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Best Tips for a DIY Kids Birthday Party

I really love to throw DIY Birthday parties. With beautiful Birthday banners, themed decorations and birthday invitations, actually a themed DIY birthday party is a fun way of celebrating the birthday of little ones.

After organizing few DIY and themed birthday parties, now I have some experience on organizing birthday parties especially for kids making them exciting about their party and the birthday celebration. Some people think small kids, especially those babies who celebrate their first birthday don’t really understand or they don’t actually enjoy it. It is wrong. It is an excuse for some who don’t want to organize a birthday party. With my experience, I found DIY birthday party is the best way to celebrate it with the kid.

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Here are few tips for you to organize a DIY birthday party which your kid would love to talk for long time.

Select a theme

You need to have a theme for your kid’s birthday party. If you search online, you’ll find tons of birthday party themes. But, don’t go for a birthday party theme which you like. Instead, be on alert of your kid’s interests. If your kid is above age 3, then sure they will suggest the party theme. If your kid is a toddler or infant, then decide a theme with his interests.

Pororo themed Birthday Party

our Pororo themed Birthday Party table

For our first birthday party, we decided animal theme because my son loved animal songs and animal toys. For his second birthday, we decided train theme simply because of his interest on his train toys and some YouTube nursery rhymes which feature a train(Bob the Train). Both times, my son enjoyed the party, his cake and decorations.Our Pororo themed birthday party was a hit when the kid was three years old.

Create DIY decorations and Birthday party invitations

Once you decide the birthday party theme then decide on the decorations. DIY decorations are always beautiful and unique. You can create birthday banner, birthday invitations, door banner and other decorations according to your theme.

How to make animal themed DIY Birthday Banner

Our DIY 1st Birthday party backdrop.

If you are creative enough, then you know how to create DIY birthday party decors. But, most of the time it is easy to buy printable party decorations. Once you buy printable party decorations, then you only need to customize it with your kids name and print it. Your themed party decorations are ready in few minutes.

Check for Cake designs and food ideas

When you have a theme for the birthday,it is easy to select the cake design.If you contact a cake decorator,they will show you tons of ideas suit to your theme.Otherwise,you can also make your own cake and decorate it with matching theme.I sometimes order birthday cakes.For some birthdays,I decorated store bought cakes with simple cake toppers.Cake toppers are easy to buy if the theme is related to toys.Otherwise you can easily make some DIY cake toppers for birthday.

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For food ideas,you can easily check online.Kids love candy and sweets.Other than that colourful fruits will make the birthday table beautiful.To make the dessert table match with the theme,use some figures or toppers with your theme in between food plates.That will be really cute and will create a beautiful dessert table!

When you are ready with all these ideas,it is time to order and start planing your DIY kids birthday party!

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DIY Cake Bunting Topper for Birthdays

I made this DIY cake bunting topper for my son’s first birthday party.Though we ordered a cake for his first birthday,I also baked and decorated a simple cake as a smash cake.To make it more beautiful I made this cake bunting topper  and it was super easy.

DIY cake bunting topper

Here is how I made this DIY cake bunting topper.It’s really easy.

Supplies:

Cardstock of your choice of color
-Letter Stickers to say ‘Happy Birthday’ or printed letters (I used letters stickers)
-A beautiful Ribbon
– Glue
-2 Straws or wooden skewers

How to do:

Sketch out a flag bunting shape in a card. This will be used as a template.
Once the flag is sketched out, cut the template.

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Using this template cut flags for the cake bunting using the cards stock. Cut 13 flags to say ‘Happy Birthday’. If you want to add the name of the baby, cut few more flags.
Now glue the letter s and stick those to each flag. Or use letter stickers.
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon. Make sure to cut it longer than required, so you have some length to tie etc.
Using a small dot of glue on the back top of each flag, stick all flags to the ribbon.
Because the cake is small and space is limited, make 2 strings of the banner. One for the word ‘Happy’ and the other for ‘Birthday’.
Now banner is ready.

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Attach the banners using glue to the top end of straws or wooden skewers.
Now it is ready.
Insert this Cake topper to your Birthday cake.
A simple,beautiful and a customized cake is ready! 🙂

Do you like such DIY crafts to personalize your birthday parties?

Other than this DIY cake bunting topper,I also made a DIY animal themed birthday banner and a door banner too.These crafts made our birthday party beautiful!

