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There are so many reasons to celebrate life’s milestones with the people that we love the most. And this is why party favors are so important, to help remember those important moments spent with important people.
Today I’m sharing a special project that I participated in with other four Italian creative bloggers as part of a larger initiative, “Fioriscono le idee,” ideas that bloom or flower. This is a time of year that there are a lot of events to celebrate, such as weddings, graduations, births, and so on, and so the groups participating in this project are sharing handmade party favor tutorials with a common theme.
My group loves succulents, which can also be considered a symbol of life, so we decided to share five variations of DIY cactus party favors, each of which is made with a different material.
Each of us chose a different material to use with a common template in the shape of a pot, which is also a little container to put sugar covered almonds (traditionally a must in Italian celebrations) or other surprises inside. You can read more about why we chose cacti and how we chose our materials here on Kreattiva, where you can also find the rest of the creative projects taking part in this initiative.
In addition to that common template, each of us created another template for her own cactus-shaped project, and we each have a thank you note in two formats: small to attach to the favor itself, and larger to use as a place card at the table. Each of these cards has a different message and picture, so it would be super cute to download them all to use for your party!
With my love for sewing and fabric, I chose to use felt, one of the easiest and most versatile fabrics to work with. I decided to play with the softness of the fabric and the prickliness of the cactus, and I created soft spines with pinking shears! (In case you are not a sewing pro, those are zig zag scissors for use with fabric!) The colorful flower on top also adds a lovely happy touch!
You can download the free PDF file with the template for the pot container, felt cactus and flower, and thank you notes in both English and Italian here on my Free Downloads page! Update: Read the full tutorial for my DIY felt cactus party favor here!
The other creative bloggers in my group are really talented and full of great ideas, so let me show you what they created… and what you can create too with their tutorials!
Antonella from Made in Bottega used wood to make her cactus party favor. Download her template and cards here.
Cristiana from Fare Creare create a textured cactus with cork for shoemaking. Download her template and cards here.
Ilenia from Penso Invento Creo created a much different texture and great for kids with regular kitchen sponges! Download her template and cards here.
And Rosa from Kreattiva, the creator of this initiative, used craft foam to make a cactus-shaped charm. Download her template and cards here.
We will be publishing all the tutorials for the five DIY cactus party favors on July 7, so I suggest you go to each of my friends’ blogs to download and print the templates and cards, and we’ll be back in two days with all the instructions for creating them! Just click on the links here below to download the free PDFs and save them to your computer! And to find my PDF template, just head on over to my Free Downloads page!
Update: Read the full tutorial for my DIY felt cactus party favor here!
See you soon!