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DIY Tutorial - How to Make R2D2 Cups For Your Star Wars Party

Mikie M created this amazing Star Wars Party for her son's 6th birthday. She made a ton of the decorations herself for the party including these R2D2 cups. That's right, she designed the labels herself and stuck them on.

Well, people have been contacting her about how she made them, so she generously put together this tutorial and even gave us the labels for you to download. Seriously, Mikie, how generous, thank you!

 

So for those of you throwing Star Wars parties in the near future, you can make these great R2D2 cups to with very little effort. See for yourself...

Supplies:

  • White cups with lids (which are available here.)
  • 8 ½ x 11 white ink jet labels or white paper and double stick tape (if you use paper and tape, apply the double stick tape to the back of both labels and then apply them as instructed below)
  • Scissors (optional: paper trimmer and/or circle cutter)
  • 5/8 inch circle punch
  • Ink pen or pencil

Step 1 Print Image

  • Print out R2-D2 image on ink jet label or paper. You can download the label here. There are 3 cup labels per sheet.
Step 2 Cut out labels
  • Cut out cup labels using scissors.  You can use a paper trimmer on the sides but the top and bottom are slightly curved to fit the shape of the cup so they need to be cut out by hand. Be sure to cut off the black guide lines.
  • Cut out lid labels with scissors or circle cutter.  If using a circle cutter set it for just under 2 ½ inches.  Be sure to cut off the black guide line.

Step 3 Mark Straw Hole on Lid

  • Place the round lid label on the top of the lid. It should fit in the inner circle of the lid.  Then hold the label in place as you flip over the lid to mark the straw opening.
  • Using a 5/8” circle punch, align the mark in the center of the punch and punch a hole in the label.

 

Step 4 Apply Lid Label

  • Turn the lid back over and peel the backing off the label. Apply to the top of the lid.  Be sure to line up the 5/8” hole with the straw hole of the lid.

Step 5 Apply Cup Label

  • Remove backing from label and align the top edge of the label just below the top rim of the cup.  Once it is properly aligned press one side down at a time making sure you don’t wrinkle the label.

Step 6 Almost done!

  • Fill cup with Yoda Soda or your favorite Star Wars beverage and apply lid!

Thank you, Mikie, for creating this tutorial for our readers (including the image).  How sweet!

If you haven't already checked out the photos from Mikie's Star Wars party, you must. You'll be blown away. And take a look at the other incredible parties Mikie has added to our site.

Also stay tuned for Mikie's 2nd Star Wars tutorial, where she shows you how she made these napkin wrap light sabers.

TRENDS: Some of My Favorite Boy Invitations from Our Site

I love creative invitations. I believe the invitation sets the stage for the whole party, just like a movie poster does for a movie.

Here are some of my favorite boy invitations from our main site. (To see the whole party, click on the invitation or the link.)

Claire B's 6th Birthday

 

Shea F's Monster Truck 5th Birthday Party

Mikie M's Star Wars 6th Birthday Party

Carrie L's Football Birthday Party

Serendipity's A Trip to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

Yvette S's Gabriel's Super Hero 4th Birthday Party

Christina A's Jayden's 1st Birthday

Christy F's Chase's 3rd Airplane Party

Serendipity's Harry Potter - School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

Vicki's Jacob's 6th Birthday Baseball Party

How cool and creative are these invitations. Stay tuned for my favorite girl invitation post coming soon...

 

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's party photo comes from Lili's 4th Ashton Cup Soccer Party. What a cool shot of a gorgeous dessert table. The soccer ball cake is incredible and the photographer did a phenomenal job capturing the party.

 

Check out the rest of the party photos here. I love when people take a basic theme and elevate it to a whole new level. Great job, Lili.

DIY Tutorial - How to Make a Real Photo Booth

I've been wanting to know how to make an actual wooden photo booth for a while now, so when I saw that Jeannette from J. at Your Service created a tutorial on how she made hers for her adorable Nate's 2nd Birthday Lil' Monsters Party, I knew this was something I wanted to share.

Take it away, Jeannette...

