Do you guys remember Sparky the dog from the invitations I made to my son’s 2nd birthday party? No? Okay, go check him out here… I’ll wait! I designed Sparky for YMGP’s party and he found his way into the dog party decorations in many ways. Sparky became a banner, a sign, and the inspiration for party hats and favor bags.
I actually used my Silhouette Cameo to make these dog party decorations, and today I am going to share the cut files for all four projects with you!
For those of you who don’t have a Silhouette, you can download Sparky as a graphic to use him in your own way in your party! Click here to download a zip file containing Sparky as a .svg, .eps, assembled .jpg, and disassembled .jpg.
Of course, not all of my DIY party decorations were Silhouette creations. I borrowed the red and yellow dog silhouette art from the playroom, and I drew paw prints on the balloons. I thought anchoring the balloons with dog bones was super cute, but our dog, Penny, sat in front of the fireplace and whined until I gave her one too! I also got out all YMGP’s dog toys. Stuffed dogs adorned the couch and a yellow dog pull toy sat on the coffee table. The whole party turned out absolutely adorable!
Alright, lets get started! First up, lets talk about the banner. The banner was actually my original motivation to design Sparky, and it is my favorite dog party decoration. It is also pretty easy to make… easy enough that my hubby helped me with assembly. If you download the free cut file here, you will see that both Sparky’s head and the bone have little rectangular tabs at the top, I simply folded those over some ribbon and taped them down with scotch tape. Sparky is cut out of yellow, red, white, dark grey and pink card stock and assembled with hot glue, while the bones are cut out of light grey card stock. The bones and dogs are spaced approximately 8 inches apart on red grosgrain ribbon. For each banner, I started and ended with a bone since they are much easier to make than the dog faces. I also think the bones keep the banner from looking to busy. Its been a couple weeks, and there is still a short length of this banner hanging in YMGP’s room… I love it so much I don’t want to take it down!
I also used Sparky in the “Happy Birthday” sign I hung on the front door. After cutting everything out, I assembled Sparky and the “Happy Birthday” banner using a glue stick. I attached the banner to Sparky with some baker’s twine scotch taped to the back. I also made a quick yarn pom pom for the hat, which I attached with hot glue. While my glue gun was hot, I stuck a loop of baker’s twine to the back of Sparky’s hat to use as a hanger. You can download the free Silhouette files here (note, because the sign is pretty big there are a couple files, so they are packaged in a zip file).
Speaking of hats, let’s talk about the party hats. For these hats, I downloaded a hat shape from the Silhouette store which worked well, but cutting my own hats was a little bit of work and required an extra trip to the store to get elastic. If I had it to do over, I would have just bought plain party hats from the dollar store. Anyway, I used my Silhouette to cut out the ears and the 2 (free file here). I used a glue stick to attach the 2 and a piece of scotch tape to hold on the ears. I hot glued the yarn pom pom to the top. Everyone loved the hats, well, except the toddlers, they wanted nothing to do with them! All the adults wanted to take thier hats home with them.
The kids, however, got goodie bags to take home. I saw lots of “adopt a dog” party favors on Pinterest and decided to put my own spin on the idea with cute bags. I made a little dog house in Silhouette Studio (free cut file here) and cut it out of card stock as a home for my dollar store stuffed dogs. Then I cut a hole in some white gift bags with scissors (which thankfully could be imprecise as long as it was a little bigger than the door of the dog house) and glued the house on top of it. Then I stuffed in the dogs with their head poking out. So cute! There were also some stickers and a sweet treat inside.
Four dog party decorations, pffew, that is enough for one post, right? Well, this is the second of four posts on YGMP’s 2nd birthday party. I showed you the invitations on Monday and will hopefully get to the cake and activity next week.
Also, be sure to check out YMGP’s first birthday party as well. Here are links to the theme, the decorations, the invitations, and the cake. Fair warning, these were some of my first blog posts and they are a little rough around the edges, but the ideas are still awesome!
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