The Making of a Frozen Birthday

Published January 17, 2015 by lynn k scott

My daughter chose to have an ice skating birthday party with a Frozen theme.  Now, any parent can tell you, if you choose a theme that Disney had a hand in creating, the words “budget-friendly” rarely go with that theme.

What’s a mom to do?  Pinterest, of course!  I searched various boards, gathered ideas and made a plan.  I would be creative this party.  We would make glitter crayons (see link), Olaf cups to use instead of goodie bags and repurpose a tray to hold the mini Olaf army.

For the glitter crayons:

For the Olaf cups, you can search Pinterest for the exact details.  Here is the process in a nutshell.


  • Foam cups (I used 16 oz cups)
  • A piece or orange foam (cut small triangle noses)
  • Googley eyes (optional as you could use just paint)
  • Elmers glue (to attach nose and eyes)’
  • Black paint
  • Pink paint
  • Paint brush (opposite brush – to use for dotting the mouth)

2015-01-16 18.27.55Cut out all the triangle noses.  Glue them on the cups at a slightly upward angle.  Then dab a bit of glue on the cup and attach the eyes.  Lay cups on their side (might need to prop here and there to prevent rolling).  Let glue for the eyes dry completely (otherwise they droop).

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Once the glue is dried, using a circular foam paint brush, add pink cheeks.  Then dipping the non-brush end black paint, add the mouth.

Let paint dry.  Olaf favor cups are now complete and soon will be ready to fill.


Onto the tray.  I used some teal glitter spray paint for the outside of the tray.  Then I used some pearl gray spray paint on the inside.  The gray wasn’t covering the red as I had hoped.  I used a combination of the teal and the gray on the inside and loved the results.

20150116_192328I could have been a patient person and let each layer dry before adding the next.  There was some pooling of paint on the inside.  I knew I would be using fabric backing on the inside of the tray to represent snow, so the minimal paint pooling wasn’t really an issue.  Once the paint dried, I added the backing.  Then I placed Frozen stickers on the outside of the tray to tie it into the theme.  The final step was to add the filled Olaf favor cups to the tray.

This turned out better than I had hoped for.  Not only was it inexpensive as I bought the paint with coupons at Michael’s, the stickers at the dollar store and the tray was from work that was going to be thrown away, it fit our theme perfectly and it didn’t include the Disney price tag.



My daughter loves how everything has turned out.  We’re even making making teal/blue frosted cupcakes with blue sprinkles.  Simple little homemade items have completed this wonderful birthday theme and kept us on budget!




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