If you’re planning a bowling party, you’ll know this is the truth: a cute bowling party favor idea is a little hard to come by! (Especially if you’re looking to make something by hand.) That’s why I was so thrilled to come across this adorable party favor bag idea by Ashleigh and Kathryn of Bee In Our Bonnet.

To make the bags, Ashleigh hand-cut bowling pin shapes out of sticky-backed foam and created the ball shape using a craft punch. She stuck the foam shapes onto an acrylic block, brushed the shapes with paint, and stamped the images onto the bags. Finally, she added stripes to the pins using a fine-tip marker. (Be sure to check out the entire tutorial at Bee In Our Bonnet!)

With such a sweet gift bag, you could really put anything inside and call it a day, but I had an idea for a bowling party favor that I think is really cute. A picture is worth a thousand words, here:

Eek! The black gumballs are like bowling balls – cute, right?! And I know I usually don’t go for the inexpensive plastic stuff, but the trophies kinda seal the deal here. (The one shown in the picture is available at Party City.)

One last idea, because I just adore this picture and haven’t had the excuse to show it off until now: this is the printable bowling party favor tag that’s available in my shop! The picture was taken by my ultra-talented friend Susan of Susan Gentile Photography, and it was featured in a party on Pizzazzerie. (WooHOO!) I feel like these tags work the same magic as the cute hand-stamped favor bags – you could put anything you want in that bag and it would be adorable. : )

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    Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    Mindy says:
    great idea with the sticky foam shape into a stamp!
    • 1.1
      Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 10:08 pm
      Heather says:
      Agreed! : ) That's the kind of thing *I* never think of when I'm in a craft store...
  2. 2
    Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    Yadsia @ShopCookMake says:
    Super cute!
  3. 3
    Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 6:21 pm
    janet ruttner says:
    what a great idea! thank you for sharing this. by the way did you use just regular paper lunch bags?
    • 3.1
      Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 7:40 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Janet! These are indeed made from regular lunch bags. : )
  4. 4
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 3:03 pm
    Veronica says:
    What do I need to print the labels? Could I use a heavy card stock? Do inedible to use white? Would it get stuck in my home printer? Should I take it to a print company?
    Thank you for all the help!
    • 4.1
      Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at 1:17 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Veronica! Card stock is recommended. It would not get stuck in your printer. You can take it to a print company if you'd like. I hope this helps!