Birthday Party Ideas, Party Craft Ideas - DIY Inspired
21st May2014

Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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I have done so many Mason Jar Crafts over the years.  This time, I wanted to try out some new Krylon glitter blast spray paint that I got.  I decided to make a Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece. It turned out beautifully and I only needed a few materials to get the job done.

Materials:

  • Clean recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tarp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter Blast spray paint
  • Fresh flowers

Instructions:

Make sure you sauce jars are clean and dry. I like to save all sizes because you’ll never know when you’ll need them!

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Turn them upside down and spray paint them in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed three light coats of metallic gold.

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Once they are dry, use Painter’s tape to tape off the area you would like glittered.  Again, I used three light and even coats of Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint. . I used the colors Posh Pink, Silver Flash, and Fierce Fuchsia. Allow them to dry.

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I filled my vases with water and made an arrangement of fresh peonies and roses.

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Isn’t it pretty??? Here are a few more pictures.

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For one of them, I decided to wrap a little lace and make a “welcome home” tag to give to my best friend as a house warming gift for her new house! It’s a great gift for teachers appreciation and Mother’s Day too!

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These would also make great inexpensive bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, or birthday party centerpieces.  The possibilities are endless with color combinations as well. You can embellish them further with lace, ribbon, or burlap.

15th May2014

Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots

by Dinah Wulf

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If you can’t tell by now, I have been obsessed with getting ready for a Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower I am decorating.  The party isn’t until June but as my friends will tell you I always start WAY in advance for things like this. I like to get the creative juices flowing! The other day I shared my Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups and today I am sharing my Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots from all the great finds I got at the Goodwill.

First of all, I have to say that I found some GREAT STUFF at Goodwill. I have a few tips I go by when I thrift shop:

  1. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Buy it because you love it!
  2. Ask what the color of the day is, that means it’s 50% off.
  3. When looking for pieces, think outside the color because that can always be changed.
  4. Ask for a discount if there is something wrong with the piece.

Here’s all the loot I got this time around.  Check out all my thrift store loot the first time around!

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Tip number three was helpful in this case because, I was drawn to the shape of these pots, but they didn’t match the décor style I was going for. Here they are BEFORE.

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All I did was simply spray paint them with Krylon’s Metallic Gold Paint (two light coats).

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Now, a Christmas themed teapot completely fits my décor style for this party. These little flower pots would also make a great DIY gift for a mother, teacher, or friend.

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This teapot had a chipped lid, but that’s OK! It was dirt cheap and I don’t need the lid anyway because I am using it as a flower vase. By the way, I will be using fresh flowers at the party…just sayin…

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So, thrift store shopping is a fantastic way to save money when decorating for fun events like this! In case you missed it, check out my other ideas I have for this Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower:

01st May2014

Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces & Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I shared my tutorial for some little Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Decoration and a mini Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair I made. That day, I played around with the centerpieces I am going to use for a baby shower I am decorating in this theme. I thought I’d share my ideas with you today along with some tips for saving money by using what you already have. Here are some tips for making Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces.

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Items I Bought:

  • Wood cut-outs for the top hats
  • Pack of four mini clocks (scrapbook section)
  • Glass rabbits (on sale for less than $1 after Easter)
  • Pack of mini glass bottles (scrapbook section)
  • Moss

Items I already had:

  • Decorative cages
  • Apothecary jars/ glass vases
  • Old books
  • Tea party set (my daughter’s)
  • Scrapbook paper and twine for “Drink Me” tags

Bottom line: I spent less than $10 on these centerpieces because I raided the décor in my house! I was able to put together these four examples.

Tip #1: You can even use recycled sauce and Mason Jars to make small vignettes and group a few together.

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Tip #2: I happen to have a collection of vintage books. If you do not, you can remove the covers of hardback books and use them as well.

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Tip #3: I used a tea party set that my daughter had. If you don’t have one, thrift stores like Goodwill always has inexpensive tea cups and sauces. You can mix and match for a party like this. If you have trouble finding ones you like, look for the shape you like and spray paint them. You can’t go wrong with metallic gold tea cups!

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

25th Apr2014

Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpieces

by Dinah Wulf

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When I made these cute little Mad Hatter Hats the other day for centerpieces for a Mad Hatter Tea Party baby shower I am working on, I couldn’t resist and found these cute little wooden cut-out chairs to use too. I thought they’d also be fun to place inside apothecary jars to make Mad Hatter Tea Party Chair Centerpieces.

