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5 & Dime Party Favors

Day 2 of May Arts / October Afternoon Blog Week!

5 & Dime Party Favors



The 5 & Dime collection from October Afternoon has that vintage vibe that I love so much! When the May Arts/October Afternoon swap box landed on my doorstep, I immediately thought of creating some kitschy party favors using some cotton drawstring bags I had recently purchased from Kraft Outlet. I filled the decorated bags with treats and trinkets like salt-water taffy, some glass pebble magnets, and an adorable charm bracelet that I made using the 5 & Dime collection. But the possibilities are endless!



The cotton drawstring bags I used already had a simple cord in them, but I jazzed them up with May Arts 1.25” red silk ribbon. Simply remove the cord from the bag. Make the slits for the drawstring a little larger if needed. Stick a pin with a head through the end of an 18” length of red silk ribbon and use it to thread the ribbon through the channel. Instantly prettier!



To decorate the bags, cut out some 5 & Dime image and border rub-ons and use your fingernail or a burnishing tool to carefully transfer them onto the front of the cotton bags. The 5 & Dime rub-ons go on very easily and the texture is amazing. Now the plain cotton bags look like vintage feed sacks!



To make the magnets you’ll need:

  • Clear Glass Pebbles with a flat back {about 1 ½” in diameter}
  • Magnetic Buttons with adhesive
  • 1 ½” paper punch
  • Glossy Accents



 Punch out images from the Root Barrels Cardstock. Spread a thin, even layer of Glossy Accents on the circle then glue to the back of the glass pebble. The pebbles are not perfect circles, so you may need to use a craft knife or sharp detail scissors to remove any excess paper on the edges. Set the pebbles aside to dry for a couple of minutes, and then add a magnetic button to the back of each one. I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the magnetic buttons to be certain they were secure.  I made lots of these glass magnets because they are so fun! A set of four in one of the decorated bags makes a perfect gift or favor.



The next favor I created is my favorite one: a kitschy charm bracelet!



To make the charm bracelet you’ll need:

  • A charm bracelet and jump rings
  • Crop-A-Dile or an awl to punch holes in the embellishments and turn them into charms


The embellishments have adhesive on the back, so you can cover them with paper or sprinkle a bit of baby powder on the back of them so they won’t be sticky. The adhesive on the rubber charms will just roll right off very easily.

Punch a small hole in the top of each embellishment/charm and use the jump rings to attach them to the bracelet.

These little favor bags would be so much fun at a bridal shower or as wedding favors! The charm bracelet would be a sweet gift for a flower girl or younger bridesmaids. Or just whip one up as a gift for a friend! Many thanks to May Arts and October Afternoon for sponsoring this fun and festive project! For a link to a printable PDF of the tutorial, please visit my blog Serendipity Vintage Studio. Happy crafting!


Blog post by: Kimberly Jones

  1. Becci Manies

    Those feed sack bags are SWEET! Honestly, the ribbon really makes them look so expensive and wonderful! Are you giving away that charm bracelet? I would totally wear it 😉

  2. Natalie

    These are all so clever.. love them 🙂

  3. Marjorie Barker

    Such cute party favor bags! So much nicer than paper bags.

  4. christine

    Wow..what great ideas! I will be using them for sure and impressing all the crafty ones in my circle. ;0) Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. erin t

    Oh my goodness, you could sell these.

  6. Lindsay

    What cute ideas!

  7. Mandie Wade

    Great ideas! I think I need some OA jewelry 🙂 Maybe a nice ribbon necklace with OA charms…

  8. conniemelancon

    Thanks for sharing these projects and tutorials!

  9. Glyniss

    Love the Root Beer Barrel magnets, I will have to make some for my sister who happens to love Root Beer Barrel candy! The charm bracelet is adorable and will be made for me and my granddaughter and daughter and daughter’s in law……..

  10. Nancy

    Those vintage feedsacks are precious!! I really thought the ribbon was all you added!! I have to find some bags to make some of these!!

  11. Tami Mayberry

    LOVE that charm bracelet!

  12. Laura

    I love the bracelet!!!!!!!!!!!! What a super cute idea! 🙂

  13. Tini

    OOOhhhhhhh…. love these Glass Pebbles! Wonderful works!

  14. Romy Veul

    These projects are all simply amazing! Gorgeous work!

