Birthday Shakers to Celebrate Cordelia’s 17th

I made these birthday shakers because today is my daughter, Cordelia’s Birthday.  Happy Birthday Doodlebug!  Making your own birthday shakers is easy, with my designs!  Just print then cut the cardstock and cut the foam and acetate.  Easy Peasy. And unique!  The cupcake was also made into a full sized card.  See it here.

 Shakers make such a satisfying sound.  And they entertain whoever sees them.  But the kits are expensive.  I saw some on HSN for almost $29.  You can make your own shaker cards for under a dollar with materials you can buy at Walmart.

You will first want to read my general hints and instructions at this page.

What you will need:

      • Acetate
      • 2 mm craft foam
      • Shaker parts for the inside (I use sequins or beads mostly)
      • Cardstock
      • Xyron Create a sticker machine or liquid glue
      • Printer
      • Download File
Paper Selection for the Birthday Shakers
Adhesive foam works better than regular foam but either can be used (see the directions in the assembly section).  I had some glitter acetate so I tried it.  The picture distorts it a little but it looks great in person!  The shaker parts can be beads or sequins or small cardstock confetti.  I usually use seed beads.


Cutting the Foam and Other Parts

In the download files, the blue parts are cut from foam, the black part from acetate and the rest of the parts are cut from cardstock or print then cut images.  You should use white cardstock to print them on if your printer will take cardstock.  If not regular paper will work, but isn’t as sturdy.

Cut one design at a time (cake, cupcake or balloon) and cut out all the parts before you try to assemble the shaker.

I suggest that you cut the foam from a color close to the cardstock color you use or print using the deep cut blade.  When cutting the foam on the maker,  I have found you need a little more pressure than the craft foam setting.  For the Air, cut twice and it does fine.

Assembling the Birthday Shakers

Before you start assembling, run the pieces of foam through the Xyron Sticker Machine putting glue on the foam side without the paper. Leave the center piece inside the outline until after it is run through the Xyron.  This makes cleaner glue edges.  If you don’t have adhesive foam you will have to run the foam through the Xyron twice, flipping it over for the second pass.

I have found it easier to build from the bottom up, so first put down your solid back on the work surface.  Then remove the paper from one of the pieces of foam and stick it to the base.  The foam will flex slightly if you need it to.  Then put the other piece of foam exactly on top  over the first piece, building it up.  Don’t put the acetate on yet.

Adding Shaker Parts to the Birthday Shakers

Next put your shaker parts (sequins, beads or whatever ) in the center carefully avoiding the glue on the edge.  You can add a little or a lot.  Your choice, but if you add too much it won’t shake well.

Lastly, put the acetate over the foam to seal the bead area.  Be sure the chamber is sealed all the way around.  Believe it or not, the most common mistake is to forget the acetate when assembling your shaker.  This gets messy and you end up picking up the shaker parts from the floor.

You can now  put the cardstock outline over the acetate. Glue it with liquid glue. 

The Birthday Shakers are now ready to attach to your card or whatever you are making.  Enjoy!  They make great embellishments on a scrapbook page.

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