Thursday, March 1, 2012

Start Your Engines!

Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, Let’s Go Racing Boys! 

My son’s 5th birthday party was awesome!  At the time he was a HUGE Nascar fan and really wanted a Nascar themed party.  I love throwing birthday parties, especially themed ones,  so when he said he wanted a Nascar party, I immediately started picturing kids racing around a race track.  How stinking fun is that for 5 year olds? 

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After talking with my dad about how I wanted a race track with race cars for the party, he came up with the design for these amazing Nascars made from cardboard boxes!  My dad, mom and I cut the designs out of cardboard, painted them, assembled them and printed all the decals and logos on label paper from our printer.  The tires are made from small black paper plates with CDs on them for the rims.  The best part of the tires is that they have Velcro on them so the kids can get new tires at the Pit Stops!  How totally cool is that?

 

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                           #18 Kyle Busch                                                                    #14 Tony Stewart

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                        #55 Michael Waltrip                                                                 #11 Denny Hamlin

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                          #16 Greg Biffle                                                                      #20 Joey Logano

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This was a special, smaller car made for younger kids at the party.  The name Manas on the side of the car is what my son calls my mom.  What language is that?  It isn’t one!!!  My son made it up when he started talking and it has stuck.  We think it’s cute.

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Gentlemen(boys), Start Your Engines!

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Zooming around the track they go!  Left turns only!

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Pit Stop time – getting tires changed by their pit crew of one!  Time is of the essence!

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Yes, that is me in the number #14 car!  I totally could have beat those kids (notice I am last), but I didn’t think that would be too cool of me, so I ran slow!  :)  No, seriously, I would have won!

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After the racing all the kids were given trophies and medals for doing such a great job.  Then it was cake time!  The Nascar candle in the top left of the cupcake cake played the Nascar theme music. 

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Everyone had a great time, even the parents raced around the track! And I am happy to report, there were no crashes!  Each kid took home a checkered flag gift bag filled with Nascar goodies! 

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And of course…you can’t get into a Nascar race without a ticket!

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The birthday boy with his grandparents(the Nascar engineers)!  Please pay no attention to the my dead lawn behind them, it has been fixed and now looks great!

You want to know what it so great about those Nascars?  You know you do! We have gotten SO much use out of them: a Halloween costume, a Halloween party, a what you want to be when you grow up school spirit day, playing with them at  home and wearing it to an actual Nascar race! 

All in all it was a very memorable 5th birthday party for my awesome son!

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22 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm visiting from Design Dazzle. The cars and the concept are really amazingly cute. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Wow…..I alway thought I was beyond crafty but you just put me in my place. Of course my father would have been as imaginative if he were still alive but I'm not sure I would have been anywhere near as imaginative as you. Velcro tires? Seriously? The workmanship on the cars is stunning. I thought they were wooden. Nice job!!!!!

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  3. What an amazing idea! I'm sure your son will always remember that party :)

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  4. Wow, the cars are incredible. I bet the children had a great day.

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  5. Do you happen to have directions on how to make these cardboard cars? These are by far the best ones I have seen!

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  6. Hi there. I was really hoping you might be able to help me out with a design template for the cardboard cars. I would love to use it in an upcoming party. The would be a great hit!! Thank you so much

    Victoria

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    1. When do you need the template by? We made these over 4 years ago and didn't keep track how we did them! I did keep one car so I am going to try to figure out the instructions on how to make them, but it may take me a few weeks!

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    2. Sweet, I also am hopeful in receiving instructions for our team of grands! We will be celebrating a birthday Oct. 15 ....Thanks

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    3. It will be the 1st week of November :) Thank you so much for replying!!! You're awesome

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    4. Super Cute! That would awesome if I could get the template too! Could you possibly post the instructions on how to make the cars? Thanks!

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  7. Thanks for sharing. i really appreciate it that you shared with us such a informative post..

    Thanks
    Aussie Racing Cars

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  8. I am trying to make cardboard race cars for my son's 4th party... would you mind sharing your template or give at least some clues how to get started? THANK YOU!!

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  9. I too am trying to make the cardboard race cars for my son's 4th party! Would love some instruction on how to do so. These are amazing!!

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  10. Ooh, seriously- your cars are AMAZING!! What an awesome party! I too would love some tips or template on making them, if at all possible. Yours are the best I have seen and my little Nascar fan (and his Daddy) would be over the top thrilled if I could create anything half as awesome as these look!! Thank you SO much!

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  11. Ooh, seriously- your cars are AMAZING!! What an awesome party! I too would love some tips or template on making them, if at all possible. Yours are the best I have seen and my little Nascar fan (and his Daddy) would be over the top thrilled if I could create anything half as awesome as these look!! Thank you SO much!

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  12. Ooh, seriously- your cars are AMAZING!! What an awesome party! I too would love some tips or template on making them, if at all possible. Yours are the best I have seen and my little Nascar fan (and his Daddy) would be over the top thrilled if I could create anything half as awesome as these look!! Thank you SO much!

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  13. Did the instructions/template for these amazing cardboard cars ever get posted? I can't find it? Can anyone help me?

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  14. Hi! I love these cars - did you post the template? I would love to make these also. What size boxes did you use? Thank you so much!

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  15. I'd also like the template for these. Has anyone had any luck getting one or making their own?

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  16. I too love these cars. My boys are very much into NASCAR. I would love to make them each a car for Christmas. Are you able to share the template? Or can you direct ms to where it was posted? I really appreciate the share! Thank you!!- A Mom on a Budget!

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  17. Did you ever find the template for these? I would love to do them for my grandson's birthday party.

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  18. Urban Hoot- can you please help us moms with making the cardboard racecar? I've searched my city, as well as every online store for a lightning McQueen car costume to no avail. Now, as I sit in front of these cardboard boxes with all of my crafting tools, I'm at a complete loss. I like your designs so much more than the many others I have researched. I hope you get this message, but I doubt it will be in time to help me, but I'm sure others would appreciate a quick tutorial. Thanks!

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