Materials:

  • Chair wooden cut-out
  • Gold metallic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Felt scraps
  • Fabric scraps
  • Glue
  • Scissors

I found these wooden cut-outs and Michael’s Craft Stores.

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I painted them gold with metallic acrylic craft paint.

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I had some felt and left over fabric from an antique chair I reupholstered. I cut our a seat cushion out of the red felt and cut out the chair backing out of the left over material. I used white glue to attach them.

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In minutes I had these adorable little chairs that remind me of the chairs at the Mad Hatter Tea party in Alice in Wonderland! For the baby shower, I will put them next to a glass apothecary jar filled with moss, a “drink me” bottle and a little white rabbit stop watch. I like the idea of stacking them on antique books as well.

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

 

22nd Apr2014

Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be in charge of the decorations for one of my great friends baby shower for her twins! The theme the hosts decided on was a vintage inspired Mad Hatter Tea Party. I thought it’d be fun to make little Mad Hatter hats as part of the centerpieces decorations.

Materials:

  • Top hat wood cut-outs
  • Green craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon (green and black)
  • Scissors
  • Feathers
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pen
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Craft glue
  • Wire hanger
  • Wire cutter
  • Craft beads

I found these fun top hat cut-outs at Michael’s craft stores. They were only .49 and I had a coupon for 30% off! Score! They were practically free!

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I painted both sides green.

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While I waited for them to dry, I cut two wire hangers in approximately two inch pieces.

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I hot glued beads to the tips of each wire piece. Some of the beads I took from an old necklace (I save everything)! I also gathered some other embellishments for the hat. I cut out small squares out of scrapbook paper scraps and wrote the iconic Mad Hatter price of 10/6 on it.

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I assembled each trim with glue.

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Lastly, I hot glued it to my painted top hats. They turned out so cute!

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I am going to group them in various cages, apothecary jars, and glass domes with vintage books, tea cups, glass white rabbits and mini clocks. I can’t wait to show you some of the centerpieces I’ve put together!

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For other Alice in Wonderland Ideas check out these posts:

 

25th Mar2014

Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so I know I’ve made these before! Recently I made a burlap St. Patrick’s Day bunting and I also made a Vintage Baby shower bunting. I had some left over fabric from this no sew kitchen towel and this no sew kitchen towel and I couldn’t resist. This time I made this Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting for my friend’s office makeover I was helping her with.

I also made her…

You only need a few things:

  • Rope
  • Fabric scraps
  • Lace ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter

Here is the left over fabric I had. I intended on using the burlap too, but as I was making it, I decided it didn’t need it.

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I used my rotary cutter and ruler which made this process so easy! The strips don’t have to be perfect.

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My daughter helped sort them (kinda sorta)… or maybe messed them up. That’s what you do when your three!

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I knotted them to some rope in a pattern.

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I loved the way it turned out. I think it’ll go great with the other things I made for my friends office.  She wanted it colorful, shabby chic, and Anthropologie-esque. I thought this would be a perfect touch. You can make these to fit almost any theme (as you can see I did!). They are great for parties or even as decoration in a nursery or kid’s room.

Be sure to check out the other things because they are soooo cute!!

24th Mar2014

Easy DIY Hello Kitty Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Making your own decorations for a theme party doesn’t have to be hard.  One of my friends did a Hello Kitty Themed Party that has been a hit! She spent a lot of time and thought into making it absolutely fabulous! I thought I’d put together some easy DIY Hello Kitty Party ideas that you can do if you have little time and money. You can use these tips for any themed party as well!

Tip #1: Make your own garland.

You can make this adorable and sweet pompom garland by simply using a needle and thread! Just thread a needle and push it through the thickest part of the pompom and they won’t slide.

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Tip #2: Use what you already have.

Typically when you throw a Hello Kitty themed party for your little one, they already have some Hello Kitty toys.  Use them creatively as props to punch up your themed décor.

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Tip #3: Dollar bin bargains go a long way.

One pack of stickers will embellish cake toppers, favors, pinwheels. You can use ribbon and hair bows to place in existing flower arrangements and other things.

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Tip #4: Make your own favor boxes.

I made these using the Fuse Creativity System by Fiskars. Believe it or not was much cheaper than buying gift bags and it’s more fun! Here’s a tutorial on how to use the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System.

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Tip #5: Simple food is less stressful.

Serving simple and healthy finger foods makes it less stressful. Arrange a fruit platter in a colorful way.

