- Step 1: Plan Your Favors
Come up with an idea for the favor that goes with the theme of
your party. For New Year's Eve or a birthday party, you might make
festive favors decorated with images of balloons and confetti. For
Valentines' Day, using images of hearts is a natural idea. For a zoo,
farm or circus theme, the favor might be animal-themed. Put your
imagination to use here. Also, select a color theme for the favors
based on your idea.
- Step 2: Ribbon
Cut a 9" to 11" length of ribbon to wrap around the cup.
Select a ribbon that matches your color theme. It can be anywhere
from ½" to 1½" wide, and can even be cut from a sheet of pretty
Tip: Creating your own paper ribbon allows for
the most creativity. You can layer a strip of decorative paper on a
strip of plain paper. Or you could design the ribbon using a graphics
program and print it.
- Step 3: Images
You also need images to glue on your cups. You can draw images
in your favorite graphics program or use clipart. Most cups are
about 3" to 4" tall, so decorations that are about 1½" to
2" in size work well. Be sure to make the design in a simple
easy cutting. When your design is complete, print it, making enough
copies for the number of favors. Cut out the printed images.
Tip: If you'd rather not use a computer, you can cut shapes
from colored paper. You could also find wrapping paper
that matches your idea and cut out designs from it.
- Step 4: Assemble the Favor
Wrap the ribbon around the cup. Start with the center of the
ribbon near the base of the cup, and wrap upward and around until
the two ends overlap on the back. Glue the ribbon in place.
Glue the image on the cup in the white space above the ribbon.
You might also glue an image on the back of the cup. If you like,
add more embellishments to the favors—buttons, glitter,
ribbons, and sequins are nice additions.
Once you are finished, fill the cups with candy, nuts and
marshmallows—or fill them with little toys and balloons,
or maybe crayons for coloring place mats!
Tip: If you have trouble with the cup tipping
over, place something heavy in the bottom, like jelly beans.