School Parties can often be quite expensive for the Room Moms. If your child has a full classroom it can mean buying supplies for 20 or more people. My children are spread seven years apart and as a result I have had a lot of practice with party crafts. I know what works, what doesn’t and most importantly what won’t break the bank. Here are a few of those ideas.
- Popsicle stick flowers- Popsicle sticks are like the vanilla cake of the craft world. they are easy and cheap to come by and can be added with almost anything to create something new. All you need for this is a bulk box of popsicle sticks that can be found at any craft store, glue(sticks or Elmer’s), construction paper, scissors and glitter. Kids can pick the colors, petal shapes and glitter options. I have seen children spend 20 minutes or more cutting and gluing this project. If this is used for Kindergarten or 1st grade boys and girls alike will enjoy it. It’s perfect for a Valentine party and can be combined with a book about Spring Showers. A coupon for Hobby Lobby Online can be found here. A Total cost of the project for 30 kids is $16.97.
- Wood Christmas Trees- This is another project that can easily be completed with popsicle sticks, glue, markers, string for hanging, and glitter. If you buy your supplies in bulk you can purchase enough for several parties and several different projects making the cost even cheaper. There are many different options for these trees allowing them to be made by a wide variety of grade levels depending on difficulty. Typically each child will need 3-6 popsicle sticks. The children will first paint or color their sticks and then glue them into whatever design you choose. I have included several pictures below for inspiration. Coupons for Michaels and the weekly ad for your store can be found here. This project typically takes 15 minutes. Total cost of trees for 30 kids is $20.05.
- Popsicle stick bracelets- These are really cute, can be used for any party and best of all super cheap. If you buy the popsicle sticks in the 1000 pack mentioned above you easily should have enough sticks for all three crafts! I have tried several different techniques and have included information about each. Depending on technique this project requires about 10-20 minutes.
- If you form the bracelets completely plan on starting the process the week before to ensure you get a full classrooms worth formed and ready. Here is a great detailed site for directions on forming these. I found the second option with the yarn is much easier to plan for and can use up that extra yarn from previous projects. If you choose the second option cut the sticks to size and form them in the same way as the full size bracelets. You will need to drill small holes in the ends to attach the string. Many of these projects call for contact paper, paint and Mod Podge. If I am doing this for a school party I skip all these more expensive and time consuming options and allow the kids to paint, glitter and sticker decorate their bracelets. Odds are they will lose the bracelet at home in the first 48 hours anyway so no need to worry about preservation. Sometimes contact paper can be found on sale and that is a very viable option, but only if its on sale. A final great option that will avoid sanding is duct tape. Duct tape is about the only thing more universally used than popsicle sticks. You can buy several rolls of different colors and patterns and let the kids mix and match. Several duct tape rolls should do an entire classroom with a lot left over for the next project! Coupons for Joann Fabrics can be found here. Total Cost of bracelets is $21.97.
As you can see with some careful planning you can significantly cut the cost of school party crafts but still have a fun and unique product. Even if you use these crafts over many years, all of these supplies can be stored for later use. I can’t stress enough to buy in bulk and plan, plan, plan. When you combine your planning and purchasing with store ads and coupons the cost goes down even further. There is no need to break the bank for your kid’s party. Enjoy those crafts!