Here are even more decorations that I have made. To give you a little background, I'm having a Smurf Party for my 6 year-old. He picked the theme. I just ran with it. So we'll have some little hooligans in our backyard for a while here in April. I like to prep stuff though because this crap is more exciting for me than the kids.
Since the kids are a little more "older" and "with" it. I'm going to have 4 stations/Smurf villages set up in my backyard. These are going to be as follows:
Handy Smurf - Build something (They sell cheapo kits at Michaels for a $1 or something. I'm thinking these, but might go with foamy things).
Painter Smurf - Either paint said building project or just have paper and paint. I have paint and brushes galore. I'm saving egg cartons to use as paint holders.
Baker Smurf - I'm going to have 2 sugar cookies for each child ready to decorate with frosting and sprinkles.
Farmer Smurf - Each kid will plant some seeds in their take home planter and will also be awarded the opportunity to dig for worms in my untilled garden. I was going to try to borrow a tiller or rent one this season - but nah. Making 15-20 kids dig in my dirt patch should be efficient enough as a till.
So I made 4 signs to hang along my fence as my "Smurf Villages". I have to do one more coat of paint on the letters and I'll be done. This was really cheap for me. $2 to be exact.
First, I bought 4 blue poster boards at the Dollar Tree for .50 cents each. That's my $2.
I have cardstock letters that I bought from Staples a while ago with Staples Rewards that were going to expire. So I spelled out what I needed with those and traced them. Put the cardstock letters back in their bag.
I have a bunch of paint in the house (cheapo paint - they have it at Michaels for like a $1 and sometimes it goes on sale for .39 cents or .59 cents a bottle. CLICK HERE to get a general idea of what it looks like). So I painted my traced letters with white.
I then did a Google Image search for each Smurf I needed. Clicked on desired image, scaled it to fit on a 8X11 piece of paper and printed in color. I cut around each Smurf and hot glue gunned them in the middle.