Thursday, May 17, 2012

Craft: Dinosaur Treat Bags


I am making a few goodies for Audrey's dinosaur party. Though I love doing the big party tablescape, it's fun to focus on just a few things for this one and let our local museum do the rest. So I am making dinosaur treat bags as party favors.


I ordered these 8"x10" cotton muslin bags and stenciled on some red t-rex skulls. I don't have a lot of experience transferring or stenciling. I probably stenciled a few times years and years ago. And I know there are great new tools for automating much of this. But, since I don't do a lot of it, this low-tech approach seemed just fine. 


I cut out a t-rex skull using the same template I designed for the t-shirt applique and sprayed the back side with some Easy-Tack hoping to bond the edges to the fabric enough to stop the paint from bleeding. It worked thank goodness! I cut out a circle for the eye and an oval for the nostril and sprayed those to stick too. Then I used Martha Stewart Crafts paint in Habanero and painted away with a small clipboard inside the bag to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back side of the bag. I let the bags dry with some paper inserted between the fabric layers and then ironed them with a blotting cloth when they were completely dry.


And for the goodies inside? I've got some dinosaur "skeletons" (love these! they are flexible and would be fun to bury for a digging game) and dinosaur bracelets. The museum hosts are going to add a few other small dinosaur things too.


Audrey helped me make the bracelets for her friends and we made a necklace for her to wear to the party. We used these dinosaur beads and some star beads I bought at Michael's.


Bright and fun!


We're almost ready for the party!


9 comments:

emerson-j said...

awesome idea

mksharingthelove said...

Such a fabulous idea....if you weren't going to the museum, it could have been an activity on the day too.

Such a brilliant way to make dinosaurs all chick :)

mksharingthelove said...

Such a fabulous idea....if you weren't going to the museum, it could have been an activity on the day too.

Such a brilliant way to make dinosaurs all chick :)

Megan said...

What a great idea! I love the stencil idea on the bag. Going to have to use this for my son's party!

Mereknits said...

Such a wonderful idea, I love a good dinosaur party. She will have so much fun.
Happy Friday,
Meredith

Jessica F. said...

Such a fun party. I love your creativity and drive to do such fun things for your kids. Those necklaces turned out really cute. As does everything you touch!

Bari Jo said...

This looks like soooo much fun!

Eva {Tales of the Scotts} said...

Awww everything here is SO cute!!! Love that dinosaur stencil.

Paula said...

GREAT idea! Love the bags and the bracelets/necklace. Tell Audrey she did a great job helping her mama!

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