Christmas Party Favors To Make

The Absolutely Cutest Holiday Gifts

We have the best Christmas party favors to make you the hit of the holidays. At your annual Christmas party, give a keepsake that your guests will cherish all over again each time they dust off their Christmas ornaments. And best of all, these Christmas crafts easy to make, giving you more time for holiday merriment!

Hungry for more great Christmas mementos? Check out our Christmas Party Gift Exchange Ideas page for a bit more elaborate homemade Christmas presents.


Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Christmas party favors are always appreciated, and homemade ornaments make a tree look particularly special. Christmas party favors to make both desired results come true are salt dough Christmas ornaments. Even better, they're so easy you can create a lot of ornaments at one time. Here's what you need:

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • bowl
  • rolling pin
  • cookie sheet
  • cookie cutters
  • paint pens
  • white glue
  • glitter, beads, sequins
  • ribbon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl mix the salt, flour, and water to make your dough. Sprinkle some flour on the counter and knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  3. Rub flour onto the rolling pin and roll out the dough to a little less than 1/4" thick.
  4. Use a cookie cutter to cut ornaments from the dough. Use a straw to make a hole at the top of each ornament to be used for hanging.
  5. Place on cookie sheet, put in oven, and bake for 2 hours.
  6. After the ornaments are completely cool, decorate with paint pens and then glue on any other embellishments.
  7. Once dry, sign and date all the backs, and add a ribbon for hanging.

Present these Christmas crafts in whatever way strikes your fancy. Tie them around napkins like a napkin ring at the table, hang them on a small twig tree and use for your centerpiece, or tie them to the stems of wine glasses. Plan now on starting a collection for you and your guests. Every year use a different cookie cutter—stars this year, snowmen next year, a Christmas tree the following.

With a little ingenuity, salt dough can be used to create very cool Christmas party invitations too. Check out our Christmas ornament invitation and you'll see what I mean.


Ornament Party Favors

painted cardboard star with photo of child in center

Any of the big chain craft stores have a variety of cardboard ornaments that you can decorate with paint pens. Don't forget to sign and date them on the back.

Best of all, a lot of them allow you to add a photo. Make it one of yourself, your family, your house, your pet...whatever will make your guests think of you fondly each time they hang their Christmas party favors on their trees.



Ribbon Christmas Balls

Ribbon Christmas balls are Christmas party favors to make that have a wonderfully old-time Christmas feel to them. Even better, they're incredibly easy Christmas party favors to make. All you need are Styrofoam balls, ribbon glue, and pearl hatpins. Use a variety of ribbons (velvet, cross grain, and satin) in different shades of cream, dark red, and forest green. Don't get ribbon that is too wide; 1/4" to 1/2" is wide enough.

Cut ribbon in strips just long enough to wrap vertically around the ball and overlap 1/4". Glue the ends. Continue to wrap different ribbons around the ball until the ball is completely covered. Add a satin bow and a thin velvet ribbon for hanging to the top. Secure with a hatpin on top, and add a second hatpin to the bottom to secure all the ribbons.


Mini Presents

tiny red wrapped gift boxes hanging on Christmas tree

And if you really, really aren't crafty at all, but still want Christmas party favors to make for your Christmas party, here's one even you can do!

Get a bunch of tiny jewelry-sized boxes and wrap them in holiday paper. Add a ribbon and bow and a tiny gift tag with your guest's name (To), your name (From), and the date. Add string to hang the box by threading the string under the ribbon. Told you it was easy. And did I mention really, really cute?


Mini Wreaths

Again, head to that large chain craft store and buy a bunch of miniature grapevine wreaths. I had the bright idea to make my own one year, and after an hour or two wanted to know whose bright idea this was anyway. You can usually find them in sizes under 6".

Using flexible wire (any kind or thickness will do, you just need to be able to bend it), attach beads, bells, or even sea glass. If you want to get really fancy, wrap the long wire ends around a pencil to curl them and make the wire look like grapevine. Place the wreaths on a plate, lay them around the base of a wine glass, or hang them by ribbons.


Snowballs

snowball with button eyes, made from Crayola Model Magic

Christmas just isn't complete unless there's snow. If snow isn't coming your way this year, here are the perfect Christmas party favors to make some Christmassy snow of your own. After all, there's nothing more fun than a bowl of snowballs.

Here's what you need: White Crayola Model Magic, Styrofoam balls (all the same size or various sizes like in real life, 2" to 4" is good), beads, googly eyes and/or buttons, craft plastic rolling pin (the kind you get with clay tools).

Here's how you do it: Roll out your Model Magic as thin as you can with the plastic rolling pin. Wrap a thin layer around the Styrofoam ball, completely covering it. Smooth out any bumps or seams. Using smaller pieces of Model Magic, add features: hair, eye sockets, eyebrows, nose, mouth, teeth, laugh lines, mustache, beard, glasses, ears, earrings, hair bows, pearl necklace...you get the idea. Put on eyeballs using googly eyes, beads, or buttons. Push eye sockets around the eyes to hold them in place.

Let the balls sit to dry. Make sure you package up all of the unused Model Magic in a resealable bag, getting out all of the air. To be sure it'll be reusable, I recommend double bagging.

Here's what you do with them: Place all the snowballs in a large glass bowl—after all, you want to see each and every little face. Now, just try and keep your guests' hands off of them. I guarantee it's totally impossible. At the end of the evening, guests get to take their favorite one home with them.


Shiny Pinecones

Pinecones are the best. You can use them forever because they look good year after year.

So, get a bunch of pinecones, all different types and sizes, and spray paint them (red, green, or silver). Attach ribbons for hanging with a hot glue gun. Make sure the ribbons are in alternate colors, for example red on silver, silver on green, and green on red. Write the date on the bottom of the pinecone or wherever you can.

Fill a large glass bowl with your homemade Christmas party favors. These are Christmas party favors to make your guests estatic. How, you ask? Easy: as they leave, tie each pinecone to a candy cane for a doubly sweet holiday memento!



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