Wednesday, April 28, 2010

DIY Party Favors: Bookmarks

With Emma's 2nd Birthday Party coming up, I'm in the market for party favors for all the kid's goody bags.  And though I'm going to go with the staples (bubbles, cheesy toy and coloring sheets) I wanted something a little original.

Now, I by no means consider myself artistic.
But I surprised myself with this project. 

We're big fans of reading here so I thought a bookmark would be fitting.

Here's what you'll need:

stencil (not necessary if you can draw really well)
a black marker (I used a sharpie)
a pencil
tape (or those srapbooking glue dots)
colored paper (cardstock or regular construction paper)
scissors (or any kind of cutter~ can use the fancy edge ones too)
laminating sheets
hole punch

Step 1: You're going to trace out your picture.  We used a train stencil because we're having a
Thomas the Train Party.

Step 2: Then you're going to want to outline it in black marker.

Step 3: Trim it up.  I trimmed rather close to the edges because I'm overlapping it on a contrasting color. 
I wanted that second color to show as a boarder.  Here's where I used my scrapbooking cutter with the decorative edge, but scissors are just fine, too.

Step 4: Now that it's the shape and size you want, write the child's name on it. 
Get as creative as you want with your print.

Step 5: Take your contrasting color paper (also trimmed slightly bigger than the first sheet) and place it under your traced picture.  Adhere it with tape or those glue dots.  Leave some space at the top for a hole punch.

Step 6: Next, if you want, you can write a little message on the back thanking them for coming to the party.
This step is optional.

Step 7: Following the instructions on your laminating paper, laminate your bookmark and trim the edges.

Step 8: Hole punch the top and feed some yarn through it, tying it off so it doesn't come undone.

Step 9: Repeat as many times as children there are attending your party!

There you have it!!  A cheap and neat party favor to WOW your guests with...nevermind they are all kids=)!!


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Sherry said...

What a cool idea! :D My son's bday is coming up tomorrow, but we are having a party later after we get back from vacation. :D
Thank you for sharing!

Have a great day!

Parenting in blue jeans said...

That's a nice idea that works for the kids and even the Grandpa's and Grandma's who come too!

Stopped by from Things I Love Thursday.

Christy said...

This is a great idea! We are definitely going to try this for our next party! Thank you!

Miss Mommy said...

Kelli- great idea! Can I tell you how cool it is that Emma (a girl presumably)wanted a train party? Makes me smile.

amariaf2000 said...

I don't know how you can say that you aren't creative!! Those are awesome! It still amazes me that we have to gifts to people coming to our parties!

~angela @ peonypatch

The Diaper Diaries said...

This is a great and relatively easy idea. My girls love getting bookmarks!!

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a super cute idea! These are perfect party favors! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

Holly said...

Very cute. I love it. I am always looking for better, more useful party favors! We gave my son a Thomas b'day for his 3rd and made a train cake...I loved that train favorite birthday party to date.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Such a cute idea!!! :) I love it!

And thank you so much for your incredibly thoughtful comment on my blog. I really appreciate it! I hope you are having a great week!

party favors said...

I always wanted to write in my site something like that but I guess you'r faster Smile