DIY Kids Flashlights With Wristbands
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I love summer birthdays! There are so many things to do when you've got the great outdoors (and nice weather) at your disposal (I so envy those who live in year-long warm climates). These fun flashlights are perfect for summer nights, and with some easy customization they make a cute party favor, too (especially for a Treasure Hunt Party)!
We've been able to hold my summer baby's birthday outside for the last several years, and because we live in a close-knit neighborhood, we invite all the kids around (not as overwhelming as it sounds--check out these Easy Birthday Party Tips!).
Since there is a big age range in the neighborhood, I always try to incorporate activities in which everyone can be involved--and often that means getting the older kids to help the younger ones (the Scavenger Hunt Party was a huge hit!).
This year she decided she wanted to do a Treasure Hunt. So immediately my mind began thinking about clever clues, where to hide them, and how to coordinate each team's movements... And then I realized I was going to need some actual TREASURE (duh)! So I came up with these.
You can get these cute, durable, LED flashlights at Walmart for $1 each (you'll find them in camping section near the other flashlights--FYI if you check the availability of your local store online, it may not be accurate--mine said they were out of stock and when I went, they had plenty). That's a pretty awesome deal. And by pairing them with a fun stretchy ribbon, you can add a lot of charm for about another 16¢. Plus, it's a great "treasure" for all ages--who doesn't find flashlights useful?
Adding the ribbon to the flashlights is super simple. I just removed the original black handle, cut 12" lengths of ribbon, strung the ribbon through the metal ring, and tied the ends together.
I found the stretchy anchor ribbon at Hobby Lobby (can't find it online though). It was $2.99/roll but I got it when they were running 50% off ribbon sale (that happens pretty frequently, so try to time it when there's a sale). Works out to 16¢ per wristband!
I really prefer giving out usable goodies as favors for the kids, as opposed to the cheap plastic stuff that breaks within a day, although I haven't been able to completely say goodbye to candy favors yet--sugar is such a crowd-pleaser ;)
You could fashion these flashlights for many more uses, too--a summer camp activity? Family camping trip? Summer concerts? Sleepover craft? Pep rally? So many possibilities.
Another cool feature? If you remove the wristband, it can be used as a hairband!
Or, you could always scratch the flashlights altogether and just make cute, inexpensive hairbands!
Not planning a Treasure Hunt party? How about a Jewelry & Art Theme?
Need decorations? This DIY Crepe Paper Banner is so easy--and one of my most popular posts! Plus, these Cozy Party Crowns are a comfy alternative to paper party hats.
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