Pororo Themed Birthday Party for 3rd Birthday

We threw a Pororo themed Birthday Party for our kid when he turned three! This is a long due post and as always I am late with some posts. Now my son is going to be 4 years old in next October. So, before he reaches 4 years old, I am rushing to share some posts related to his Pororo Birthday Party!

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Our Pororo themed Birthday Party table

Why Pororo theme?

Pororo is a cute little penguin who is the main character of Pororo and the friends cartoon series. Well, I am a mom who allows my kid to spend time with apps and tv shows under my control with limits. Other than Peppa cartoon series, I allow him to watch Pororo and the friend too as this series is suitable for his age as I think.

Now, I am talking about last year which my kid was below 3 years of age. He loved Pororo and still he loves. He also loves to watch Pororo educational series which teaches about patterns, counting and other educational topics.

As I love to select a theme for his birthdays, last year I selected ‘Pororo’ as our 3rd Birthday party theme.

Well, we didn’t have guests for our home. Instead we celebrated his Pororo Birthday Party at his Playgroup with his teachers and friends. It was a lovely and memorable moment.

Here are some of the highlights from our 3rd Birthday celebrations with Pororo themed birthday decorations and supplies.

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Before everything I wanted to plan his Pororo themed birthday cake. When I checked online, I could find beautiful Pororo cake design ideas. However as we celebrated the birthday at his playgroup, I had to check with the teacher. Instead of cutting a birthday cake and serve the kids, teacher was happy to have cupcakes. I loved that idea too as cupcakes are easy to serve to the kids.

However, I couldn’t find a place to buy cupcakes easily. There are cupcake shops around my neighborhood, but they have some limitations. Finally I found thecakeshop.com.sg . They were really helpful and I could place my order online. We ordered Pororo themed cupcakes.

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Pororo Birthday cupcakes

Although we bought cupcakes for celebrations at the playgroup,I also wanted to blow candles at home as a way of family bonding. So,below is my birthday cake for him.

How I made this Pororo Birthday Cake?

It is really simple. I bought a plain yet simply decorated cake from nearby bakery shop. The cake came with a ‘Happy Birthday’ topper. To the same cake, I created a cake topper using a sticker with Pororo and friends. I pasted that sticker on a toothpick creating a beautiful and easy cake topper. 🙂 Finally, here is our very own Pororo Birthday Cake!

Design for Pororo Birthday Cake

Pororo Themed Birthday Party decorations

This time, I didn’t spend much time for the Pororo Birthday decorations. Instead I could easily buy Pororo themed Goody bags and party supplies for affordable rates from the nearby shopping mall.(NTUC FairPrice)

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Party hats

Pororo themed Birthday Party

Goody bags and party hats with Pororo theme

I couldn’t find Pororo themed party hats. Instead I bought a pack of DIY party hats. Using Pororo and friends stickers, I personalized those party hats to match the party theme.

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Pororo themed Birthday party masks and horns for kids

Here are some of the moments from our Pororo Birthday party with my kids playgroup friends.

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A photo with his friends.I covered the little faces due to privacy.

 

Kid was so happy because his father visited his playgroup.This is once a year happening as I am the one behind the kid’s school events always.Kid had a big story to share with his dad after the playgroup. 🙂

And a mommy son moment!

After the playgroup,we celebrated his birthday at home blowing candles and cutting this really simple cake.

We had a great day with the kid.To make him happy,I also visited the Pororo Park with him.So he was full of activities with Pororo and the friends.It was a birthday party which created memories for him with his favourite cartoon character!

Birthday party Album

This time I created his 3rd Birthday party album with Zno photo books.

Mixbook is my other favourite company for his photo books.

These days I am busy planning his next birthday.He will be 4 soon. 🙂

Do you like birthday parties?Do you throw birthday parties with a theme?

Check Tweet Paperie for Unique Personalized Gifts in Singapore

Personalized gifts are always unique and exciting. The receiver will be happy to recieve a gift which is really made just for him or her. Specially, when it is time to share gifts for kids, they would love to see their names on the gifts. This simple thing can make kids happier than giving them an expensive gift.

Tweet Paperie for Unique Personalized Gifts in Singapore

Tweet Paperie is such a place to find unique personalized gifts for kids, parents or even for teachers with cute and lovely designs. Based in Singapore,their design collection includes themed party packages, party favors, personalized stationary and many more items including gifts for newlyweds and babies. Recently I received some items which are suitable as birthday party favours for kids which could create my son and niece super excited! They loved to see their names on the favour bags!

Here are some of the items we received which are personalized with the kids names.

