The Construction Crew!

Thanks for joining me for Part 2 of the Construction Birthday Party!

Any good construction site requires a good construction crew and I definitely made sure my little"workers" were prepared for the party!

To start off: every worker requires a hat... I had planned to buy them from my local dollar store, where I have purchased them in the past. But when I went to go get them, they were sold out! I was so disappointed! I checked out local party stores and found some, however...they were 3 times more expensive for a cheaper I refused to waste my money on them. I was really, really, really disappointed that there wasn't going to be any hard hats at the party.

But I wasn't willing to admit defeat, so I set off to design one out of paper. Luckily I still had one from the dollar store kicking around my house so I used that one as my model and inspiration.

Each hat required 3 1/2 sheets of cardstock with a lot scraps left over. I used Daffodil Delight cardstock and sponged the edges with Crushed Curry ink. I assembled them with sticky strip to ensure they would hold together.

What do you think? Does it work? I would have loved to add little MDS tags to them but I ran out of time... I had the design of them planned out, well before the party, but ran out of time to construct any. At the last minute (the night before) I decided that I needed to do them and finished assembling them the morning of the party. MDS is quick and simple but I LITERALLY ran out of time!

The next thing they needed was a tool belt. Do you remember seeing this picture on my Facebook page? Well I just couldn't make a tool belt for them without any tools in it! So I designed tools in My Digital Studio with a lot of punches and the punch editor tool. The ruler is a stamp from the Storytime download and the bandage is from the Patterned Occasions download (Hmmm...I think this was a Sale-a-bration download...)

I then printed them onto Iron-On Transfer sheets and applied them to my fabric before sewing them up into tool belts / treat holders.

Funny enough, my fabric is actually a canvas drop cloth that you can purchase from the hardware store. You get a ton of it for a cheap price!

As you can see the "workers" looked adorable! Even my sister! (Her daughter didn't want to dress up, so she did! Thanks Angela!)
Do you think I could get the birthday boy to wear it!?! Nope! it just wasn't going to happen! But I did manage to snap this pic the next day with his tool belt on...I'll take it!

Have a great day and join me tomorrow to see what I filled their tool belts with!
Happy Creating everyone!


  1. looks like quite the party!! thanks for sharing; sounds like oh, so much work, but well worth it, I'm sure!!

  2. absolutely AMAZING - just WOW. Martha - you could be paid for party planning. Its just stunning.

  3. These are adorable! I don't suppose you have a template for the hat you can share? I'm a sucker for 3d paper crafts, and my boys love hats.

  4. do you have a template for you construction hat? please do share. thanks

  5. Como faço para compra este chapéu construção???

  6. Looks like I am not alone... I hope you get this message and reply. I also would love to have some instructions on how to make the hard hat. Need it for my son's career day that's coming up.