This week’s focus is the Minnie/Mickey Party favor bags. Although we are having a Minnie Masquerade party, we are also inviting boys, so I want to have favor bags especially designed for them, as well. Handmaking the bags and favors allowed me to customize the bags between boys and girls, but maintain a uniform design.
Here’s a look at how I am handmaking the bags and most of the favors.
- Mouseketool boxes filled with Mickey Mouse crayons, bubbles, and stickers
- Mickey and Minnie coloring pads
- Mickey and Minnie ears. These are the ears as featured on The Suburban Mom.
- Paper Lunch bags, brown or white
- Black cardstock (I used what I had left over from the invitations)
- Thin ribbon for bow for Minnie (once again, I used what I had left over from the invitations)
- Red cardstock
- White computer paper or white cardstock
- School glue or craft glue
- Hot glue gun and glue
Cut out a Minnie/Mickey head from the black cardstock. Mine are about 5 inches in diameter.Use your Mickey head template or Cricut to cut the shape.
Next, assemble the Minnie or Mickey head.
For Minnie head favor bags for girls: Cut a 6 inch length of ribbon and tie into bow. Hot glue onto top of black Minnie head. See below picture for illustration.
For Mickey head favor bag for girls or boys: Using the red cardstock, cut a 5 inch diamater half moon shape. I used the bottom of one of the black Mickey heads to trace. The half-moon needs to come half way up the Mickey head, as shown. Glue it onto the bottom half of the Mickey head. Cut out two white circles, approximately 1 inch in diameter. Glue these on top of the red cardstock. See below picture for illustration.
Glue one Mickey or Minnie head onto the front of one bag.
Project complete! Now it’s time to fill the bag up with great party favors!
- Small white box. I used a 1/2 Wilton candy box. I purchased them from AC Moore over the course of a few weeks as I received 50% off coupons.
- Computer with Printer paper
- School glue or craft glue
Assemble whatever box you choose. You may buy smaller boxes for items like candy, or larger boxes to hold pencils or other items.
Use your Word Processing program on your computer to create a simple label for the top of the box. I used a simple Mickey and Minnie head outline that I found through Google and then typed the word “MOUSKETOOL” underneath.
Fill the box with your Mouseketools! Mine was filled with Mickey Mouse crayons, bubbles, and stickers!
- Computer and Printer with ink
- Red, black, white, and hot pink card stock- I used whatever paper I had leftover from the invitations and other crafts
- School glue or craft glue
- Stapler with staples
First, determine how many pages that you want in your coloring pad. I wanted 10 per pad.
Print online coloring pictures off using the “multi pictures per page” function on your printer settings. This will print each picture on half of a 8 1/2 x 11 page so that you can have a small coloring pad.
Cut the pictures down to about 5 inches in width. So each picture was 8 1/2 inches long and 5 inches across. See the above picture for an example.
Cut all the pictures in this manner. Then organize them in the order that you want them to be included in the pad. I also placed a few plain white pieces of paper in the backs as drawing pages.
Make the front cover. I made the front cover foundation red for boys and black for girls. You want to cut the front cover alittle larger than the coloring pages in the width. My front covers were each about 8 1/2 inches long and 6 inches across. Here is a picture that shows the covers in relation to one of the coloring pages.
Decorate the front cover however you choose. I cut out a Mickey head in black paper for the boys’ pads and a Minnie head out of pink paper for the girls’ pads. Each head was approximately 4 inches in diameter. I glued a head to the front of each cover.
I then used my Cricut and Disney Mickey Font cartridge to cut out the word “COLOR” for each pad. Each letter was 1 inch in height. After this, I glued the word to the front of the pad. If you do not have a Cricut, you could definitely write the letters by hand or use your computer to make a printable label that you can glue on to the pad.
The great part about these is that you can customize the front cover to say whatever you want! Include your child’s name or something about their birthday.
Assemble the pads. Using a stapler, staple the front cover to the stack of coloring pages for that pad. Make sure the pages are centered in the cover and that they are nice and straight.
Make the back cover. I made the back cover the same color as the front cover, red for boys and black for girls. Cut the back cover the same size as the front cover. My back covers were each about 8 1/2 inches long and 6 inches across.
Using a hot glue gun, glue the back covers to the back of the pads. I chose to hot glue the back covers rather than staple them so that there would not be any prickly staples sticking out to hurt the kids’ fingers.
Finished with another beautiful and easy handmade party craft! Use these to set out on the tables for kids to color during the party, or add them to the favor bags.
See the Suburban Mom’s site for the pictures and instructions on her creative idea. Here’s the pictures that I took during the process.
The last treat that I added to the bags are these Mickey and Minnie mouse ears.
I tried to come up with a easy way to make these on my own, but sometimes there’s just no need to reinvent the wheel. The Suburban Mom has detailed instructions and pictures on how to make these ears on her site. Her ears are cute and easy to assemble.
I made 17 pairs for less than $15.00. I used coupons to AC Moore and JoAnn’s the purchase all the materials over the course of a few weeks to save additional money.
See the Suburban Mom’s site for the pictures and instructions on her creative idea. Here’s a look at a few of the pictures that I took while assembling my ears, as well as the finished product: