DIY: Western/Cowboy Graduation Favors, Happy Trails Class of 2012

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If you don’t already know, my oldest son Tyler graduates this year.  Something they do at the Highland graduation ceremony, is setup a Senior display table for everyone to look at and leave cards & gifts on.  We have 11 graduating seniors and they each get their own table to decorate, so I thought a western theme would be well suited for my son’s table.  Some folks go all out and some just put up a few photos.  Since I’m known to be an overachiever mom (or so I hear), then you guessed it, I’m going all out.  Heck, there are worse things to be called don’t ya think? Anyhow, some folks will display graduation favors for the others to take; bubbles, key chains, etc.  but I decided to make some cowboy graduation favors to fit the theme.  It’s easy as pie trail mix and cute to boot!

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I bought the Great Value Trail Mix ’cause it was one less step for me to do but you can easily make your own trail mix by using the following:

  • 1 package (16 ounces) banana-nut granola
  • 1 package (15 ounces) raisins
  • 1 package (12.6 ounces) milk chocolate M&M’s
  • 1 can (12 ounces) honey-roasted peanuts

I also used Avery labels (and their website) to create mine but if you have good handwriting, I’m sure you can write it just as well.  My handwriting is worse than a first graders, for reals.  Besides, I’m pretty tech savvy and just about everything I do is through the Internets!  Yeppers!

Tutorial: DIY: Western/Cowboy Graduation Favors


  • Half Pint Mason Jars
  • Avery Labels (Oval, or whatever suits your fancy)
  • Trail Mix (I used Great Value)
  • Twisted Twine
  • Red Bandana Fabric (I didn’t even use half a yard, maybe 1/4.)
  • Scissors (I have some cool ones that cut a triangle edging but regular is fine)


  1. Create your design for labels, print, and stick on jars.
  2. Cut squares out of the red bandana fabric, big enough to cover top and stick out side a bit once the lid is screwed on.
  3. Fill jar with trail mix.
  4. Place bottom part of lid on, lay your fabric square down, and screw on top lid piece.
  5. Tie with twisted twine.

I bought everything but the fabric at Walmart and that can actually be found at Walmart.  I just happen to be at Hobby Lobby the day I bought it. 


  1. Brandy Covington

    Too cute! I can never think of cute ideas like this! I will start thinking now on something for Ron table next year.

    Posted on May 16, 2012
    • A Cowboy's Wife

      I thought they were cute!! :) I had fun making them too. If I think of something for Ron, I’ll let you know!

      May 16, 2012
  2. Sunnie

    Thats great on your boy graduating! Pretty cool. These are some real cute favors too, I know the kids will like them!

    Posted on May 17, 2012
    • A Cowboy's Wife

      Thanks Sunnie! Now i just have two more!! LOL

      May 17, 2012
    • A Cowboy's Wife

      Thanks Charla! They were fun to make too!

      May 17, 2012
  3. Lauralee Hensley

    My hubby likes that brand of trail mix at Walmart. These are really cute. They’d even be cute for a brownies or cub scouts project, except maybe find plastic jars and lids at a hobby store to replace the glass ones, in case they dropped them. That way no child would get cut with broken glass.

    Posted on May 17, 2012
    • A Cowboy's Wife

      Good idea Lauralee. I’m secretly hoping nobody takes any so that I can bring them all home! LOL

      May 17, 2012
  4. Dorene


    These are too stinkin’ cute. You are an amazing mom and think of the most incredible things for your boys.

    Are you looking to adopt a slightly middle age woman who can’t think of clever things like this? I don’t mind helping decorate LOL

    Great job and lucky seniors..I have a feeling there won’t be anything left on his table to take home..just sayin’ LOL

    Posted on May 21, 2012
    • A Cowboy's Wife

      Thanks Dorene! You are way too kind. You know how I see it? My job as a mom is to do anything I can do make their lives better, more fun, and memorable. I love doing this stuff. It makes me feel useful as a Mom and while he may or may not fully appreciate it at the moment, I think he’ll tell his own kids how awesome I was…… ;)

      May 21, 2012
      • Dorene

        You’re right, our children never appreciate us until they have children of their own, but the memories you are creating for all your boys will last a lifetime. You really are an incredible mom…they are blessed.

        May 22, 2012
  5. Sheena Tatum

    These are perfect! OMG, Lori, you are on a roll!

    Posted on May 22, 2012


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