Ever notice how much CRAP kids have these days? I will digress momentarily into one of those cliche “when I was a kid” rants, but bear with me. When I was a kid we got a couple of gifts from our parents and a little cash from grandma and grandpa. A cake, some streamers, and maybe a few balloons that my mom blew up herself — no fancy helium. And we thought it was great. So I am always amazed at the massive pile of gifts that my nieces and nephew get for their birthdays. I have on many occasions observed kids opening a birthday gift and giving it about 5 seconds of attention before tossing it aside to open the next 25.
So Andy and I are trying to move away from toys and other random stuff for gifts. For our niece and nephew’s (the twins) 6th birthday, we decided to give them an experience — a day of fun with Uncle Andy and Aunt Meghan. Who wouldn’t want that?! It’s as much a gift for their parents as it is for them, really. The plan is to take them to lunch then an indoor playplace called Monkey Joe’s. We will finish out the day with ice cream. Andy might be more excited than they are.
Anyhoo, I didn’t want to show up empty-handed to the party, so I made them these appropriately-themed bouquets.
They were actually pretty easy to make thanks to my Cricut and my Xyron 500. I made the monkeys using the circle shape from the Celebrations cartridge — I think I did 5″ for the head, 4.25 for the mouth, 2.75 for the ears and 0.5″ for the eyes. The other pieces were made using Celebrations and Doodletype. I used an envelope template from Paper Source and banana print paper from the Reminisce Monkey Business line for the envelopes (4 bar). A note in the envelopes told them about the plan for the day.
I decorated the pots with ribbon and put flower arrangement foam in the bottom of each. I then attached the cutouts to wooden skewers with hot glue. Once everything was arranged, I topped it all off with some yellow crinkle paper. Since I used scrap for the cutouts and raided the kitchen drawer for the skewers, the whole project cost me only about $6. It probably took me about two hours total over two days to make them.
This type of project is also great for centerpieces. I have made them for baby showers and birthday parties — I included a few examples below.
The monkey bouquets were a big hit and most importantly, the twins are super excited about their big day!