Birthday parties are a great time to connect with loved ones of all ages. Parents and kids can have fun together through various activities, including crafts. Whether your kid loves to craft or they’re hesitant to flex their creative muscles, crafts are a great way to enjoy the special day. Keep reading for some birthday party craft ideas that you and your kid will love.
DIY Party Hats
Crafts aren’t just great bonding opportunities—they’re also a good way to get everyone in the festive spirit. One festive craft perfect for birthday parties is DIY party hats. You’ll need the following supplies:
- Fun paper
- Party-hat template
- Tape or staples
- Hole puncher
- Decorations, such as pom poms.
To help save time, cut the paper hats out using the template before the party begins. This way, everything is ready to go once the guests arrive. Allow the kids to pick out the paper they want for their hat, and then the adults can get to work taping or stapling the selected paper into cones.
Once they’re a good cone shape, punch holes on opposite sides of the hat’s base and tie the string there. Make sure the string is long enough to comfortably fit around the child’s chin, but not short enough that it rubs uncomfortably.
After attaching the string, allow the kids to pick decorative items for their hats, such as pom poms and ribbons. Older kids can glue these accessories on themselves, but younger children will need some adult assistance. If you have any extra supplies, adults can make themselves some fun hats too!
Painted Picture Frames
If your kid’s birthday is in the fall, then picture frames are a great party craft, doubling as a useful party favor. After all, school pictures were taken and printed recently, and most parents are trying to find the perfect frame for those precious memories. A picture frame that the kids painted themselves is perfect for this! You’ll need the following supplies:
- Plain wooden frames
- Decorative elements, such as stickers and pearlescent powder
You can buy plain wooden frames from any craft or hobby shop before the party, as well as the paint. The process is straightforward: set up a drop cloth and let the kids go to town painting and decorating their frames.
To give the paint a special touch, add pearlescent powder. This powder won’t add an immediate effect, but when the light hits the picture frame just right, another color will appear. Kids will love the magic of these so-called ghost pigments, and parents will enjoy having their child’s picture framed in fun art.
Custom Snow Globes
Many kids dislike having winter birthdays because these birthdays often get overshadowed by the winter holidays we celebrate. Furthermore, the cold weather limits exciting party options, such as going to the pool. Cheer your child and their guests up with a custom snow globe craft that’s sure to excite them for the rest of the day. You’ll need the following supplies:
- Glass jars
- Tissue paper
- Pearlescent powder
Fill the jars with the paper, glitter, pearlescent powder, and a few drops of water. Seal the jars, and then let the kids shake them up. The colorful paper, glitter, and powder will whirl around and give the impression of a blizzard snow globe.
Don’t worry—before you think about a group of kids slinging clay, we’re not suggesting you make the flowerpots themselves from scratch. Instead, you can buy cheap, premade flowerpots at a local hardware or garden store and bring them to your child’s birthday party to create an adorable springtime craft. You’ll need the following supplies:
- Decorative elements, such as pearlescent powder
Lay out the flowerpots with a wide array of paint colors. As with previous crafts, you can add pearlescent mica powder to your paints to create a subtle color-changing effect. You can let the kids go wild with their paint, creating any design they see fit.
Alternatively, you can guide them to make flowers with their fingerprints. To make fingerprint flowers, paint a solid background on the pot and let it dry. Once the background is dry, use the child’s thumb to create the center of the flower in another color. Then allow the child to dip one finger, such as their pointer finger, into the color they want for the flower petals. Older children can dot their fingers as petals around the center they made, but younger children will need guidance. After they’ve created their flower, they can continue the process until they are satisfied with the number of flowers on their pot.
If you and your family recently came back from the beach with a bunch of seashells, and you’re about to host your child’s birthday party, then it is an excellent time to use these seashells well. While plain seashells make a fun treasure and party favor, you can make them more fun by letting kids customize them. You’ll need the following supplies:
- Pearlescent powder
Flat shells work best for this, but older children might like the challenge of more complicated shells. Lay out the shells you have, along with paint, glitter, and pearlescent powder. Allow the kids to pick the shell or collection of shells they’d like to take home and the colors they want to use. Once the kids are finished painting, they can sprinkle the glitter, pearlescent powder, and any other additions on top as they see fit.
These birthday party craft ideas will help you and your kid host a fun party that everyone will love no matter the season. If you need pearlescent powder for any of these birthday crafts or for other creative projects, Eye Candy Pigments can help. We offer an array of mica powders perfect for various crafts and art projects. These powders are completely skin safe, so you do not have to worry about staining or allergic reactions so long as you add the powder to paint that is also skin safe. Browse our selection of amazing products today!