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{Fun boy shirts!} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

August 2nd, 2012

It’s been a while since a blog post! Being the mom of two boys, it’s been difficult finding clothes that aren’t covered in construction trucks, puppies, or sports paraphenalia. Not that there is anything wrong with trucks, puppies, or sports, but when it’s on EVERYTHING and your kid wants something different, it does make shopping […]

 

It’s been a while since a blog post! Being the mom of two boys, it’s been difficult finding clothes that aren’t covered in construction trucks, puppies, or sports paraphenalia. Not that there is anything wrong with trucks, puppies, or sports, but when it’s on EVERYTHING and your kid wants something different, it does make shopping difficult. To acquiese to my boys’ need for “cool” shirts, I looked up ways to easily spruce up a simple plain t-shirt. I settled on felt appliques done with iron on transfers, and it seemed the easiest for me, plus it conformed with the boys’ desire for “cool shirt designs”. I started with some simple shapes and did two Star Wars themed shirts (Darth Vader and Yoda) which came out great. Here’s the step by step process I used!

 

My oldest gave approval of this Darth Vader shirt.

 

I made a Star Wars Yoda shirt for my youngest.

 

 Here is the walk-thru for how I made a Lego Ninjago shirt for my kids. I googled online for a picture, something with simple lines and shapes that could easily be cut apart. This is for the character of Sensei Wu.

 

I cut apart the paper image into pieces, usually by the different colors I would use on the final product.

 

 I cut out the felt pieces and rearrange to see what it would look like altogether.

I pinned all the cut pieces to the shirt I wanted to use to see how it would look.

 

I was going to applique the pieces on the shirt afterwards, so i used Heat n Bond Lite to adhere the felt pieces onto my fabric. For those of you who don’t want to sew, I would suggest using either Heat N Bond (regular strength), or Wonder Under. 

 

I glued the felt pieces of Sensei Wu together, then put it on the plasticky side of the Heat N Bond transfer paper.

 

 Turn over the Heat N Bond transfer paper to the paper side, and iron it for about 30 seconds. There are directions on the transfer paper as well. Do NOT over iron! you will have a sticky mess everywhere.

 

Then, peel the backing away from your picture. Now the back of your piece (in this case, Sensei Wu) should be shiny. If not, iron it a little more.

 

Here’s the backside of Sensei Wu with all the backing pulled off.  You can see I embroidered some details on the front.

Then, I put Sensei Wu onto my shirt of choice, and ironed it on for as long as the directed stated (I think another 30 seconds), and you’re done! For added strength, I would also stitch around the edge of the applique to make sure it stays put through washes and play.

 

The finished products! Sensei Wu and Kai, the Spinjitsu master.

 

They also asked for dragon shirts. 

 

This one is my favorite, but oh my goodness, SO MANY CUTS. I’ll never pick another pictures with so many scales again.

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{May the Force Be With You} Seattle Area Childrens Photographer

March 7th, 2012

My boys love Star Wars. For Christmas a couple of years ago, my husband kindly bought me Lego Star Wars, which I deemed safe enough for the kids to watch. Besides, LEGO!  Have you seen how cute those little LEGO figurines are of Han Solo, Obi Wan, and Yoda? Now, my kids haven’t even seen […]

 

My boys love Star Wars. For Christmas a couple of years ago, my husband kindly bought me Lego Star Wars, which I deemed safe enough for the kids to watch. Besides, LEGO!  Have you seen how cute those little LEGO figurines are of Han Solo, Obi Wan, and Yoda? Now, my kids haven’t even seen any of the Star Wars movies, but my oldest became obsessed. For his birthday, we did a Star Wars theme. I scoured the internet for days beforehand, trying to find the best ways to have a low budget yet still cool, Star Wars themed party. (For future reference, there are actually Star Wars Party Book, and a Star Wars Craft Book which I did not know about until after the party. Hopefully these links will help another hapless parent out in their party planning.). A few weeks of planning, some sleepless night, and 31 kids plus a very happy birthday boy later,  seemed to thoroughly enjoy all our hard work.

