A friend asked me very recently to do some fun DIY for her daughter’s 14th birthday party that weekend. She wanted me to design tickets for a raffle she was going to hold during the party. Although it sounded like something I would have wanted to do, I couldn’t commit because of the time constraint. The party was in two days. I said I’d try to help and get back with ideas in two hours.
That same day, I came across these sort of metal tags by Tim Holtz when the idea occurred to me that I can use these tags instead of printing out actual tickets. These philosophy tags, as they are aptly labeled in the packaging, features a single word philosophy and a four digit number, stamped in gold, silver or bronze metal-like material.
I thought that with numbers engraved, I could make raffle chips, or better yet, raffle bracelets out of them. I immediately pitched the idea to my friend and she loved it. I got us two twelve-tag packs.
They have a fall-palette birthday party (we don’t have four seasons here so it’s as good time as any to choose autumn colors for a party), so I readied the most autumn-colored bunch of organza ribbons I can find.
The easy DIY part: Loop them through the hole in the metal tags, and there you have your party bracelets. I even set the ribbon to significant length so that the girls can also wear them as necklaces if they choose.
My friend loved the messages and thought that they were very nice, inspirational charms to give to her daughter’s 14-year old friends. She had prepared small Pandora giveaways for them as well, so we set them up together so the young guests could help themselves to the giveaway and their personal raffle tags as they come.
Now all that was left to do at the party was to draw from the spare set of Tim Holtz philosophy stamped tags for the actual raffle.
As a bonus, since the chips/tags could be classified into 3 groups (gold, silver and bronze), we realized that it could also serve as group identifiers for all the games to be had during the party. It's just perfect for everything!
Happy 14th birthday to dear M! Wishing you lots and lots of meaningful days ahead.