Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series is rich with ideas for favors. These are the items we chose for our favor bag:
- Magic Knots Bracelet
- Dizzy Crystal
- Pixie Cocoon
- Nero’s Gold
- Walrus Butter
Magic Knots Bracelet: The fairies created magic knots that kept Murie,l the witch, captive. By blowing on a knot a person could have a wish come true, however, it also unties the knot. Our magic knots bracelet boasts only wish granting powers.
I used a basic square knot for my magic knots bracelet. This article from About.com has a number of great ideas if you’d like to add a little something extra to your bracelet.
Dizzy Crystal: This crystal makes anyone around you disoriented. Helpful for fighting dark faries and preschool playdates.
You can find your interpretation of a dizzy crystal hanging out with the glass marbles at your craft store.
Pixie Cocoon: These magical cocoons expand into a life-supporting shelter when bitten.
I took a lot of liberty with this item. These Pixie Coccoons begins as fortune cookie batter. I started with a recipe from MarthaStewart.com. However, I added mint extract and green food coloring. Also, I cook my fortune cookies like pancakes on a griddle, instead of baking them in the oven. It makes folding them more managable for me. Even so, be prepared to destroy plenty of cocoons before you get your cocoon-rolling groove on.
Nero’s Gold: Just the right rock and a little gold spray-paint make the favor sack feel a bit more substantial and are a surprising hit with small Fablehaven fans.
Walrus Butter: Special chocolate candies made from magic walrus butter help distinguish fairies and other magical creatures. Any smartly wrapped chocolate candy will suffice.
*Potions: Vials of potion from the lab complete the favor bag. If you decide against having the kids make their own, consider preparing the potions ahead and including one or two with the favors.
We had the bonus of having Brandon himself tell our guests about the items in their bags. Without the benefit of the author’s input, I would insert a list describing the benefits of each item.
The sack is sewn from light muslin. I scanned the design from the front cover of a hard-bound copy of Fablehaven and ironed-it onto the bag.
Check online for a complete list of Fablehaven magical items to spark your favor imagination.