Miggz Transforms to Three / Transformers Birthday Party

Our son Miguel’s third birthday came soon enough this past weekend!

Two months ago, I planned up a Transformers-themed birthday party for him as mentioned in this blog post. I promised to do some DIY event styling for this…to much success (I think!)

I didn’t go crazy, just a little splash here and there of some of his favorites (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and the Rescue Bots).

Here are some photos from my personal event styling of my son’s third birthday…

Enjoy!

We welcomed guests with this homemade door banner –

I made this “transforms” photo frame and some cake pops –

The “transforms” frame featured photos of Miggz growing up (transforming) from birth to two-and-a-half years old, with a title frame in the middle saying the words “Miggz Transforms to Three” –

I LOVE how this frame turned out!! A keepsake we’ll treasure for years!

I made more cake pops! These were SO fun to do!!

These were candy-coated Funfetti Cake Pops. I also made chocolate-covered Strawberry Cake Pops…those went to fast that I didn’t have a chance to photograph them!!

I also made these small table-tent signs –

Another homemade banner…this one says, “Autobots Transform” –

DIY signs by the party favors –

The party favors –

Our only splurge…something I didn’t DIY –

Transformers Pull-String Pinata

I had a BLAST styling this party for my son!!

You can DO THIS too!!

Here are some easily accessible resources that made this all possible…

  • Transformers Fonts and Symbols – available for free download (for personal use) at dafont.com…they have actually added more Transformers-style fonts since I was last here!!
  • Autobots Images – simply do a Google Search which will take you to hundreds of images for Autobots/Optimus Prime/Bumble Bee images and symbols
  • Rescue Bots Images – also from a Google images search. Images found came from TFW2005.com. Transformers World…obviously LOTS of Transformers-related EVERYTHING from this site! I have bookmarked it for Miguel’s future reference!
  • Party Favor Cups – these come 12/$1 at Walmart and are actual cups! A cheaper alternative to those party loot bags…
  • Toy Water Guns – 3/$1 at Target
  • Transformers Party Blowouts – 8/$4 at Walmart
  • Truck-themed Party Favors – 48 pieces/$2.50 on clearance at Walmart. I opted for these instead of the more expensive Transformers-themed party favors. These toys are not meant to last, and are only meant to entertain kids at the party. They most often get thrown out once the kids get home, so why splurge?? (BUT I did get LUCKY with these though…not often you see an ideal party favor set ON CLEARANCE right before your kid’s birthday party…)
  • Transformers Pull-string Pinata – $20 at Amazon.com
  • Office and Craft Supplies – glossy photo printing paper, scrapbook paper, mailing labels, pre-cut card stock, roll-on glue, glue gun, scissors, markers, banner string, Scotch tape, etc are all things I had in the house which you can get from your local office and craft supply store

Another Easy DIY Project…Nursery Catch-All Tray + Storage Box

This is a great project to re-purpose some of your baby’s receiving blankets that are no longer in use (or have never been used!).

I received a lot of these as baby shower presents. I DID use all of mine…receiving blankets are so versatile in design and function that we used them for many practical purposes (funny, they were rarely used as a blanket!!).

We used our receiving blankets as an added layer of protective sheet in Miguel’s bassinet, changing table, and crib. We used the smaller sized blankets as burp cloths–they covered more ground than the typical burp cloths sold in baby stores. Of course, we also used them for swaddling. But because Miggz was a summer baby, we didn’t really swaddle him a whole lot (and I think he hated being swaddled as well).

I actually bought a new set of receiving blankets at Ross. I liked the design because they go well in my son’s safari themed room. And the price for four blankets cannot be beat at $5.99!

For this project, you’ll also need some shipping boxes (I get to re-purpose my trusty Amazon shipping boxes yet again). You’ll need a shallow box for the catch-all tray, and something a little deeper for the storage box.

If you know how to wrap gifts, then this DIY project will be a walk in the park. One tray literally took me less than ten minutes to do!!

The first thing you need to do is to neatly cut off the top flaps of the shipping box. Save them–you will need them for later use.

