If you look carefully, this is not the actual want that we used for my daughter’s Princess Birthday Party. Or actually it was called a Queen of Hearts Birthday Party since we invited several boys. Anyway, I wasn’t thrilled with how the wand turned out, so I created a new one. I like this one much better.
It’s the same concept as with the boys swords. Take a 4″ styrofoam ball and poke a hole in it with an ice pick or screw driver about 2″ deep. Insert some hot glue and slide in a 3/8″ dowel cut to about 18″. This will adhere pretty quickly. Take one long piece of aluminum foil and completely cover the ball and stem crinkling as you go. No glue required but it can be picked off pretty easily.
The last step is applying the adornments. I originally made a big bow with the ribbon with 4 or 5 streamers and put sequins over the ball part. This one is with ribbon only. This is a satin ribbon 1″ wide. Cut 4 pieces large enough to go around the ball starting at the base and going up and over the ball to the opposite side. Secure the ribbon on both sides with hot glue. You could even put a dab of slow drying glue on the top of the ball where all the ribbon overlaps but it’s not necessary if you pull the ribbon tight before using the hot glue. After all 4 ribbons are applied, tie one piece a couple of times around the stick right under the ball and tie off. Trim any loose ends that still show. And your wand is complete!
Make your own swords for a Princess or Queen of Hearts Party. We gave these to the boys who attended my daughter’s Queen of Hearts Party. As you’d learn in another post, we named it a Queen of Hearts Party since we were inviting more than half boys! Not sure they’d want to come to a Princess Party.
These swords were super easy to make and were a big hit with the boys. And it wasn’t a disaster as you might think. They played very nicely with each other. But I guess this might be a consideration. If you are inviting any particularly violent boys, you might wait to give this out when they are leaving. We gave them out in the middle of the party because I wanted plenty of pics with the kids enjoying themselves. So, it was kind of an activity as well.
Take two sizes of painter stirring sticks and hot glue them together to make the base of the sword. Using a piece of aluminum foil for the length and a separate piece for the handles, simply wrap and crush it in place. No need for glue or anything. Having no glue does make it easy for the kids to peal it off and they will totally do that. So, don’t get offended when they start taking your hard work apart! To finish it off, wrap a long piece of leather shoe lace string around the joint first and then down the handle. I hot glued the beginning and the end of this step. Be sure and use shoe lace leather that is died all the way through. Some of them are not. Easy Easy!
This Cape Party Favor is a great idea for a Princess or a Queen of Hearts Party. I made these for our Queen of Hearts party. So rather than giving a tutu to each girl, we cave these capes as party favors. The Queen wore a cape made of red satin and then tied off with gold double sided satin ribbon. All her maidens wore a cape of tulle with a velour collar and the same gold double sided satin ribbon. These along with wands which I’ll share in another post was all the girls needed to become Princesses or Maiden’s themselves!
Making these Princess Party Favors was pretty simple. The tulle didn’t need to be hemmed which was my goal in choosing that fabric. Satin or velour would be beautiful but not only would you need to hem those but the cost of them would escalate. If you are only making a couple that’s no big deal but I made like 15 of these for my daughter’s party and needed to keep costs in check. I cut the velour and the tulle in rectangle pieces. On one end of the tulle, I gathered it with a gathering stitch on my sewing machine. With one additional seam, I sewed the velour collar, tulle and satin ribbon together.
The birthday girl’s cape was all red satin with two lengths down the back. Both pieces were hemmed and connected with the same gold satin ribbon as her maiden’s capes were.
Kids are all about dress up and make believe! Even big kids like to dress up. Actually, I’m not sure the desire ever ends for some. Anyway, I digress. For my daughter’s Queen of Hearts Party, I made these tunics and gave them to the boys as part of their party favor. Could easily be used for a Princess Party Favor as well if little boys are invited.
It was super easy to make. I bought the red felt on ebay and cut the knights templar crosses out of Avery iron-on 8 1/2 X 11 Dark T-Shirt Transfer sheets. I didn’t have to print anything. I simply cut out the cross and ironed it on to the tunic. Felt for the tunic was simply a rectangle with a neck part cut out. So that the tunic wouldn’t swing open, I sewed red satin ribbon on to the sides to tie.
Dimensions are as such. From shoulder to hem the tunic is 18 1/2″. So, double that when cutting out your rectangle. Width of the knight tunic is 13″. I started cutting the triangle for the head opening at 3 1/2″ in from the edge. So, each shoulder is 3 1/2″ wide. Remember you can always start small and cut bigger but if you start big you can’t go smaller. The side ties are sewn about 9″ up from the bottom on both sides of the tunic. Then center by eye the knights templar cross in the front.
Knight Tunic Party Favor
The boys loved this tunic. I would say the older ones loved it more. So, for like 4 or 5 and up this is a perfect party favor.
Resources: Template for Knights Templar Cross. Yardage of Felt found at any fabric store. Double Sided Red Satin Ribbon 1″ wide. We bought online. Cross made from Inkjet Dark T-Shirt Transfer Paper found at office supply stores.
Top Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.
I love how this crown turned out. For a Princess Theme or even for a Queen of Hearts Theme, it would be perfect. My photographer thinks it looks like a boys crown but I think it could just as easily be used as a Princess Crown. My daughter loves wearing this one around.
You could do a lot of things with this.
* They could be premade for each child.
* Your daughter or son could even help you make them if you don’t mind the sequins being totally random AND sequins ending up all over the house.
* Or you could just make one of these crowns for your birthday child.
* What would be fun is to have this as an activity for each of the party participants. They could make their own crown right as the walk in the door to the party. Great ice breaker and allows them to get use to the surroundings. Have some hats already cut and just staple to the child’s head size when they arrive.
This particular crown was fastened in the back with 2 brads but it would look just fine with staples. If you can’t tell, the hat is made from bulletin board boarder. School Supply companies have some up with so many creative bulletin board border options that it’s super fun looking for them. They generally come in packs of 12 strips and you can really only get one hat our of one strip. There is a bit of waste using these but the printed ones are so much cuter than the corrugated boarders that come in big rolls. But you certainly could use these for your Princess Crown. Just embellish…..embellish.
Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.
Whether you are planning a Princess Birthday Party or a Queen of Hearts Party, this invitation idea would totally work. We decided to name the party a Queen of Hearts party because we were inviting more boys to the party than girls and I wasn’t so sure the boys would be fired up about going to a Princess Party. To change the invitation for a Princess party, I would just change the colors a bit. With Queen of Hearts we used a lot of red and yellow or gold colors with favors and decorations.
To make these invitations, I bought these square invitations and envelopes at the stationery store. I drew and cut out the crown shaped invitations from the square knowing that it would already fit in the envelope. I seem to always have trouble finding envelopes for the invitations I make. Nice I didn’t have to make this one. Once I cut out one I used it as a template for the other invitations and for the than you notes with a little twist.
For the invitations, I cut out the crowns and then lightly painted around the edges with a pink color that coordinated with the envelope. The points were adorned with clear rhinestones. Because of the rhinestones, you’ll need to take them to the post office to be hand stamped and the cost will be a little extra for postage.
Thank you notes were dirived in a similar manner. I took the template and rather than cutting out the image, I painted lightly around the template. Since my daughter can’t write yet, I wrote the note and let her sign it.
Invitation Wording was done in a gothic type font and read like this:
AKA: Queen of Hearts
Commands you, her Knights & Maidens
To attend her 4th Birthday Party
These birthday party invitations were perfect and very easy to make!
Resources:Template for Crown Shape, Plain stationery paper and envelops found as many local stationery stores, Stones for embellishment found at Michaels.
Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.
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