DIY Pumpkin Popper Party Favours

Orange Balloon Party FavorI made these party favours for Thanksgiving this year, but they would work for Fall birthdays or Halloween too. They would make perfect jack o’lanterns with faces drawn on them with a black Sharpie!

Pumpkin Popper Party Favor Materials

We only had adults this year at Thanksgiving so I had a hard time thinking of things that adults would enjoy that would fit into a balloon. I put in a paper hat, a lotto ticket rolled up and a pair of googly eye magnets in each balloon. If you are making these party favors for children there’s so many different things that would be easy to add:

  • Stickers
  • Small wrapped candies and gum
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Glow stick
  • Magic Grow capsules (as long as the kids know they aren’t for eating!)
  • Themed pens or pencils
  • Shaped erasers
  • Costume jewelry
  • Small toys (Shopkins would be perfect for this!)
  • Lip gloss

How to fill the pumpkin poppers party favoursThe trick to getting your items into the balloon is to stretch the opening of the balloon, and have it held open while you put in your treats. To do this I cut a plastic bottle into a funnel. Try finding a bottle with a mouth that is as wide as possible, it will make putting in the treats easier. I used a Boost bottle.

Finished pumpkin popper party favourAfter I had slid everything inside I blew up the balloon. It take a bit of practice, especially if you’ve added things that are a bit longer, like the rolled up lotto tickets or pens/pencils. irst shake everything down into the bottom of the balloon as much as possible, then pull the neck of the balloon to lengthen it. After blowing it up, tie off the end. I added green curling ribbon to make it look like vines on the pumpkin.

Pumpkin popper party favours set out on tableHere are the finished Pumpkin Popper party favours! They’re easy to customize, you can easily change up the treats for different occasions, themes or ages.

If you don’t want to pop them open (especially if you have younger guests who may be afraid of the noise of popping balloons) you can hold the neck of the balloon with one hand and cut a small snip into it with scissors. This will let all the air out, and then you can cut the top off to get the goodies that are inside!

What items would you add if you were making these party favours?

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Top 5 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Looking for a craft to do with kids today? Here are  five kid-friendly Valentine’s Day crafts.

DIY Valentine's Window Clings
via The Connection We Share

DIY Valentine’s Window Clings. Theses look so simple to make!

Valentine’s Day Necklace. I love paper straws. They’re so cute and come in so many different patterns and colours but I hate using them in drinks because they tend to fall apart quickly. Using them in crafts is a great idea!

Modern DIY Valentine’s Shirts. An activity that is a bit more challenging and needs more materials but gives you a great shirt to wear on Valentine’s Day. I like that kids can customize it and move away from the red and pink colour scheme if they want to.

Cupid’s Heart Glow Stick Valentines. I bought Valentine’s glow stick bracelets for my after school program kids this year, but I love this craft because you can personalize the messages.

DIY Scratch Offs. This would work for different ages, even adults! You could also use this technique to make scratch off tickets for birthdays or other holidays.

What are your favourite crafts or activities to do on Valentine’s Day?