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Place candies or other foods in small paper cups. This way, they are portioned and easy to grab.

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Simple recipes like potato salad are filling and tasty.  For this one I made it with red potatoes, salt, pepper, finely chopped sweet yellow onions and light mayonnaise. I garnished it with shredded cheese, green onions, and bacon.

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05th Mar2014

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

I had some left over fabric from some St. Patrick’s Day no sew hand towels I made. I am lacking in my decorations this year so I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting. My leftovers were the perfect amount.

I had made a banner similar to this one for a Vintage Themed Baby Shower I did. You can see the full tutorial for it there. These two fabric quarters were perfect for making a hand towel and this bunting. Score! So cheap (less than $5 for both)!

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Anyway, the difference between this bunting and the scrap fabric bunting I made for the baby shower was this…

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I used this awesome Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler that pretty much cut my time in half when making this!  It was so ah-mazing and cut the lines perfectly clean. All you need is the cutter and a cutting mat and with one swipe you have a perfectly straight line.  No need for scissors! Oh… and so much easier to use this when cutting the burlap as well. I highly recommend it if you couldn’t tell.

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I cut my strips of fabric and burlap and then knotted them to some rope I had left over as well from these nautical inspired thrift store rope vases I made. I altered the two patterns and a burlap strip.

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I love the mix of fabric and burlap. As you may or may not know, crafting with burlap is messy! Make sure you have your garbage can handy!

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24th Feb2014

Pretty in Pink Playdate

by Dinah Wulf

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Two of my best friends and I all had little girls 30 days apart from each other. Needless to say, the three of them are now best friends just like their mommies. Two weeks ago, they started dance classes together. After dance class, all of us get together for a playdate. I just couldn’t help myself the night before our last one and made a special Pretty in Pink table setting for their lunch.

I had some left over plastic sparkling cider glasses from New Year’s and dressed them up with a little lace at the bottom.

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I couldn’t resist and added little name tags as well.

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I also printed their names and framed them in little frames from the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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For the centerpiece I simply chose a fun patterned scrapbook paper with a pink try, mercury glass vase, and burlap hydrangeas. I also added a little pink craft butterfly on top.

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I found some mini cupcakes from the grocery store and put little white pompoms on top.  I used a pedestal tray I made out of a glass candlestick and porcelain tray I found at Goodwill.

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I put some lace on little wooden baskets to match the glasses and put pink Sixlets candies inside.

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Here are a few more pictures.

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It only took a few minutes to do this out of items I already had in my craft room.  The girls were so excited when they saw it and it added a little special touch to their playdate. This would be cute for Mother’s day, a birthday party or Valentine’s Day as well.

20th Feb2014

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I am on a treat box roll! I know I just posted how to make Candy Box Treat Boxes the other day, but I couldn’t help myself and just HAD to make some St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes since Valentine’s Day is officially over. I made these with my Fuse Creativity System from Fiskars. Here’s how I made them.

Materials:

Instructions:

Place your treat box design set on the machine. I put the plates on top so that the design on the box would be plain.

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Place your desired 12X12 scrapbook paper on top of the design set.

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Note: I used regular scrapbook paper which worked nicely; however card stock scrapbook paper is a little sturdier. It depends on what you are putting inside. For example, temporary tattoos, stickers, plastic toys, some candy will work great in these.

Place your cutting plate on top of the scrapbook paper. You are basically creating a craft sandwich. Next, push the plate through the machine while cranking the handle.

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The box cut out will look like this.

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Fold the paper in the indicated areas.

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Tape or glue your treat box together.

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I embellished these boxes with shamrock stickers and I made a leprechaun buckle out of paper scraps for one of them. You can fill them with whatever your heart desires, like chocolate coins, play gold coins, small toys, or candy.

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These treat boxes are addicting to make! I want to make them for every party and holiday. I will more then likely make an Easter themed treat box soon!

If  this post is your style, you may also like my post on Boarder Punch Gift Wrapping!

18th Feb2014

Dr. Seuss Inspired Party: FREE PRINTABLES

by Dinah Wulf

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Geesh! It helps when you have a super talented, even craftier, older brother! My brother from, Figure Ground Graphics, designed these AWESOME Dr. Seuss Inspired Party printables and is offing them to DIY Inspired readers for FREE! Woot woot! They take just a few minutes to download and print and can be used for cupcake and food toppers, favor bags, or signs.  This is great because I am honored to share this Sweet Things Are Treat Things party for a Dr. Seuss edition of Craft Lightening!

