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diy prize board tutorial.

diy prize board tutorial.

Okay! Last tutorial before the big pink cake, and then we’ll dive straight into autumn. Get excited; this one may have been my favorite thing to do, and you can fit the idea into virtually any party that needs prizes. Trivia nights, board game night, birthday parties with games, baby showers, whatever: adults love dumb prizes as much as kids do. Away we go.

What You Need:

  • 1 poster-size pice of foam core, any color
  • Yarn (use a basic, sturdy one; cheap is great because it doesn’t stretch as much)
  • 8 large buttons
  • 1 package 4.5 x 6.5 inch card stock (you can find this in the scrapbook section of Michaels in solids and patterns)
  • 1 package 3 x 4 inch clear favor bags
  • 1 package miniature clothespins
  • Inexpensive party store prizes, small enough to fit comfortably in your bags
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun

Make the prize board:

Cut 4 lengths of yarn to fit your foam core board. Space them far enough apart vertically to allow the prizes to hang down comfortably on it: the prizes will sag the yarn just a bit, so string it tightly.

While you wait for the glue to dry, cut 8 smaller lengths of yarn and thread these through the buttons, then tie them into bows. Glue each button onto the foam core over top of where you glued the yarn to the board: these will serve to cover up your unsightly glue-covered yarn. et voilà.

diy prize board tutorial.

Make the prize bags:

Take the desired amount of card stock (I used ten sheets for twenty prizes) and cut them in half on their longest side: this should leave you with rectangles 4.5 x 3.25 inches long. Take each of those rectangles and fold them in half, again on the longest side.

Fill those clear bags up with some cheap prizes, sandwich the top edge of the bag in between the two sides of card stock, and staple on either side to affix bag to card stock top.

diy prize board tutorial.

Assemble the prize board:

I’d do this the day of, because yarn will eventually stretch out. I think I put this together the morning of the party, and you’d be fine with doing it that way. Simply clip each prize – starting from the bottom yarn string and working up – to the yarn using your miniature clothespins. Cut letters our or simply write “PRIZES” on top, and you have yourself a perfectly lovely prize board.

diy prize board tutorial.

OH! So occasionally I get asked where I find the time to do things like this. Friends, I don’t want you thinking I slave away all night long creating magical parties for the Wee One; I don’t. Because I’ve learned precisely one thing in the three years I’ve had her, and that is this:

diy prize board tutorial.

diy prize board tutorial.

Kids just want to do what you’re doing. So let them help. It’s really that simple most days around here, because she’s great, and all she wants to do is be like her mom. That will change eventually, and she will want to be nothing like me, but for now, cameras and laying on the floor are AWESOME.

The End.

Next post, a massive pink cake.

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  • Reply Faygie September 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I adore that picture of S taking a picture of you! So darn cute.

    • Reply shannon September 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Faygie, this scenario happens more often than i’d like to admit. When we make food, it’s not always “ooh, can we eat now!” as much as it’s “mom! can we take pictures of it?” *sigh*
      she’s seriously growing up thinking everyone takes photos of their food prior to eating, and it’s going to become embarrassing at some point.

      • Reply movita beaucoup September 14, 2013 at 4:44 am

        I’m picturing some awkward moments at restaurants than hate Instagrammers…

        • Reply shannon September 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

          could you say no to that face? no way. I bet even Thomas Keller would let her fake-instagram her food.

  • Reply Ashley September 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

    So stinking cute! She’s luck to have such an awesome mama and I suspect, even through any potential rebellious teen years, she’ll realize the same thing.

    Yes, please, more cake!

    • Reply shannon September 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      ooohhhhh, ashley, she’s my kid: there WILL TOTALLY BE some rebellious years ahead. we will get over them and maybe i’ll be still cool after that.

  • Reply movita beaucoup September 14, 2013 at 4:45 am

    2.0’s birthday is in less than two weeks. I’m thinking of recreating the Wee Ones party for him…

    • Reply shannon September 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      I’ve thought about this comment, and there is actually nothing i would like more than for that to happen. only it MUST be a surprise to 2.0, and you have to invite as MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. and take photographs and send them to me so i can cherish them.

  • Reply Monica September 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

    These are all great, do-able, ideas/crafts – what a party your little one had! There’s obviously a lot of fun going on in your house. What a lucky little one! : )

    • Reply shannon September 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      thanks, Monica! I enjoy do-able crafts (that’s a good way to put it!) – i think when you have to spend a million dollars on something or it’s difficult to do, it zaps the fun out of it, and i’d rather not be the crabby mom at the party. 🙂 we do like to have fun around here; it helps when you have such an agreeable three-year old, so she gets credit for the fun also. If it weren’t for her mostly happy personality and willingness to help, we wouldn’t have NEARLY this much fun. 🙂

  • Reply Wendy September 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I have been enjoying all of your party tutorials, Shannon! Wee One certainly had a wonderful birthday party and best of all it is so beautifully documented here for her to refer back to in the distant future. The prize board is a great idea. The tiny party hats made out of extra cupcake papers is absolutely ingenious! The pretty tissue garland reminds me of the tissue paper cut-outs that are hung across streets in Mexico to celebrate anything that needs celebrating. How very wonderful and fun that you made it all yourself! Can’t wait to see the cake! 🙂

    • Reply shannon September 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks, Wendy! I’m happy you like them: her birthday is always so much fun to do, and this one was especially fun since it was the first year with the swingset and the first year she wanted to do games (always my favorite part of our parties as children.) i hope she’ll look back someday and smile.
      You nailed it! I actually got the idea from seeing an old photo of a mexican street party, and then seeing it again in a movie i was watching. I wanted to do the string bulb lights too, but ran out of time (and those aren’t cheap). 🙂 that’s exactly what my initial inspiration was, or at least what got my mind rolling.

  • Reply Jennie @themessybakerblog September 18, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Who wouldn’t want to be like you? You. Are. Awesome! Frankly, you’re the coolest cat I know. Maybe I’ll make one of these and hang it in my office. I’ll grab a prize every time I do something notable…like exercise 🙂

    • Reply shannon September 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Jennie, i just like to (kid) party, you know? no pressure, just tissue paper and dumb prizes, and kids like you no matter what. THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT REWARD BOARD! i’m currently thinking of ways to reward myself for working out, too; i think you’re onto something there. 🙂

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