DIY Tutorials: Play Dough!

Today we’ve got two tutorials for making a childhood favorite… play dough! These recipes are simple and would be great to do with little ones. Make up some play dough in your child’s birthday party theme colors and store in little glass jars (maybe old baby food jars) to give away as party favors!

Play Dough Recipe # 1

This recipe (and photo) comes from a great blog called adelynSTONE, written by Kristan Lynn. She has created a beautifully detailed tutorial complete with pictures to guide you and your little one in making play dough!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • Food coloring (kool-aid packets or food coloring work well)
  • Sparkles
  • Sauce pan and wooden spoon


Click here to go to Kristan Lynn’s step by step tutorial!

Play Dough Recipe # 2 

This recipe comes from the blog Musings From A Stay At Home Mom! The ingredients are the same, but the proportions are a little different (there is more salt in this one).


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • food coloring


Click here to see the step by step tutorial.


What colors would you and your child make your play dough?

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Party Theme Resources: A Circus Act


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Here at Make A Birthday Wish, we spend a lot of time planning birthday parties for special children in San Jose. Party planning is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of work! So we were thinking of doing a series of posts that shares collections of resources for planning parties around different themes. We’d love to take requests on different themes are readers are interested in and doing some digging around for you! But to get us started this week, we want to share some resources and inspiration for a circus themed party


General Circus Party Planning Resources


Martha Stewart is always a great go-to when looking for inspiration and ideas for hosting a party. Check out her advice on decorating for a circus party here.


Circus Themed Party Favors


Kara’s Party Ideas is a great resource for gathering ideas for just about any themed event. We love her ideas for a circus clown party (click here to see her post), especially the adorable candy favors and crackers!




Circus Invites & Printables


One Charming Party has put together a post (click here to read and see all their resources) on a circus party that includes free printables for circus themed cake toppers and invitations.



Circus Crafts


The blog, The Crafty Crow has a beautiful collection of circus crafts available for download (click here to see the complete list). We especially love the tea box circus train!





Circus Themed Recipes


Vixen made wrote a post sharing some of her recipes for a circus themed gala. We love the blackberry white chocolate ice cream. Check out her post with recipes here.


What do you think of these circus themed ideas? Do you want to see more collections of party planning resources on our blog? We were also thinking of organizing Pinterest boards around party themes. If you are interested check out our resources we’ve pinned so far here.


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DIY Owl Crafts: Part III

We can’t seem to get enough of these little avian crafts. We’ve come across a few more great tutorials for adorable owl crafts. Use the tutorials to make gifts for someone special, decorations for a party, or use it as a birthday party craft! Here are 2 owl crafts for Part III of our DIY Owl Craft collection!

Owl Felt Bookmark – this tutorial comes from Wee Folk Art


  • Felt
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Template


  • Follow the great tutorial that includes pictures and step by step directions found here!

Felt Owls from Styrofoam Balls – This sweet little tutorial was written by Jessica Christman for Factory Direct Craft


  • 2 4″ Styrofoam balls
  • 4 25mm googly eyes
  • 4 felt squares in 3 colors of your choice, and one in brown
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Owl template – free from Factory direct craft


  • Follow the great tutorial on Factory Direct Craft found here. This is a pretty easy craft and would make great centerpieces/table decorations or be a fun craft to do at a party!

Do you have anymore fun owl crafts to share with us?

DIY Paper Projects: Watercolor Notebooks

To continue the spirit of DIY, we are sharing a great tutorial from an awesome blog called Fellow Fellow. We love the tutorial for DIY Watercolor Notebooks for creating party favors, gifts, or for an easy craft that kid’s could do at a party. We’ve summarized the tutorial here, but for detailed instructions and step by step pictures definitely check out the link!


  • Blank Moleskine Notebooks
  • Brushes of Different Sizes
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Paint Tray
  • Cup of Water


  1. Place some paint in the tray and mix with some water.
  2. To create the flowers simply dip the brush in the paint and dab onto the notebooks making short strokes. It’s good to practice on other paper first!
  3. Once you feel confident about the way your flowers look it’s time to work on the notebook. They recommend starting at the top and working your way down to avoid dragging on the flowers you just painted. It’s best to work in stages (darker colors first) and letting each layer of color dry before beginning the next.
  4. Once dry you have beautiful personalized notebooks!

What do you think of these adorable notebooks? We ❤ them!



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