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How to Make Fun Owl Treat Bags for Kids' Parties

Updated on October 22, 2014

Easy to Make Party Favors or Treat Bags for Children's Parties

PARTY!- KARAMU!- FIESTA! FOREVER! As a mother of three and now a grandmother (ahggg) of six, it does seem like I have been planning or going to birthday parties forever! However, planning a party for your child doesn't have to be a stressful or costly undertaking. I have found that often the simpler the party, the better and more enjoyable it is for the kids. The basic ingredients for a great party still seem to be: good food, cake and ice cream, a few fun games and activities and opening the gifts!

It has become customary at most childrens' parties to have a favor for each of the guests to take with them as they leave. It can be something as simple as a goodie bag filled with treats or small toys from the dollar store to a hand made friendship bracelet made by the child for each of her guests.

In our family, breaking a pinata is one of the "must haves" for any of the kids whose birthday falls during the summer months. Making their own treat bags to take home their candy (if there is any left) can be part of the party festivities and a fun way to keep the kids occupied for a little while.

Teachers in primary classrooms will also find this activity fun for those special school events such as Halloween, Valentine's Day or Christmas. It is a great way to involve parents as well!

I would like to share with you an easy way to make cute treat bags that are adaptable to the age of the party guests, the theme of your party and that are fun for both girls and boys.

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO-Make a Fun Owl Treat/Goody Bag for Kids' Party

In this video, my granddaughter demonstrates how to make a simple, fun "owl" treat or goody bag that can be made as a party favor or a children's party craft activity. Treat bags for other occasions (Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc.) can be made the same way.

How to Make Owl Treat Bags VIDEO

Step by Step- How to Make a Treat Bag

  • YOU WILL NEED:

    ~ a small paper bag with handles for each child

    ~ various colors of tissue paper

    ~ scissors

    ~ white glue

    ~ small brushes (one for each child)

    ~ construction paper or color paper

    ~ scraps, ribbons, buttons, aluminum foil, googly-eyes, streamers, etc.

    ~ a few samples or templates (patterns) ready

  • HOW TO:

    1. Mix white glue with water in small paper cup or plastic container

    2. Cut tissue paper into smaller pieces or strips.

    3. Using brush, paste tissue paper onto paper bag until it is completely covered.

    4. Add features (ex. if it is a "dog", cut out ears from construction paper and glue on; if it is an octopus, use streamers for the tentacles; paste googly eyes or eyes from construction paper... etc.)

    5. Let dry.

  • TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS:

    *** With younger children: Use glue sticks instead of white glue with water. Cut the tissue paper into pieces or shapes (squares, triangles, circles). This will make it easier for the little ones to decorate their own bag.

    *** If this will be craft activity for your party, pre-cut the tissue paper strips, or paper shapes and accents so that the treat bags are easy and quick to assemble.

Craft Supplies for Making your own Treat Bags

Whether you plan to make your own treat bags or plan a party activity for each of the guests to create their own, you will need some basic craft supplies: bags, scissors and glue, tissue paper, and brushes. Have fun!

White Craft Glue
White Craft Glue

1.4 oz. bottles- or get large bottle and pour glue in small containers for each child

 

Treat Bag Samples - You Can Make your Craft Activity Age Appropriate

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Here is a cute treat bag created by a 13 year old girlThis cute owl design was created by an 11 year old girl. She made these herself to give her friends at her birthday partyThis is a fun dragon design that younger boys will like- the front of the bag. P.S. Kids LOVE googley eyes!Here is the back of the dragon treat bagYoung children can paste precut shapes or simply cut or tear tissue paper to paste onto their bags. (Young children LOVE to cut with scissors!)
Here is a cute treat bag created by a 13 year old girl
Here is a cute treat bag created by a 13 year old girl
This cute owl design was created by an 11 year old girl. She made these herself to give her friends at her birthday party
This cute owl design was created by an 11 year old girl. She made these herself to give her friends at her birthday party
This is a fun dragon design that younger boys will like- the front of the bag. P.S. Kids LOVE googley eyes!
This is a fun dragon design that younger boys will like- the front of the bag. P.S. Kids LOVE googley eyes!
Here is the back of the dragon treat bag
Here is the back of the dragon treat bag
Young children can paste precut shapes or simply cut or tear tissue paper to paste onto their bags. (Young children LOVE to cut with scissors!)
Young children can paste precut shapes or simply cut or tear tissue paper to paste onto their bags. (Young children LOVE to cut with scissors!)
pretty paper flower treat bag
pretty paper flower treat bag

