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Crafty themed birthday party

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My baby turned 9 a couple weeks ago! 

And this was her year for a birthday party– (for sanity purposes we have birthday parties EVERY other year. The other year we do a fun family party and activity.)

She couldn’t come up with a “themed” party…and many hours on pinterest yielded nothing. I ended up taking her to Hobby Lobby to the party aisle to see if anything sparked her interest (why are 9 year olds so hard!?)  And we wandered around Hobby Lobby (not complaining about this part) until we found ourselves in the jewelry aisle. She asked if they could all make bracelets….and boom…the seed was planted! A crafty party! I’ve seen the adorable art parties  all over pinterest.

But since paint is messy and eleven 9 year olds….We are opting for crafty and not paint!


So let me show you what we did!

*Making Bracelets

We bought letters and charms and then a kit with lots of fun colors and just laid it out on the table. I precut the strings and added some tape to one side so the beads wouldn’t fall off.



You can go HERE and check out how to crimp the beads to keep the bracelets together!


We also bought some shrinky dinky so the girls could create their own little charms (just make sure to pop a hole in it before shrinking.) They loved watching them shrink up!

This set is awesome!

It was super fun to see what the girls come up with. Some just go willy nilly and some keep a strict pattern!

You can also do friendship bracelets…definitely more budget friendly! 

We also did


You just add petroleum jelly into a cute little container (also found these pink lidded containers at Hobby lobby) 

We passed around each bowl of koolaid and each person got to smell them before deciding. Then just a little spoonful and mix!

The colors aren’t as bold and bright as the koolaid but still pretty!


and last thing we did was

*Scratch art

I found these at Hobby lobby for $4…then a 40% off coupon. I really don’t know how to gauge time with these kids–keeping in mind ice cream and opening presents time. So I wanted something easy to do in case we had a lot time left over…or if we didn’t have any time I could easily throw it in their goody bags! 

You can check out this post to see how to make them entirely from start to finish!

Here are a couple other totally fun ideas you can whip up!

*Bouncy balls 

(or you can buy this is a fun kit)

*Painted Rocks (rocks are cheap–but paint is messy!) 

You could also whip up some

*hot rocks!

*Paper fans



Each kid could make their own

*Wave bottle


*ice cream in a bag!

*Paper spinners


and Depending on age…

*Bath bombs


Lots of fun ideas to keep those kids entertained! You can also check out my kid craft pinterest board!

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.