Minnie Mouse Favor Bags

DIY Polka Dot Minnie Mouse Favor Purse

These are the favor bags that I made for the Minnie Mouse birthday party.  I’ve had fun making birthday party favor bags in the past and was excited to try a new technique to create these bags.  This time I made my own bag by using a 3d shape from the Silhouette store.  This is a great way to do it if you have the supplies and would like to use a custom pattern.    It’s also very rewarding to make the entire bag and I loved doing my first 3d shape on the silhouette!

I wanted the the bags to be as large as they could in order to hold a water bottle and a plush Minnie Mouse so I enlarged the cut file on a 12×12 page to the biggest size.  I printed the polka dot pattern from the digital papers I’ve been using for this party and cut out the two pieces.

Here’s what it looked like after I cut the two pieces.  It’s very simple to assemble:  fold on the scored lines and then add glue dots.   I like using glue dots more than glue because it’s instantly dry and you skip the mess.  The glue dots hold very well too and don’t ever come apart. 

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Here’s the finished polka dot purse.  Isn’t it cute?   You can put various party favors inside and it’s the perfect size for little hands to hold. 

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I put small plush Minnie’s inside the bags for the girls.    This is the same Minnie that I used on the ribbon wreath

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The boys got a small Mickey in their bags.  The polka dot bags were a little plain with just the polka dots on the outside.

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I added a scalloped circle and a big number “2” on the front of the purse.    The scalloped circles were left overs from the birthday banner.  I love that I was able to use them again here, it wasn’t planned and I was thrilled they were the right size.  I popped the “2” up with pop dots so that it has dimension.  I also put the Minnie Mouse water bottles inside the purses.   I love how the colorful patterns look next to the black and white polka dot and then the cute Minnie’s peeking out.  Which one is your favorite?  

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Here’s the favor sign that I made to go next to the bags. 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Sign

If you’ve been following my posts this sign may look familiar from the Mickey Mouse party (seen below).   The best part about making digital signs is that you can reuse them over & over.  I already had the hearts and stripes paper printed, that are the two background pieces.  All I had to do was open the file up from the Mickey favor sign, change the yellow & red to pink & blue and then print.  It was so quick to be able to leverage this past sign!    I punched out a circle Minnie from the cupcake digital files that I also used on the Minnie mason jar drinks and added it to the sign.  Easy and quick!   

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Supplies:

  • Purse shape – 3d purse: part 1 and part 2 (silhouette store) by Lori Whitlock 
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Font – Luckiest Guy
  • Cardstock – Bazzil

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Here’s where you can see the Mickey Mouse Birthday Party where this sign was used. 

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Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Sign

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This is the welcome sign I made for the front door of the Minnie Mouse Birthday party.  I printed & used the same digital paper seen in the birthday banner and other items.

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I cut out the letters with the silhouette and put them on large squares.  This is the same font used on the banner.  It’s a much smaller size here but still works because it’s a thick style.

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The round Minnie bow silhouettes are from the pattern paper in this digital set.  I punched them out with a small circle punch and then used it as the O’s.

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I made the paper bows with with the silhouette. This is my first time making a cute bow and I love that it’s 3d.  The bow pattern cuts three separate pieces.  It’s easy to assemble, just add some glue and it’s complete.  I also made a set of these bows for the party so that we can play “pin the bow on Minnie.”   I got the idea for the multi-panel rectangle Minnie party sign from the post Melissa did on Bless this Mess.   Thanks for the inspiration and great idea!    I made my sign large because I wanted the bows to be big.  They are 4 1/2 inches from edge to edge and the bottom panel is just about 12 inches wide.

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After the party you can hang the sign on your child’s door.  We’ve been enjoying seeing the colorful party sign on my daughters door.   She talks about the Minnie “Birthday Bow-Tique” every time she passes the party sign.

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Next I’ll share another paper project from the second birthday party.

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Minnie Mouse Water Bottles

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Here’s the DIY Water Bottle party favor that I made for Gwen’s Minnie Mouse Birthday party. It was my first time cutting vinyl on the Silhouette and I was excited to try it out.  To be honest, I was a little nervous because I didn’t know how it would work and didn’t want to ruin the vinyl.  I found some great vinyl tutorial videos on YouTube and learned all the tips that I needed to start my first cut. 