Since Nate's Lil' Monsters party was posted, I've received tons of emails with requests for a tutorial on the Monster photo booth. This time I took a few photos to show the process... Also to show that I did in fact make them myself!

When I made these carnival game booths for Nate's Carnival party last year, people did not believe that I had made them myself but I'm a very handy woman actually. I work a saw and a drill much better than my hubby (sadly).

I recycled one of my game booths and decided to extend the back wall to make room for the monsters.

 

The side walls are pre-cut wood boards from Home Depot, measuring 4'x2', priced at about $7 to $8 each. The new back wall is a thinner wood board (sorry I couldn't tell you the type because I don't remember) but that was also pre-cut at 4'x4', around $13. I decided to cut a foot off the side, making the back wall 4' tall by 3' wide. I used a hammer and nails for this, only because I was in a hurry but I recommend screwing them together with thin screws. Much more secure that way.

 

I didn't bother to paint or touch up the insides since I was going to cover the walls with fabric. Which I forgot to take a picture of but it was very simple. I bought enough fabric to fit the dimensions inside of the booth and with a staple gun, attached the fabric to the walls. Much easier than having to paint it all over again. The fabric I bought in the Downtown L.A. fabric district.

 

It was now time to cut out some monsters! I purchased another pre-cut board, same one used for the back wall of the booth. I drew the shape I wanted with a pencil and pulled out my jigsaw. By the way...... I LOVE my jigsaw! (Excuse the way I look, but I don't wear make-up when I'm gettin' down and dirty!)

 

I bought a yard of each color but really only needed 1/2 a yard for each. Each monster measured about 3' tall and about 1 1/2 to 2' wide. I purchased this fabric in Downtown L.A. as well.

Using my staple gun, another of my favorites, I stapled the fabric to the back of each, making sure that the fabric was nice and snug. The facial details, eyes and mouth, were cut from foam sheets, glued on with a hot glue gun. You can get those at any craft store. That is how Charlie and Bud were born! :)

The final product!

Thank you, Jeannette for this great tutorial. I love a woman who knows her way around power tools. :)

If you make a wooden photo booth yourself for your next party, please send photos. I'd love to post them! And if you need some FREE photo booth printables, we've got you covered.

Also, definitely check out the incredible parties Jeannette has added to our site. They are really amazing! And to learn more about Jeannette and her party planning services, please check out her blog, J. at Your Service.

TRENDS: Mickey Mouse Parties on Catch My Party

Now that I've featured  Minnie Mouse parties on our main site, I thought it was only right to highlight the Mickey Mouse parties.

If you want to add a couple homemade touches to your Mickey Mouse party, check out all the creative ideas here.  (Click on the link or photo to see the entire party.)

Heather L's Carter's Mickey Mouse Birthday Party


Welcome wreath


Homemade centerpiece


Birthday boy in his custom shirt

Amanda M's Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday


Bunting banner


Centerpiece


Welcome sign


High chair decor

Khalia G's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Candy Buffet


The cake


The whole buffet


Kandy Kones


Lollipop ears

Lauren B's 2nd Birthday


What a cake!


Cake pops


Welcome sign

Angela W's Roman's 1st Birthday


Dessert table


Favors


Juice box covers

Helen G's Mickey Mouse Party


Dessert table


Cute cookie toppers


Signs

Teresa C's Christian's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party


Cake

Gabriela R's Twins: Mickey and Minnie


Toppers

This post is just the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at all the unbelievable Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse parties here at Catch My Party.

DIY Tutorial - How to Make Tissue Paper Tassels

When I saw the tissue paper tassels Kristy of The Purple Pug used to decorate her son's Mario Kart Mustache Mania Rave, I fell in love.

I had to ask  if she'd put together a tutorial on how she made them. Look how fresh and exciting they are!

 
Well, Kristy so kindly said yes, so without further ado, take it away my uber-talented party friend...

Tissue tassels and tassels in general will be taking over the party world. Trust me.

I  crush hard on the charm of Confetti System. Love and Adore. Seriously + Ridiculously.