Half Transparent Net Pouch with Name – Party Favor / Goodie Bag

Tweet Paperie for Unique Personalized Gifts in Singapore

This pouch is suitable as a goodie bag for kids party which you can easily personalize the goodie bags with individual recipients name. These pouches are suitable for birthday goodie bags and any occasion which you need personalized gifts to give as party favours.

I requested this goodie bag with my niece’s name on it. She loved to have such a cute pouch to keep her stationary.Check more details here.

Art Case (Stationery Bag) Custom Party Favor (with Name)

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This is another cute personalized gift for any kid which is also available in different designs. My kid loves his stationary bag which he uses to keep his crayons and other colour pencils inside. This cute stationary bag is suitable to keep colour pencils whenever we visit outside and I found my kid is happy with colouring during his trips.Check more designs and details here.

We also received other designs of stationary bags and pouches which are really cute and useful for kids.

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Features of the personalized gifts from Tweet Paperie

As there are online stores for such designs, we always worry about the quality and appearance of the product before we buy. However, the products we received from Tweet Paperie are in high quality and suitable for kids. These products are suitable as party favours which can create the event fun and excited by simply mentioning the items with individual recipients names. That can be a good keepsake too.

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And, did you check the price? Prices are really reasonable and affordable. Also don’t forget the cute designs. I love the idea that these goodie bags are reusable as stationary bags which kids can continue using it. So, if you are planning your kids’ birthday party or any kids’ event, check www.tweetpaperie.com for the favour bags ideas. You will not regret of your idea of sharing personalized goodie bags for cute party guests! Also check their store for other range of products!

 

 

Train Birthday Party for Our Son’s 2nd Birthday

Few months ago our son celebrated his 2nd birthday. Actually he celebrated his 2nd birthday on last year October and still I couldn’t post any details of it. My blog is called ‘Diary of a New Mom’, but my diary is always outdated. 🙂 Anyway, late is better than never. So, this post will still have some value when he is grown up.

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Sanu is Two!

He celebrated his 2nd birthday in October last year. It was really busy and stressful period at our home. My mother arrived here from Sri Lanka and helped me on weaning. We started weaning him from breastfeeding, but my son was not happy. 🙁 He tried his best to get his favourite ‘breast milk’.

Although his actual birthday was on October, we had to celebrate it few days before as we had plans to visit Sri Lanka for a holiday. I wanted to have a small celebration as I was not sure on how our days would be in Sri Lanka. Visiting Sri Lanka is always enjoyable as we can stay with family members. But, on the other way it is really tiresome. We travel from one place to another. No proper stay at any home. So, I planned to have a birthday celebration in Singapore before we leave as I can’t predict how it would be in Sri Lanka.

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This time our birthday theme was train birthday. My son loves Bob the Train songs YouTube channel (Kids TV), so we could easily select the theme.

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DIY Train Birthday Party for 2 Year old

I love DIY birthday parties. So, most of the banners were done by me and I always involved my son with me when I was doing those crafts.One of the best ways to teach arts and crafts for toddlers! 🙂

Below is the Birthday banner for this train themed Birthday party.This DIY Train birthday banner is really easy to make when you have beautiful and colourful papers.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Train Birthday Party Banner

I also printed photos of his 2nd year and made a photo banner which features a train.

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Train Birthday Photo Banner

I have a plan of making a photo album for our son using his 5 years photos,so I capture a photo each month and I guess birthday is a good reason to print all the monthly photos.

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Train Birthday Photo Banner

Below is a simple birthday cake done by me.Actually I bought few decorated pieces of cakes from a nearby bakery shop and made this train birthday cake.A toy train engine completed the look of the birthday cake.

Actually this was just a family celebration which we didn’t have any guests.So,we didn’t want a big Birthday cake.

Here is the tutorial for this easy train Birthday Cake.

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Train Birthday Cake

Anyway,I still bought another small cake for the sake of cutting as I wanted to keep the Train Birthday cake few more minutes just to admire its beauty. 🙂

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Train Birthday Cake

We are ready to cut the cake.But,the train cake engine (train toy) is in our son’s hand 🙂

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My mother was the only guest for this Train Birthday party!

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Sanu with his Grand Mother

Lunch was served for the train birthday party and we arranged it as a train using colourful containers.This colourful train toy helped a lot to create our lunch train.

