bird house, washable paint, glitter glue, a paintbrush, jewels, and garden embellishments. The tags were created by Phyllis, my partner in crime from Phyllis Sa Design.
This craft could be great for a variety of ages, but ours were given out mostly to 3 year olds. If your guests are 3, you can expect the finished craft to look something like this:
There are about a million different ways you could put this favor together. I’ll share what I did below, but know that many items are optional and there are others that could easily be included in addition. Most of my supplies were purchased at my local Michael’s Craft Store, but I’ve provided links for your convenience. Have fun with it and the kids will too!
Bird House Craft Party Favors
– 1 large natural muslin drawstring bag per favor (mine were 8″x9.5″ and I purchased them from The Everlasting Posy)
– acrylic or fabric paint
– wine cork
– cardboard or brown paper bag cut to fit inside the muslin bags
– 1 unfinished birdhouse per favor (Similar to these. I found mine at Michael’s for $1 each)
– 3″x4″ clear resealable cello bags (I got mine from Little Paper Things on Etsy)
– crayola washable kid’s paint (I inculded 2 little tubs of paint per favor)
– crayola washable pip squeaks glitter glue (1 per favor)
– cheap kid’s paint brushes (1 per favor)
– jewels or other embellishments
– tissue shreds or tissue paper
– coordinating ribbon or twine
– favor tags (Tags or other packaging elements can be designed to match any of our printable collections.)
- Insert cardboard or thick paper into your muslin bag so that paint won’t seep through both sides. Dip the round end of a wine cork into the fabric or acrylic paint and stamp circles onto one side of the bag to create a random polka dot pattern. Pull the cardboard out and repeat the process for the next bag. Repeat until all of your bags are stamped.
- Stuff the 3×4″ cello bags with 1 glitter glue, 2 pots of paint, and an assortment of jewels and embellishments.
- When the stamped muslin bags are dry, fill them with the tissue shreds, 1 birdhouse, a paint brush, and the bag of paint and embellishments. Cinch the bags and tie them closed.
- Print, cut, and hole punch your favor tags. Use ribbon or twine to tie the tags onto the base of the strings on the closed muslin bag.