Christmas Party Favors to Make

I love having people over for Christmas and setting a pretty table. You may remember that I shared one of my Christmas table setting ideas in a previous post. I like having a Christmas party favor at each place setting for the guest to bring home. It is a very simple way for them to remember the time that they spent with us. I don’t want to spend a lot of time creating Christmas party favors.  I want something fairly easy to do that I can have done quickly. I also wanted to make sure that the Christmas party favors I made were somewhat useful.  It can be frustrating to receive something that you don’t really have a use for but feel like you need to keep it. When I was provided supplies to feature a craft for you, I knew that party favors were the perfect choice.

Christmas party favors to make

Christmas Party Favors to Make

One of my favorite Christmas party favors is candy.  Of course, when you give someone candy, and they eat it, the Christmas party favors are gone.This cute Christmas tray filled with Christmas candy lets you have candy and then enjoy the tray when the candy is gone. You can use the tray to hold a cute votive candle after the candy is gone or leave candy out for your guests (or Santa Claus) to enjoy.

Christmas party favors to make

Basically, you need a small wooden tray, some fun Christmas paper and matching acrylic paint.

Christmas party favors to make


You paint the tray and then decoupage the Christmas paper onto the bottom.  Then fill with candy or treats and you have simple Christmas party favors.

You can make many of the same exact design or create a different design for each person at your Christmas party.  If your party is for children, you can focus on Santa Claus, reindeer and presents.  For adults, you could choose snowflakes and geometric patterns instead for a winter theme or let them be kids again and enjoy Santa Claus and his reindeer.

Christmas party favors to make

Instead of Christmas candy, you could always include homemade cookies on the Christmas tray.  Or, if you have someone that is watching their weight, include a few small pine cones, tea lights and cinnamon sticks instead.

Christmas party favors to make


Christmas party favors to make


  • Choose a Christmas patterned paper and a coordinating color of acrylic paint.
  • Paint the small wooden tray and allow it to try completely.
  • Cut a piece of Christmas patterned paper that will fit the bottom of the small wooden tray.
  • Brush a layer of the Modge Podge over the painted bottom of the tray.
  • Carefully set the Christmas patterned paper on top of the Modge Podge and press in place.
  • Brush another layer of Modge Podge over the top of the Christmas patterned paper.
  • Allow to dry completely.
  • Fill with Christmas candy or other small trinkets for your Christmas party favors.

What kind of Christmas party favors do you enjoy giving or receiving?

Christmas party favors to make


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  1. What adorable little trays, I love mod podge don’t you? Works like magic turning everything from drab to fab in just minutes!

  2. How adorable!! And they don’t seem like they’d be too expensive. Great gift that could even be recovered to use all year!! Pinned & Tweeted!

  3. What a beautiful and simple idea. I love it! You are right that once the candy is gone, it’s gone. This is a great way to make it last.

  4. Very simple and super cute. I made homemade coasters and they turned out great!! Think I need to make these too! 

  5. Those are such cute little trays! I love that it doesn’t take a lot of work either! Normally I only have time on my plate for crafts I can finish in a day. This is perfect. 

  6. This is super creative!  And I like that it can be implemented for many occasions! 

  7. That’s so cute! So simple to make a bunch for party favors everyone will love.  

  8. Super cute. I could see one of these on each place-setting with a specialty drink or little favor box sitting on top of it. 

  9. those are really cute ellen!!  i would love to use these for a lot of different holidays

  10. How totally cute!!! Easy enough too. I might do this for my SIL.

  11. I love this! You can customize them by changing out the paper, great idea!

  12. I love your trays, they are the perfect size! I like how you have taken something simple and dressed it up with things I already have around the house, minus the trays.

  13. Those are so incredibly cute!! I linked up as well.

  14. Super cute, the tray with these adorable little stuff is just a hit!

  15. Those are so cute, and creative! I love how you created two completely different looks!

  16. Oh, I love this and you could expand it to other holidays as well! So much fun!

  17. Those trays are so cute!

  18. That is so cute. I think I will try to make these with my daughter. Thanks for the how to.

  19. I love that you can recycle the trays once the party favors are gone. I pinned the post to my Christmas Crafts for Kids board.

  20. How tiny and cute. I think it would be great for a glass or cup too as a coaster at each setting. 

  21. I would love to have something like this on my coffee table!

  22. Perfect!!! Maybe I’ll make this for my exchange gift party I’m going to! THANKS!

  23. This is such a wonderful idea! I love that they can enjoy the tray for years to come!

  24. Too cute! I’m going to have to try this out!

  25. This is so super cute. Great idea.

  26. Love that blue one with the snowflakes! Bookmarking this for next year. I’m always looking for cute gifts to give friends and these could definitely fit the bill.

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