DIY Hello Kitty Treat Pails

How to Make Hello Kitty Treat Pails

October 5th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

We saw the Hello Kitty Birthday Party before. Now, let’s DIY the Treat Pails! Once again, I am a fan of the Fastest Projects in the West!

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

Click this to get to Design Space and cut out your treat pail decals.  You will need:

  • Layer 1: 1 package of Pink Holographic Vinyl
  • Layer 2: 1 package of Hello Kitty Vinyl

The only other things needed were these super cute pails that I found at Michaels.

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

For the actual party itself, I let the kids decorate their own pails.  I put out some of the decals put together as well as extra hearts for them to DIY it!  I used it as an “activity” to make the party fun and pass the party time.  (Extremely important when you are trying to entertain a number of young people at once!)

To help them, I pre-made the decals with transfer tape.

First, I added the hearts to the I HK vinyl.  I free-handed the placement.  You can always use a ruler to line it up, but for a kids party, I don’t recommend spending your time here 😊 :

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

Next, I layered the transfer tape on top of the overall decal:

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

Then, I used three tools – TrueControl Knife, Safety Ruler, XL Scraper:

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

Burnish your transfer tape with the XL scraper onto the vinyls.  Then, take your TrueControl Knife and Safety Ruler to cut up the decals into separate pieces.

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

I placed mine into a pile for the kids to use, but if you are doing it yourself in preparation:

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

1. Take your transfer tape and bend it in the middle to place it on your rounded surface. Bending it in the middle helps it adhere more consistently and centered.  If you start from one side, you’re more likely to move upwards or downwards in your placement and off-center your design.

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

2. Place your vinyl on the pail, and then peel back your transfer tape.

Hello Kitty Treat Pails

3. Voila! You can either do all of your pails or you can let the kids go crazy (and turn away when they place their designs all over the place! It’s the best part about their creativity!)

Happy Hello Kitty Birthday to you and your Birthday Person!


DIY Hello Kitty Party

DIY the Perfect Hello Kitty Party

September 28th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

Oh, all the things that go into hosting the perfect birthday party!  I’ve found that there are a few key special moments you just don’t want to miss.  So let’s take this party from the top and break it down for you.  I made the party to accommodate 12 people – 1 birthday hero and 11 friends!

The party was designed based on the fun and playful feel of Hello Kitty®.  I used the sprinkles from the cupcake holders as an anchor point design.  You can see it carried through from the cupcake holder to how we designed the Birthday Outfit!  I’m usually a firm believer in homemade cupcakes (everyone has their own “thing”!), but I even broke that rule when we found really cute cupcakes with sprinkles on the ring toppers.  (Feel free to DIY your own cupcake toppers with any leftover materials!)

What are we making for the party?  Here is our list of all the party fun!  If you click on the links, they will put you into Cricut Design Space to immediately start cutting.  It’s just that easy!

These might look a little challenging, but we’ve put together a quick assembly video to show you how the pieces just layer on top of each other.  Simply apply the tape and stick them together.  To speed up the invitation process, feel free to change the pen color to one color.  While I like the pop of 2 colors, it did take decidedly longer to cut.  You also will need to switch out between Scoring Wheel, Fine Point Blade, and both Pen Colors.  One color will save you a decent amount of time.

The birthday banner can be placed either on a mantel, across the curtains, in the front part of a table or a bar, or on a half wall.  The best part is that if you make 12 pieces, you could even break it up to have 2 banners with 6 flags each!

The great debate at our house is always whether it’s a cake party or a cupcake party!  This time, we went for cupcakes.  If you prefer a cake, I would take the Glitter Cardstock and cut a cute sign.

The cupcake stand is definitely an optional piece.  I used Knife Blade with my Cricut Maker to cut it.  It is a project that takes a little bit longer than you would think as Knife Blade takes several passes through the material to be extremely precise in the cutting process.

DIY Treat Pails can be another fun moment.  You can either have the kids decorate their own (which is what I did), or you can do it in advance and put them into a cute cellophane bag for them to take on the way out!  I had them put a puzzle into their pail to take home.

Lastly (and my favorite part!), the Birthday Hero’s outfit can match perfectly!  I made the confetti surround her I love Hello Kitty part to fit in nicely.  You can size the shirt to a larger size and make a matching one for you too! You can shrink it down and fit it onto a tiara if you want to use it to accessorize your Birthday Hero.  There’s so many ways to tie it in.

So, here’s a list of all that you need for your perfect Hello Kitty party:

The BEST part is that you will still have some leftover material so if you need any other little moments, you can add your own touches too.  Some suggestions of “other” things:

  • Confetti
  • Party Hat, Bows, or Headband for your Special Birthday Person
  • Balloon Garland
  • Mini Cupcake Toppers

I know you are wondering if there are ANY OTHER supplies!  So, what else did we use?

I only needed two other things to make this happen (and we got them from Michael’s)!

- Twine for the banner (and I found this so cute pink and white Martha Stewart Twine)

- This double-sided permanent tape runner to put the birthday invitation together

- Pink T-shirt for your Birthday Outfit

Everything else was either just one layer or didn’t need anything more!

My only other recommendation comes in the form of color palette.  We have a second Hello Kitty Deluxe Paper pack that has reds, blues, white, and a few yellows.  We are also releasing vinyl and iron-ons that will also have the red palette.  Feel free to use those as replacements for the pink, purple, and pastel look in the original party based on your taste.  Be sure to pick up Red Glitter, Blue, and Yellow Cardstock.

Well, I hope you have the happiest of birthday celebrations with your own Hello Kitty party!


DIY Hello Kitty Party