Decorate Photobooth Props

photobooth-props-printablesLooking for easy, simple, cheap and low mess craft activities for your child’s birthday party?

Decorate Photobooth Props – Kids can decorate these printables cut them out and glue them onto wood dowels. Might be good to do this in the beginning of the party so that the glue can dry during cake and presents. After glue is dry it would be fun to take pictures of the kids with their props and email out to parents.

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Western Theme Party Badge Idea

Western Theme Party Badge Idea

Planning a cowgirl theme birthday? These fabulously girly sheriff badges are fit for a princess, ahem, cowgirl.


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You could also turn these shabby chic sheriff badges into a birthday garland. Make bigger accordions, use larger doilies and spell out H-A-P-P-Y-B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y onto larger stars. Attach together with ribbon or jute and hang at your cowgirl shindig.

Supplies
  • Aqua & Pink Cardstock
  • Gold Cardstock
  • Miniature Doilies
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Faux Pearls
  • Pin Backings
  • White Marker
Directions

Step 1: For each badge, cut 2 – 2 x 12 inch strips of pink or aqua paper. Fold like an accordion and attach ends together with hot glue.

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Push accordion together, to form a circle and add a glob of hot glue in the center. Hold together until glue dries and circle stays in place.

Step 2: Glue accordion circle on top of a miniature doily. Glue a pin backing onto the back of the doily.

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Step 3: Cut gold cardstock into stars and glue faux pearls onto the points. Glue star onto the accordion circle.

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Step 4: Write guest names on the stars using a white marker.

Whimsical Tulle Wreath for Kids Birthdays

Whimsical Tulle Wreath for Kids BirthdaysMy daughter loves crafting, but often finds that her finished product and the ideal she held in her head do not match up as often as she would like.


Though that may be the norm for any craft beginner, this fairy inspired wreath offers an opportunity for any crafter to shine.

Thanks to the whimsical nature of this wreath, my daughter was able to create the perfect wreath just as she envisioned and completely on her own in under an hour.  Tulle is an easy fabric to use for this wreath, but really any fabric will create a similar styled wreath, making this craft it a simple option for last minute party décor regardless of theme, but also works well as a fun spring or summer decoration for the kids – and you- to display proudly.

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Supplies:

4-5 spools of tulle or other sheer fabric ribbon

1 medium sized foam wreath

Scissors

Optional embellishments or decorations

Glue gun, if desired

Directions:

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Step 1: Measure the length that you want each tulle strand to be and then cut out exact matches for each spool of tulle. 

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Step 2: Once you are done cutting, tie each length of tulle to the foam wreath, and then repeat until you have covered the entire foam wreath in tulle.

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Step 3: Position the knots to be in the same place around the foam wreath by twisting them and then place your optional decorations on the wreath before hanging. More than likely you’ll need to glue these embellishments to your wreath – if so, make sure you take care of this step if you have a little helper.

Dinosaur Felt Applique Shirt Party Favor/Craft

Dinosaur Felt Applique ShirtThis homemade dinosaur shirt will be the talk of your next dinosaur-themed birthday bash! It requires minimal sewing skills and is a great project for the novice crafter.


The embroidered detail around the felt dinosaur will make it look like you spent hours on this shirt, when in reality, it will only take you about 30 minutes to create.

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If making this for the birthday boy or girl, use an iron-on number in the center of the dinosaur to announce his or her age. You can purchase iron-on numbers at your local craft store or make one yourself.

Supplies
  • White T-Shirt
  • Orange Felt
  • Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive (no-sew)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Needle
  • Blue Embroidery Thread
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Dinosaur Stencil (found online or at your local craft store)
  • Iron
Directions

Step 1: Iron Heat’n Bond onto a piece of orange felt. Trace the dinosaur stencil onto the back of the Heat n Bond. Cut the dinosaur out using fabric scissors.

Step 2: Remove the Heat’n Bond backing off of the dinosaur and stitch around the dinosaur with blue embroidery thread. See photo for an example.

Step 3: Iron the applique on the shirt according to the Heat’n Bond directions. I recommend placing a sheet on top of the applique before ironing.

Step 4 (optional): To add your child’s age to the shirt, you can either buy iron-on numbers at your local craft store or make your own. If you go the DIY route, iron on Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive to a piece of felt. Cut out the number and iron it on to the dinosaur by following the instruction on the Heat’n Bond package.

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Mini Piñatas

Mini Piñatas
This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine
Total Time 1 hour
Ages school-age

Modeled after traditional piñatas, these personal-size candy holders tear open easily, revealing a cache of sweets inside. And since they’re a cinch to put together, they make great favors for a school party.