Next, place the shipping box centered on top of a sheet–design side out. You will wrap the outside of the box and its inner walls (but NOT the inside bottom) with this sheet. If your sheet and box are the perfect size for wrapping…you won’t even need to do any cutting (as was the case for my first tray, but I’ve had to cut the fabric for my storage box).

The trick is to neatly fold the blanket in the proper places as you wrap the box. I used some glue stick to keep the sheet in place. If some excess fabric flows into the bottom of the box, that’s OK. Simply glue or tape it down…it will not be visible once you are done with this project.

These next photos show the progression of this project.

See what I mean about needing those top box flaps? Just tape them together, then wrap it in a different fabric. The covered flat piece becomes the bottom of the tray/box, hiding all the uncovered, taped-up parts.

The finished products are as versatile as the blankets! They can be used to store practically anything…and you won’t believe they are re-purposed shipping boxes!!

Neat huh?

The catch-all tray can hold magazines, books, puzzles, art projects, etc.

Its use can certainly go beyond the nursery/toddler’s room.

I used the finished storage box to hold some of Miggie’s most-used toiletries.

I used one of the trays to hold a tub of wipes and some Pull-ups.

Moms Inspiring Moms

I’m just about ready to tuck myself in for the night (Daddy is on tucking in duty with Miggz) when I receive a WordPress comment email from lvbaby about how my first DIY project in ages–the Pottery Barn inspired “explore” garland I made, as seen here–inspired Ms. Ali to create one of her own for her son’s 1st birthday, as seen here.

I just have to share directly what turned out of Ali’s project, which I think turned out so neat!

lvbaby's "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" banner she made for her son's 1st birthday (photos by lvbaby)

I am so glad to have inspired something for Ali’s little boy’s first birthday!!!

And her post has inspired me to think of other applications for that “explore” banner. Think birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries…what have you. Simply switch out the letters and colors (as lvbaby did for her banner) + the animal cut-outs with something else (remember, you can download various shaped fonts–dingbats–free for personal use from dafont.com).

It’s really a project that can be applied to pretty much anything, maybe even personalizing a child’s room.

It’s amazing how the blogosphere causes connection and inspiration among moms.

How has blogging helped you be connected as a Mom?

DIY Not?

This is the first time in ages that I’ve done a DIY project, thanks to the endless inspiration on Pinterest.

I really wanted to build upon what I’ve started in my son’s safari-themed room, and the recent catalog I got in the mail from Pottery Barn Kids gave me lots of ideas for things to add.

But PBK stuff is pricey!

Take, for instance, this “Explore” Garland, which I thought was perfect for the whole travel/safari/outdoor/adventure theme we have going in the room…

Explore Garland - Pottery Barn Kids

It defines Miggz and our family’s love for adventure. Too bad it’s $20 (which I was so close to ordering had I not given it a second look, and thought… “I could SO do this!!!”)

And I did…

My handmade "explore" garland - almost done.

It was real easy.

First I cut out the backboards from an Amazon shipping box that was waiting to be recycled.

Then I printed the animal shapes (in beige) directly from my computer onto plain copy paper. (You can download, free for personal use, some animal-shaped fonts from dafont.com).

Next, I printed the EXPLORE letters (in green). I printed these on glossy photo paper to let them pop and not make the whole thing look flat, as in my inspiration from PBK.

Then–the most time-consuming part–just cut out the animals and letters and glue them on (I had some extra animal cut-outs and cardboard, which I will find somewhere to affix to later on).

I’m really pleased with the job I did…it looks so close to the original!!

The only thing I have left to do is to put holes on the cardboard (which irks me right now because I can’t find my hole puncher), and hang the finished product.

Pretty neat, huh!

Honestly, for the time it took me to do this, I probably should have just bought the garland from PBK.

But it feels GREAT to have created something by hand for my son’s room.

And I saved the planet by re-purposing that Amazon box 😉

Update this evening:

I still couldn’t find my craft hole puncher, so I used the one dad has in his office. I had to reinforce the hanging cardboards, and decided that some clothespins would work best.

I hung the “explore” garland on Miguel’s window, which is right by his bed.

And I did not forget about the leftover cardboard and animal cutouts…I used them to add character to some plain old storage bins underneath the changing table.

I just love how these turned out!

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