DIY birthday…& a birthday layout…& a birthday shaker card too!

My oldest girl just turned 9, and we had a little celebration weekend for her.  She’s growing up, and she’s at that transitional age, where chuck-e-cheese and bouncy house parties just aren’t that appealing to her.  She has been wanting to watch the movie “Home,” and asked if she could invite a few girlfriends to watch it with us for her birthday.  We also celebrated her birthday with family on Sunday.

Here is a layout I did of her weekend celebration!

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Since “Home” is such a new movie, we couldn’t find any decorations, either in stores or online.  At the very least, I wanted some cupcake toppers and maybe something to go in the gift bag.  DIY to the rescue.

Here’s an awesome tip:  If you’re having a movie-themed party, go to the movie’s website (in this case, Dreamworks), and there will most likely be printables & downloads available to you.

For the cupcake toppers, I  put together a page in photoshop with the image I wanted repeated on the entire page, and printed it on matte presentation paper.  Then I got my die-cutting tool out, and die cut the image using a circle die.  (I think sticker paper would be great, but I just used what I had on hand.)  I also got some purple card stock and cut more circles using a slightly bigger circle die.  I attached the image onto card stock using foam adhesive.  To put the cupcake topper together, I hot glued 2 of the finished circles back to back onto bamboo skewers/ long toothpicks.

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For the gift bags, I printed some book marks that I found on the website (perfect since my daughter loves to read) on matte presentation paper.  I cut out the bookmarks and used a little wink of stella glitter pen to add a little “something something.”  My daughter also got into the DIY spirit by making popcorn bucket charms out of perler beads.

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…And since I’ve been card making obsessed, I made a “Home” shaker card for her birthday.

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My daughter loved every thing, and I was more that happy to get a little creative for her birthday.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Monday!

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