Cowboy Birthday


My son Nathaniel had a fun cowboy birthday theme. His favorite thing to do as a 6-year-old was to shoot off caps guns, wear a cowboy hat, and watch The Lone Ranger. Because of his love for westerns, he even wrote a story that was a cowboy western, with the main character and the villain having a shootout showdown at the end of the story. This is one of the perks of homeschooling. His writing assignments can actually coincide with what he is excited about.

How to Make a Paper Cowboy Vest Craft

For his birthday party, we had the kids make a paper cowboy vest. First you will need some paper bags from the grocery store.We cut them down the middle until we came to the hole for the head, which we also cut out beforehand. Then we painted the vests with tempera paint. We wanted the painted vests to be ready to thread with twine during the party.


On the day of the party, the kids cut a fringe on the bottom of their vest. They also used a hole punch to punch holes on the two sides of the vest down the front for the twine to go through. Depending on the age of the child, you might need to punch the holes for a 3-year-old, for example, so that you don’t end up with random holes.


Then the kids threaded the twine through the holes, making a knot on the bottom and the top on the back where it couldn’t be seen. We attached a sheriff badge to each cowboy vest. We got a package of these at a party supply store.


The kids loved how their cowboy vests turned out!

How to Make a Horse Cake


Making a horse cake isn’t too difficult. Just bake a rectangular chocolate cake, and shape it into a horse head. The triangle cut from the bottom of the neck will be used for the ear at the top of the cake. We frosted the cake with chocolate frosting and white frosting for the mane. We used black frosting gel to make the bridle and other details. A sweet tart was the eye.


We also found a horse piñata at a party store, which was perfect for this cowboy birthday theme! My son had a great time and smiled from ear to ear.

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18 Responses to “Cowboy Birthday”

  1. keisha says:

    Such adorable ideas! I love making crafts and stuff for my kiddos! Great job!

  2. MJ says:

    Love this! It’s way too cute! You’re so talented! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Julie says:

    This looks like a fun birthday party! The vests looked like a hit, what a cute idea!

  4. Taylor says:

    This is so fun!! Your cake looks great, and those vests look like a blast to make (and wear.)

  5. Leigh says:

    This is so cute! Love the vest. I’m pinning this for inspiration when we do our Western/Rodeo week at our preschool next year.

  6. Alice Mills says:

    That is so cute! And you have the post which makes it part of the legacy of his childhood.

  7. Ann (Neethu) says:

    Loved the vest. Your son looks extremely happy too.

  8. Melissa says:

    Ooh! The horse cake is cute! And I think if I made a larger cut at the neck, I could get two triangles and turn it into a unicorn cake!

  9. Kristen H says:

    Very cute! My aunt & uncle had a western themed summer party this past year. Themed parties are so much fun.

    • Susan says:

      That’s great! A themed birthday can be fun for adults, especially if it is the favorite time period or theme for the birthday person.

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