Archive | April 2012

Holy Birthday Batman!

I apologize for the long delay between posts.  I have been very busy crafting for my son’s fourth birthday party which occurred this past Saturday.  Mason loves Batman and so a Batman themed party it was.  Below are some party pics and the details on the crafts I made.

I made my own cupcake toppers for the party which I do nearly every birthday.  I started by doing a Google search for Batman logos/images.  When I found a few I liked, I right clicked and saved them on my computer.  I then used auto shapes in PowerPoint to create circles in the dimensions I needed (2″ x 2″).  I have a circle craft punch so if they are sized correctly it makes cutting them out a snap.  I inserted the Batman images and added text boxes to say “Mason” and his age “4”.  I printed the finished circles on white card-stock and cut them out with my punch.

I then used a larger circle punch to cut coordinating circles out of scrapbook paper.  I hot glued a candy stick from the craft store between the circles and I had my own personalized cupcake toppers.

I browsed the internet for Batman party ideas and found a template for a child’s bat mask.  I purchased blue and pink foam from the craft store along with some elastic for the back.   I printed the template on card-stock and traced it onto the foam sheets.  I cut the border with scissors and the eyes with my X-acto knife.  I made a small slit on either side of the mask with my knife and double knotted the elastic to each side.  I also bought foam stickers from the craft store so the kid’s could decorate their own masks.

In my internet search for party ideas I came across a great idea for favors.  Personalized Batman t-shirts for the kids!  I bought iron on transfer paper (for dark shirts) at the craft store along with shirts in various sizes.  I had a big age range at my son’s party so I had to buy some toddler tees at Old Navy  since the craft store didn’t sell small enough sizes.  My BFF Tiffany at Sugar Ink Papery designed the logos for me.  If you are not a pro at Photoshop you can make the logos in Powerpoint which I did to make my husbands shirt on the fly.  I printed the logos using the instructions that came with the iron on transfer paper .  I was able to get two logos on one sheet of transfer paper.  I then cut them out with scissors and ironed them on, again, following the instructions.  They turned out so cute!  I also made a custom thank you tag for each shirt with the washing instructions on the back.  I bought children’s hangers from the dollar store to hang them up on display during the party.  The hangers also made it easy for the kid’s to take their shirt home.

I even made a shirt for myself!

For the remainder of the party decor I wanted to keep costs down.  I saw this table cloth tent idea on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a shot.  It was super easy and cheap since the plastic table cloths came from the Dollar Store.  I would have liked it to be a bit fuller but the ceiling in my dining room wasn’t having it.

I bought some Batman streamer from Party City and used Batman wrapping paper as a table runner.  The balloons I already had leftover from past parties.  Mason was one very happy birthday boy!

I made a birthday banner for the party also.  Again, this is something I do pretty frequently so I have a template in Powerpoint that I modify with changing party themes.  I printed the banner letters on white card-stock and cut them out.  I then used scrapbook adhesive to attached coordinating scrapbook paper to the back of each letter.  This time I used my laminator so that the banner would hold up better in the long run.  I punched holes in top of each letter and strung them together with ribbon.  Voila, custom birthday banner for next to nothing!

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