DIY: Hotel Transylvania Birthday Party

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DIY: Hotel Transylvania Party 
August 29, 2014

Inside of invitation features photos of Hotel Transylvania characters flanking the party informationThere are two little munchkins who I adore, and are the daughters of dear friends.  The past 3 or so years, I have made the invitations for their birthday parties, and some other decorations, favors, or whatever needs to be made.  Last year Munchkin Number 1, wanted a Hotel Transylvania themed birthday party.  Since her birthday is in October, her parents decided to make it a costume party complete with a haunted house (which the Munchkins, nor I, would enter).

Here is the Invitation I made for that party.

The card was cut using Cricut Over The Hill Cartridge at 5 1/2″
The base is a Bazill cardstock in Nelly
The gate and bat are Recollections black shimmer cardstock.
The bat is cut from Cricut Batman cartridge (I can’t remember the exact name, sorry) on page 33 at 3 1/3″
and attached using an adhesive foam square to add dimension.

The information was printed on Recollections white cardstock with 2 different fonts since her mom and I couldn’t decide on one.

Front of DIY Hotel Transylvania themed birthday party invitation
Inside of DIY Hotel Transylvania themed birthday party invitations

These felt bats were hand cut using a free clipart image as a template.  I glued googly/wiggle eyes (obtained at the Dollar Tree), then applied these to black tote bags which I had leftover from another party a few months prior. These were used as the party favor bags.

DIY: Felt bats with googly eyes
Felt Bats ready to be applied to bags.
I cut a bunch of circles in two different sizes from craft felt, by hand, then glued the pieces together and added googly/wiggle eyes.  These were then glued onto those snap-type barrettes (purchased at the Dollar Tree).  These were spread out on the tables at the party for guests to wear in their hair.
Googly eye hair barrettes
Completed DIY Felt googly eye hair barrettes
The banner was cut using the Cricut Over The Hill cartridge using the same paper as the invitations plus a gray for the overlay.  The letters were cut using the Cricut Mickey and Friends cartridge.
DIY: Gothic style birthday banner
The chandelier was cut using a Cricut Summer in Paris cartridge 3D option at the largest size I could get on a 12×12 sheet.  The cardstock is a heavy black glitter on one side and plain white on the other.  I cut the two pieces required for the 3D effect, then used the “flip” option on the Cricut machine and cut two more pieces.  I matched the pieces and glue them together so that all sides would have the black glitter. I hung these using a wire spring which I made using .22 gauge floral wire I had on hand.  I wrapped the wire tightly around a wooden dowel I also had on hand.  I liked the bouncy/floating movement they had.
Completed DIY paper chandelier
Paper Chandelier
Step 1: of making spring wire – Wrap around the dowel several times
Step 2:  Scrunch the links/rows together tightly, twisting the links around the dowel if necessary.

The glitter foam bats on the ends of the birthday banner were purchased at Michaels.

Completed DIY birthday banner on display