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Superhero Birthday Party {Owen’s 4th Birthday}

September 2, 2014
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Do you remember three months or so ago when I mentioned we had a Superhero Birthday Party for Owen’s 4th Birthday?  And how I also said I would be back to share some of the details?  Well … if you were holding your breath, I’m sorry you passed out long ago.

I had a minute to sift through the pictures this past weekend, so I’m finally sharing some of the highlights …

Let me start with the capes.  All Superheroes must have a cape, right?!?  Well, we made 20.  Here are some …

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Felt + more felt + fusible web =  Superhero Cape!

Here are the basics of cape making:

First, cut the large cape shape out of felt.  I didn’t take pictures of this … but one helpful hint is the fold the felt in half, then cut half the shape (when you unfold it, you will have a symmetrical cape!).

Next, for the logo ….

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  1. First, you’ll need your desired Superhero’s logo.  Google this … there are lots of free ones to print out.  Print the logo the same size you’d like it to be on the cape.
  2. For the Batman logo above, I cut two pieces of felt … one for the black ‘bat’ and one for the yellow circle.  For the bat, I traced the logo onto the fusible web (right onto the paper on one side).
  3. Peel off the paper on the other side of the fusible web, and stick it onto your black (bat) felt.
  4. Cut the shape out (with the one side of paper still attached).
  5. Next, trace your circle the same way and cut out.
  6. Then … peel the other side of the paper off the bat and stick onto yellow oval.  Then, peel the other side of the paper off the oval and stick onto cape.  Using an iron, iron all layers of felt together.  The heat melts the fusible web, and creates a permanent bond for all layers.  That’s it!

And … not to forget the very little ones present, we also made Superhero Bib Capes for the babies:

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Basically, same process as the big capes, only for this cape shape, I traced an existing bib, then added snaps.

Along with a cape, every Superhero seems to need a mask (not entirely sure why), but we made a few of these, too:

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They’re even reversible … ‘cuz you never know what color you’ll be in the mood for when you’re saving the world.

Here’s how these were made:

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  1. First, you’ll need a template.  I had a mask from somewhere that I traced onto cardboard.  I used this to make these masks.
  2. Cut out two pieces of felt in the shape of the mask … one in each color.
  3. Match the two colors up.
  4. Cut a piece of elastic about 12″ long.
  5. Place each end in between the felt layer and pin.
  6. Finally, sew mask together.  I used a straight stitch around the outside and a zig-zag stitch around the eye holes.

That’s it … now our Superheroes have a cape and mask …

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Next up, Superhero Light Sabers

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Check out the full tutorial on these here.

 

Easy DIY Pool Noodle Lightsabers | View From The Fridge

Light Sabers in Action (and my camera obviously not ready for the action!)

 

Now, for the party games … how about a DIY Piñata? We actually forgot about breaking this out until most of the guests were gone, but oh well!  Owen and his cousins had quite the fun trying to break this … and then 5 lbs of candy to split between the four of them!

DIY Paper Bag Tutorial | View From The Fridge

For more on how we made this check out THIS POST.

And the last little detail, the Lollipop Capes for party treats and favors:

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These were pretty simple, too …

  1. Cut the cape shape out of felt
  2. Print superman logos and cut out (I used the printable ‘stickers’ I found here)
  3. Cut a hole for lollipop stick, place lollipop stick through hole, and tie with a ribbon underneath.

These were also a hit … but not because of my fancy capes.  The 4 year olds in attendance really couldn’t have cared less about the lollipop capes … they just wanted the suckers!  I was picking up little mini discarded capes all over the house after the party.

That’s is for the DIY, but here are a couple shots from the party:

 

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Superheros ready to eat!

Happy Birthday Choir and audience for the candle blowing out.

Happy Birthday Choir and audience for the candle blowing out.

My 4 year old Superhero ready for cake and ice cream!

My 4 year old Superhero ready for cake and ice cream!

Watch out, we have a Superhero (or 20 in the house):

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Let’s party!

