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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chances are you're here because...

Blogger has this handy dandy little feature that tracks the search terms that have led people to your blog; in my case it appears that about a dozen or so people a day come to my blog because they're looking for information related to throwing a Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower.  So in that vein, and since I've actually received an email or two requesting assistance, I'm going to do my very first tutorial: how to make your own personalized Very Hungry Caterpillar lollipop favors (these could very easily work for a child's birthday party, too).

For my friend's shower, I ordered two dozen rainbow-colored 3" Whirly Pops (they come in all sorts of different colors and sizes).  I then scanned the cover image from the book and used a combination of the free photo-editing sites of Pixlr and Picnik to come up with the final design; I figured out the spacing of the stickers through a lot of trial and error, so to save all of you the trouble of having to do so the same, here's the final sticker sheet template ready for you to just click and save and then personalize to your heart's content.

Once I had the design squared away, I then printed the stickers out onto 8" by 11" do-it-yourself sticker sheets for inkjet printers that are available at just about any office supply store.  I then used an ek circle scissors cutter to cut out 2" diameter stickers; however, before I ever set blade to my sticker sheets, I figured out where to center the cutter by using one of the black-and-white print-outs I had made while trying to get the sticker layout right.  This saved me from accidentally ruining any of the actual stickers, so I highly suggest doing the same.  Once they were all cut out, I lightly scored the back of each sticker with a pen knife, which allowed me to remove the paper backing without any difficulty.  This is how the lollipops looked with their stickers:



To display the favors, I used a lime green round metal bucket that I found at the dollar bins in Target and an 8" Styrofoam half ball that can be found at most craft supply retailers; I stuck the lollipops into the foam and then stuffed tissue paper around the edges.  Voila!  Personalized favors and a colorful centerpiece all in one.

5 comments:

Katie said...

So cute! I LOVE do it yourself parties and favors and such!

Lou said...

ADORABLE! The colors are so bright, perfection!

Rachel said...

Love it, I think i am going to do this for my baby's first birthday!

Tanya said...

Awesome! I made centerpieces with those lollipops and they were too top heavy, the Styrofoam will solve this! Going to try it again this year!

Tanya said...

Awesome! I made centerpieces with those lollipops and they were too top heavy, the Styrofoam will solve this! Going to try it again this year!

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