Easy DIY: Mini game kit

So my kids were put on a electronics detox recently. This, of course, made for some unpleasant restaurant experiences for everyone. 

Luckily, I came across these party favors I had stashed away in my closet– mini Uno, mini Apples to Apples and a tiny crayon set. I ended up putting them in a small plastic case along with some paper and a robot eraser because they were getting lost and beat up in my bag.  And FYI, the cards are actually nice laminated ones, not flimsy at all. 

I keep this kit in my bag and it makes meals out so much nicer. An added bonus is that we all get to interact with each other. 

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: Paper Hyacinths

I felt guilty throwing away all the scraps from the paper flowers I made, so I decided to try and make paper hyacinths.   

I taped together two toilet paper tubes as the base and then covered one end with tissue paper.    

Bunching the circles into blooms, I started gluing across the covered end and then worked my way down the tube until I had covered as much as I wanted. I cut slits into the uncovered end so that I could taper it down. Using green masking tape and green tissue paper, I made the stem and leaves.

Note: I got tired of cutting out circles, so I tried it with squares. I just had to trim some points off at the end, but it saved a lot time. 

Easy DIY: Paper Flowers

Spring is finally here and so is school auction season. My son’s school is going with an “In Bloom” theme and I’m making large paper flowers to decorate the interior courtyard.  I used the following tutorials, but add my own little touches to some of them. 

Giant Crepe Paper Roses from Studio DIY   

Tissue Paper Flowers from Little Monkeys  
Giant Tissue Paper Flowers from Design Sponge 

Make This: Goomba and Super Star Brownies

I made these for my friend’s son’s video game birthday party since he’s a fan of brownies but not cakes.

IMG_5780I used a star cookie cutter and yellow and black icing for the Super Star. The Goomba I cut freehand. It’s pretty much like a squat Christmas tree that I trimmed and shaped to look like a Goomba. I then drew on the face using icing. I did flip the brownie over so the pan side was on top so I would have a smoother surface to decorate.

Easy DIY: Minecraft Blocks

My friend wanted to decorate her apartment for her son’s video game themed party. Minecraft is one of his favorites, so going off the coin blocks from the Mario Party, I decided to make big Minecraft blocks. Using wrapping paper and 8x8x8 boxes, I came up with three types of blocks–grass, dirt and diamond.

IMG_5758 You can buy Minecraft diamond wrapping paperat Amazon. There are three sheets to a pack and it’s enough to wrap eight 8x8x8 boxes if you slightly overlap the remaining scrap strips. The pattern is busy enough where you can’t tell that you’ve pieced it together.

Easy DIY: Felt Ram Horns

I thought I’d dress up my son as a ram for my Lunar New Year’s card. I was going to just sew a tube and roll it into shape until I saw Gladys Paulus’ felted rams’ horns which are amazing!

Using them as inspiration, I sewed felt into tubes of various sizes and cut them into segments.

IMG_5625I then fit them together and curved the “horn” into the shape I wanted.

IMG_5621You could either attach them to a white hoodie or to a headband. I attached them to an old t-shirt covered in cotton balls and added white felt ears.

IMG_5769Happy Year of the Ram!