Hey, friends! Please welcome back to the blog…my bestie Erin! Here she is!!
Hello to everyone in One Artsy Mama land! It’s time for a little “Crafty Chaos” in your life =) As you might recall from my last post, this month I was throwing my boys a “Mickey Mouse” themed birthday party. I am one of those gals that likes to make the favors, especially something that little ones can actually use! My boys are super into chalk and chalkboards and drawing right now, so I came up with a variation on the travel chalkboard to give away to all their buddies.
TIME REQUIRED: About an hour for 12 favors (includes painting)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy
SPECIAL SKILLS/TOOLS: A Silhouette Cutter Makes it Quick!
-Red Spray Paint
Step 1: Spray Paint the Wooden Rectangles
Step 2: Design and Cut Vinyl-I used the same basic Mickey head outline from the invites, and two rectangles for the other side. I also designed the Tic-Tac-Toe words and did some quick lines for the board.
Step 3: Stick Vinyl to Wooden Rectangles With the Help of Glue Dots-So my chalkboard vinyl DID NOT want to stick to those squares. I’m sure sanding the squares would have helped, but I did not have time for that. Seriously. My trusty glue dots came to the rescue, and I applied them in all of the corners of the vinyl, and it held beautifully. Let’s call it reinforcement.
Step 4: Condition the Chalkboard Before Adding Lettering-Take a piece of chalk, rub it all over the chalkboard surface, rub it clean. Done. Add letters!
Step 5: Drill a Hole in the Top of the Board-why the top? So it’s nice for lefties and righties =)
Step 6: Add String and Chalk!-String through the hole, knot one end, tie the other end around the chalk. Done. (I only tied it to the chalk, so the chalk can be easily replaceable)
Step 7: Give Them Away!
And that’s it! Easy peasy favors that any kid will be sure to love using (and my boys have played with them almost every night! Ha!). The party went off without a hitch, the weather was beautiful, and I am so pleased I was able to give the boys exactly what they wanted! I’ll leave you with some of the other party pictures (Mickey Ears, Pom Pom shooter craft station, cupcakes, centerpieces), and of course, a close up of Aunt Amy’s favorite baby =)
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