My kiddos are growing up WAY too fast. Bud is now officially 3! I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted and he did not hesitate, "DRAGONS!"
I must admit I was super excited about this theme. Castles, dragons, and knights are some of my favorite things to read about, watch movies about, and basically geek out about. As usual, I went overboard on the decorations for his birthday, but I just can't help myself. Decorating is my creative outlet.
I am going to walk you through all of the decorations I put up in the house and let you know how you can make your own.
Here is a look at the front door. Let's get a little closer...
I made all of the banners with my Cricut machine, but I bet you could find some online. I made the torches using brown cardstock, red/yellow/orange tissue paper, scissors, a hot glue gun, and a stapler. I rolled the construction paper into a cone and stapled the top. Then, I used the hot glue gun to glue down the rest of the cone so it wouldn't pop open. I cut the tissue paper into flame shapes and glued them inside the cone at the front. To stick them on the wall I used command strips. They worked like a charm and didn't peel any of the paint.
I made this little sign and stuck it on the door.
I cut out a bunch of dragon feet from construction paper and put them all over the house. I printed and cut out some dragon silhouettes as well.
We had torches all over the "castle"
Using paper mache, I made a couple of dragon eggs and put them throughout the house. Using THIS flour and water paper mache recipe, I put newspaper all over a few balloons, let them dry, popped them, and painted them. I love the little dragon feet coming out of the egg.
I hung these banners all over the house. I am all about no-sew projects. All you need is green, yellow, blue, and black fabric/felt, scissors, a piece of paper, a pencil, and tacky glue. I cut out the banners first. Then, using the piece of paper and pencil I made a shield template. After I cut out all of the shields, I glued them onto the banners.
Using gray construction paper, I made each window look like a castle turret. Simply cut out the bricks and tape them around the window. Add torches, a banner, a couple dragon silhouettes and you're done.
I put some more small banners around the TV next to the presents.
The kitchen was my favorite place to be during the party. I just love how everything came together. All of the decorations were super inexpensive too.
More of the kitchen.
Here is the dragon's nest. This was probably the most expensive decoration to make. To make a dragon's nest you will need a cardboard box, scissors, plastic water bottles, orange lights, black spray paint, spray foam, a hot glue gun, and tulle. I followed THIS tutorial to make the burning embers. It worked perfectly and was actually easier than I expected. I stuck a few of my paper mache eggs on top and Ta-Da!
My kids begged me to turn the nest on days after the party was over.
We also had some dragon feet coming from the nest as well.
Bud had a wonderful birthday.
He even got his very own green dragon (okay, so It's a dinosaur) that growls, chomps, and has glowing eyes. He was thrilled!
Be on the lookout for my post about how to make this super cute dragon birthday cake.
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