Trainers! Niantic has just released a downloadable “Print at Home Kit,” containing crafts, decorations, and other items that you can assemble at home to help somewhat recreate the atmosphere of GO Fest no matter where you are! The downloadable kit is now available on the Pokémon GO Fest 2020 website. MT has spent some time assembling some of the items and will also be providing some tips & tricks along the way. Let’s get crafty!
CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES
You will be able to print out life-size cutouts of Professor Willow, Spark, Blanche, and Candela! The Team Leader Banners are a staple of every GO Fest, and you will be able to have them at home as well! Other items included in the kit are:
- Decorations to color
- Build a Gift (like the ones you send Friends)
- Create a Poké Ball
- Pikachu Visor
- and more!
At Pokémon GO live events, life-size cutouts of Professor Willow, Spark, Blanche, and Candela provide popular photo opportunities. Bring that experience home with life-size printouts! Print and assemble the professor or team leader of your choice.
You will be able to show your team support by putting up Team Mystic, Team Instinct, and Team Valor decorations around your home! Team GO Rocket has even managed to invade the craft kit, should you want to represent the dark side.
Represent Team Instinct, Team Mystic, or Team Valor proudly and share your Pokémon GO Fest celebration by putting up decorations around your home or on your windows!
MT's Tips & Tricks
MT is a crafter at heart. If it includes cutting things out and assembling them, or coming up with creative ideas for her kids she is all over it. She uses every tool from Pinterest to Exacto blades. (don’t worry, we have no clue what those things are either, but we trust her…lol)
Hey y’all…so, most of these crafts you are seeing are fairly simple and easy to do from home. Sorta the point, right? Well, let us go over a couple of things about what you will receive in the kits and where we would start.
- Plan to Test Assemble Early: Each item has a different degree of difficulty. I highly recommend you try and test them out prior to the day of the event. For example, the Poké Ball took me OVER 35 minutes assemble, and this doesn’t include the time it will take to cut the items out.
- Take Your Time: I’ll admit, I’m incredibly impatient. I want to get it done and get it done timely and efficiently, but not all of these items will allow for that. Especially the expertise level ones like the Poké Ball and Gift.
- Card Stock Paper: If you choose to print from home, rather than an office supplies store like Staples, Office Depot, or Kinkos, we recommend a heavier cardstock for durability purposes. You can find these at places like Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, JoAnn, or another craft store near you. They usually offer 40% off coupons too!
- Cutting Machines (i.e., Silhouette®, Cricut®, etc.): If you have one or access to one, we highly recommend using the trace features provided with some of the software rather than cutting by hand. This will allow for smoother lines and reduce the time it will take on the more difficult assemblies.
- Score the Folding Lines: Not sure what that means; it’s ok. Scoring refers to the process of making a crease in the paper so it will fold easier. Basically, a paper score is a ridge that is indented into the paper where the fold line will occur. You can use craft tools like a bone folder, back of an Exacto Knife (not the cutting edge), or even the back of a pair of scissors, so you are only creasing to make folding easier.
- Double-Sided Adhesive: I found that using a double-sided adhesive rather than glue makes the process go a bit quicker. You are adding glue to very small areas, but the time it takes to dry is pretty time-consuming. We recommend adhesive glider tools like what Scrapbook crafters use.
- Have Fun: The most important thing in all this is to remember to HAVE FUN. These aren’t required items, but they are here for you or someone in your community to get their craft on for a little additional event aesthetic.
Easier Way to Craft
If you find halfway through creating the Poké Ball that you just don’t have the time or patience to assemble, don’t worry. We have an alternative!
If you have a Party City nearby, check out their Red Ball Party Favors! You can purchase them individually or in packs of 12!
All you need here are the party favor balls, some electrical tape, and a few circles of paper and you can make something easily and quickly like I did for my son’s 6th birthday a few years ago! There are some other exciting ideas here too!
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Of everything I made for the party, the takeaway Pokéballs were by far my favorite! Definitely can't take credit for the idea, but of course I put my own spin on them. Each of them were filled with: a party popper, a Pokémon bracelet, two mini Pokémon, a sticker of one of the three Pokémon Go teams, a sticker of the Pokémon selected for each child, a sheet of mini temporary tattoos of all of the Pokémon selected, a chalk egg with the "Oh?" Tag, and last but not least a homemade Muk Pokémon (the Alolan version) which was homemade slime we made early on. 😁 #SixthBirthday #nashville #etsy #etsyshop #etsyseller #etsysellersofinstagram #etsyusa #design #create #pokeballs #teamvalor #teaminstinct #teammystic #tennessee #Pokemon #PokemonGo #WeChooseYou #Birthday #BirthdayParty #Birthdaydecorations #silhouette #silhouettecameo #silhouetteamerica #craft #crafting #crafter #birthdays #maker #legendary #charizard
Share your creativity using these kits with the world! Use #PokemonGOFest2020 and post your pictures to your social media outlet of choice. Who knows, you might even get your pictures shared by Niantic!