DIY Fairy tale Prop Tutorial

Ever had cartons left over that you didn’t know what to do with? Here is a great idea and lots of fun for your little ones. Just turn it into a prop based on your child’s favorite character. Great for birthday parties! My son loves fairy tales so I made a “Jack and the Beanstalk” and a “Red Riding Hood” for him.


What you will need:

1 big carton

Oil pastels

Box cutter

Hot glue gun


Some felt and accessories like buttons, ribbon

Cut along the edge of the carton so you can open it out. Lay it out flat. Now one side will be used to make the main drawing and the rest for the stand. Cut the one piece for the main drawing leaving the piece for the stand in tact. The main piece should be the height of your child. Make sure the cardboard is thick enough for the piece to remain upright.

Sketch2511744Measure the size of your child’s face and draw the face towards the top of the cardboard. You  don’t have to draw in the features as this piece will be cut away. Using a box cutter cut carefully the face you drew and then check that your child can fit his/her face easily.


Face cut away from main drawing

Draw the rest of the character and the scene.

Color in the drawing. Oil pastels work well on cardboard. Make sure you cover the entire cardboard. Use felt and other accessories like buttons and ribbon to add some details. Make the hair of the character using felt. It looks great. It should come over the piece you cut on the hair line to look natural.

Now for the stand. First reinforce the piece of cardboard you have colored by gluing with the hot glue gun some pieces of cardboard on any bends. This will keep it straight. Next check the height of your child and estimate at what height you will glue the cardboard to the stand.

Take the piece shown in white in the first drawing and fold the bottom flaps inward (like the carton was originally) gluing  together the bottom flaps. Now glue the colored cardboard piece to the stand at the correct height. You can add extra pieces of cardboard at the back to reinforce.



Let the fun begin!

DIY Birthday Party

Google is my lifeline. I use it all the time. I have learnt so many things online.

At the moment most of my searches are related to my son’s upcoming birthday party. Since he is really fond of fairy tales I decided to have this as the theme. I usually do everything myself from the decorations to the games and goodies bags to the birthday invitations and even the envelopes! It’s fun and doesn’t cost so much.

I first looked for invitation card ideas and images I could use and edit. I found one which had pictures from several fairy tales and which aptly fit my theme. I made the cards using Adobe Photoshop and used colored paper for the envelopes.

invitation 2

I then looked for ideas  for games. I settled on having an obstacle course in my backyard and found some great ideas on Google. I adapted these according to my theme so instead of the kids walking on a curvy skipping rope  they’ll be pretending to walk on Red Riding Hood’s path in the forest and if they stray from the path the wicked wolf is waiting for them. And when they’ll run from one point to another they will also be dropping pebbles like Hansel. Climbing up the ladder they will pretend it’s Jack’s beanstalk.

I also found some interesting ideas on Yahoo answers and I’ll be having the children decorate paper crowns and wear these instead of party hats.

With the games and activities settled, next I looked for the decorations. This was a bit hard. I found really fancy stuff like elaborate tables and castles and magic coaches. I can’t do any of that. So I just looked up some images of Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk and decided to paint child size pictures on cardboard as decorations. Then I had a great idea. Why not cut out the face and let the children pose as these characters? I think if I manage to do it nicely it will be a big hit.

I haven’t decided on the goodies bags yet. They will be having the standard candy and stationery items but i’ll get plain bags and decorate them either with a Gingerbread man or with a Red hood.

And then the food. I found some really nice ideas on Google and customized them according to the theme. I’ll be serving sandwiches and spring rolls and labeling them The Mad Hatter’s Party, oatmeal cookies will be in a basket labeled Red Riding Hood’s basket. And maybe I’ll add baked beans and call them Jack’s magic beans. I’m not compromising on the cake though. It has to be my son’s favorite chocolate cake without all the fancy pictures and lettering that nobody wants to eat.

Lastly I used Google to find a place nearby which deals in party supplies. I’ll be renting the tables and chairs from there and will see if I can pick up any other interesting things there as well.

I hope it all turns out to be like I’ve planned. I’m so excited, even more than my son!

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