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Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party

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This past month I have been busy making Ian’s birthday party decorations.  I wanted to share a few of the items I am making.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so this is just a sneak peek at what I can do now that I have my Silhouette Cameo to help me.

Ian had decided he wanted a pirate birthday party this year.  I wanted his invitations to be pirate chests that open up to revel treasure, and a treasure map.

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I quickly gave up trying to draw a treasure chest and just purchased a cut file from the Silhouette Studio Store.  After which I ran it through my Cuttlebug to emboss the paper with a wood grain.

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I went to Photoshop and created a picture of coins and jewels that matched the shape of the card.  I imported that image into the Silhouette Studio software so that my machine would cut around all the little shapes for me.

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I also created a cut out that would contain all the information on the card.

It says

“Avast, me hearties!
Join us for a swashbucklin’ adventure
Shiver me timbers! Captain Ian is turning 4
Board ye ship ‘n follow ’tis old map
to find a buried birthday treasure!”

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I used the digital graphics from Just So Scrappy‘s YoHo Pirate kit (as I will do for various other items I made for this party) to make cut out a treasure map.

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The three elements inside the card were made with the Silhouette’s Print ‘n Cut feature, which I think is da bomb!

I cut the treasure chests out in a light brown and dark brown cardstock.  I also cut the straps in the same two colors, I then used the light straps on the dark chest and vice versa.  The buckles and locks were cut out using a gold-colored cardstock.  I glued all the elements together, except the map, which I attached with a brad so it can be moved.

Using the same digital graphics I created a pirate flag topiary  table decoration.  I had to create my own cut file for the flag portion, cutting out the skull and crossbones.

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I sandwiched a white piece of cardstock in between the two flag pieces, which I glued to a paper straw.  The base is made using the print and cut feature, it is an adapted cupcake wrapper shape.

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And what it just wouldn’t be a party with out party hats!

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For the pin wheel I used the sketch feature that can only be found in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

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I ‘hand’ drew the skull and bones, and by hand I mean I used the draw polygon tool.  I used the sketch tool to make the skull look more hand-drawn.  I used a black Sharpie Marker to draw the lines with the Cameo and then made the cut around it.

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This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to decorations that can be made using a personal cutting machine.  I would never have been able to cut out all the pieces to make forty invitations, if I had to do it by hand.

I have much more planned and will revel more after the party.

Happy Crafting

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18 thoughts on “Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party

  1. Wow, what awesome ideas! Makes me want to throw a pirate party just to enjoy all these decorations! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Becky @ My Paper Craze

  2. Oh how fun to create themed party decor with the Silhouette! Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas!

  3. What a fun theme. The invitations and the decorations turned out so great. I’m loving that woodgrain texture too!

  4. Wow, those invitations are little works of art! So neat, and authentic looking! I’m sure it’s going to be a great party!

  5. Wow! Cool invitations! I bet someone is going to have an awesome party!

  6. This looks like such a fun party, great job with the invites and decorations.

  7. Hi Dawn,
    Oh my gosh, this Pirate theme is beyond fantastic!!! The details are all amazing from the invitations to the party hats! I want to see more photos of the party!!! It’s so exciting to be part of this amazing Silhouette Challenge group! (I’m signing up to be notified of new posts via email so I don’t miss them!)
    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Joyce

  8. That’s one lucky little pirate, having you as First Mate (and Mama!) You did a fantastic job on the invites and the other elements.

  9. I love the faux bois! It makes me want to get an embosser just for it.

  10. Argh, shiver me timbers! (Sorry, couldn’t resist) Your Pirate Invitations turned out so perfect! What a lucky little guy!

    Faux bois is my absolute favorite, now I want to go out and get a cuttlebug!

    Much Love,
    Trisha D.
    Black and White Obsession (and fellow Silhouette Challenge-r)

  11. These Pirate invitations are just perfect for your sweet boy. Thank you for sharing I can not wait to see the party pictures.
    SC Buddy,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

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