Alas, true love comes at a high price. Mama cannot afford to bedazzle her deck with the fabulosity of authentic Confetti System-so she set out to create a similar look and feel of it all. Not that my junk could ever be in the Confetti Class-I was just inspired beyond to create some cute.

I created a passel of tassels for my little chimp's Mario Kart Mustache Mania Rave. Super easy, inexpensive and so much fun + festive impact.

Supplies

  • Cutting mat
  • Tissue paper (you can use any tissue paper, metallics,
    cello, fleece, etc.)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Scissors (if you do not have a rotary cutter)
  • Tape
  • Twine or string
  • Rope or ribbon to string tassels on

Step 1 - For ease, I started with a square size, 20 inches by 20 inches, but you can make these any size or varied sizes.

Step 2 - Cut the 20" x 20" paper in half so you will have two sheets of 20" x 10."

Step 3 - Stack the two sheets on top of each other. The 20 inch side should be horizontal to you. I place some kind of marker up top so I do not cut too far. You need to leave about an inch or so up top. I used a junky pencil for photo purposes. Once you are a pro, you can ditch the marker - you will be able to gauge when to stop.

Step 4 - Take your rotary cutter and cut strips about 1/2 inch wide up to the marker spot. Do this the entire length of the tissue. You are cutting through both pieces of tissue stacked on top of each other. If you are not using a rotary cutter, do the same with your scissors. Much easier with a rotary, but you can use scissors in a pinch.

Step 5 - Does not matter if you goof and make a wider or narrower strip. No one will notice. More charming anyway. You could also probably do more than two sheets at a time with a rotary, I just used two to keep it contained.

Step 6 -  Separate the two layers you just cut.

Step 7 - Take one of the layers and now turn it vertically to you.

Step 8 - Fold in half.
Step 9 - Fold in half again.
Step 10 - Now you will start at the end closest to you and fold in 1/4-1/2 inch section. If you try to roll or twist, the tassels with get all tangled.
Step 11 - Next, you can roll the end a little and secure with tape wrapped around the center.
Step 12 - Cut string or twine into 8" or so sections.
Step 13 - Wrap around center of base several times. Leave twine of each side. This is how you will tie to attach to garland rope or ribbon.
Step 14 - Secure tassels to rope or ribbon or you could add them to a stick. Hang them independently, bunch them, etc.
There you go! Tissue tassel cuteness!

For this tissue tassel mini cake bunting, I used the exact same technique-just tiny:)

I will be using this adorableness for the 4th of July:)
Thank you, Kristy! And I agree with you that we will no doubt be seeing many more tissue tassels around the party blogosphere.

To see all of Kristy’s handmade party goods and get more fabulous party ideas, take a look at her blog, The Purple Pug.  And while you’re at it, take a look at the insanely creative parties Kirsty has added to Catch My Party.

GIVEAWAY: Win a $50 Custom Party Printables Package from Amy Mattes Designs

Let's say you're throwing your child a birthday and want some custom party printables to take your party to that next level, but think they're just too expensive. Well now you're in luck, because 3 lucky readers will win $50 custom party printable packages from Amy Mattes Designs.

Each package includes: a custom invitation, party circles/ cupcake toppers, flat thank you cards, mailing labels, goodie bag tags or stickers, and a birthday banner. It's everything you need to throw a put-together party!

Here are some of my favorite designs by Amy. But remember if you win, she will design anything for you (except commercial characters because those are licensed).

Pretty cool. So how do you enter? Well, first head over to Amy Mattes Designs and “like” them on Facebook.  Then head back to this post and leave a comment saying you did it. It’s that easy!

Thank you Amy Mattes Designs for this fabulous giveaway!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Friday, May 13th at 10:00 (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry.  We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's party photo comes from Marie P's Jack's 1st Birthday/Korean Dol. How adorable is Jack (who is 1/4 Korean) dressed in his tradition Korean "hanbok," the same outfit worn by his uncle 37 years before.

See the rest of this sweet party. I especially love the tradition where the birthday boy chooses a toy to represent his future.

