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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitations

I started thinking about my son’s first birthday party months ago and was able to get my husband to agree to The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a theme. (To get my husband to love used to the idea I started off with getting my baby the book at Valentine’s Day.)

This idea isn’t terribly original, it came from the Pottery Barn Kids Design Studio. Like most things I do, I like to find an idea and make it fit my needs. I needed to use what I had and this is what I came up with. Keep in mind that I did a little bit of this everyday for a few days. It doesn’t take much work but you have to leave time for drying and such.


Glass Jars
Spray Paint
Green fabric or paper
Salt Dough
Acrylic Paints
Thin Sharpie

1. Clean all of the glass jars

2. Get off all of the sticky stuff left on them. To do that you can put them in boiling water (with tongs!) and then scrape off the goo while it is still warm. Use a razor blade to scrape the glass. Dry everything off.

2. Spray paint the jar lids. Make sure your spray paint is good on metal. You may need a few coats.

2. Make caterpillar shapes out of your salt dough. Roll some very small balls and lay them next to each other and flatten them down. Add small antennas and then bake according to your dough directions.

2. Cut out leaf shapes out of your fabric or paper. Cut or punch a few holes along one of the edges, so that it looks like the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate through them. You can now write out the details of the invitation on your leaf.

3. Paint your clay caterpillars, this part is really fun, it’s just like being Eric Carle. Use your Very Hungry Caterpillar Book for a guide.

Once everything is cooked, painted and dry you can put the leaf and caterpillar in the jar and hand them out to friends. Keep your eyes out, I still have plenty of other plans and Very Hungry Caterpillar ideas that will be coming as the party gets closer!

For more Very Hungry Caterpillar Ideas check out these links:
Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Hat
The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Pintrest
Valentine’s Tradition

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  1. Amy Allen Johnson 05/16/2012 at 12:18 pm

    Very cute! My son is turning 2 in June and we’re debating a Caterpillar party or trains/cars.

  2. Raejean 05/14/2012 at 1:32 pm

    The invitation is even cuter in person!