13 DIY Party Favors for Your Next Backyard Bash

Show your appreciation for your party guests by sending them home with a creative, handmade keepsake.

Who doesn’t love a late summer outdoor party? Whether it’s a potluck, picnic, cookout or campfire, there’s nothing like spending a whole evening with great people, great food and great backyard fun. Keep the party going long after the last guest leaves by sending them home with homemade trinkets they're sure to love. Check out a few of our favorite DIY party favors you can give out at your next backyard get-together. 

Single-Serving Pies

Bandana Wrapping

Bandana Wrapping

There’s something so delightful about having a mini, single-serving pie all to yourself, especially when it’s wrapped in a pretty floral handkerchief. Pick a summery fruit pie flavor or two and bake them in miniature pie crusts for an unforgettable gift.

Make This: Take-Home Mini Pies

Watermelon Drinkware

DIY Watermelon Drinking Glasses

DIY Watermelon Drinking Glasses

Washing up isn’t anyone’s favorite part of throwing a party. With these cute watermelon-themed glasses from Kara’s Party Ideas, that’s one less glass you have to clean, and your guests leave with a clever favor.

Photo by: Kara Allen, Kara's Party Ideas

Kara Allen, Kara's Party Ideas

Washing up isn’t anyone’s favorite part of throwing a party. With these cute watermelon-themed glasses from Kara’s Party Ideas, that’s one less glass you have to clean, and your guests leave with a clever favor. 

Tiny Terrariums

Miniature Terrarium Placesettings

Miniature Terrarium Placesettings

Share your love of gardening with these miniature take-home terrariums for the holidays.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Succulents make great party favors any time of the year, summer included. These multi-textured plants require very little maintenance, can stand up to the summer heat without needing a lot of water and can transition into fall when kept in the right indoor conditions. 

Citrus-Themed Drink Protectors

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Remember making crafts with Perler beads? Your guests probably will too, and they’ll get a kick out of these brightly colored, fruit-inspired drink protectors that they can reuse. Bonus: You can also use this craft as a coaster!

Natural Mosquito Spray

DIY Bug Spray

DIY Bug Spray

DIY Bug Spray

Photo by: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

Photo by Debbie Wolfe

Nothing disrupts a great outdoor party like mosquitos. When the weather’s hot and humid, it can be hard to escape them. Give guests homemade mosquito repellent for a favor they can use during and after your party. The best part about this DIY spray is that it’s made with all-natural ingredients like rosemary and lemongrass essential oils.

Mini Infused Liquor Bottles

Infused Liquor Party Favors

Infused Liquor Party Favors

As easy as mixing together a few common kitchen ingredients with standard liquors, these three festive flavors make delicious holiday cocktails and party favors.

If you want to give a gift your guests won’t be expecting, make these delicious infused liquors. Choose big, bold flavor combinations that will wow your guests and establish you as the hostess or host who really knows how to throw a party.

Make This: Infused Liquor

Tassel Keychains

HGTV Summer Camp: Rope Keychain

HGTV Summer Camp: Rope Keychain

Step 1: Cut a 5-inch piece of twine or string, then tie a knot around the jump ring. Step 2: Choose 2-5 beads and add them to the twine. Set aside. Step 3: Use scissors to cut a 10-inch piece of cotton rope. Step 4: Pull apart the two ends of the rope to create frayed edges, then overlap to form a loop. Step 5: Use tape to keep the loop in place, then glue to secure it. Step 6: Select your first color of thread. Wrap the thread tightly across the entire loop, using glue to secure it as you go. Let that thread dry, then continue with your next color. Step 7: When complete, use your previous piece of twine to attach the tassel to the end of your keychain. Bonus Step: Tie craft ribbon to your jump ring for a more festive look.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

These DIY tassel keychains are colorful, customizable, easy to make and best of all, your guests can use them on a daily basis. Get creative with the beads and thread so that no two party favors are alike.

Make This: Tassel Keychains

Bright Painted Planters

Bright DIY Summer Planters

Bright DIY Summer Planters

These vivid, cheery planters from Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow are sure to bring a smile to your guests’ faces. With paint, paint markers and a few other supplies, you can easily create fruit-inspired pots for your summer party.

