The girls love this movie. And what’s not to love? Three spunky orphan girls and a professional villain who, actually, deep down, has a soft heart.
Add to that, an army of these little guys:
On the day of the party, it rained..no, let me rectify that…it poured. So, unfortunately, we ended up having to have the party in our tiny apartment. Somehow it worked out fine.
C requested two things this year: a piñata and the “pin the tail” game.
We made a minion piñata (instructions on how to make it HERE)
We played “pin the tail on the fluffy unicorn”
and blasted a spaceship with a nerf gun
I got the idea HERE
We reinforced the spaceship with some cardstock, then stuck a piece of wood in the back.
We put the whole thing into an empty baby bottle and covered up the bottle.
It worked great – the baby bottle made the spaceship topple over as soon as the spaceship was hit.
What made the party even more fun is that all the guests went all out with their outfits.
The girls all wore ballet outfits/tutus
We even had our very own Mr Gru (check out the scarf my friend Alma made from 2 pairs of old sweatpants – perfect)
Mr Gru drinking his juice box
C wore an Agnes costume of sorts. She did not want to wear her hair in a high ponytail on the top of her head like Agnes does in the movie because she thought she “looked too silly”.
For snacks we had “moon cupcakes” with fluffy unicorns on top
A big bowl of “caterpillars that will never become butterflies”
and robot cookies
To make the robot cookie, we simply used a wire clothes’ hanger, twisted it like so
and placed a cookie on it. Roll up a strip of card-stock (glue on a red dot) and place it on top of the cookie.
The piñata provided much entertainment. Firstly, it was pretty difficult to break without assistance (the children had “helped” to make it and I had let them put way too many layers of newspaper, so the piñata was rock solid.)
Secondly, we discovered it could also be used as a hat.
The children fished their party favours out of a cardboard “box of shame”
For the favours, I tried to combine a few of the movie’s themes:
space, moon, rockets, unicorn
I made “moon-shaped” pencil cases with a unicorn on them, and rocket crayons inside.
Here is how to make the little cases:
You will need:
- a zip (mine was 8″)
- two strips of fabric the same length as the zip (the zip + 2 strips make up the width of the case)
- two fabric circles
- enough piping to go around the case
- unicorn template (download my design HERE - this is a .studio file for the Silhouette cutter)
- white flocked heat transfer material (for Silhouette)
Pin 2 strips of fabric to the zip
Sew in place, turn over and topstitch close to the edge
Sew together the zip piece and the other fabric strip at both ends to make a circle.
Add piping, overlapping the ends
Sew as close to the edge as possible
Cut out the unicorn out of flocked heat transfer material and iron on.
Pin in place, going through all layers, including piping.
I made the circles slightly bigger than necessary, so that I would have plenty of fabric to play with. It adds a few steps (you have to cut down the circle pieces and serge around again) but I find it easier/less fiddly that way.
Do the same with the other circle, remembering to open the zip before you sew it up so that you can turn the case right side out.
Sew through all layers, as close as possible to the edge of the piping cord.
If you turn it right side out at this point, it will look like this
Trim the excess and serge around again.
If you’re not as lazy as me, re-thread your serger using matching grey thread instead of white.
Fill it with rocket crayons.
This is nothing new, not rocket science, if you will. (pun intended)
Melt crayons in a double boiler or bain marie.
I used old jam jars because the melted crayon residue makes the container non-reusable.
I found that 2 crayola brand crayons were just the right amount for one of these rocket crayons (the chocolate mold was bought on ebay)
I would recommend melting 2 crayons at a time, because if you do more than that, by the time you pour the melted crayon into the mold, it cools down and doesn’t pour anymore, but simply coats the jar.
When the mold is full, let the crayons set (if you’re in a hurry, stick them in the fridge for a few minutes)
When they have cooled down completely, they will slide right out of the mold.
If you made it all the way to the bottom of this post, you have earned the privilege of seeing our Despicable Me theme Halloween costumes. I tried to convince Seb to wear orange “pyjamas” and be Vector but to no avail.