Thursday, July 14, 2011

Super Hero Birthday Loot bag - on a budget

My son's birthday was a couple of weeks ago and he really wanted to have a Super Hero party. I fully intended to host the party at our home but my husband kindly reminded me that a party in our house would consist of 10 kindergarten boys running around for 3 hours. I have a hard enough time keeping the house clean with 1 boy...what happens when you have 10 in the house? So, I quickly rented a local play gym for a couple of hours and I could not be happier with how it turned out.

Well, since I spent on renting a place for the party, I wanted to save a little on the loot bags. I am not sure if every parent gives these, but around here the kids almost expect a small gift bag when they leave. I see it as a thank you for coming but my son sees it as free candy.

So here is what I created for my son's loot bags.

I decided to save a couple of dollars and created my own loot bag out of paper lunch bags. For those of you who have not printed on lunch bags before, it is extremely easy. I created a Word file that was the same size of the lunch bag (approx. 5 1/4 inches by 10 3/4 inches) saying "Thank you for coming to my party. Have a SUPER Summer."  and inserted a Superman logo I found on the internet.

I taped the bottom flap of the bag completely closed. It is important to tape the entire way across otherwise the bag WILL get jammed in your printer. I speak from experience.
I then taped about 3 inches of the top opening closed. This was just enough to keep the bag closed while it went through the printer.
Load the bag into the printer the same way you would paper, making sure the correct side is up.
TaDa. Very simple.

I then filled the bag with some items from Walmart and the Dollar Store. Here is what we put in: bubble wand $1, sidewalk chalk $0.50 (bought a big tub and broke it up into 4 per bag), Pop Rock candies/super hero jellies $0.25, Finger lasers $1, Airplanes $0.25. Since I had the lunch bags on hand, thus far the grand total per loot bag was $3.

I then thought I wanted to make something for each of the kids. I have a great program for my Cricut that welds letters together so I decided to create a room sign for each of the boy's bedroom doors with a Super Hero theme.

I purchased the 7x9 inch canvas boards at the Dollar Store (2 for $1) and spray painted them black and navy blue.

I cut out each of the boys names on the Cricut in yellow card stock.
I then cut out the Superman (in red) and Batman (in yellow) logos. I got these images from a Dingbat on a free site. The program I have can cut these on my Cricut. For the Superman logo, I also cut out the shadow version of the logo in yellow. Using double sided glue, I secured the 2 pieces together.
With Modge Podge, I secured the names and logos onto the spray painted boards. I hot glued a little ribbon on the back to use as a hanger.
In total, all I bought for this project were the canvas boards for $0.50. I had all the other materials on hand.

So for a grand total of $3.50 per child, I created, what I think are pretty good loot bags. All the kids walked away extremely happy. I like the fact they have something to keep and hang in their rooms.
What have you done for loot bags? Do you have any secret ways of saving money on these things?

What do you think?

Linking to some great parties including: Story of A2Z


  1. Wow, those are some great loot bags! I bet the kids loved having their own superhero door signs!

  2. I've been following your blog for bit -- I'm a little bit of a closet crafter. haha. But I have a question: where in the world did you get canvases that size for $.50??? I can never seem to find them for less that $2 a piece!

  3. I am the Queen of creating gift bags on the cheap :)

    I love repurposing things like baby food bottles, jam jars, formula cans (that's what I used this weekend for our twins' party and they were a big hit). You just have to decide in advance and then start collecting.

    I love those room signs - they are gorgeous :)

  4. This is great! love that you just printed on the bags I would have never thought of that!

  5. LOVE love the idea of printing on a brown paper bag! :)

  6. What program do you have for the cricut that lets you cut the dingbats?

  7. I'd also like to know which programme x

  8. Hello HeadConders. I used the Sure Cuts A lot 2 program to cut the dingbats. Unfortunately, this product is no longer available for purchase for the Cricut. There use to be a few third party programs you could purchase that enabled you to connect your Cricut up to your computer...but they all seem to be shutting down. Sorry that this isn't much help.

  9. I saw it on Google search. I guess your thoughts are great, and thanks for blogging about this and looking forward to reading more on your site.

  10. Very intresting.Planning a birthday party is stressful. There are a million details to think about and to take care of.

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  11. What a wonderful inexpensive idea. I was searching for super hero gift bags to purchase for my grandson's upcoming birthday when I saw your post. I am so excited to give this a try. Thanks so much for the great idea!! :)

  12. What a wonderful inexpensive idea. I was searching for super hero gift bags to purchase for my grandson's upcoming birthday when I saw your post. I am so excited to give this a try. Thanks so much for the great idea!! :)

  13. These are really great! Thanks for the DIY on the printing paper bags, what a great concept. I am all into using kraft paper for decor these days!

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