This year, we told him he had to limit the amount of people to how old he is turning.  🙂

So onto the party pictures! I included links to everything, and hopefully this can help some other parent with a Star Wars obsessed kid. **WARNING** This post is long and picture heavy!

1. The Invite

I just used evite, but I found some cute wording and the invitation stated this:

In a Galaxy Far, Far away… A boy of destiny was born. The Jedi council named him {NAME} and they knew that he was the chosen one.

In the six years that has followed his birth, he has been learning the powers of the force. Recently though, the Jedi knights have called upon young Padawan {NAME} to seek out Future Jedi.

Your presence is requested on sunday May 1st for Padawan {NAME} birthday party! The trials will begin promptly at 11:30am at the Jeidi Training Academy (aka our home). Please Advise the Jedi council as to whether you will be accepting the challenge of the trials. Future Jeidi siblings may also partake in the trials. May The Force Be With you!

 

2. The Lightsabers, aka what I used instead of giving out goody bags.

I will admit, I kind of hate goody bags. My kids have food allergies, so if it’s candy often they can’t have it, and if it’s a toy it just ends up broken in the car on the way home from the party. So I found instructions on how to make foam light sabers, and made them as party favors. Simple and inexpensive! Cut a pool noodle in half, slap on some duct tape and electrical tape, and you’re golden. Bonus is, they don’t hurt when your kids beat the tar out of each other in preparation for Jedi Training. 🙂

Seriously, who doesn’t love a lightsaber?

I put them in buckets for the kids to grab, along with some neon colored labels and a sharpie to make name tags. 

 

3. The Imperial Decree

I wanted to make sure the kids kept the lightsabers OUTSIDE so we made up this sign, one by the lightsabers, and one by the door at parent-height. I downloaded the Star Wars Font to make the sign.

 

4. The Padawan Robe

I googled around, and this Star Wars Robe tutorial was the easiest one I found. For 3yards of fabric, I was able to make two small robes (one for each of my kids) for less than $5 total.

my son loved it so much he would wear it everywhere, even to tae kwon do.

 

5. Death Star Pinata

We couldn’t find an actual Death Star or Star Wars themed pinata, so here is what we did instead. I bought a baseball pinata (any round pinata shape would do, actually), and my husband spray painted it silver. To cover the hole we had to cut in it to put in candy, we put an upside down coffee lid.  He added on details with a black sharpie, and it turned out pretty well!

 

6.  The Cake

The cake was extremely cool. I found this tutorial on how to make an R2D2 cake. My fabulous friend Auntie Heather’s Fancy Cakes made the cake for us.  I made the inside cake (dairy and nut free!) and she put it all together. It was glorious and oh so amazing.

 

Details of the cake.

This thing was incredibly awesome. People couldn’t believe it was cake! Here’s a picture of the cake cut apart, poor R2D2 is getting devoured by my youngest.

CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

 

7. Star Wars Cooler

My husband’s coworker graciously loaned us his R2D2 cooler, which we used as a prop and to store “adult” beverages. My kids loved it and kept hugging it.

 

 

8. The Games

We played Jeidi vs. Bubbles (I had two parents with bubble machines, and the kids were fighing all the bubbles), which the kids really enjoyed. I made an obstacle course the kids had to run in, where I had parents holding lightsabers out either above head level, or low enough so the kids had to duck or jump over it, which they all LOVED. We also had Star Wars Bingo and a Pin The Lightsaber on Yoda game, but we didn’t get around to either of them. Mainly, this is what the entire party looked like.

 

 

Overall, I think everyone (parents, kids, birthday boy) had a great time, my son thought we were the coolest parents ever, and all the kids of all ages had a ton of fun chasing each other with their lightsabers. I hope if you’ve read this through, you got some good ideas for your own Star Wars themed party!

 

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