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Hand-made party bags

Being a kid with a birthday at the end of the school holidays has disadvantages for sure. Just get that shiny new bike….and back to school!

An advantage of having a birthday right at the end of the school holidays is plenty of time to think about party bags.

My daughter loves making things, and I have a frugal Eco-soul so we put this together and behold….the elements of our hand-made party bag:

Seeded paper
made from newspaper, drawn-on office paper, wild Australian flower seeds and paper daisy seeds.  Simple to do, especially following these instructions at graciousrain. (I used a soil sieve that I already had instead of making my own paper frame).

ripping paper


the seeds we used
pressing it into the frame to get all the water out
the paper drying
front and back of the little cards we made up

We accidentally made a textured paper because of the tea-towel we used to dry it on, but it looks sort of like an intentional design? 😉

Rainbow Crayons
made from broken crayon bits (seen on Playschool). Simple.


Sewing cards
Made from waste cardboard from my secret source and this tutorial at Minieco.


Hand-stamped paper bags:


We ran out of time to include home-made chocolates and some hemp bracelets but will keep those ideas for next year!! 😉