Ben spent most of the party hanging out on the counter (and then being passed amongst the grandparents) …

Very excited to celebrate his Big Brother's Birthday!

Very excited to celebrate his Big Brother’s Birthday!

Charlie continued the Superhero fighting long into the evening (even in his jammies).  Watch out Grandma!

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It was a fun party!  A bit of a blur … with a two week old, and a house full of friends, but SO fun!  And, most importantly, Owen had a great time!

 

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How about you guys?  If you have boys (or girls, I guess), are they into the Superhero thing?  Owen is slightly obsessed lately, and I’ve never read so much about every superhero in my entire life!  (Did you know there’s an Antman or one called Hawkeye?!?!?  News to me).  Anyway, thanks for stopping by today!

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23 Comments

  • Reply Carrie This Home September 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

    What a sweet birthday party! I love all the capes you made–especially the baby cape! I know someday my son will get into all the superheros so I’ll be pinning this for his future parties!
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks, Carrie! I was so not into Superheroes … ever, but I now know more about all of them than I ever thought I would! It’s just cute to see them excited about something. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane September 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

    20 capes!?!? Now that is dedication! That looked like a great superhero party. Great ideas here Katie!
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks, Bette. Yes, 20 capes, but only about 10 masks because I ran out of time. Oh well … none of the lil Superheroes cared!

  • Reply Leslie September 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

    hat a cute party! It looks like the little ones had fun. What a cute idea, you did a great job on the threads. Haha.
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, Leslie!!

  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl September 2, 2014 at 10:51 am

    What a fun party!!!! You thought of everything! Nicely done!
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, Lindsay! It was a fun day!

  • Reply Sarah Nenni Daher September 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Wow, Katie! Just WOW!

    I love the capes and that party looked like so much fun! Thanks for the tutorial – pinned!
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      You’re so sweet, Sarah! Thanks for the sweet compliment! We did have a great time (even though those weeks were a bit of a blur with a newborn around)! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Erin September 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I have never been to a Superhero Birthday Party…but now I really want to go to one! Great job with the capes, masks, light sabers and party favors Katie! Looks like the party was a hit :)
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, Erin! It was a hit! I didn’t even know there were so many Superheroes before this party! I have never been into the ‘superhero thing’, but I guess that’s what happens when you have three boys!!

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney September 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Wow you did an awesome job on this party Katie! I love a; the crafts projects you made, especially the superhero costumes!! it looks like Owen had a great time. Totally makes it worth it.
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks, Courtney! Yes, Owen had a blast!! The party was supposed to be outside at a park, but the weather did not cooperate, so everyone ended up at our house! I probably was for the best, though!

  • Reply Ariean @OneKriegerChick September 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    So much fun! Love all of these ideas! We have yet to do a Super Hero party, although there are super heroes dressed up in the house daily!
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Ha! I wanted all the kids at the party to take home their capes and light sabers, but apparently forgot to make that obvious because they are all still in our house. On the plus side, the boys do get good use out of these! I’m slowly learning more than I ever cared to know about all the Superheroes! #lifeofboymoms aye?

  • Reply Sohosonnet @ Sohosonnet Creative Living September 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    HOW FUN!! The pool noodle light sabers are fantastic! I love the capes and the masks, I bet all of the kids had a blast. I don’t know how you do it all but you do and it turned out GREAT!
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks, Sonnet! It was very ‘thrown together’ last minute, but Owen had a great time (which is really all I cared about)! Glad you’re back (even if it’s only one post lately!!).

  • Reply Amber September 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    This is awesome. What a fantastic party!
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    • Reply Katie September 8, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks, Amber!! It really was fun and Owen had a great time! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Anisa August 31, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Hi, we are doing a superhero theme party for my daughter’s first birthday, and loved you or do it yourself superhero capes. I’m going to do something similar but with T-shirts and was wondering what brand of fusible web purchased and from where???? There are so many out there so any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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