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DIY New Year’s Party Poppers

Are you hoarding tissue paper from your holiday gifts? Let’s put it to use with a New Year’s craft your family will love. Get your Dustbuster ready because we’re poppin’ off the New Year with some fun, DIY, confetti poppers. Trust us…the kids will have a blast with these upcycled, toilet paper roll creations when the clock strikes midnight. {And if you’re brave enough to clean up confetti again…these poppers work great for birthday parties too}

Supplies: scrap tissue paper, an old magazine, two toilet paper rolls (per popper), scissors, a glue stick, a glue gun, and a plastic bottle cap (approximately the same diameter as your toilet paper roll…Gatorade or Snapple caps work well).

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Step 1: Cut a slit down the middle of one of the toilet paper rolls. 
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Step 2: Using a glue gun, adhere one end of the toilet paper roll to the inside of the bottle cap, as shown below. Overlap the seam and seal the edge with a glue gun. Note: Make sure your bottle cap/toilet paper roll tube fits snuggly inside the 2nd toilet paper roll. If not, you may need to find a different sized bottle cap. 
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Step 3: Cover the toilet paper roll/bottle cap with tissue paper. A glue stick works well for adhering. Excess tissue paper at the open end of the the tube can be tucked and glued inside.

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Step 4: Cover the uncut toilet paper roll with tissue paper and adhere with a glue stick. Tuck the excess inside on both ends and glue to the inside edges. IMG_4882

Step 5: Cut out a tissue paper circle to fit over one end of the uncut toilet paper roll and secure with a glue stick. 

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Step 6: The kiddos will love this step. Give them an old magazine and a pair of scissors and let them cut up pages into little confetti squares. This could get messy…but it’s totally worth it! 
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Step 7: Drop confetti into the uncut toilet paper roll (the one with the tissue paper cap) and insert the bottle cap-toilet paper roll inside. 
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3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Box Play Featured on “Kara’s Party Ideas”

If you haven’t visited Kara’s Party Ideas site and blog then you haven’t met the queen of parties. Thanks Kara for the wildly fun feature on our Upcycled Jungle Safari Party!

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Safari Party: Time to Get WILD!!!

If you have little ones you will undoubtedly be planning a themed birthday party in the near future (and probably for years to come). Tempting as it may be to swing by the party store and pick up an all-in-one princess party pack, ditching the cheesy plastic tablecloth to create your own theme doesn’t have to be intimidating. With just some recycled cardboard, a handful of Box Play for Kids stickers, and some cute kick-knacks we threw together our very own African Safari Party. So take a walk on the wild side and don’t be afraid to plan your own adventure!

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We skipped the balloon on the mailbox and opted for a more unique theme teaser for the outside. I came across this handmade, hand painted, wooden jeep and couldn’t resist. And what’s a safari without animals? Paper towel rolls and our very own giraffe stickers add some wildlife to the party.

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Throw together a map, a lantern, binoculars, a few more giraffe stickers and voilà – an air-conditioned African safari. If you haven’t noticed, toilet paper rolls make fantastic binoculars. Our camo stickers and some rubber bands are a great way to transform trash into interactive party favors. 

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Let your little explorers make their own binoculars as a party activity. Less prep work for you…more fun for them.

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Peel. Stick. Romp. 

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Send the kiddos on a sightseeing adventure around the around the house (while the parents relax). Chloe has the right idea hiding under the burlap table skirt we made. Very serious safari fun.

napkin rings with forkSmall party details can go a long way. We repurposed paper towel rolls using animal print duct tape to create DIY napkin rings. So simple and wildly cute! 

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Instead of grabbing a pre-made cake off the shelf, you can easily and inexpensively create a beautiful custom cake with an edible image. We found this antique compass image to go along with our safari theme. It was painful to make the first cut because the cake was so gorgeous.

elephants on cake camo 2Not even the elephants could resist this yummy cake! Kids will be kids. Fortunately these little creatures were clean! Round wicker floor pillows made for perfect kid seats and created the atmosphere of being on a safari.

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The safari party doesn’t have to stop at your house. Send each little explorer home with his or her own BPFK binoculars and some new animal friends – perfect party favors. After this party, mama is planning a real safari adventure for 2015!

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