Birthday Party Ideas for Girls

Birthday Party Ideas for Girls via lilblueboo.com

Planning a birthday party for your little girl? Looking for fun, unique girl party themes and inspiration? I have rounded up some of my favorite girl birthday party ideas from around the web. Click below for the gallery.

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How to Make a Doll Sized Salon Cape

How to make a salon cape for an American Girl doll or 18" doll via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #tutorial

 

This morning was Boo’s 6th birthday party!  Before I do the big reveal, I’ll be posting about a few of the things I made for the party. Here’s the first…..salon capes to fit American Girl or other similar sized 18″ dolls! We have two of the 18″ doll salon chairs….and borrowed one from a friend…..so I made three salon cutting capes to accompany them.

To make your own, you’ll need the following for each cape:

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Party in a Box: A Birthday Lunch

I asked Boo what her teacher usually does for kids’ birthdays in her class…thinking I should do something.

Boo’s reply: Oh nothing.  She  just sings Happy Birthday.

Well that’s easy.

Then yesterday her teacher said: I asked Boo what her mother usually does for the class for her birthday and she said you usually don’t do anything.

I told her teacher we had both been thrown under the bus.  But maybe Boo didn’t want us to do anything for her?

We finally talked Boo into doing ice cream cups for the class…..because she should take advantage of the fact the she gets to choose the treat this time!

Why? Because Boo does not like any of the following:

chocolate cake
brownies
chocolate ice cream
…..anything chocolate.

She also doesn’t like:

sprinkles
soda
most candy.

Strange I know.  That means she usually doesn’t eat anything that the other kids bring to school to celebrate.

So today is Boo’s 6th birthday. I had scraps left over from wrapping her presents last night so I used them to wrap up her lunch box items this morning.  I made a ton of confetti (which I’m sure the teacher will love) using a butterfly shaped hole punch.  I also included a party straw and wrapped her bottled water with a decorative label….her own personal party pack as she eats at her desk today:

Party in a Box:

Party in {lunch} Box: Gift-Wrapped Birthday Lunch with Confetti, Party Straw etc via lilblueboo.com

I didn’t wrap them that well……very loose and easy to rip apart. I didn’t want her struggling to open it all if she was hungry!

Oh, and vanilla ice cream cups are being delivered for a special treat at lunchtime.

We are having a little party for her this weekend. Can’t wait to start sharing all the things I made for it……

 

Last year was the Krispy Kreme Donut Party.

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

……any guesses as to this year’s theme?

 

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Summer Love Art | A FREE Printable

Summer Love Art Free Printable for DIY via lilblueboo.com

 

Kick off school vacation with a summery coloring page to pass the kids’ now-lazy days. This doodle prints perfectly on a plain letter sized piece of paper. OR, print the mirror image onto soft inkjet transfer paper like this. Then iron it onto a white or light colored tee and let your little one color it in with fabric markers. They will be so proud of their wearable masterpiece! It would also be a great project for a summer birthday or pool party!

Boo tested out the new doodle print recently:

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Make a Custom Rhinestone Image (A Tutorial and Free Silhouette Download)

Note: This is a sponsored post by Silhouette America.


How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So….I’ve been meaning to try out the Silhouette for rhinestones….and I finally got around to it.  I used the Silhouette Rhinestone Starter Kit……it comes with everything you need but I’d order extra rhinestones…..I just barely made it with the packs included. It also comes with some simple template downloads…..BUT, I’m picky and I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for in the store…..and wanted to make my own template.

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Below is an animation on how I made my own template for the Silhouette to cut. You can use any font or image to make a template using this method as long as it’s not TOO detailed.
1. I started out with the letter “T” that used the size rhinestone hole I needed and deleted everything but a straight line of rhinestone circles.
2. I copied and pasted that line several times, then copied and pasted the new larger lines several times……until I ended up with a large square of rhinestone circles.
3. I found a font I liked for the number “5″ and sized it over the rhinestone circle block…..and started deleting the holes that fell outside of my image.
4. I deleted the number “5″ and deleted any other holes that looked out of place……and the image was ready to cut!

Note: MAKE sure not to resize any holes! The holes are specific to the size rhinestones you are using!

 

Once the image was ready, send it to the Silhouette machine to cut the holes into the rhinestone template material:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Next peel off the template material.

A VERY HELPFUL NOTE: if the holes don’t come out when you pull the template material off, turn over the backing you just peeled it off from and stick the template material to it. Then carefully peel it off again. The holes stick better to the revers side!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Stick the template material to the backing board that comes in the rhinestone starter kit:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Put the template into a box to contain your rhinestones…..and pour your rhinestones on top:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Using the paintbrush that comes in the kit, gently brush the rhinestones in a CIRCULAR motion until all or at least most of the holes are filled:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Fill in any missing rhinestones. The Silhouette Pick Me Up tool is the bomb….seriously. I’ll never use tweezers again. It has this thick goo material that picks up each rhinestone and includes a little tool to quickly remove the rhinestone or anything else you pick up. Whoever invented this thing….genius.

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The Pick Me Up tool in action:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once all your rhinestones are in place and you’ve removed any excess…..place the clear transfer tape on top of the design and press to adhere all the rhinestones:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Carefully remove the transfer tape and the rhinestones will come off the template:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Rhinestones ready to be ironed on!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Place the rhinestones down onto the object you wish to transfer them to. Cover the image with a thin cloth and press down on top with a heated iron for about a minute on the WOOL setting. Peel off the transfer tape once all the rhinestones are adhered:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A finished rhinestone project!

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Perfect, custom bling!

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To save you some time I’ve uploaded my grid (it’s a Silhouette studio file) and the #5 I used for Boo’s shirt. Just click the image below to download the zip file and open it using your Silhouette software.  The holes are sized for 10ss rhinestones!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Click here to see other Silhouette projects and tutorials I’ve done!

 

 

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