  15. MandyK

    Great tips on using the rub-ons on fabric going to have to try it. Fab projects!

  16. angie blom

    AWEEEE SOME…. love this !!

  17. Denise Coulter

    So cute! Love the bright, bold red ribbon and October Afternoon Tin Pins.

  18. {vicki}

    Great projects

  19. Glenda J

    Great tutorial! Thanks!

  20. Jennifer

    What great ideas for gifts! I love the charm bracelet!

  21. Heather Landry

    Absolutely inspirational post! My favorite is the charm bracelet. It’s so pretty.

  22. Melinda Wilson

    I love these little bags and very cute bracelet.

  23. Joke Prummel

    Wow, what a very lovely and creative ideas. Love your blog!

  24. Mumsie

    Great projects. I am going to try making my own glass pebbles.

  25. Alice Hancock

    Great ideas!

  26. sue w.

    what fun ideas. ribbon for drawstring is great and those charms on bracelet … terrific!
    stamping sue

  27. jean marmo

    Such wonderful ideas!!

  28. Amanda J

    How cute are these!! I love it! These would be so cute as little goody bags for a bday party!

  29. PyssligaSara

    Such a cute idea with the bags!

    I might have to make a bracelet like that for myself – so adorable.

  30. Pam

    Love the bags! Thanks for sharing.

  31. Vanessa Menhorn

    Wow, these are just amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Helen LeBrett

    Love the bags, the bracelet, and the magnets! You and October afternoon are a great team!!

  33. Michelle Mathey

    Perfect!!! So very “Kim” – Love this!

  34. Sarah

    So pretty!

  35. Holly Tolman

    I absolutely love these! I know one project I’m making for Christmas this year!

  36. Sue D

    Great favor bags and contents! I didn’t know you could use rub ons on fabric.

  37. Denise Bryant

    What fun projects! Thanks for the ideas!

  38. Sav O'G

    OH MY! What a great idea–rub-ons for fabric…and that red ribbon is SUPER LUSH! LOVE LOVE LOVE! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  39. Cynthia B.

    The bags are adorable, and what a creative and FUN way to use the October Afternoon charms!

  40. Carol B

    Too cute!!!

    Carol B

  41. Charlene

    Loooove those bags, Kimberly! Such happy colors!

  42. Rebecca Ednie

    Fabulous projects! I love them all! Great job.

  43. Sarah

    Great little projects with a vintage flair. Those bags are way too cute!

  44. Jennifer H.

    Rub-ons on fabric? Who knew! Thanks for showing us these great projects. I love making the glass pebbles for my kids and these are just cute!!

  45. MARIA

    wow – I say I’ve learned so much today! never had I thought about trying the rub on stickers on fabric – now I have to – love, love all the great ideas you show here. thanks a million! you just woke up my creativity – told my daughter this morning that I was experiencing a creative block! not any more!!! =)

  46. Karen K

    Wow really cute projects. Really great ideas and a great pairing May Arts and October Afternoon!

  47. Michelle Smith

    Such a cute idea!!!

  48. natasha G.P.

    I just love all of these ideas. And the OA products are to die for…then add your ribbon to the little bags. Eek, too cute.

  49. Joy Hager

    Super cute projects!

  50. Sharon Gullikson

    Oh my gosh, so many wonderful projects. I need to find the magnets—I can’t seem to find ones that are thin and strong.

  51. b.poteraj

    What great ideas. And thanks for letting us know where to get the little fabric bags!

  52. Kathy P

    Wow! Those bags are awesome, and look so much more difficult to make than they are! Love them! Cute jewelry, too…going to make some for my DGD!

  53. Lindy

    WOW…..rubons on the fabric!!! Love these little bags! Thanks for the great how to!

  54. Donna

    What an awesome idea! Love the little bags.

  55. Jasmine Ford

    Oh man! I am LOVING these ideas! I think these would be great for Christmas gift ideas…thanks for sharing!

  56. Emily

    What an awesome tutorial!!! Now I need to go shopping for supplies to make these!

  57. Carol

    Super super cute bags, great idea with the magnets and I love the jewelry – thank you for the tutorial!

  58. Andrea

    These are darling Kim!! I love how you switched the ribbon for the drawstring. Perfect touch!!

  59. Karen B.

    So neat, I never thought that rubons would work with fabric, thanks for the tip!


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