What you’ll need

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Tissue paper
  • Paper streamer
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make it

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    Make a cut along the length of a toilet paper tube, then roll the cardboard into a cone and secure it with tape.
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    Roll the cone in green tissue paper, taking care to fully cover the tip, and tape the tissue paper in place.
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    Remove the cardboard and fill the paper cone with small candies.
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    Tightly twist closed the top to create the chili’s stem.
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    For the fringe, accordion-fold a 25-inch length of red paper streamer and cut slits ¼ inch apart along one side, stopping ¼ inch from the edge.
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    Unfold the streamer and place the chili’s bottom point at one end of the fringe. Slowly wrap the fringe around the chili in a tight upward spiral, sticking it in place with a glue stick as you go. Trim any excess fringe and allow the glue to dry. Come fiesta time, partyers can simply tear the tissue paper to break open the piñata.
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Jelly Bean Carrots

Jelly Bean Carrots
This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine

Here’s a bunch of carrots kids will definitely want to nibble on. These make a sweet favor for a party or a welcome treat in any Easter basket. To change the size of the carrot, simply adjust the amount of beans in the bag.

What you’ll need

  • Disposable clear plastic icing bags (available where cake-decorating supplies are sold; about $4 for a dozen bags)
  • Orange jelly beans
  • Scissors
  • Green tissue paper
  • Twist ties

How to make it

  1. Fill an icing bag with orange jelly beans, leaving at least 3 inches unfilled at the top.
  2. Cut out two 8-inch squares of green tissue paper and lay one atop the other. Pick up the squares from the center and give them a little twist so you have a cone-shaped carrot top.
  3. Gather the bag at the top of the jelly beans and secure with a twist tie, wrapping the tie around the “stem” of the tissue paper, so the greenery sticks out of the top.
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Lovin’ Spoonfuls

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These whimsical white chocolate confections — perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts or party favors* — can be eaten right off the spoon or stirred into cups of hot cocoa.

What you’ll need

  • white chocolate
  • small candies
  • OTHER MATERIALS
  • plastic spoons and lollipop bags
Helpful Tip:* Present the spoons in lollipop bags sealed with twist ties or ribbon. If you like, include a note explaining that the spoons make great hot cocoa stirrers.

How to make it

  1. Arrange plastic spoons so that their bowls are level (we set ours with the handles resting on the edge of a cookie sheet).
  2. For every eight spoons, melt 6 ounces of white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl according to the package directions, then transfer the chocolate to a ziplock bag and snip off a corner.
  3. Pipe the chocolate into each spoon and gently tap the spoons on your work surface to level the chocolate. Sprinkle small candies, such as conversation hearts, red hots, and nonpareils, on top. Let the chocolate cool completely.
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Party Pillows

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This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine
Total Time 1 hourAges all-ages

Send sleepover guests home with pillowcase favors that will remind them of fun memories for nights to come.

What you’ll need

  • Prewashed white pillowcases
  • Felt-tipped fabric pens
  • Cardboard
Helpful Tip:Slip a piece of cardboard inside each case to keep the ink from seeping through to the other side.

How to make it

  1. During the party, pass out the pens and pillowcases.
  2. Kids can embellish their individual cases with drawings and favorite slogans. They may even want to pass their cases around for everyone to autograph.
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Broomstick Bags

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Your guests will fly home happy with these favors made from lunch bags.

What you’ll need

  • brown paper lunch bag
  • party favors
  • 12- to 18-inch long stick or dowel
  • raffia
  • black spider ring

How to make it

  1. For each broom, use pinking shears or regular scissors to trim the top few inches from a brown paper lunch bag. Fill the bag about halfway with party favors.
  2. Place a 12- to 18-inch-long stick or dowel into the bag and use a piece of raffia to cinch the bag around the stick, about two inches down from the bag’s top.
  3. Trim a handful of raffia strands so that they’re as long as the bag is high. Use another length of raffia to tie the strands to the bag, then spread them out to cover the bag evenly. Thread a black spider ring onto the tied raffia.
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Wizard Hat Goodie Bag

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What magical treats are hidden under the wizard hat? This hat is actually a party favor filled with goodies for guests to take home. The wizards at your party will definitely know how to make these goodies disappear.

What you’ll need

  • (for each wizard hat)
  • One orange paper plate
  • One piece of blue construction paper, about 8 ½ x 11 inches
  • Paper or plastic cup
  • Black masking or electrical tape
  • Clear tape
  • Star stickers
  • Candy

How to make it

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    Roll the piece of blue construction paper to create a cone. Tape the ends together so the cone stays secure.
  2. 2
    Place a paper or plastic cup inside the cone.
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    Fold the excess paper on the cone into the cup. Then fill the cup with candy.
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    Attach the cone to the paper plate with some masking or electrical tape. It’s easier to apply the tape one section at a time.
  5. 5
    Fold the pointy tip of the wizard hat down. Wizard hats are always scrunched down, probably so they don’t bump into doorways. Decorate the hat with star stickers.