My son’s 2nd birthday party was Toy Story themed. It was a small party with mostly adults but I think the birthday boy had alot of fun!
Invitations: Printed 4×6 Toy Story Invitations
Rosati’sPizza Planet Pizza
Cake (Decorated with Toy Story Figures)
Activities: Knock Over Mr. Potato Head
Toy Story on in the Background
Decorations: Toy Story Backgrounds Banner
Pizza Planet Sign
Party Favors: Crayon Rolls with Toy Story Coloring Pages
I have been on a kick of cleaning my bathroom. It started with covering the hole in the door, and now I’m organizing everything in the drawers and cabinets.
Today I decorated an empty waffle box so I can put all of our first aid/medical supplies in it. It was just spray painted and covered with cute duct tape, but it works well. It’s pretty cute for something that hides in the cupboard.
Yesterday I made a tray to store my nail polish. The tutorial for the tray is over at Arizona Mama. I made it almost for free, but luckily I had the cute duct tape on hand. Click here to see the tutorial.
My son is a young toddler (15 months) and has been needing some stimulation. It’s still a little hot to play outside all the time so I decided to try some of the activities I pinned.
Paper Tube Car Ramp
Time Spent Preparing:1 minute
Materials Cost: A few cents for Tape, tube was technically trash
Time it Entertained:10 minutes
Ten minutes is alot for a toddler to spend on one activity, atleast for mine it is. He loved the car ramp. He played with it the first time for about ten minutes and then was bored and went to something else. I left it out and after his nap he came back to it for a few more minutes until he figured ripping it off the couch would be more fun.
Finger Painting Inside of a Zip Lock Bag
Time Spent Preparing:2 minutes
Materials Cost: A few cents worth of paint, paper and ziplock bag
Time it Entertained: 2 minutes
I hate wasting my ziplock bags, I try not to use stuff that just gets thrown away. With that just as a side thought, this activity wasn’t very entertaining for my son. He may just be too young. I won’t be trying this one until he’s a bit older.
My son always wants to play with my laptop- and if he gets to it before I do he inevitably does something that I never knew how to do. Did you know sticky notes change color?
I saved a keyboard from my old laptop that was thrown out because I knew the keys could atleast be used as scrapbooking letters. Instead, I wanted to make my son his own laptop. I still keep it up and only let him play with it occasionally, so I think that he still thinks that it’s the real deal! He at least knows that it’s special! Also, it probably isn’t a very safe toy, so that is another reason it is only played with on occasion, I want him to be supervised! This could be embellished tons more, be creative! This was all I felt like doing, maybe I will add more later, like icons.
Old Laptop Keyboard
1. Cut out your cardboard, paint so that it doesn’t look like cardboard. Fold cardboard in half.
2. Mod podge your picture to where the screen would be.
3. Super glue keyboard to cardboard, hot glue or super glue buttons on as power buttons.
Let dry, then enjoy playing!
I found this wreath on Pinterest and it was from Gluesticks. I had to copy it, and they had a great tutorial with it! I just used plain cardstock and painted the starts once I was finished folding them. Painting them was a great activity for me and the cute little preschooler I watch, it kept her entertained for awhile!
I am getting into full on birthday planning mode, for my son’s 1st birthday. We chose the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for the theme. So far I made a couple of invitations, and a party hat proto-type.
I saw these neat party decorations on Pinterest, and it sparked the idea that I could paint anything on cardboard to make awesome and cheap party decor. See the ideas at Pam’s Party Planning.
Anyway, I was able to get the cute little girl I watch to help me paint (it was an amazing distraction for her!) a couple of scenes from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We are going to add the words from the book that go with each page (In the light of the moon, a little egg…. yes I just wrote that down from heart! and On Sunday, out of the egg…). We are also going to add an ultrasound picture to the left side and a newborn picture to the right side. This will be put up on one of the tables at the party for decoration and so we can all be amazed that he has grown so much in a year!
I plan on making more cardboard decorations, we just did this one today and I was too excited about it to wait to share! Thanks for looking, and I’ll be updating it when it’s finished.
UPDATE: I finally put the pictures on, it looks great!
Have any pumpkins that didn’t get carved for Halloween? Head over to Arizona Mama to see the tutorial on these Turkey Pumpkins.
I created this wall hanging for our apartment to make it look a little more homey. The frame itself was a bit hideous in the beginning, but I had found it at Goodwill for a decent price.
First, I mod poodged scrapbook paper to the frame.
Next I painted the extra cardboard in the frame black.
The gray and flowers paper you see is just plain white cardstock that I laid out and painted by hand. In the swirls are me and my husband’s names. After painting all the flowers, leaves and swirls I used a silver paint and a stiff bristly brush to lightly texture over everything. These papers were then glued to the cardboard backing.
Next the ribbon was glued to the backing, and the bow tied afterwards.
I made my own stencils from cardstock so that they would last longer than one use. I still have them in a folder. I stenciled “Love” onto the same scrapbook paper used for the frame, and backed them with brown paper. These were then glued on.
The cardboard was then put into the frame, carefully so that the bow would look good and not crushed funny. It was the only thing that hung on the wall in our first apartment, and still hangs on the wall in our home.