I never did post how I made Nicholas’ Firecracker Birthday Favors. They were easy to make, a great kids’ project, and everyone really enjoyed them. I saw the idea on Martha Stewart’s website right here and was immediately smitten. Martha uses tissue paper and craft punches in various sizes. I had tissue paper, but I didn’t have the craft punches. I also didn’t have a big budget, and craft punches can run up to $20 or more a piece. Since I needed at least three, I knew there was no way I could spend $60 on three punches I would rarely, if at all, use again. I decided to improvise.
First, I took one sheet of basic printer paper and covered it in hearts of various sizes.
Then I gave Mikey his crayons and let him go to town.
After that, I ran the sheet through the color copier. I knew Mikey wouldn’t color several sheets of hearts in one sitting. (Um, and I didn’t have the
patience time to draw out pages and pages of hearts) I also downloaded this font and printed out on 3 or 4 other pieces of paper the number 1, his initials and the month, date, and year of his birth.
During the Superbowl, I cut out all the little hearts, the initials, and the numbers.
When I was ready to make the paper, I tore out two long lengths of wax paper of the same length. Then I spread my hearts evenly across. I laid paper towels underneath everything because I wasn’t sure how the wax paper would respond. It ended up not being necessary, but might be something you consider doing the first time around.
It was that easy! Here is the final product. This is actually the second batch. Notice I was starting to run out of hearts! I went a little crazy with the first batch and almost didn’t have enough to make more paper.
I originally planned on wrapping a slice of pound cake for each guest in the paper, but I ran out of time. Instead, I took 9 Valentine Hershey’s Kisses (Nicholas was born on the 9th), rolled them up in the paper, and tied off the ends to make Firecracker Favors.