I first saw this cute Minnie water bottle on Etsy for $6.00 (thank you for the great idea Angela!) and was planning to order them for the party favors.  While I was shopping at Michael’s craft store for some craft supplies, I came across a bin of these water bottles for just $1.25 each.  I still had a HUGE list of things to create for the party, it was a bit ambitious but I couldn’t resist having the chance to make these myself.

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Before starting you’ll want to adjust the white plastic guide, brining it into the middle to hold the 9 inch piece of vinyl.    I kept the vinyl on the backing it comes on and didn’t use the cutting mat.  Inserted the vinyl right into the machine.  It was so easy and fun to cut vinyl.  I was relieved that it went well and I didn’t ruin the first piece of vinyl.

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If you’ve searched for a Minnie Mouse or Mickey Mouse shapes in the silhouette store you won’t find any.  The great news is that you can create one on your own in just a few steps.  I created the Minnie head by adding two ellipses to a circle and welding them together. 

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Then I placed the thick chunky letter inside the shape.  The font is Luckiest Guy, also used for the paper letters in the circle birthday banner.    I was able to create all the vinyl decals with just two pieces of vinyl.

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On the side of the bottle I added two smaller silhouettes. 

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All done, this is such a quick project!   It felt good to try a new medium that I hadn’t used yet.   I can’t wait to do my next vinyl project. 

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I did a mix of blue and pink bottles.  For siblings I did one pink and then the other blue.

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The kids loved their new personalized Minnie water bottles, they are a great size for their little hands.    Warning, don’t put these in the dishwasher they are hand wash only.  The vinyl won’t survive and neither will the bottle.  You might ask how do I know?  My hubby didn’t realize their sensitivity and we lost two in the dishwasher!  Thankfully I had a few extras and could make two more for Gavin & Gwen.

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Next I’ll show you the bag that I made to hold the water bottles. 

DIY Minnie Subway Art

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For Gwen’s second Minnie birthday party I created a subway art print to celebrate.  I came across a cute Minnie mouse subway print on Etsy and craft-lifted the design to create this subway art piece (thanks for the awesome idea!).  For those of you that don’t want to DIY your print you can always buy one!   After the party you can hang it in a frame in your daughters room so you can enjoy for time to come.

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I have a huge stash of fonts (over 1,000) on my computer and love a project where I can mix & match fonts.  I spent a lot of time selecting the fonts.  Try one and then if it doesn’t work you can select another.  It’s a lot of fun!  I worked on it, took a break and then came back a few times to see it with fresh eyes.  I used the same digital paper you’ve seen in the banner and other pieces.  I used Photoshop essentials to create this print.    If you are looking to download some new fonts, here’s a link to my favorite fonts on Pinterest.

I layered two of the pattern pieces for the background (striped & dots).  When complete I added a piece of blue & black cardstock but the rest of the piece is just one piece of 12×12 white paper.  I incorporated the “bow-tique” theme into the subway art that was first used on the invite.   For the Minnie mouse silhouettes I took the shape from the cupcake topper, removed the words and added the letters on top.  Using the Minnie heads worked well because Gwen’s name has just four letters.

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My favorite font is used is “Cheri” with the cute hearts for the I’s and hearts inside of the O’s.

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This is a super fun project with so many possibilities.   Here’s a link to all the rest of the Minnie Mouse Birthday decorations.   Next up I’ll share more Minnie decorations!

Supplies:

  • Fonts – various
  • Minnie silhouette used for Gwen’s name– digital cupcake toppers from Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)

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Minnie Mason Jar Drinks

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These are the mason jar drinks that I made for the Minnie Mouse Birthday Party.   They are very easy to make and were a big hit with all the kids & adults.  We served strawberry lemonade in these jars.  The kids had 8 ounce jars and the adults had the larger 12 ounce jars.    The circle emblems are digital cupcake toppers that I got from the same shop as the pattern papers used in the banner.   I have something else planned for top of the birthday cupcakes so these cute circles are perfect to use on the front of the mason jar drinks. 

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I printed the pink & black chevron patterns on 12×12 paper then cut out circles with the silhouette.  I used a hole punch to in the metal lid to add an opening for the straw. I alternated the colors of the chevrons, straws and ribbons to have a mix of the pink/white with the black/white. 

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Here’s how they turned out when all assembled. 

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I made food signs for all the dishes served at the party  I’ll share the full set of food signs in a future post but here’s a sneak peek.  Used the same digital paper seen the banner as the background and cut out the small Minnie shape in the upper right corner with my super small circle punch. 

