Cotton Candy Favors for a Graduation Party

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I made these favors for a graduation party with some paper, yarn, and empty plastic cups.  I filled these graduation favors with cotton candy, but you could fill them with pretty much anything.

Three cotton candy filled favors for a graduation party that look like graduation caps.

Since I was filling these graduation party favors with fluffy, voluminous cotton candy, I made them with large cups.  But you could easily make smaller versions of these favor containers if you were going to fill them with something less bulky and more expensive, like chocolates.

DIY Graduation Favor container filled with cotton candy.

The graduate's favorite color was pink, so we used that instead of her school colors for the graduation party.  And pink cotton candy was a perfect treat to serve at this graduation party!

Materials for cotton candy graduation favors container.

Materials for Graduation Favor Cups:

Pink yarn being formed into small tassels for Graduation Favors

How to Make Yarn Tassels for Graduation Favors

No graduation cap favor would be complete without tiny tassels!  These were easily and quickly made with yarn.

Wind the yarn around the fingers of your hand seven times.  Use a separate 10" length of yarn to tie the loops of yarn together.

Use a third length of yarn to gather all of the looped yarn together and tie toward the top of the tassel to create the bulb of the tassel.

Use scissors to trim the bottom of the tassel to an even length.

Black cardstock being cut into pieces to make Graduation Favors that look like graduation caps.

Cut a 2" wide strip of black cardstock.  It needs to be long enough to go around the narrow, bottom end of the plastic cup.  I just cut mine to the full length (11") of my piece of black paper, and had a bit of overlap.  I didn't bother trying to cut to a precise length.

Cut 4" squares of cardstock for the top of the mortarboard graduation cap.

Plastic cups, paper, and yarn tassels being assembled into fillable Graduation Favors

Flip the plastic cup upside down, so that the open, lidded portion is at the bottom.  

Glue the long strip of paper around the narrower part of the cup (now the top of our favor container).  Be sure to glue the strip of paper so that it tight enough to sit with the edge of the paper flush with the bottom of the cup (the top of our favor).  

Glue the square piece of paper to the bottom of the plastic cup (creating the top portion of our graduation cap).

Glue the tassel so that the tassel dangles just off of the edge of the square piece of cardstock.  Use a flat-backed craft pearl or rhinestone (or even a small circle of more cardstock) to cover the end of the yarn and give the favor a finished look.

Fillable Graduation Favors that look like graduation caps, filled with cotton candy.

Fill the plastic cup with cotton candy.  Add a label to the cup if you wish.

Cotton candy filled favors for a graduation party on display at a graduation party.

I have a cotton candy machine (this is the AWESOME machine I have), which made filling these with cotton candy easy and inexpensive.  If you don't have a cotton candy machine, popcorn would make a fabulous, bulky and inexpensive treat to fill these graduation favors.  You could even make them in school colors using my favorite Kool-Aid candied popcorn recipe

Other Graduation Ideas You Might Like:

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Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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