Friday, March 2, 2012

* Cardboard Box Punch-Out Birthday Party Surprise Board

I first saw this idea on Pinterest then followed the links just now
as I'm typing this, to find out the photo I saw came from a blog called
She has a great tutorial there and I wish I'd read it before I made mine.
I just saw the photo on Pinterest and made it up as I went so I'll show 
you how I made mine, you can check out hers HERE and use 
whichever method you prefer!

She used sheets of poster board and paper bags, 
I used an old shipping box from our garage and paper cups. 

I traced circles from a paper cup with a pencil and cut the 
circles out with a box cutter- they weren't perfect but they didn't need to be.

Then, we painted the outside of the box white with some white gesso paint.

After the white paint dried, we used Elmer's school glue to glue
around the perimeter of each circle from the back of the box.

Then, we pressed strips of tissue paper down across each row.

I didn't have any purple tissue paper so we used 
a scrap of "rainbow" print for the bottom row.

We didn't have a "real party" this year. It was just a 
birthday party play date for "C" and her two best friends from school
(that's what she wanted and the day is about her not us)

So, I made a row for each girl. 
They each got to punch out one red, one yellow, one green, and one blue circle.
The bottom three "rainbow" circles were saved for big sister "E"

View of the tissue box from behind -- like a cool stained glass box!

Once the tissue dried, I used my glue gun to attach paper cups
to the back of each circle with little prizes like mini erasers and wind-up penguin toys inside.

The girls had a blast punching and poking through the holes
to find their "treasures" 

It was a "Smashing" success!

It mostly cost me "time" rather than "materials" to make this party activity.
The whole thing went in recycling when we were done.

Pink and Green Mama


ggmix said...

A fantastic idea I will definately be doing this for my daughter (",)

Lilyshaw said...

Brilliant idea, so adaptable!

brooke said...

Love this!! I just pinned it for a Wonka Wrap party that I am in charge of. So clever. I promise to link back if we do it.

Dawn Grobe said...

Hey Mama! I just pinned this idea from another blog, but I think I like your ideas of a box and paper cups better. Not that I am going to try this for a year or 2.

Cris said...

I can imagine my daughter's face before punching the hole!!!! I'm going to try this for sure!! Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea.

Robyn... Pen Pals and Picture Books said...

I love this! You are a great mama!

Crafty Homeschool Mama said...

Hi MaryLea and Happy New Year
I wanted to share that I have wanted to make this since I first saw the original post, and finally, today, I did just that! I made one this evening for my 3 year old's Super Hero bday party this weekend. I used paper bags instead of cups, but I was just so thrilled that it went so smoothly, and I can't wait to see all those little kiddos smashing through the paper to get their prizes :) I'm calling it "THe Hulk Punch" :D I'll probably post it on the blog at some point, but wanted to say thanks, as always for the inspiration :)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Crafty Homeschool Mama -- can't wait to see it, I'm sure it was a huge hit!! We're rolling into birthday party planning around here too -- time for Feb and March parties for the girls!

: ) MaryLea

Deneen Defabbo said...

I am going to make this using an appliance box. Hoping it is big enough to use all four sides! We are going to use this as a fund raiser for our PTN. What do you think?

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