Disclosure: This post was sponsored by HP. I received an HP ENVY Rove20 All-in-One touch Screen PC and an HP ENVY 4500 e-All-in-One in exchange for my posts. All opinions are my own.
I hate goody bags with a passion.
I just don’t see the sense in giving kids a bag of candy after you’ve loaded them up with sugary birthday cake (note: I love birthday cake) AND give them cheapy craptastic toys that they inevitably lose interest in 2 minutes after arriving home.
Personalized music CD party favors for kids are easy, fun and cheap to make. They’re great because they’re a bit of a time capsule, too – you can include on the CD all the music your child loved that year!
I’m going to show you how you can make these using your PC and printer. You don’t need to be crafty. I promise.
How To Make Customized Music CD Party Favors for Kids
If you can use Microsoft Word, you can do this project. I use our trusty HP ENVY Rove20 All-in-One TouchScreen for this job!
Here’s what you do:
Choose Music and Create Your Playlist
Your child will love getting to help choose what music goes on his or her birthday CD and creating the playlist. You can use whatever normal music app you use for creating playlists and burning CDs. I happen to use iTunes because I’ve had it forever. Once you have your playlist selected, burn as many CDs as you need for the number of guests you have attending. To save money, buy a big pack of read-write CD-ROMs.
Buy Printable CD Labels
First, purchase printable CD label paper at any office supply or hobby/craft store. You’ll want to have these first because different manufacturers have different software or templates that can be used with programs like Word or Photoshop.
I’ve always had good success with Avery labels. They have a downloadable wizard that works with Microsoft Word so the formatting is familiar.
Design Your Label
Your child will have a blast with this part, too. To make the label really fun, select an image you’ll use first. I either use a photo of my child, a picture of a birthday cake, or other image that has some meaning for him or her. This past year, we did a pink palm tree pattern for Little CEO’s. When she was littler, we used a princess theme.
If you use the Avery software with Microsoft Word, you’ll need to use the special toolbar that’s inserted into Word for the best formatting. You start the wizard, select your label type and it pops up all ready to go.
I add my image by selecting “Insert Clipart.” For this tutorial, I’ll make a Super Mario Galaxy label. When I insert the image, I’m then able to size it to the dimensions of the label, which appear on screen. You’ll get to see where the cutouts occur for the hole in the disc and make adjustments accordingly.
Next, add some text to personalize the disc. For this one, I downloaded a free Mario-themed font, and added a text box for “Boy Wonder’s 10th Birthday.” Again, I always use the Avery toolbar to format everything. You can move your text boxes around to fit the size of the label. You can even add the names of all the songs you’re adding to the disc, if you like. Or, you can add “thanks for coming” so it’s a thank you gift AND a favor all in one!
Print A Test Sheet
Once I have the label looking exactly how I want it, I print it out using a plain sheet of paper. This helps me confirm exactly how the label is going to look before I waste a sheet of pricey label paper. I use my HP ENVY 4500 e-All-in-One printer to do this part of the job – it’s got great print quality, it’s super fast and it’s PVC-free ENERGY STAR ®-qualified halogen.
Print The Labels
Once you’ve confirmed all is printing correctly, print the same number of labels that you have guests attending.
Apply Labels to CDs
Now you just need to apply the labels to the CDs. When I bought one of my label packages, this label installer came with it. This makes it super easy to apply the labels without any buckles or ridges.
Put CDs In Cases or Sleeves
Place your CD favors in jewel cases or sleeves. I personally like to buy a pack of multicolored sleeves with clear windows so the cute label can show through.
Now you’ve got a totally cute, super fun, inexpensive and practical party favor!