“Wild and One” Birthday Pow Wow

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a DIY post, so I thought I’d share my most recent project with you — B’s birthday party! After much Pinterest-ing (that’s a word, right? It is now…), I decided on a “Wild and One” theme for our little brave. I saw lots of examples online of some pretty elaborate decor, and all I could think was — How in the world are these people able to afford such elaborate parties?? I mean, some looked nicer than my own wedding, for pete’s sake.

Anyway, I wanted the party to be fun and cute and color-coordinated but to also, you know, be able to make our house payment this month. So I took it upon myself to achieve said cute party for as little cost as possible.

Check out some of the decor below!

Tissue paper garlands: This was my first attempt with these tassel garlands, and I love them! You can make four separate tassels with just ONE sheet of tissue paper. For all you math lovers out there, that’s about 32 tassels for just a $1 pack of tissue paper from the Dollar Store – *GASP* — I mean seriously, you can’t beat that with a stick. (There are only about 45,387 tutorials online for how to make these tassels, so I won’t bother doing that here. Just check out Pinterest or Google if you’re wanting to give them a try.)

The burlap and twine were items I just had lying around, so no cost there!

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Chalkboard Sign: I saw these first birthday chalkboard signs all over the internet, but I hate buying things that I can do myself — especially when I already had a chalkboard and markers. Cost: $0.00.

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Teepee: When I originally decided on the Pow Wow theme, I definitely wanted a teepee — but holy cow they were all so expensive! No way was I going to drop $100. So Matt and I made a trip to Lowe’s and just made our own! We used dowel rods, sisal rope, a drop cloth, and some screws. My original plan was to paint some fun geometric shapes and lines, but I just ran out of time/stopped caring :).

It turned out really cute though! We used it as the “gift teepee” for the party, which made for cute pictures. It’s a nice toy to have otherwise. B likes to sit in it now, but I’m sure will enjoy it much more as he grows. This was the most expensive thing we did — about $30 (the dowel rods were the most expensive). But we figured it was a gift that would last several years, so we splurged. It also stores easily by simply folding up. You could always buy longer rods for a taller teepee (we just didn’t because the price would have doubled!)

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Main Spread: None of the decor for the table spread cost me anything (unless you want to count the cardstock which I did buy, but with a Hobby Lobby gift card so…no cost to me, muahaha). I used my Cricut for all the images (arrows, feathers, etc.) and fishing line to hang them. I already had the big “B” and the chalkboard frame as part of B’s room decor, so I just slapped some arrows and feathers on them to tie in the theme. I loved how it all came together!

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Feather Headdresses: I had so much fun making these for B, Matt and myself! I used a gift card in order to purchase the Southwest Cricut cartridge so that I had access to the feathers and cool designs for the headbands. I just picked three colors of card stock to use interchangeably for layers. I used Mod Podge to glue them together on the front side and make them a bit more durable. On the back I used duct tape to just reinforce the feathers. I punched holes in the ends of the bands and used twine to tie the hats on. B ended up not being too thrilled with wearing his, but we managed to get a couple pictures before he ripped it off.

I also made some smaller versions of these headdresses for all the tribe members who came to celebrate — it’s always more fun to try and get everyone involved and in the party spirit!

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“Be Brave” canvas: I had an old canvas I had painted a few years back that I really didn’t like anymore, so I covered it with this cute fabric (another gift card purchase, muahaha) and used my Cricut to cut these letters from some black fabric and then ironed them onto the canvas. I thought it turned out super cute — and now I have new wall art for B’s room.

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The Front Door: I kept it very simple and used my Cricut for all the images. The garlands I hung with fishing line — easy and free!

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The Little Brave’s Attire: I found a ton of cute Pow Wow outfits online, but sheesh, they were crazy expensive, and who has extra money for that? Not us. Besides, it’s hard for me to justify spending a lot of money on an outfit that B will outgrow in no time at all. So anyway, I utilized my Hobby Lobby gift cards and bought a white t-shirt (I think with the 40% off coupon it was around $3) and some cool aztec-y fabric. Using my handy dandy Cricut and some Heat N’ Bond iron-on adhesive paper (I got a big roll for around $7 at Walmart), I was able to make this cute shirt.

I thought about trying to sew some cute pants with arrows or teepees on them. That thought lasted about 3 seconds. Then reality set in and we just went with jeans. I’m pretty sure by the end of the day B ended up in only a diaper anyway.

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Well, that’s about it! It’s amazing what you can accomplish with some card stock, Mod Podge, and the will to endure. All the prep work took some time, but honestly, I enjoy this kind of thing so much that it didn’t really seem like work at all. It’s fun to view a tight budget as a challenge rather than a barrier and then to see where creativity can get you.

Here’s to celebrating each and every milestone of life — one fun and affordable Pow Wow at a time!

 

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2 thoughts on ““Wild and One” Birthday Pow Wow

  1. Maria Bradford says:

    Hi I love your sons birthday and I was planing on something similar for my daughter who is turning one. I been looking for some cartridges hat can help me . Did you just use the southwest cartridge to do all the decor ? Like the arrows and feathers and stuff like that ? I would really appreciated if I can get your help. Thank you !

    • MaryHolloman says:

      Hi Maria! Yes, I used the southwest cartridge for all the decor, including all the lettering I cut out. I believe I got the cartridge on Amazon and it was a little cheaper than what they were selling it for in stores (like at a Hobby Lobby or Michael’s). It was perfect for what I needed and there were probably at least 50 other related images I never even used. Hope that helps and that you have fun party planning!

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