Easy DIY: Accordion Cards

These cards are super easy to make. Cut a sheet of card stock into 2 1/2 inch strips the length-wise. You should get three strips. Fold them in half and then into quarters.

Walgreens will print out 4×4 photos, so I used a photo app on my phone to make a four-panel photo that I had printed. I then cut them into 2×2 photos and glued them to the panels.


Easy DIY: Pom Pom Jack-o-Lanterns

Just some pom pom, felt and glue and you have some cute decorations to add to treat bags, on top of pencils or just scattered around the table. 


Easy DIY: Embroided Felt Sugar Skulls

These felt sugar skulls by Casa Artelexia are just fabulous. You could make a bunch and turn them into a fantastic garland for the Day of the Dead.  


Party Time: Pokemon Birthday Party

For Elliott’s last single-digit birthday, he chose Pokemon as the theme. The YMCA provided the perfect space for the kids to run around and I didn’t have to worry about possibly being rained out. 

I arranged to have the kids play Protect the Pokemon (a.k.a. King Pin) and made cut-outs of Pokemon characters from wall decorations and some cardboard. This was followed up by running an obstacle course since I figured that’s what Pokemon trainers would do.  Almost two hours of non-stop play later, it was time for cake. I used this cake for inspiration and made the fondant Pokemon using these tutorials from Roart I found that used polymer clay.  

 After cake, we ended with a Pokeball Punchbox. I decided not to make it a trivia game, but that’s option if you need a longer activity.  The trading of figures that took place after will eat up some time as well.  

 The little Pokemon figures in the punchbox became part of their goodie bags, which included a Pokemon shirt, Pokemon stickers and Pokemon gum.  


Easy DIY: Pokeball Punchbox

I made a Candy Punchbox for my daughter’s 9th birthday, so it’s only fair that I make one for my son’s 9th. Luckily, the Pokemon theme he chose totally lends itself to a punchbox. Using the same basic steps, I used red, white and black tissue paper to create the pokeballs. I started with gluing the black strip in the middle.  I used separate strips just in case the kids punched a little too hard. I didn’t want the entire stripe to tear down the row of Pokeballs.   Then added the red and the white halves.  Again, I used separate rectangles to prevent more than one Pokeball from being punched out. 

I flipped it over and added the button detail with black and white tissue paper circles.   

   I attached the paper bags as in my candy punchbox tutorial, filling them with little Pokemon figures that I found on eBay.  I put three in a little cello bag to make sure no one lost a figure. 


Easy DIY: Pick-a-PrizeĀ 

For a fun take on the grab bag idea, use paper flowers. I made these for my son’s auctioned reused the boxes from his past Mario party. The green envelopes held a variety of gift cards but you could also just attach a number the corresponded to an actual prize.  


Easy DIY: Block Print Cards

While these were made as our school auction project, they would make a great gift idea. 

The kids have been studying Brazil, so they each drew an animal on the printing blocks and I cut them out.  I watched various videos to prepare and it was much easier than I thought (probably since I bought softer blocks, my cutter was new and the kids were instructed to keep their designs relatively simple). 
 The auction project will be the all the children’s prints and then we’ll make shirts and totes as well as sell the print blocks themselves to raise extra money.