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Minnie is so cute doing her little dance.   This was a fun (and easy) project to make because I hadn’t done anything like this before.  Hope you get the chance to try making these DIY mason jar drinks for your next event!  The best part is they are reusable, I am planning to use them again next time! 

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Supplies:

  • Quilted Mason Jars – 12 oz. & 8 oz.
  • Paper Drinking Straws (Stylish Stix) – Queen & Co
  • Circle Shape – cut via the Silhouette
  • Font – Luckiest Guy (cut via the Silhouette), size 305pt – search via Bing to find it for download
  • Ribbon – Various pink & black from craft store
  • Hole Punch
  • Circles on front of glasses – digital cupcake toppers from Lane + May Studio (Etsy), Amy customized the colors adding blue to match the digital paper set.   Cut circles with 2 inch circle punch.  Used small glue Dots to adhere cupcake topper to glass.
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy), printed pink and black chevron patterns onto bazzil cardstock

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Minnie Mouse Banner

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Here’s the Minnie Mouse banner from Gwen’s second birthday party.  I used my Silhouette to cut all of the shapes and the background paper is digital paper printed on my printer.    For the Minnie Mouse birthday party I choose to use pink & blue colors so it was very important to find coordinating paper in these colors.   I was thrilled to find a great set of papers in the perfect pink and blue colors from Lane + May Studio on Etsy.

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I wanted to use pattern papers and cut out big thick letters to put on top of the patterns.  This set of papers has 24 different designs and I used just about all of them (except the two animal prints).

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Here’s how I made this DIY banner:

  • Printed the digital paper pack onto white 12×12 cardstock.  Amy from Lane + May Studio helped adjust the colors so that when I printed the digital papers the pink came out the perfect shade.  I really appreciated her willingness to help make it perfect so that it would match the rest of the colors, like the pink in the ribbon wreath.  Printers can be difficult because they all interpret colors differently.
  • Made black heart paper (from the blue heart paper) because I needed another black print.

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  • Cut scalloped circle shape on the Silhouette – 5 Scalloped circles (by Lori Whitlock)
  • Size – outside circle is 5.5 inches, inside is 5.0 inches
  • The outside of the blue & pink papers are mounted on black cardstock.  The black didn’t look right for the black/white patterns and some of the Minnie patterns so I made some solid pink and solid blue backgrounds to mount these pieces.

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  • Used two pieces of organza ribbon in between the scalloped circles

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  • Popped up the letters with three pop dots on the back of the letters

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  • The raised dots help make the letters show up nice on the paper.  Here’s a detail view showing how much it lifts the letters up off the paper.

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Here are some of my favorite banner pieces.  I just love how the patterns all look together.  The hearts, polka dots, chevrons, stripes

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Here’s a photo the Mickey Mouse banner I made last year with digital paper & a triangle banner shape.   This was the first banner I made with the Silhouette and I used Mickey Mouse used digital paper for the banner flags.   See full post here.

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Supplies:

  • Scalloped Circle Shape – 5 Scalloped circles (by Lori Whitlock) Design ID #20452
  • Cardstock – White Bazzil used to print all patterns and colored backgrounds, black bazzil used for letters
  • Font – Luckiest Guy (cut via the Silhouette), size 305pt – search via Bing to find it for download
  • Pink Ribbon – American Crafts
  • Organza Ribbon – white, black and blue
  • Adhesive – Pop Dots, Glue Dots
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)

 

Minnie Mouse Ribbon Wreath

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Today I’d like to share the ribbon wreath that I made for the Minnie Mouse party.  This is my first time making a wreath so I was nervous and excited.  While making this I learned a lot of things that will help me next time I make a wreath and I’ll share those tips with you below. 

I got the idea for a Minnie Mouse wreath from this adorable Mickey Mouse wreath (below) I came across when searching for party ideas.  This wreath is from Running Backwards in High Heels, made by Rachel, and is absolutely fabulous!  I love the mix of colors (white, black with both red & yellow) and the mix of patterns.  I don’t usually put photos of other peoples projects in my posts but it inspired me so much while getting ready for this party that I have to share it with you. 

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After seeing this wreath, I immediately knew I had to try a pink & blue version for Gwen’s party.  Rachel didn’t go into much detail about how she made it and I was definitely curious for tips so I found a few blogs and studied up before I got started. 

