Saturday, February 25, 2012

Diggers & Dumpers Construction Birthday Party

I did so many projects during December and January, but just couldn't find time between holidays and traveling to share on my blog.  While I attempt to reorganize my craft area over the next few weeks, I'm going to share some of these "forgotten" projects.  First up --  decorations I made for my son's third birthday party.

My little guy loves construction equipment, so the party theme was Diggers & Dumpers.  I combined some decor from a local party store -- the construction tape and signs -- with my own Cricut creations. 

I made this banner to hang in the dining room over the food table:

Here's a better view of the patterned paper, ribbon, and embossing:

My guy's birthday is in early December, so I try not to decorate for Christmas until after his party is over.  This year I incorporated our Christmas tree into the party decorations, and my son loved it.  He talked about his "construction tree" for weeks -- even after I flipped it to a normal Christmas theme after the party!

I decorated the tree with paper dump trucks and with toy dump trucks filled with candy (another party store find).  The "garland" is construction tape, and I used a plastic tablecloth for the tree skirt.  The toy dump trucks were the favors, and my son's friends enjoyed choosing a dump truck from the tree.  How often does a toddler get to undecorate a tree by December 10?  (Unfortunately, I didn't snap a picture of the tree until a few guests had left -- so it's a little bare, but you get the idea.)

Here's a close-up of a paper dump truck with lots of embossing:

In a moment of non-papercrafting inspiration, I also put together a discovery table/box for the kiddos to dig and dump with pinto beans.  It was a big hit and now a permanent toy in our house!

Project Details:
  • Papers - patterns from American Crafts - Play; cardstock by Recollections
  • Cricut Cuts - dump truck from Boys Will Be Boys, page 28; letters with "Arrow Font" function from Boys Will Be Boys; banner from Birthday Bash, page 58
  • Embossing - Cuttlebug's Distressed Stripes, Spots & Dots, Traffic Jam; The Paper Studio's Mesh Texture
  • Other - ribbon by Ribbon Boutique

I'm entering this project into the following challenge(s):

Decorate to Celebrate: Challenge #19 - All About Boys (Must Use Blue) -- there's a little blue, right? :)


  1. Looks like a fun party!
    What a cute way to use the Christmas tree!

  2. Adorable!!! I love all of the embossing on the truck! Thanks for playing at Decorate to Celebrate!
    Amy's Crafting Space
    Decorate To Celebrate Design Team Member

  3. How cute! Thanks for playing along with us at Decorate to Celebrate.

  4. Jessica, your ideas are just genius! Love this theme for a little boys party. The decor is just so fun and I love all the caution tape. Super idea! thanks for sharing!
    Cindy Porter

  5. What awesome party ideas, Jessica!! I love the banner and wow, the embossing on the truck is fabulous!! What a great idea with the pinto bean discovery box!! Thank you for sharing your awesome party ideas at Decorate to Celebrate!

    A Mermaid's Crafts
    Decorate to Celebrate DT

  6. I really loved the idea of decorating the Christmas tree as a birthday themed tree, that is a fabulous idea. I had to share the pinto bean filled bin with a friend to make for her grand-boy too!

  7. This is adorable! You have such fabulous ideas! Speaking of fabulous...I have a special surprise for you. Check out the post to find out!!!

  8. this is so super cute for a boys birthday thank you for joining us at decorate to celebrate for the boy challenge

  9. Fabulous decorations!! Love your cute little truck and awesome tree!
    Sherrie K

  10. Jessica, this has to be one of the cutest boys birthday party themes I have seen!! And I love how you decorated the Christmas Tree for the birthday celebration as well!! I love all the details & colors, from the trucks on the tree to the banner hanging!! Might have have found a second planner! :)