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10 Easy DIY Loot Bags For Your Next Birthday Party

Does your child have a birthday coming up? Do you need inspiration for that treat or party bag? Learn how you can easily make goodie tags and bags with these 10 easy loot bag ideas.

collage of birthday goodie bags with text 10 DIY birthday loot bag ideas.

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Tips For Buying Items Cheaply To Fill Bags

  • Check the clearance section after any holiday. Might require a little planning, but totally worth it and even cheaper than just buying things from the Dollar Store.
  • After any holiday you can always grab things for super cheap. We have some Spring birthdays in our family and I snagged Valentine’s toys for 70% off at the end of February. 15 Bubbles and skateboards for less than $3!
  • Consider buying items in bulk
  • Make your own favors like our DIY letter crayons.
cam spelled in rainbow letter crayons.

How To Make A Printable Tag

Canva is amazing! You could design free party invites, create tags and your own custom thank you notes. Here is a screenshot of a new mustache design I just customized as a thank-you tag. Even if you don’t have design experience, you will be able to figure this site out.

You can use on your laptop, instead of your phone or tablet. If you are just creating basic party favors, you can use the free version.

You can always upgrade to the paid version to really unlock more designs. If you haven’t checked out this site, you need to.

Step 1: Search The Templates

One could spend hours searching and trying new templates in Canva. Make sure that the free logo is on the templates you want to use. Trust me, you will be able to find one that will fit your birthday theme.

Canva mustach gracias artwork and template

Step 2: Customize The Template

For my son, I simply found this adorable mustache one that said “A stache of thank yous” and change it to add “for celebrating my birthday and for being my friend”.  This probably only took me 5 minutes to create and mainly because I was “shopping” around and looking at all my options!

Step 3: Download And Print Goodie Tag

Next, I downloaded the image from Canva to my camera roll and added them to my pages app (mac’s word program). Then, I was able to resize and fit as many birthday tags on a page as I wanted. After that, I hit print and I was ready to cut them out.

This personal rotary trimmer is handy for some of my simple paper projects!

Step 4: Add Birthday Treat Bag Items

There is an endless array of options here. I was able to find beaded necklaces and jumpy frogs at my local dollar store.

plastic bag with goodies for kids with homemade tag inside.

More DIY Loot Bag Ideas

Here are 10 other DIY birthday party bags ideas. You will probably want to pin this to not forget the next time you are planning a party.

Our favorite is #6

We will for sure be adding this to our kid’s craft list soon!

DIY Loot Bag Ideas

Here are 10+ easy DIY birthday party favor bags that can inspire you for your next party. We love that some of these treat bag ideas also double as a party activity. Who doesn't love a DIY project that doubles as a kid's activity as well?

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What can you fill loot bags with?

Candy, cookies, chocolate, small toys, fidgets or any item that fits your party theme. Consider having the child make the bag as part of your party to save you time and money.

How many party favors do you put in goodie bags?

It depends on the amount spent on each item. Don’t go overboard, but a good rule is anywhere from 1-4 items. Kids are happy that you thought of them. You can save money by purchasing items in bulk for your loot.

Do you have to give party favor bags?

Like anything in parenting, this is completely up to you. A good rule of thumb would be to see if your child comes home with goodies after going to another birthday party. If you don’t want to spend a ton, you could always just buy small bags kids decorate and fill with candy before leaving.

These loot bags are sure to be loved at your next birthday party. Everyone always appreciates a great DIY party favor. Now go ahead and be the hit of your party!

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Thursday 16th of May 2019

I love Canva too! It's always great when you can diy and save money for party things. Great job!

Roseann Hampton

Sunday 21st of April 2019

How fun for your son to be able to pass these out to his friends!

Leslie Susan Clingan

Friday 19th of April 2019

What fun!! I know your son was so proud of these cute treat bags. Hope his birthday is as big a success.


Saturday 20th of April 2019

Thanks Leslie! He was so excited! It is crazy how just a simple treat bag can make their day!


Thursday 18th of April 2019

How fun! It's always great to buy seasonal items that can be used with some changes for various occasions!


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Thanks for the tip regarding Canva. Your treat bags are very well done!

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