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  1. Wreath Size:  The first thing you have to determine is the size wreath you’d like to make.  I choose a 16 inch circle and have realized this is quite large, it takes a lot of ribbon to cover the surface.    Next time I am going to go for a smaller size, probably 12 inches, it will go faster and will take less supplies.  I picked up everything I needed at Michael’s Craft Store.  I’ve listed the complete supplies at the very bottom of the post.  

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2.  Select Decorations:   There’s a lot of ribbon in this wreath so I knew that I’d need to have something to balance it out.  Adding a wooden 2, got the idea from Jen’s cute Halloween wreath at Tatertos & Jello, and a plush Minnie would give it the power of three. 

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3.  Paint:  My favorite part is that Gwen could paint the two herself.  She was thrilled to do some painting.  After she painted the two I finished it up, added glue when it was dry and then sprinkled the glitter on.  The glue works great to secure all the glitter so that it won’t fall off.

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4.  Cover foam ring:  I covered the foam ring with ribbon so that it would be more secure to hold the pins.  This ribbon is leftover from our wedding gifts from man8 years ago.  I’ve had a huge supply of ribbon that I couldn’t throw away and this was a great way to recycle the ivory ribbon that was on our wedding gifts.   I used the pins to secure the ribbon to the foam.

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5.  Cut decorative ribbon:  I cut the ribbon into 4 1/2 inch pieces.   I started with a small amount and then kept cutting more as I saw how much I’d need to cover the circle.  I used at least 20 spools of ribbon, there are 27 in the photo above at the beginning and I have 7 of them left.  I also threw in all of my random pieces of ribbon from my stash that coordinated with the colors & patterns.  I did use a portion of the ones that are remaining but there’s still some left.  Choosing such a big circle required so much ribbon.  You could probably cut this down by almost half if you do a 12 inch circle. 

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6.  Start pinning:   There’s no right way to arrange or put the ribbon wreath together.  This is why I like this project, it doesn’t have to be perfect, is very forgiving and can be done however you choose.  I figured out the way I liked to pin the folded piece of ribbon to the foam and then worked my way around.  If there’s an empty spot you can go back and add ribbon to fill.   I didn’t sew my ribbons at the bottom.  I just put the two open ends into an overlapping circle and then pinned them down.  They’ve stayed put nicely in the foam.

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7.  Adjust ear size:  Initially I tried to use 4 inch circles for the ears but they were too small.  The proportions were off and so when I finished the wreath I realized this needed to be changed.   Chris helped me with the official sizing of the ears in proportion to the head.  We had to make them larger.  I believe we decided the ears needed to be 8 or 9 inches to be sized correctly with the 16 inch head.  I picked up a 7 7/8 inch circle and then knew the ribbon could fill in the extra height.    I traced the ear shape below and cut off the edge so that it could be added on flat.  This is also part of the official Mickey Mouse head, the ears are not full circles sitting on top of the head.  They are ellipses with the bottom taken off so it’s welded together.  

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Here’s what it looks like when the ear is added to the head with all the ribbons added. 

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8.  Add decorations and done!   What a relief to be done with this project.  I spent at least three weekends working on it but was happy to do so because I wanted to try new things for Gwen’s party.  Thank you to Wendy for coming over and helping me one night with getting it started!  I love my crafting buddies. 

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Here’s a close up of the ribbon detail.  Don’t you love the hot pinks in combo with the teal blue and then the polka dots & stripped ribbons?!  As you can see, I’ve not gone with the traditional pink & white Minnie colors for this party.  All pink would be too much for me so I’ve mixed it up by adding teal blue with the pinks.

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If you don’t want to make one there’s a great assortment of Minnie Mouse wreath’s available for purchase on Etsy.  This balloon wreath with pink, red, white & black balloons made by PicturePerfectParty is quite adorable and caught my eye.  It would be a great way to decorate a door with the cute personalized sign.  Next time I might try making a balloon wreath for a birthday party. 

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Here’s a link to the wreath board on Pinterest I started to keep track of wreaths that I adore.    I’d love to see your favorite wreaths, please share links below!

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Here’s a link to my other Minnie Mouse Birthday party creations.   Next up I’ll share another DIY craft from birthday party. 

Supplies:

  • foam circle (choose size to suit your space)
  • pins (bridal & lace pins)
  • foam circles for the ears
  • ribbon for wreath
  • ribbon to cover the foam
  • wooden letter or number
  • paint, glue & glitter to decorate wooden number
  • plush Minnie Mouse bean bag 9 1/4