Can you believe we’re on the countdown to Halloween already?! Are your Halloween costumes sorted yet?! Over at my house we were scrambling until last night for kid costumes. Mostly it’s my teenager than waits until the very last minute to pick something and then freaks out because “everything is ugly!” … you feel me mamas?! *laugh*
I always go into this month with the best of intentions! This year will be different (I tell myself), I’m going to shop early and get all the classroom party favors, gifts for friends and teacher gifts done early. Yeah, right! Thankfully, one thing that has changed for me in recent years is that I keep a handful of tools in my studio that make mass production of party favors easy.
Since I’m a crafter, I tend to get in the mindset that I need to go over-the-top on every project. For mass production a clean and simple design is the way to go! So I like to just keep it to colorful cardstock, a nice tag die and a good sentiment.
Here are my tips for surviving last minute party favor panic:
Pull out your tag dies, if you don’t have any don’t fret! Pull out your circle dies or rectangle dies and punch a hole in the top. Look for shapes that are 3”x3” or less. The EBE Shipping Tags are great for mass producing party favors because you can cut four at a time.
Go through your Halloween stamps and pull some sentiments that are small enough to fit on the tag you’ve selected. Some of my fave for tags from the Essentials by Ellen line are EBE The Last Bite, EBE Bear Ware 2, EBE Pumpkin to Talk About, EBE Booyah or EBE Dinomite Halloween.
Gather your patterned paper or solid colored cardstock that matches your color scheme. Don’t have any on hand? Just use white cardstock with a colored ink or black ink. Remember, you’re going for clean and simple.
Now for packaging. I keep a handful of gift bags that I pick up at Micheal’s, JoAnn Crafts or on Amazon in my studio. However, if I don’t have those items on hand I have picked up snack size ziplock bags from the grocery store and used those in a pinch. If they’re filled with Halloween themed treats or gifts, the ziplock bags work just fine!
Pull out some yarn, twine or ribbon to attach your tag to your gift bag. You can also just staple your tag onto your gift bag. When my kids are helping me with their classroom party favors, I’ll often opt to staple the tags.
I didn’t do any coloring on the tags I’m sharing today. I just stamped everything using black ink and one colored ink. I could have easily left the ghost white and this project would have looked great. Hope these tips help you if you’re doing some last minute party favors!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a very safe and happy Halloween!