Now seeing how much fun the little kiddos had at Piano Man’s Chima party, try a couple of these simple tutorials for your little one’s next Legends of Chima birthday party. The kids will have lots of fun creating their own party hat and chi necklace designs. If you would like to skip down to the TUTORIAL: How to Make a Chima Chi Necklace, then keep scrolling down.
TUTORIAL: How to Make a Chima Party Hat
8.5 x 11 colored card stock
elastic thread (2 – 5 yard packs for a party of 12 or more kids)
Step 1. Print hat template.
I found two free party hat templates online, and printed both out. I really liked Oh Happy Day’s template, which had a insert component to it; but I also liked this one – Firstpalette.com, which had a free birthday hat template that filled much of the 8.5×11 page to maximize the circumference of the party hat. However, the glue method to piece together the party hat was difficult on card stock paper. I think you’ll find the Oh Happy Day’s template perfect for toddler/preschool-aged children, and the Firstpallet.com template better suited for older school-aged children. Whichever design template you choose, you can add the Legends of Chima element to either template and make it work for your party.
Step 2. After cutting out template, trace template onto colored cardstock.
Step 3. Cut and glue and/or tape party hat.
Step 4. Poke two holes into sides of party hat. Make sure that holes are approximately an 1″ above the edge of the hat. Thread elastic and tie knots on inside of hats.
Step 5. Create and print a lion insignia template.
We have a Legends of Chima sword that is available for purchase on-line, at your local LEGO store (although it’s been on clearance for awhile now), or at a nearby LEGOLAND theme park. Using the lion insignia as part of the design element, I traced the lion insignia onto paper and marked it in permanent black marker. Then I scanned, copied, and printed several insignias onto white paper.
Step 6. Cut out several copies of the insignia. Let the kids draw, color, and decorate with a ton of leftover stickers around the house. You can also have use glitter glue to give it a little glowing punch to the hats too.
Step 7. I glued a yellow border piece (about ¼” wider than the lion insignia template) to the front of the hats, so the kids have a general idea of where to glue their lion insignias.
Step 8. On the day of the party, set out crayons/pencils/markers/stickers/glue sticks for the little ones to decorate and glue their designs to their hats.
Step 9. Voila! Project complete!
Click on this link, TUTORIAL: How to Make Chima Party Hats, for a pdf.file to print out. Please note that All rights reserved, and this tutorial is not for resale or commercial use.
TUTORIAL: How to Make Chima Chi Necklaces
small white paper plates
paint (light blue)
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
Step 1. Paint front of white paper plates. You can ask your child(ren) to help out with this task. Even though LEGO chi is typically light blue, I asked Piano Man to paint it yellow/gold and red. I believe there is a golden chi, which explains the yellow. I thought red would be nice to add a little different color.
Step 2. After the paint dries, cut two small slits at the top of the plates with a box cutter.
Step 3. Measure the length of ribbon to fit chi necklace over your child’s head. Remember to add a little length to other pieces of ribbon if some of the other children are taller/bigger than your child.
Step 4. Hot glue ribbon to back of the plate.
Step 5. Provide embellishments for child to add a lion insignia or another other design the child chooses to their chi necklaces.
Step 6. Voila! Project complete!
The kids really got creative and made their hats unique and very colorful, better than any glitter glue design I had in mind. Let your little ones try this at their next birthday party, and you’ll see grinning faces.
Check out some other great Legends of Chima birthday party resources:
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