Posted by Eileen
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Honk, honk. Beep, beep.
Wondering what kind of party to throw your little guy? Plan a truck birthday party!
It's a simple theme to work with, and there are lots of easy DIY ideas that won't break the bank or stress you out.
I recently put together a few crafty things, including a photo booth, a truck game, and themed goody bags, for my dear friend's son's truck party.
They were easy to make and added such a magical touch.
Pin the Wheels on the Truck
First, I'm a huge fan of felt. I have piles and piles of it, and I love making felt boards for my son. He learned his shapes from his birthday party felt board (Abbey's Magical Shapes). And, I love how felt sticks to felt. It makes designing activities so simple :)
Not only are felt boards a fun learning tool but they double as great party games, especially for toddlers.
Rather than hosting a formal game, these felt boards make great stations for kids who are developmentally at the parallel play stage.
To go with the theme, I made a Pin the Wheels on the Truck felt board. The materials cost nothing - because I utilized things I had previously purchased for other parties or activities.
I used a foam board from Dollar Tree (definitely check out Dollar Tree first because these boards are way higher priced at the craft stores). Then I hot glued sheets of blue felt to the board make the background.
The felt pieces were about the size of a sheet of paper, so it took quite a few of them. Conversely, you could buy one big sheet of felt from the crafts stores - but I love using what I have :)
For the truck, I picked bright colors to contrast the blue background. Then, I found a clipart truck that looked like it had simple angles and cuts and then I draw it freehand on felt.
Alternatively, you could enlarge the clipart picture, print it as an 8.5x11 image, and then trace it.
If it's too small, you could always cut it out, lay it down on the felt, and then following the lines, draw it a little big bigger than the image, using the image as your guide.
For the wheels, I traced circles using a coffee mug as a guide. And then I just made small, triangular cuts around the perimeter to make the wheels look spikey. They are by no means perfect, but they got the point across :)
As far as other cut-outs, I cut out a window, headlight, and thick yellow lines to give the dump truck some depth.
I hot glued everything down - except the wheels!
Last, my favorite part of any project is the creative spin. I printed a picture of the birthday boy and glued it in the window as the driver.
I also put a little label on the truck that said his name, written like it was a company truck.
My friend just LOVED the felt board. She was blown away with her son as the driver and loved how cute it turned out :) The kids had a great time playing with it too.
Truck Photo Booth Prop
This prop was my favorite. It was previously a cardboard box that now serves as a truck photo booth :)
My friend had a huge box from getting her bathroom redone, so I simply cut off one side of the large box. I didn't cut off the top flap - because this served as the stand.
First I drew the truck. I used pretty basic shapes - rectangles with curved corners for the tires and bumper, square window, and circles for the headlights.
I drew everything out with a pencil before I started painting. I also used a yard stick because I am the worst at straight lines.
For the paints, I used the below acrylic paints. I loved the colors together.
Just a tip for painting - don't make the mistake of using kids paint because it is very watered down and you will be doing multiple coats. I've done this before - and it was not efficient or fun.
I did two quick coats of paint - so you couldn't see the cardboard anymore. Two coats also made the colors pop.
Then, I carefully cut out the window, the space between the tires, and made nicer edges around the whole truck.
It wasn't looking much like a truck until I used a sharpie to give a nice clean outline around everything. I also painted some squiggly silver lines, which brought the tires to life.
Next, I made a steering wheel out of... you guessed it - felt! I thought it would be nice and soft for the kids to touch rather than painted cardboard. Plus, it's way easier to cut felt than cardboard. To attach it, I used hot glue.
Last, Ash made the adorable license plate - by simply grabbing a license plate image and using Photoshop (you can use paint too) to write on it.
Not only was this a hit at the party, but my son LOVED watching/helping me make it (I let him do just a little painting...).
He must have played with the completed truck for two hours while I cleaned the house one morning.
Even if you aren't throwing a party, cardboard creations can provide hours of fun for toddlers :)
As a side note, if you are looking to take lots of pictures with the photo booth, check out the free app Ash made. It's a photo booth app that works on laptops with a webcam :)
Goody Bags with Truck Cut-Outs
Goody bags are always an easy way to further incorporate the theme of your party - and these goody bags couldn't have been easier to make!
I simply purchased yellow goody bags at AC Moore for 70 cents. (There are also some cheap craft bag options on Amazon).
Then, I made a little truck cut-out, which I included below in a free download. (You can also use cookie cutters)
Download our free truck cut-outs
Then, my friend and I traced the truck cut-out onto blue cardstock. For the wheels, we traced the circles using a small container of paint and black paper.
After some glue, we were all set! They took less than 30 minutes to make - and added such a cute touch.
If you're still wondering what kind of party to throw your little guy, don't overlook a truck-themed party. These simple DIYs were easy to make, cost little-to-nothing, and blew the guests away!
Not only do these ideas work for a truck birthday party, but they also work for a little blue truck party (popular for 1st birthdays), Bob the Builder parties, and construction parties.
And, in addition to the party, the felt board and photo booth prop can occupy kids for hours before or after the event.
You definitely don't need to spend a lot - or dedicate too much time to create these simple truck birthday party ideas.
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