Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Xbox maniac

My oldest son is turning 16 next month and we racked our brains trying to think of the perfect way to celebrate this milestone. He recently got a new xbox and is completely into assassin's creed. He was even the lead character for halloween! And yes, my super awesome mom and I made his costume from scratch! So we decided the perfect bash for him would have to be xbox related in some way! And what better invite than the cover of the game?! I took a picture of him from halloween in a pose similar to the guy on the cover and built him his very own video game cover!! He even has his own rating...notice it's rated by EJVS (my husband and my initials) I can't wait to hear what his friends have to say when he hands them out!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lego Pinata!

 Of course every party must have a pinata and I was extra excited for this one because it was the first I ever got to help make from scratch!  I have painted other's and transformed them from one thing to another but this one started out as a diaper box! 
Additional supplies you'll need:
*Glue (glue sticks worked best.  We started with regular glue but it created too many bubbles in the paper)
*Tissue paper
*a zip fastener to hang it with.
*2 paper towel rolls 
*1 piece of coordinating construction paper or cardstock .

First we stabbed holes in the box to create air so that it would be easier to break.  Then we cover the box with blue tissue paper to cover the print so it wouldn't show through the streamer.  In retrospect, it probably would have been a good idea to paint the box because once it was being clobbered, the huggies red was showing. I don't think the kids even noticed though!  Then we cut strips of streamer to cover the entire top and sides of the  box leaving only the bottom center gap exposed so it could be filled.  That was later covered with another strip of tape and then streamer.

I forgot to take pictures of the peg making but basically, we took a paper towel roll and cut it into 6 equal pieces.  Those were wrapped with streamer and then hot glued to the box.  We covered the exposed openings with blue cardstock circles and then covered those with more streamer paper.  The zip fastener was added last.  
Isn't it cute? It was a shame to see it smashed but we were surprised to see it wasn't as hard as we expected it would be to bust.  It must have made it through at least 10 kids before meeting it's end! :)