DIY: Treasure Chest Party Favors

Uros Krstic

Smarties, don't we all love a good party? The delicious food, the fun party games, the silly photos taken, quality time spent with friends and family, we live for them! What else do we love about a party? Party favors! To answer the smarties who don't know what party favors are, they are gifts the party hosts give to the guests. Why? Party favors are given to show gratitude for the attendance of the guests. Party favors can be expensive or inexpensive, store-bought or handmade, depending on the host's preference. You may receive toys, snacks, candy, pencils, trinkets, and other small gifts from a birthday party, a casual party, and unique yet small parties. 

Here's the thing about party favors, people love them! So today, we have got some party favor ideas for our smarties. So at your next party, send your guests away with a party favor. 

Finding the Davy Jones' Locker

We hosted a pirate-themed party, and we sent our guests off with a chest. So our first-party favor idea is a mini treasure chest filled with goodies.

Let us gather the things you will need to make this party favor first, shall we? 

You will need:

  • Mini treasure chests
  • Twine
  • Chocolate coins
  • Blank white paper
  • Card stock
  • Teabags
  • Matches/lighter
  • Scissors
  • Single hole puncher

Here's how to put together a goodie-filled mini treasure chest:

Step one: Buy a mini treasure chest for each guest.

Step two: Cut the card stock into short strips, approximately 2" x ½" (one per guest)

Step three: Write your name and the date on each card stock strip. You can also include your guests' names and use the boxes as place cards.

Step four: Punch a hole in the top left corner.

Step five: Cut the twine into approximately 3" inch pieces. (You need one piece of string per box)

Step six: Cut white paper into four even squares. Cut enough paper so that you will have one square per person.

Step seven: Burn the edges of all the paper squares either over the stove or using matches/lighter. This should be done either near or over a sink. 

Step eight: Soak tea bags and run them across the pages until they are stained yellow. Then let the papers dry. 

Step nine: Roll them up and tie them with twine when the papers are dry. These are meant to look like little treasure maps. If you want to be extra creative, make a treasure hunt and write up a map on paper.

Step ten: Attach one card stock tag to each paper roll by placing one end of the twine through the hole punched. Tie a knot at the end.

Step eleven: Finally, fill the chest with chocolate coins, put the 'map' inside, and close.

Easy right? Here's where we bought the thighs we used to make our party favors.

You can find the mini treasure chests at Favors and Flowers.

Twine can be purchased at almost any arts and crafts store, such as Michaels. You can also find some at Walmart

Kinkos sells blank white paper, as well as card stock.

What other 'booty' do you think we could fill these treasure chests with, Smarties? Tell us on our Facebook page!

We've also prepared a few more unique party favor ideas for you smarties:

Bath Salts Party Favor

When you are tired, you appreciate a soak in bath salts, right? So why not give bath salts as a party favor? 

You will need:

  • Twine
  • Plastic bags (one bag per guest)
  • Bath salt
  • Thank you tag (if you want to add, that is)


Into the plastic bag, add an appropriate amount of bath salt. Add some pretty dried flower petals too. Tie the bag with twine tightly. Don't forget to add your "Thank You" tag.

Cookie Party Favors

Are you someone who enjoys baking? Why not make some mini chocolate chip cookies. Then buy mini mason jars and fill them with the yummy cookies. Your guests will love these little party favor. 

Succulent Party Favors 

Smarties, we all love small plants, right? So succulents are the perfect little things to give as a gift to your guests. You can purchase small pots and decorate them with paint. It's always good to add our personal touch to things. Then plant the succulents in them. Your guests will remember you whenever they look at their cute pot.

Cotton Candy Party Favors

Most people have a pretty sweet tooth. So your guests will love you for the ice cream cone filled with cotton candy. This idea comes together in minutes, and it is also pretty cheap. 

You will need:

  • Ice cream cones
  • Cotton candy
  • Plastic bags
  • Ribbon. 

Here is how to make these yummy party favors:

Step one: Take an ice cream cone and fill it with cotton candy.

Step two: Place the cone carefully in the plastic bag.

Step three: Tie the bag with a ribbon, and make sure to make a cute bow! 

Pumpkin-Like Party Favor

If you are hosting a Halloween party, we have the perfect party favor. 

You will need:

  • Candy
  • Sturdy orange tissue
  • Chenille Stems


First, lay the tissue paper flat. Then place the candy in the middle of it. Then take all the sides of the tissue to create a pouch of sorts. Now use the chenille stem to secure the ends of the tissue. Then wrap green floral tape over it. Finally, curl the end of the chenille stem to create a more pumpkin-like look! And you are ready with a party favor.

Handmade Bracelet Party Favor

Handmade bracelets are one of the most accessible party favors you can make. 

You will need:

  • Elastic cord
  • Beads
  • Jewelry glue


First, cut the elastic to the necessary length. Next, stretch the elastic a little. Then fold the elastic string in half and string the beads. After you are done stringing, tie a knot and secure the cord. To ensure the knot doesn't come off, secure it with jewelry glue. 

Recipes as a Party Favors

Smarties, are your guests' foodies? Then this party favor idea is just for you. 

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Jars


Take the paper and write down your favorite recipes. You can add about five recipes or as many or as little as you like, one recipe per paper. Then, roll the paper one by one and place them in the jars. Your guests will surely appreciate your efforts.

Which party favor idea was your favorite? If you have interesting ideas, please share them with us! 


Party on Smarties! With Love, Smarty Had A Party!

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