I’ve written before about one of my biggest pet peeves – super wasteful, toxic, and pointless kids party favors. So I’ve tried to offer some affordable and creative ideas – though my craft ideas are often better than my execution. I’m not the best at cutting straight lines or coloring between the lines. However, I was pleased enough with my Despicable Me Wine Cork Minions and recycled crayons for Sam’s 4th birthday.
For Evelyn’s first birthday we went with a Chipmunk theme, inspired by her impossibly chubby cheeks and big brown eyes.
My first bit of craft inspiration came from a slew of plastic deli containers my mother left at my house.I thought with some brown paint they could be lovely little chipmunk heads. Too lazy to go to the store, I mixed up some super safe baby furniture paint and ended up with mauve. But the bigger problem was that once it dried it all peeled off – not sure if it was the paint or the plastic, but they did not mesh well.
Fortunately I was able to salvage the pieces and start over with plan B – those incredibly pointless Fresh Direct ripening bags (or brown lunch bags with the ever-important instructions on how to place-fruit-in-bag.) With the adornment of some felted acorn necklaces from Etsy, we have a winner!
Are you planning a kids birthday party? Share your theme idea and let’s come up with some more upcycled crafts!