One of the most classically popular birthday party ideas for boys is a construction party. A construction birthday party is fun and easy to build, and there are many themes available both online and in retail stores to fit almost any preference.
In this article, we’ve provided several fun, budget-friendly ideas for DIY construction themed birthday party ideas to help you bring a touch of originality to your event. Most of these crafts can be done solo or with kids in attendance with just a few household materials. Continue reading below to get started.
DIY Construction Party Favors
Construction Cutout Favor Bags
A fun idea for an activity at your construction party is to have the kids craft their own favor bags! Let them choose from an assortment of party favors to pack their bags with when they’re done. The bags can also hold their meal leftovers.
NOTE: The instructions are written to include the children attending the party. You can also do this before the party if you wish to have pre-assembled favor bags when the guests arrive.
- Black Party Bags (comes in packages of 12)
- Construction Party Danglers (each individual pack comes with 12 signs and 3 trucks)
- Tape or glue
1. Use scissors to cut the string off of all the cutouts. Each package contains 12 sign cutouts and 3 large truck cutouts. Keep things fair by telling the kids that they each get a certain number of signs and a certain number of trucks.
2. For each cutout, have the kids apply a piece of rolled tape to one side. Use one piece of tape for the signs and two pieces for the trucks. You may need to assist the children in doing this.
3. Apply the cutouts firmly to the front and/or back of the bag. If the kids want cutouts on the sides, they will need to fill out their bag first. To apply to the side, put one hand inside the bag and press the cutout against the bag from the outside, holding your palm to the spot inside the bag where you’re pressing.
4. Fill each bag with desired favors and goodies. You can have the kids pick and choose their own favors if you wish.
Construction Stripes Favor Bags
1. Start by laying a black favor bag on a flat surface where you have plenty of room to work.
2. Unravel a length of your yellow streamer and place it diagonally over the bag where you want it. Be sure not to have corners of the streamer lying on the bag itself, because once you cut the excess streamer off, a missing corner will make the stripe look incomplete.
3. Once you’ve positioned the streamer where you want it, cut the length off the crepe paper roll. Apply one piece of tape to one end of the streamer, pull the streamer so that it’s straight but not stretching, and apply the other piece of tape to the other end. Stick the tape onto the bag. Make sure you like the placement and length of the streamer.
4. Cut along the edges of the bag to cut off any excess streamer. Do your best to get the edges of the crepe paper as flush as possible with the bag’s edges.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for the rest of your crepe paper stripes.
6. If you wish, write “CAUTION” or a construction-themed message on your stripes.
Here’s a video of the party favor bags being put together if that is easier to follow!
Make-Your-Own Construction Cones
This craft is intended for the kids attending your event. Each child can make his very own construction cone and decorate it however he likes! Follow the instructions and pictures below to learn how to do this.
- Yellow party hats
- Black construction paper
- Tape (or glue if your decorations call for it)
- Decorations of your choice (markers, foam pieces, cutouts, etc.)
1. Begin by disassembling the party hats so that the kids can decorate them. There is a flap on the inside of the hat; fold each corner up and carefully pull the flap out of the slot. Lay them out flat on a table or other surface.
2. Pull the elastic string out from under both pieces of tape holding it to the inside of the hat. Discard the elastic string.
3. Have the children decorate their hats as they like.
4. Re-assemble the hats. Put the flap back into the slot and lay the folded corners out straight once again. This is a little tricky but you’ll get the hang of it.
5. Take a piece of black construction paper and fold it in half, then fold that half in half so that you have an even square for the cone to rest on and half a flap underneath to add some depth to the base.
6. Apply four pieces of tape to the inside of the hats, leaving half of each piece dangling off the bottom. Invert each piece so that it’s as much on the inside of the hat as possible and stick it to the paper base. Again, this can be tricky but it’s doable.
7. The kids now have their very own custom construction cones! Use them as extra party decorations or place settings at the party table.
DIY Construction Party Decorations
Building a cool construction theme party gets even better when you add construction party decorations! If you’re crafty and would like to create your own decorations for your construction birthday party, check out the cool DIY ideas we’ve listed below.
Create one-of-a-kind party danglers using the easy steps below. The following instructions make three danglers with four cutouts each. You can purchase and make as many as you like.
- Construction party sign cutouts (comes in packs of 6)
- Thick string or curling ribbon
- Tape or hot glue
1. Cut three lengths of your curling ribbon or string into roughly 6-foot pieces.
2. Choose four sign cutouts to use on your first dangler. Lay them out on a long, flat surface in even increments. To assist in getting a good length, lay your ribbon or string out straight and then place the cutouts over the string to get an idea of what your dangler will look like.
3. When you have the placement where you like, turn each one over. If applying hot glue, apply now to your first cutout. Apply at the middle top and middle bottom of the cutout. Carefully lay your string or ribbon in a straight line over your glue. If using tape, carefully lay your string or ribbon flat out over your cutouts first. Apply tape to over the string or ribbon at the middle top and middle bottom of the cutout.
4. Repeat step 3 for all four cutouts.
5. Hang your cutouts in any desired area.
DIY Construction Streamers
Another cute idea for on the list of DIY construction birthday party ideas is streamer waves! Follow the simple instructions below to complete this super-easy decoration craft.
1. Start by cutting a long length of orange crepe streamer; we recommend about 4 feet.
2. With a piece of Scotch tape, tape one end of the streamer to the wall where you’d like to start and let it hang vertically.
3. Gently twist the other end around so that it folds over on itself like the picture above.
4. Once you are happy with the amount of folds in the streamer, tape the bottom down to the wall.
5. Cut a second length of orange streamer and repeat steps 1 through 4, making sure to leave enough room for a yellow streamer in between each of your orange.
6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for all of your orange, then all of your yellow streamers.
Make-Your-Own Road Table Cover
Lastly, add a fun decoration to your construction party table by crafting your very own road table cover! The instructions are fun and simple and you can get the children involved if you like!
1. Begin by cutting off a length of yellow streamer; mine was about 5”. Lay this streamer out flat and put another section of streamer over it. Cut off the same length as your first section so that you have two stray sections of yellow streamer that are the same length.
2. Start at the left of your table cover in the middle; this is easiest when your table cover is already laid out over your party table. Apply glue to the spot where you would like your first road line to start. Press the corner of your first streamer down onto the glue and secure it to the table. Apply glue to your table cover running the rest of the length of your streamer, then finish pressing the streamer firmly onto the glue.
3. Allow a few seconds for the streamer to adhere to the table, then apply glue over top of your first streamer. Put your second streamer down on top of your first strip; two layers will help the road line look thicker and it will hide the glue a little.
4. Move about six inches to the right and repeat steps 1 through 3.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have road lines running the whole length of your table cover. For effect, add toy cars, construction trucks and other cool trinkets.
Use Discount Party Supplies for Your Construction Party!
We hope the ideas above have helped you in your journey to creating the perfect DIY construction birthday! While you’re here, take a look at our amazing Construction party supplies and don’t forget to check out our other articles for more great content.
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