DIY Tutorial from A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Toy Story Rocket Ship Pizza Tray

When I was browsing through the photos of Leslie I's Toy Story 4th Birthday I saw this cool rocket ship pizza tray she made. I posted about it on Facebook, and a couple of people commented that they'd love to see a tutorial. Well, here it is! Thank you, Leslie, for putting this together!

My original inspiration for the rocket ship tray was the whole idea of recreating Pizza Planet and Buzz Lightyear's space ship. Over Christmas, I'd seen Bird Craft's tutorial for her DIY cupcake stand, and used a similar method for the centers of the rocket ship.

Supplies:

  • 3 Frito's Cans from The Dollar Store/Tree (empty)
  • 3 Pizza Pans from the Dollar Store/Tree
  • White scrapbook paper or wrapping paper (warning 8.5 x 11 paper isn't big enough!)
  • Duck tape in your choice of colors
  • Small metal tin filled for weight
  • Styrofoam cone (I wish I could tell you the exact size, but I accidentally left the cone on site, just make sure it's big enough to approximately match the width of the Frito's Cans)
  • Aluminum Flashing or other metal sheeting (I purchased a roll at Lowe's for $11 and have tons left over!)
  • Snips for cutting flashing
  • Silver finishing nails
  • Aluminum foil-wooden skewer-leftover cardboard box

Step 1: Cut one of the Frito's cans to half the original height.  Cover all cans with white scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.  Decorate the cans with stripes of color using Duck tape. Feel free to layer and overlap as you like.  There's no perfect arrangement.

Step 2: Find and mark the centers of the top and bottoms of each of the pizza pans.  Glue the filled metal tin to the bottom of one tray as the base.    Alternate sandwiching the Fritos cans between the base tray and the remaining trays, saving the short can for the top of the highest tray.**Notes: It's a pain to glue the filled tin, but the added weight is very helpful to ensure that the tray doesn't tip over too easily.  Also be very careful to make the tins line up as closely as possible, so it really does look like the ship just flew into the pizza trays.**

Step 3: Cut the cardboard box (I used the flaps of a Pampers box) into two wings, using a pre-cut side as the side that will go against the Fritos cans.  Go ahead and cut them a little wide and high to start and just trim them down until they perfectly fit between the Fritos cans and the lip of the pizza tray.  Glue the wings in place between the lowest and middle pizza trays.

Step 4: Using snips or another metal cutting tool, cut the flashing down to a sheet that will fit over the styrofoam cone.  With help from someone else, carefully wrap the sheeting around the cone and hammer into place with small finishing nails.  Trim off any extra flashing from the bottom of the cone, and glue onto the top of the tray.**Notes: This seriously took me desperately holding everything in place while my husband hammered.  You will likely also still have several sharp edges, so make sure that all kids are supervised around the cone**

Step 5:  Wrap the wooden skewer with aluminum foil and place into the opening at the top of the styrofoam cone.  Now you have your very own rocket ship pizza tray!

Thank you, Leslie for this great tutorial.

If you make one for your own party, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty.com. I'd love to show it off.

Check out the rest of the photos from Leslie's Toy Story 4th Birthday. Also, to learn about Leslie and read more of her party ideas and inspirations, please check out her blog, Pampers, Playdates and Parties. And finally, check out Leslie's other gorgeous parties on our site and take a look at the shabby chic ruffle garland tutorial she created for our site. Fabulous!!

TRENDS: Superhero Parties on Catch My Party (Part 1)

I am loving all the great superhero birthday parties we've been seeing on our main site. Here are some of my favorite highlights...

Katelyn B's Superhero Party

Anders Ruff Custom Designs Vintage Super Hero Party

Yvette S's Gabriel's Super Hero 4th Birthday Party

Shelley K's Batman Party for a 4 Year Old

Lori L's Grant's 6th Birthday

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out all the wonderful superhero birthday parties on our main site. And also, stay tuned for Part 2 where I show off more...

Kraftsbykaleigh
cutetape
iCustomWine
Double the Fun Parties
So Sweet Party Shop
Squared Party Printables
The Trendy Butterfly
Your Blissful Day
Cakeadoodle
Lily Pie Studio

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