To finish up the Pirate Party posts I have a few party favors and decorations to share with you. I love the simplicity of this treasure chest pocket. The only adhesive that is required is gluing the lock on. The rest of the treasure chest folds and holds together on its own. You can see similar folding instructions here. You can fill with candy treasures, or use as part of the treasure hunt to hold the clues in each place along the way.
All your pirate guests can dress up with these hats and eye patches. The hats come with two paper bands that you glue to either side of the hat and then staple together at the size needed to sit on each child’s head. Tie on the eye patch using some elastic to stretch around the head and hold in place. To make the hats feminine for all the little girl pirates, I cut the skulls out of glitter wrapping paper and glued them to pink hats and eye patches.
Add some magic to your party with some flying pixie dust. Print and cut out the label, then attach to a bag of glitter. This is probably best for an outdoor party or as a party favor to send home. :)
All these die cuts are great for decorating and accenting your pirate party. You can string them together to make a garland similar to this one. The sword can be cut out of chipboard and used to complete their pirate costume. There are a lot of fun ideas that can be done with these die cuts. Let your imagination run wild.
Ahoy Matey! These puppets are a great kids craft for all your boy and girl pirates. They are so simple to assemble and I have include a variety to fit the needs of the kids. I used red paper sacks as the body of the captain and pirate boy puppets. I used a white sack for the pirate girl and cut the stripes from pink paper that coordinates with her bandana and hair ties. I didn’t have any green paper sacks for the parrot and alligator so I measured and cut a rectangle piece with my paper trimmer. Simple solution. The kids will love creating the puppets and putting on a show.
Once I got started designing the pirate cupcake wrappers and toppers I just couldn’t stop. I had so many ideas flowing through my head. I included a good mix of regular die cuts along with print and cut. I used chocolate covered gold coins and brown sugar to make sand and treasure for the treasure chest cupcake. The sail on the pirate ship cupcake uses a thin wooden skewer to hold all the sails together. The pirate ship on waves includes two print and cut ships. One ship with pink sails and one with red sails for both girl and boy pirates. As always, I like my designs to be quick and easy to assemble, especially when you are making enough for a whole party. Which cupcake wrappers and toppers do you like best?
Each topper has a pointed end that is ready to stick into your cupcakes and other delicious treats. No need to spend time gluing them to toothpicks.
Pirates are taking over the blog this week. I love designing themed parties and this one comes complete with invitations, decorations and kids crafts.
For the invitation I printed all the party details on the back of a treasure map and delivered them as a message in a bottle. The treasure map comes with two color options for boy and girl pirates, red and pink. You can find all the pirate designs in my Silhouette portfolio.
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I go through waves of posting on the blog. Last week I posted almost every day, and this week, I’ve been silent until today. I’ve been working on a fun pirate party that has kept me busy all week. It will be available on Silhouette next week! You can see sneak peeks of it on my Instagram.
Today I thought I’d show you some photos from the Valentine party I hosted for some friends and their kids. I have been friends with these girls since high school, some since elementary, and we love meeting up for playdates every month. This is my second year hosting the Valentine party and I hope to make it an annual thing, if they keep showing up. :) I grabbed a few photos from my talented friend Kara. I’m so lucky she came prepared with her camera and snapped a few pictures for me. I always have intentions of photographing the parties, but am too busy running the show. haha. Thanks so much Kara. You can see more of the party on her blog.
This is the banner I made using the tutorial from Poppy and Dot. Each child took home their picture when they left as a little Valentine from their mom.
The last of the heart magnet posts is today. I have a FREE download for you of a Valentine card to go along with the hearts. You can use staples or paper clips to attach the magnet to the card. Don’t forget to use the strong magnets I recommend. It will make a world of difference, and you’ll thank me for it one day. These would make great Valentines for grandparents, parents, and friends.
My Valentine party is today, and I wanted to quickly pop in and give you a tutorial on using the Tattoo Paper from Silhouette. This stuff is seriously awesome! You can use it on just about any surface! I’m going to show you how I used it on the plaster heart magnets I made.
The tattoo paper comes with great instructions on the box, but I thought I’d just give you a visual step-by-step of the process.
Print out your designs on the shiny side of the paper. I have provided some designs for you as a FREE download.Make sure to mirror the image before printing so your words aren’t backwards on your project after you transfer the image. Peel the top strip off of the blue sticky sheet.
Line up the sticky side of the paper with the top edge of your designs. Press and seal out all the bubbles.
Carefully transfer the rest of the clear sticky sheet from its blue backing onto your printed designs.
Rub over the design making sure the adhesive transfers and also smooth out any air bubbles.
Cut out your design to transfer.
Peel the clear plastic off leaving the adhesive over your design. Put your design face down on the surface you’re transferring it to.
Using a damp cloth, I used a wet wipe, press down on the design for about 15 seconds until the images transfers.
You can spray with a clear sealant to protect your design if you would like. I didn’t on the magnets and they seem to be holding up fine.
Isn’t that amazing?! will see you tomorrow with a free download of a Valentine card to go with the magnets. You can see a sneak peak on my Instagram.
I played around with some Plaster of Paris this past week and made some hearts using chocolate molds. I remember my mom making these with different chocolate molds when we were little. She would put hooks made out of wire in them so we could string them on necklaces after we spent the day painting them different colors.
I have another fun Valentine party activity today. I did this with my family several years ago when all my nieces and nephews were little and they loved it. I thought it would work great for my party I’ll be throwing with my friends and their kids. I had each mom send me a picture of their kids, which I also used for the photo banner. I inserted their photos into this Bingo card and printed out 3×3 photos of each kid to use as the drawing cards. Little heart confetti makes perfect markers for the squares.
I made the Valentine cards a FREE Download. The file contains two different card styles depending on the number of photos you’ll be using. There is a 4×4 and a 5×5 card. Each card comes in .jpg and .png format.
I have a Valentine party coming up that I’m hosting for some friends and their darling kiddos. It is so fun to get together and see the things kids create and talk about while crafting. It’s one of my very favorite things. I’ll be posting some of the fun activities we’ll be doing at the party so you can use them at your parties too.
I want to personalize as much of this party as possible to show the kids how loved they are. I thought a photo banner would be a great way to do that. I asked each mom to send me pictures of their kids with one reason they love them. I printed all the photos and reasons they are loved onto 3×4 cards using the tutorial below. I then added gold glitter to mini clothes pins and finished them with a paper heart. Clip all the pictures to the banner and it’s finished. Each kid will leave with their picture as a little Valentine card from their mom. The cards can then be slipped into Project Life photo sleeves.
Here are the folding instructions for the Heart Pocket as promised. You don’t need any adhesive! Just fold and fill with your favorite treats or love notes. I’m off to enjoy time with family. See you next week. Have a wonderful weekend!
I love making treat holders for the holidays. As always, I like simple and easy to create gifts that I can make quickly for all the guests of a party. Here are a few treat holders you can make for your Valentine celebrations.
These ping pong balls had 12 in the package for $1. I pulled the hearts from the tag and using Temporary Tattoo Paper decorated the ping pong balls to coordinate with the tags. It was so fast and easy, I think I’ll try it out on more surfaces with future projects. Just follow the instructions on the back of the package.
My little boys think balloons and bubbles are the coolest thing ever right now. I made these next two Valentines specifically with them in mind. You can tie a balloon to the tag for kids taking them to school, or inflate them and give them to family and friends at home.