My little one is not so little anymore! Baby Thomas is now a beautiful, healthy and funny one year old!! Yay!! We decided to throw Thomas a Mickey Mouse birthday party since he is infatuated with Mickey Mouse (as was his daddy and his mommy hehe). As much of you are aware we are now a family with only one income so…D.I.Y. to the rescue!! I wanted to create a simple yet cute birthday for my baby. The following is a few of the things we did and used. Side Note: I am grateful for all the help I had during this process, if it were not for many people this would not have been the success it was. TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK BABY!
Party was held at Millers Pond Park 13350 SW 47 Street Miami, FL 33175 at their indoor shelter. This place was truly a gem. The space was big enough where there was plenty of space for the 13 tables I used and more! Millers Pond Park was priced affordably considering the prices of other parks (see my Millers Pond Park review post for more information). Indoors was a MUST in this June heat and unpredictable weather.
“MICKEY MOUSE” HEAD/BODY
DOLLAR TREE DOLLAR TREE DOLLAR TREE! I made these really cute wall decor for the venue out of black and red plates from yes, you guessed it, the Dollar Tree! Just $3 and I made 8 mickey mouse heads for the walls. I could have made more with the amount of plates I still had but decided to not over do it.
9 inch Red Plates ($1 for)
9 inch Black Plates ($1 for )
6 inch Black Plates ($1 for)
Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Glue Stick (or any glue stick would work)
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Gun Sticks
1 sheet of white construction paper
Cut a red plate in half. (I measured the plate with a ruler in half then made a line and cut on the line. If you find an easier route go ahead & let me know! I tried freehand but the lines were not clean-see sample photo).
Using your Glue stick, adhere one half of the red plate (See photo).
With the white construction paper, cut out 2 circles for the “Mickey Mouse” buttons. (To do this, I used the bottom of a 2 fl oz Mod Podge bottle as a stencil. You can use any round stencil you like or free hand).
Glue the circles or “Mickey Mouse” buttons on the half red plate.
Using your hot glue gun, glue ears onto the body of your “Mickey Mouse” body. (To make it dummy proof, I measured where I wanted the ears and marked the back of the plates with a pencil to know where to put the glue. I mean let’s be honest, measurement is not my forte.)
“MICKEY MOUSE” CHAIN LINK-BANNER
My cousin Cindy contributed to Thomas’ party by creating these beautiful paper link chains to decorate the doorway and gift table. These came out super adorable and could not have done any better. This banner can be made as long as you like to, however, these instructions were specifically for the ones used at the baby’s birthday party. Cindy purchased the construction paper on amazon. For $5-$6 you can get a 50 pack! Does anyone else smell more DIY in the future? hehe For the banner made, she used 5 sheets of the yellow, red and white and used about 10 sheets of the black. There was only one hiccup in the process and that was remembering what order the “Mickey Mouse Ears strips” were facing. They all have to face the same direction.
Trace and cut out the Mouse Ears strip using the black construction paper. (To save time and energy, you can trace one only, fold the paper as many times as you can where it allows you to cut easily, and you’ll have multiple “Mickey Mouse Ear Strips” at once.)
Trace and cut out the Body and Shoes strip using the red construction paper.
Trace and cut out the Body and Shoes strip using the yellow construction paper.
Trace and cut out the Arms strip using the white construction paper.
Attach the strips using your tape in the order you choose. Cindy’s chain was in this order, white strip (arms), black strip (ears/head), red strip (body), yellow strip (shoes).
UPCYCLED “MICKEY MOUSE” TABLE CENTERPIECE
These centerpieces came out cuter than I thought. For this project, I had tons of help from my best friend and from my hubby. Never be afraid to ask for help, if not you’d just overwhelm yourself. No bueno! I decided a while back maybe when the baby was about 5-6 months that I wanted to reuse all the formula cans we were going through. We turned plain old Enfamil formula cans into masterpieces. The hardest part of this project was obtaining all the Styrofoam pieces at a decent price and the same type of material and painting them, nonetheless, worked through it and with it, no regrets! Instead of Styrofoam, you can always use black cardstrock, carboard (you’ll have to paint it), black foam board, etc. Your options are endless just like your creativity, so have at it!
**Instructions/materials to make 10 centerpieces**
10 – 22 oz Formula Can (I used the Enfamil cans)
20 – 25 mm White Buttons
1-2 Cans of Red Glossy Spray Paint
2 Cans of Black Glossy Spray Paint
10 – 8 x 1 Smooth Flat Foam Circles
20 – 6 x 1 Smooth Flat Foam Circles
Yellow Tissue paper (I used 15 x 20 sheets purchased from Amazon at 100 for about $8.)
10-Floral Foam Cubes/pieces
Black Tempera Paint (optional)
3/8 in x 10 yd (9.5 mm x 9.1 m) Yellow satin ribbon
Hot Glue gun
10 – 5 x 7 Photo or artwork you’d like on the other side of the can
10 – 3/16 Wooden Dowels
Remove all labels from formula cans
Use Red Glossy Spray Paint and paint the formula cans (without lid). Let Dry.
Spray Paint all head circles and ear circles black. Paint one side, let dry, then the other. CAUTION: When spray painting foam, remember you cannot paint so close or it melts the foam. I brushed a coat of tempera paint before spray paint to reduce this problem.
Spray paint your wooden dowels with black paint. Let dry.
Once formula cans are dry, hot glue yellow ribbon around the bottom of the can.
Glue buttons to the front of your cans. (not the side with the label rips and glues-will be covered later)
Glue your 5 x 7 photo on the back of the can (try to center as much as possible). This will cover any imperfections in the back of the can.
Using your dried ears and head, hot glue your small ear circles onto the head circles in “Mickey Mouse” fashion. Let dry.
Attach the finished “Mickey Mouse” head to one of the wooden dowels. Secure with glue if needed. ( I used the glue to eliminate the chances of them coming apart at party)
Insert 1 floral foam cube into each finished formula can.
Attach wooden dowel with head into the floral foam. Secure with glue if needed.
Use the yellow sheets of tissue paper to cover the top of the formula can.
MICKEY MOUSE FRAME
I wanted to display my son’s photos in a cute “Mickey Mouse” themed frame, so I decided to make my own. I loved how they came out! Go ME!!
2- Black 5 x 7 Photo Frames (Dollar Store $1 each)
1- 2 fl oz Bright Red Matte Acrylic Paint (quick drying)
1- 2 fl oz Mod Podge Gloss Waterbase sealer, glue & finish
4- Small white buttons
Painters Tape (blue tape)
Hot glue gun
Black construction paper
Paint Brush/Painting tool
Using the Painters tape, separate about 1/4 of the frame. (The bottom should be 1/4 and the top 3/4 of the frame will remain black.) See finished photos.
Paint the lower 1/4 half of the frame with your Bright Red Acrylic Paint. Let Dry. (It took a few coats to get the look I wanted.)
Once dry use your Mod Podge to go over the red paint. Let dry.
Remove painters tape. Clean up any oopsies.
Glue buttons at the bottom center of the frame in “Mickey Mouse” fashion.
Cut circles or ears from your black construction paper.
Glue ears to the top corners of the frame. Glue behind the frame. (see finished photo)