Photo by: Rebecca Lopez, The Crafted Sparrow

Rebecca Lopez, The Crafted Sparrow

These vivid, cheery planters from Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow are sure to bring a smile to your guests’ faces. With paint, paint markers and a few other supplies, you can easily create fruit-inspired pots for your summer party.

Make This: Summery Planters

S'mores Kits

DIY S'more Party Favors

DIY S'more Party Favors

Encourage guests to continue having s'more fun at home long after the party ends. Gift them with favors that are reminiscent of summer campfires like these s'more take-home boxes which are the perfect way for guests to end their night on a sweet note.

Photo by: ALX Creatives

ALX Creatives

S’mores and summer go together like, well, chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows. If your backyard party includes a marshmallow roast, let guests take away a reminder of the event with them in the form of a DIY s’mores kit. 

Mosquito-Repelling Bracelets

DIY Mosquito Repelling Bracelet

DIY Mosquito Repelling Bracelet

Help keep the bugs at bay with this colorful citronella infused bracelet!

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Sprays aren’t the only way to keep mosquitos from annoying guests and disrupting your party. Pass out paracord bracelets infused with citronella essential oil to help guests spend less time swatting bugs and more time enjoying your party.

Dressed-Up Jam Jars

DIY Jam Party Favor

DIY Jam Party Favor

Photo by: She-N-He Photography

She-N-He Photography

For a summer party favor with a southern twist, try your hand at these cute (and easy) jam jar gifts. Even if you don’t make jam, you can still hand out these charming favors using store-bought varieties.

Potted Herb Pails

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

You’ve got to love those party favor ideas that serve more than one purpose. These herb planters, for example, can first direct your guests to their seats, but later be taken home as favors. Even better, these favors are living, so they’ll keep providing fragrance and greenery long after the party's over.

Firefly Jars

Display the Firefly Mason Jar Light

Display the Firefly Mason Jar Light

Add this light to a tabletop evening gathering, by the bedside or even bring it camping.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Many people have fond memories of catching fireflies in glass jars. This nostalgic firefly jar with fireflies made out of LED lights, sheer fabric and glow-in-the-dark paint makes the perfect favor (or party decoration) for an outdoor get-together. 

Make This: Firefly Jar

More Summer Party DIYs

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Water Balloon Pinata

Skip the hard-to-bust candy version, and let kids cool off with loads of water balloons.

Water Gun Paint Party

Load up water guns with acrylic paints, lay out a few drop cloths, then set up an easel and canvas. Your little Picassos will love it!

Bubble Station

Everyone loves bubbles, so make sure you've got plenty of suds, bowls and wands to go around.

Big, Big Bubbles

Keep your ultimate bubble enthusiasts happy with this larger-than-life activity. All you need is extra-sudsy water, a hula hoop and a baby pool.

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Easy Party Snacks

Serve up tasty wraps with plenty of protein to avoid sugar-crash meltdowns later in the day.

Get Our Best Wrap Recipes Kids Will Love

Cool-Down Time

Whip up healthy frozen treats packed with vitamins and minerals to keep kids cool and hydrated.

Get Our Favorite Frozen Concoctions for Little Ones

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Sponge Ball Bucket Toss

If your kids love water balloons, they're sure to like this game, too. Cut up sponges into long strips, then gather the strips and secure in the middle using zip-ties or twine to create a ball. Soak the sponge balls in ice-cold water, then let the kids start playing. The one that gets the most balls into the bucket, wins!

Chilled Sponge Necklaces

These colorful, ice-cold necklaces are a perfect party favor and a fun way to keep kids chilled out all summer long.

Movie Time

When the sun sets, it's time to fire up the projector for a backyard movie night. Simple molding and a projector are all you need. This projector shelf is designed with thin chain link and eye hooks so it's easy to take down and store away when not in use.

Take 'Em To Go

Keep the fun going long after the party ends with bubble wand party favors.

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