An Entertaining Party Craft for Both Big and Little Kids

Making your own treat bag is a fun party activity that can work not only with the younger children, but with older kids as well. This activity is probably more appropriate for girls than for the older boys. (In my experience, decorating a bag would NOT be an activity the older boys would care much to participate in :) The younger boys, however, could be motivated to make bags decorated as dragons, dogs, pirates, superheros, etc. The girls enjoy making the cute owl, butterfly, bird and almost any other design. The older girls like to get much more creative designing their bags and prefer to make artistic and abstract designs and colors and like to decorate their bags with their initials.

Adapting this craft for young children is not difficult to do. If you are using one of the patterns, it is helpful to have all of the pieces cut out in advance- then assist the children with gluing the pieces onto the bag with their brushes (don't be surprised if the eyes and noses end up in unusual places :)) Or if you prefer, let the children have fun cutting or tearing the tissue paper and gluing it onto the bags themselves. Another idea is to cut the tissue paper into various shapes such as circles, triangles and squares and let the children create their own designs on the bags. The possibilities are only limited by their imagination!

Here are Your Free Printable Patterns for Your Treat Bags

Kids love decorating their own treat bags. See below for some fun patterns to use. You can download any or all of these to print out and use. Patterns include: dragon, frog, owl, monkey, cat, lion, bird, butterfly and dog. Just click on the link to visit the web page. Enjoy!

Treat Bag Patterns - Select the patterns to download for your fun treat bags and party favors

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dogbutterflybirdlioncatmonkeyowlfrogdragon
dog
dog
butterfly
butterfly
bird
bird
lion
lion
cat
cat
monkey
monkey
owl
owl
frog
frog
dragon
dragon

Colorful Party Decorations for Fiestas - How to make Paper Flowers, Cut-Paper Banners and Simple Pinatas

The treat bags are so colorful, they can also be used as decorations for your child's party. Here are links to a few other ideas for make-it-yourself festive party decorations: paper flowers; cut-paper banners; super easy pinatas.

Fun Treats

I've found that boys love little lego sets, action figures, cars and candy. Girls love candy, costume jewelry and nail polish. What have you found to be great items to give as party favors for kids' parties?

Party Favors for Kids' Parties

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    • Ivylore profile imageAUTHOR

      Ivylore 

      5 years ago

      @favored: Thanks, favored1. I appreciate you visiting. Actually, that's my granddaughter making the owl bag. She had so much fun making the bag for the video that she decided to make the treat bags for her birthday party.

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for entering this lens into the 2013 Squidoo County Fair

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Good ideas for kids to be able to "make and take" fun gifts from parties. I could see how this would be a big hit at a party. Your daughter is quite talented.

    • Ivylore profile imageAUTHOR

      Ivylore 

      5 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: What a great idea! I hadn't thought of that, Thanks!

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      Lee Hansen 

      5 years ago from Vermont

      Masks and goody bags are fun to make favors for kids parties. Sometimes I run lunch bags right through my printer to make treat bags with custom artwork.

    • Ivylore profile imageAUTHOR

      Ivylore 

      5 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: Thanks! Those are fun suggestions for treat bags!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I really like how you included the templates at the end. Very cool. I like to give out kid's dollar store sunglasses and candy flavored chap stick, mostly because if my numbers are off it works for boys and girls alike.

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