There are still two full months before Emmet's first birthday, but I can't help myself from being excited to celebrate our little guys first year of life! It is so strange to think that this time last year I was anxiously waiting and over planning for his arrival. I tend to be a bit of an over planner. We will treasure these next two months and soak up his cute little personality as he grows, but I will also be way over planning and crafting for Emmet's first birthday party!
My original plan was to have a woodland themed birthday party for Emmet, but when I was scrolling through pages of plastic animals on amazon, I could not help myself as soon as I found the Alpaca and the Giraffe seen above. So instead it will be just animal themed, which I think is fitting considering the amount of stuffed animals that Emmet has. Dave might argue that he has far too many, meanwhile I swoon over every new stuffed animal that I see... Sometimes we differ in our opinions, marriage, am I right?
I have Emmet's birthday cake pictured in my head and ready to go for when it is time to actually make it, but thought that making the topper for the cake two months in advance wouldn't be a problem. They don't rot, I get to be crafty, and it gives me something to be super excited about. It's a win, win, win. These party animal cake toppers were soo easy to make!, plus the animals will become toys once they are off, so really it is just the cost of the paper.
Paper (any paper will work- I used A Beautiful Mess, Messy Box Paper)
All Purpose glue
A circle stencil (I used a roll of washi tape)
To start making your animal's party hats, you'll first need to select your paper. I decided to use a variety of paper from my Messy Box subscription, but you could use all of one color or pattern to match your theme or what you have access to. I then used a roll of washi tape to trace a half circle on the edge of my paper, one for each animal, and cut them each out.
Each animal is different, so to make sure that each hat fits make sure to have your animal selection handy. Before glueing any hats I first measured them on each animal's head and where I wanted to place the hat. Once I had it measured I carefully pinched the semi circle in the center of the straight edge and rolled it into a cone. I placed a small amount of glue on the flap and pressed and held it in place until it stuck on it's own. I then made any adjustments to the hat to make sure that it fit each animal, like trimming ear slits on each side so it fit nice and snug on the top of my giraffe's head.
To add on the pom pom, because every party hat needs a pom pom on top, I first clipped a little bit off the top of the cone to create a larger surface area for the pom pom to be glued to. I then used a hot glue gun to squirt a little bit of glue onto each pom pom before pressing it into place atop each party hat, and holding until secure. Before the glue hardens and after it has a chance to cool down a little I picked off any glue that stuck out the sides to keep my party hats looking neat and clean. I then used a small ball of sticky tac to secure each party hat to each animal's head.
I just love how they turned out and I am so excited to see them on Emmet's cake! Be sure to stay tuned to see the finished cake and any other DIY's that go along with it!