DIY Personalized Rubber Band Boats – Favors for a Nautical 2nd Birthday Party

So Graham’s 2nd Birthday was almost 2 weeks ago – and it was a total blast! I’m going to do a post on the little party itself, but today I wanted to share with you the personalized favor that I made for all the kids!

I do little DIY/Homemade favors at each of my kids parties. It’s sort of become my thing – and I don’t really consider myself crafty – except for my kids birthdays!

At Brooks’ 3rd Birthday, I made everyone a personalized superhero cape. At Graham’s 1st Birthday, everyone got a massive ball with their name on it. And for Brooks’ 2nd Birthday, I made everyone personalized smocks, since it was a art party!

outfit details:

top / denim {on sale!} / shoes {similar!} / jewels

So we had the party at this really cool spot in the city – Sister Cities Park – if you are in the area or planning to visit with kids, be sure to stop by and check it out. Especially in the warmer months because there is a really cool water play area for the kids! This is where I got my inspiration for the boats! I wanted to get the kids something fun they could play with in the water at the party. Thus began my inspiration for a nautical themed party!

Seriously, how perfect are these cute little wooden rubber band boats?!

The water area has a little ‘river’ up a hill that the kids can put boats down, which float under bridges and down the stream to the little wading pool. My kids LOVE this park and I’m so happy the weather cooperated that day for us to enjoy the water activities and the boats I made!

I was able to score these awesome wooden rubber band boats at a local store in Philly for a great deal, so then I decided I wanted to personalize each boat for the kids, so everyone knew which was theirs! I picked up these stencils in a smaller size and put each kids first letter of their name on the front of each boat. We only had one letter that was repeated, so I did different colors for that – added in a cute little star on the corner for fun and they were good to go!

I did a few layers on the letters to get darker colors, and then I sealed everything with modge podge so the paint wouldn’t have any issues in the water. It sealed it all perfectly.

Each boat came with bonus rubber bands, because it is a rubber band boat which powers it, and of course rubber bands can break. So I had those on hand incase anyone wound up their boat too much! But its definitely a solid little toy that I hope all the kids enjoyed playing with because I enjoyed making them!

Are you a fan of DIY or personalizing party favors?

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever made? I’d love to hear about it!

Now it’s time to start thinking about my next project for Brooks’ 4th Birthday in January!

Wish me luck!

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  • Reply Patty October 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Leslie, those boats turned out amazing! Great party and awesome favor!

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