Birthday parties are very exciting during those first few years of your kiddo’s life. Often, a lot of forethought and effort goes into making these days special and memorable — cake, decoration, diy birthday party favors. Even when I have thought that I have kept birthday parties simple, I have always need a team of family members and friends to help me pull it off.

How can I say thank you to all of the people who helped and took the time out of their days to make my child’s day special? How about simple DIY birthday party favors instead of the traditional goody-bag filled with sweets and toys? Here are a few ideas that we have used and a few others that you can try for your child’s next birthday extravaganza!

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5 Simple DIY Birthday Party Favors

Try out these simple DIY birthday party favors instead of the traditional goody-bag filled with sweets and toys and enjoy your child's birthday party!

Earth Friendly Potted Plants

For our son’s first birthday we hosted a waste-free party. It was a lot of work but it was well worth it! I integrated the favors into a party activity for the kids to take home. We bought a big bag of dirt, collected tin cans, purchased stickers and two dozen marigolds. The children at the party got to plant their own flowers and decorate their “pots” to take home.

This was a special and fun favor that was affordable and in line with out waste-free theme. (Note: If you didn’t want to do this activity at your party you could also send each child off with a can and a small pack of seeds.)


One of my favorite things to do during playtime with my mama was to play with homemade playdough. I was always fascinated by how quickly it all came together but my favorite part was kneading in the food coloring! For my daughter’s second birthday party, we made playdough that we packed into small tupperwares from the Dollar Store. The kids had a designated table at the party to play with their dough and then they took it home at the end of the day. This was just as much of a hit as it was for me at their age! Here’s the recipe:


1 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tartar Food coloring 1 cup flour


  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

5 Simple DIY Birthday Party Favors For Your Toddler

Bean Bags/Handwarmers

If your tot is celebrating during the fall, and you’re handy with a sewing machine, consider making bean bags for each kiddo to toss. If you use rice instead of beans in these bags, they can also be used as hand warmers in the cooler months ahead. Here are  the pattern and instructions.

Cookies and Sprinkles

I have yet to meet a child who does not like cookies so, why not bake up some of your favorite sugar cookies (or gingerbread) and wrap them up with some sprinkles and a recipe for homemade frosting to take home. You could also make cookie decorating an activity during the party and let each child take home a paper plate of decorated cookies. This favor allows you to cater you gift to unique dietary restrictions.

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It also allows each kiddo to take a small piece of the party home with them. (Hint: If you choose to have the children decorate the cookies at the party, have them fill up a paper plate with decorated cookies and then store inside a gallon size bag with each child’s name. This will make for a mess free transport home.)


My daughter loves playing on her chalk boards; what toddler doesn’t love the magic of coloring and then wiping clean with a simple sweep?! For this favor, head to your nearest craft store or Dollar Store and purchase some mini chalk boards and a pack of chalk for each child. You can personalize these frames by painting them yourself or having your toddler help.

After the frames are dry, write each guests name on the chalkboards and tie it up with a pack of chalk. This will make for endless fun and has the potential to be a treasured thank you,

If you choose one of these simple DIY birthday party favors, not only will you ease whatever burden you may feel from party planning but, your guests are bound to leave feeling much appreciated. Happy Birthday little tots!

Easy DIY birthday party favors! Try out these simple DIY birthday party favors instead of the traditional goody-bag filled with sweets and toys and enjoy your child's birthday party!

Alise Durkota
Alise Durkota
Alise is a mother of two who loves the slow, small town life. She is a teacher turned stay at home mom who loves cooking, her husband, going on long neighborhood walks, just about any baked good (with coffee) and playing with her children. She has a passion for all things childhood development, teaching, and learning.