Here is what they look like when you print them.

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I cut and folded the balloons and cakes and put them on straws for food toppers.

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Here are a few close ups.

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I also used them to embellish some treat boxes that I made.  I will have a tutorial for these boxes coming up this week!

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The sign can be used in different ways as well. You can simply fold it and display it.

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You can use a photo holder to display it. OR…wait for it… they are the perfect size to fit in a Ziploc bag for party favors!

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Now for the FREE Printables! Download them here:

Sweet Things Are Treat Things Party Printables

I hope you enjoyed this Dr. Seuss Inspired Party!  Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  Be sure to stop by their blogs for more Dr. Seuss inspired crafty goodness!

 If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

17th Feb2014

A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I have to say, my best friend Jenny and I can throw a mean party! Ha! We collaborated recently on an Angry Birds Themed Party for one of our favorite five year olds. I wanted to put together an ULTIMATE guide of tutorials that the two of us created to help you throw a great DIY Angry Birds Party. Here are seven ideas for you to consider.

#1 Themed Gift Wrapping

Just say no to gift bags! You can’t attend a birthday party for your favorite five year old without a gift! I wrapped this gift and made a little tag on my computer that said, “Happy Angry Birthday, Adrian”. It took me less than ten minutes and added a personal touch.

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#2 Angry Birds Pinata

Trina, Adrian’s Mom and one of my Besties, bought a King Pig Pinata but it was missing a crown! So I made a King Pig Crown for her out of an old cottage cheese container. You can use this idea for making any type of crown you’d like.

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#3 Bird Cage Centerpieces

This is a quick and easy centerpiece idea, Simply place a stuffed Angry Bird character in a bird cage.  You can buy these at any craft store and it seems like they are always on sale!

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#4 The Golden Egg

To be honest, I’m not too familiar with the Angry Bird game but apparently the golden egg is a VERY important element. Trina spray painted plastic Easter eggs and placed them in little nests. It turned out so cute!

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#5 Sweets and Treats

What’s a birthday party without plenty of treats??? Trina displayed colorful cupcakes on a DIY wooden structure that Jenny made.

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She also had a candy table with favor bags for the kids to fill and take home.

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I also made some super easy Angry Bird Dropping favors that we placed on the party tables.

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Trina also bought this fun Angry Bird cupcake birthday cake.

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#6 Upcycled Cardboard Box Decorations

Both Jenny and I saved our cardboard boxes to create a fun decoration.  Jenny painted hers to look like wooden boxes.

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I hand drew mine to look like wooden crates. I also made some points and TNT signs in a FREE printable download for you to use.

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#7 Life Sized Angry Bird Launcher and Party Game

Lastly, and DEFINITEY not least, Jenny and her husband made a life sized Angry Bird Launcher to launch the painted Angry Bird Balls she made into the boxes.  This was the BEST GAME EVER and was fun for both the kids and adults.

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There you have it… A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party! I hope you enjoyed and are inspired to use these ideas too!

Quick Links for Step by Step Tutorials:

14th Feb2014

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

10th Feb2014

Angry Birds Party Decoration with FREE Printables

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my Besties had a fifth birthday party for her son this past weekend.  It was an Angry Birds Party theme and of course I HAD to help.  Since I have a very girly girl, this was an opportunity to help with a party that is more for boys. Last week I shared some Angry Bird party favors I made and on Inheriting Our Planet I shared a recycled crown I made for a King Pig piñata. Today, I want to share an easy Angry Birds party decoration I made out of shipping boxes I saved.

The materials I used were:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Sharpie
  • Printables
  • Paper cutter
  • Colorful Card stock
  • Double-sided tape or glue

I made some numbers to represent scores, 500, 1000, and 5000.

Angry Bird Scores Printable

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I also made some black and red TNT signs.

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I added some bright and bold colorful backings with card stock to make them stand out more.

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I wanted to free hand on the boxes with a black marker to give the boxes a more cartoon-like feel.  I drew on boards and nails so that they looked like wooden crates… all of which were not perfect, rather imperfect on purpose!

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I then randomly placed the signs on the boxes with double-sided tape.

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Here are some AFTER photos!

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In case you missed it, be sure to check out my Angry Bird Droppings party favors and my recycled King Pig CrownHere is the rest of the party! Oh! Enjoy the free printables too!