Animal Crossing Birthday Invites

animal crossing invites : mypapercrane.com
March is approaching and that means it’s almost time to celebrate B’s 11th birthday! He got a 3DS and Animal Crossing New Leaf for Christmas (which has been so much fun because now we can play together!) One night recently he said “I think I want to have an Animal Crossing themed party, we could design outfits and print out the little QR codes to include in the goodie bags” Yep, super exciting! So we have been having lots of fun planning out all the details.
For the invites we decided on bell bags. These are the little sacks of money you have in the game, we included some chocolate coins (bells) and then the invite which is printed on a leaf (card stock) also from the game. I even found an Animal Crossing font to use for all the info.
If you’d like to make your own, I have some easy instructions below!
You’ll need:
Invite & Star Pdf
-Jute or Burlap Bags, I got mine at Hobby Lobby $3.99 for a 3-pack. You can purchase larger quantities online like 4×6 pack of 50 if you plan on having a big party!
red cord
inkjet printable iron on transfers for the stars
-needle with a large eye for threading the string through bags
Chocolate Gold Coins

First cut the existing string off of the bag, and remove. Bell bags in animal crossing have red string. Next follow the instructions on your iron on transfers to print your stars. Cut out and position on the bag and iron in place. Since the bags are woven I found it helped after ironing while the transfer was still warm (not hot) to gently press into the bag with my finger. You might want to wear a glove or use a potholder to help press down.

Now thread your needle with a length of string about 8-10 inches long. Weave the needle in and out going around the entire bag and bringing both ends out on the same side. Tie these in a knot. Now do the same thing with another length of string only make sure the ends come out on the opposite side. This way when you pull both string knots the bag will close smoothly.

Print out your invites, tuck them into the bags with a few chocolate bells and your ready to mail them out! We will be shipping ours out in small padded envelopes this weekend.
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Jo-Ann “Celebrate The Season” Santa Favor Cup DIY

I’m back with my third and final DIY for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft’s Celebrate The Season. This time the theme was “fabulously festive”. These santa favor cups can not only be used to hold small treats, but you could also add tiny flags with names to use them as place holders. I think they would make any table festive, and they are very easy and quick to make.
Supplies:
-1 empty toilet paper tube for each Santa, you could cut paper towel roll tubes down to size too.
-felt in pink, red, and white
-black ribbon
-paper cups found in baking supplies area of Jo-Ann
-red embroidery floss
-sewing needle
-black seed beads
-sequins
-small red pom poms
-glue, I used hot glue
First you will need to cut strips of red and pink felt. Since I used synthetic sheets of felt, I cut my strips long enough to go around the tube twice, so the brown of the tube did not show. If you use wool blend felts they are thicker and you will only need to cut them long enough to go around once.
Next attach your eyes. Thread your needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss, and tie a knot on one end. Push you needle through the back of the felt so that the knot is hidden on the wrong side of the felt. Your needle should then go through a sequin, through a bead, and then back down through the sequin and felt. The seed bead will hold the sequin in place. Sew on both eyes.
Now stich of glue pom pom nose in place, and with red embroidery floss stitch a little smiling mouth.
The next step is to glue your face felt and body felt in place. Since I am wrapping mine around twice I made sure my face is right side up and glued the felt onto the paper tube, securing the end with more hot glue. Then glue the body on so that the felt meets up.
Add a bit of glue to the outside of your paper cup and push it down into the top of the paper tube. Hold in place while glue dries.
Now cut a beard and eyebrows from white felt. To make beard cut a half circle from felt, then fold in half and cut another half circle from the center, start small and check against your face, if they cut out area needs to be larger to show more of your face trim a bit. The eyebrows are simply a oval cut in half. Glue the beard on just on sides, and eyebrows in place.
Glue a black ribbon around the center for his belt, and fill the cup with candy or small toys. Here is a coupon from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores to help purchase your supplies. If you end up making some Santa favor cups, I’d love to see them!