We’ve been busy prepping for Finny’s 5th birthday party over here. We’ve been making banners out of paint chips, making LEGO inspired trophies for our very own LEGO Derby and cutting out a bajillion circles out of construction paper for a large-scale LEGO backdrop. While that sounds pretty exciting (or not), what I have spent the most time on is making all manner of yellow objects into LEGO man heads. Yellow paper cups, yellow paper bags, yellow paint chips…
Yes. LEGO MAN ALL THE THINGS!!
Since this is the very first birthday party I’ve ever thrown for kids, I’m terrified. I’m taking a page out of Finn’s teacher’s playbook. While everyone arrives, they are going to color. It was that or play with Play Doh. I’m sticking with colored pencils. Which means that we needed something LEGO themed to put colored pencils in.
Sidebar… When I started planning this shindig, I made it a priority NOT to go into Pinterest-Overdrive-Mode. Suddenly, I am painting the inside of an empty artichoke jar. It is a slippery slope, this birthday party shit.
I started with two Anchor glass jars; the 32 oz ones that you can pick up at Walmart, Target or Hobby Lobby for about four dollars. I thinned out some LEGO man colored acrylic paint and swirled around the jar to cover the entire inside.
After sitting upside-down for a few hours, I flipped them over and let them dry overnight.
For the faces, I printed out a few pictures of LEGO faces that I found online and used the same method to cut them out of vinyl as I did with Finn’s globe light.
Once all the pieces were cut out, I taped the sheet of paper I cut them out of on to the glass so I’d get the placement right. I positioned my vinyl and poof! Done.
This little LEGO family has been chilling out on the windowsill in the kitchen awaiting the big day. The kids have been on a major coloring spree lately, so they’ve already gotten some action. I wish I had a little foresight to think about spray painting the insides… I think it would have been a lot more durable.
For now, they are holding up well! Next up on my list is to paint our LEGO Derby track that Nathan has been building. I have to do something, ANYTHING to keep my mind off the fact that not a single individual has RSVP’d. I suppose the upside to no one showing up is that I’ll have a dozen cupcakes to drown Finn and I’s sorrows.