Birthday Thaumatropes

What are thaumatropes you ask? Thaumatropes are Victorian spinner toys. In this case they are also Eli’s birthday party invitations. I got the idea from my new favorite author Ester K. Smith. The thaumatropes are from a book called Magic Books & Paper Toys. You hold the strings, twist and see the robot open and close his eyes and mouth. Eli is obsessed with them. While I was working on them, he claimed all of my prototypes and goofs.

Front & back of cards and many buttons.

You can also see the buttons I made as party favors in the foreground. Eli can’t decide which robot he wants to keep for himself. I have this sneaking suspicion that I’m going to be making four or five more buttons for him to keep for his very own.

I have gotten a ton of crafting tools (the button maker! and a Bind-it-all!) and books at Christmas and since then. There’s going to be many, many craft/making things posts in the days to come.

5 thoughts on “Birthday Thaumatropes

  1. you’re the coolest mom ever! 🙂 i can’t believe all the stuff you’re making for him. 😉

  2. So c0ol! I want a button maker. 😀 But first I have to learn to use the airbrush I got for xmas.

  3. Can I just say that I dislike you in the most loving way?!?!?! 🙂 I used to be crafty, really, I did. Somewhere along the way I forgot HOW! The robots are adorable Misty! I know Eli will LOVE his party!

  4. Hi there!
    My son has requested a robot party and I’m in love with your invitations. Did you draw them or use a computer? Either way I’d be interested in buying your template to use for 1 party, my own personal use. I wouldn’t sell them or anything. They’re amazing, truly. I entered my email address above. I hope to hear from you and have a great weekend!

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