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Birthday Bash

Crafting homemade invitations, decorations, and more adds a personal touch to your child's birthday party.
 

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Materials

  • construction and craft paper
  • scissors and hole punch
  • photo-safe glue stick and white glue
  • ribbon and rickrack
  • photographs

Cut paper into rectangles of two sizes, one about an inch larger all around than the other.

Center the large pieces of paper behind the small ones, like a frame, and glue in place with the glue stick. Glue photos of the birthday child on some of the panels. Leave others blank or adorn with numbers or phrases.

Embellish panels by gluing on rickrack with white glue and allow to dry.

Punch two holes in each panel, thread a long piece of ribbon through the holes, and hang in the party room.

 

Fantastic Fabric Gift Bags

Materials

  • fabric
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • sewing machine, needle and thread, or fabric glue

Cut a rectangle of fabric large enough that when you fold it in half around the gift you're wrapping, it covers the gift on all sides.

Fold the rectangle in half the same way you'd fold it around the gift, then sew or glue shut the two open sides opposite each other (leave the third side open as the top). Allow any glue to dry.

Place the gift inside your bag and tie the opening shut with a ribbon.

 

Silly Balloon Creatures

Materials

  • squiggly or twisty balloons
  • paper and scissors
  • metallic or duct tape
  • permanent markers

Blow up a balloon until it is as full as you like, leaving a portion uninflated if you want a tail, antenna, etc. (If you are using twisty balloons, you'll need a pump.)

Cut body part shapes such as wings or legs out of the paper and tape them on.

Draw on the final details, like eyes and spots.

 

Oh-So-Cute Cards and Invitations

Materials

  • construction and craft paper
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • string
  • glue stick

Fold a piece of construction paper in half and draw or trace a figure on one side so that the end of one arm meets the fold.

Cut out the figure and unfold it so you have two figures joined at the hand.

Trace the figures on craft paper to make clothing shapes, then cut them out and glue them on.

Cut out and decorate a greeting or invitation sign. Using a pencil, poke a hole in each top corner of the sign and in each of the figures' free hands. Attach with string.

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