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Train Birthday Party Food

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An easy food garnishing for the train birthday party

He looks bit tired as few days before the celebration,he fell down on the floor and ended up with four stitches on his chin. 🙁 In these photos,he is still with his stitches.

Anyway,our train birthday party is not yet over.We visited Sri Lanka at the end of September and we were there on his actual date of birth.(His birthday falls on the first week of October) My mother arranged a Birthday party at home inviting few kids in our neighborhood.It was a great opportunity for our son to play and mingle with some kids in Sri Lanka.My mother,as she left Singapore just before few days of our flight took some of the banners from the party saying she doesn’t have enough time to shop for birthday party supplies.On the other way,we could use most of the birthday supplies twice!

So here are some moments from the Train Birthday Party we had in Sri Lanka.Sadly,photos are not so clear and most of the photos with the kids are shaky.I could pick few photos anyhow.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

We used different candy,chocolates and sweets for the party.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka with candy and sweets

Kids always love these types of candy parties than other food 🙂

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For us it was easy to organize as we were on a holiday and with limited time.

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Below are some of the decorations.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

Party favours for the train birthday

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Train Birthday Party Door banner

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Sanu with his cousin sister

Most of the photos are shaky.But I could find few photos with some of the kids who came to our birthday party.They all are so sweet and enjoyed the day with our son.

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Some of the sweet kids

Below is a train! 🙂 Kids were playing.

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Its games time.Kids enjoyed a choo choo train! 🙂

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Some of the kids for our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

Although we celebrate his birthdays with a party,we don’t forget to join with good causes.

This time we visited an elderly home near to our home (Sri Lanka) with some donations.We also offered tea party for the elders who reside there.It was a good time for us to spend time with them.

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My son is almost 2 and half years now and we are waiting for his 3rd Birthday celebration.

How about you?Do you celebrate kids birthdays at home?If so,how do you celebrate?

Also please share your photo stories from the past week.

Birthday Party Planning with Mascots

Planning a kids Birthday Party is really exciting. We as parents wants to organize the best ever birthday party for the kids. So far I’ve organized my sons first birthday and 2nd birthday party and I had great time planning the parties with my little kid.

Now he understands more than he was in his first and second birthday parties. Even he asks me to arrange his 3rd Birthday party with his favorite characters like Mickey Mouse, Spider man and so on. Although his Birthday is on October, I understand that this time we can really make him excited and surprised by organizing a super exciting party with his favorite characters.

That is why I am thinking of having Party Mascots for his next birthday. I am sure he will be super excited same as his friends. This time he has new friends too as he started his playgroup.

Planning a Birthday Party with Mascots

As there are many tips available for you to check on planning a birthday party, I decided only to share some important tips on having a party mascot or having mascot moments for your kids party.

You need to employ well experienced mascot company in order to give the kids maximum entertainment and excitement.

Birthday Party planning with Mascots

Image Credits: MXC Party Mascots

Select the mascot characters according to their age and preferences. For this you can get your kid’s ideas too. For example, Mickey Mouse can be favorite for toddlers while spider man can be a favorite character for a kid around age 5.

You can discuss more details and how to organize the arrival of party mascots with the entertainment company which you are going to hire.

MXC Party Mascots for your Party entertainment needs

As a party rental company located in Fresno, CA, MXC Party Mascots provides entertainment for kids parties and any celebrations with appearance of your favorite characters. You can also rent bounce houses, tables and chairs and concession machines when you contact MXC Party Mascots.

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Concession Machines available at MXC Party Mascots

Check MXC Party Mascots for more details and you will see lot of photos of mascots and how they have provided entertainment for kids. Happy and exciting faces in these photos are the best reviews and recommendations for you if you are looking for Party Mascots in Fresno, CA.

Planning a Birthday Party with Mascots

These happy faces are the best recommendation for you about MXC Party Mascots 🙂

Have you ever used the service of party mascots for any of your parties? Please share your ideas.

How to Create Beautiful Birthday Party Invitations

Throwing a kid’s birthday party is always exciting. Once you decide the birthday party theme, then it is time to organize. I always love themed birthday parties. It is exciting, it is beautiful and it is easy to organize. When you have a theme, you know what to buy, what to do by yourself and how to throw.

After deciding the birthday party theme, you need to plan your party decorations, birthday invitations and birthday party food. Your Birthday party invitation plays a major role of the party, because that is the cutest things go out from your home and give the hint of the party. If the birthday party invitation is really beautiful and if it shows the theme of the party, that conveys the message of a beautiful sweet and cute celebration!

How to create a beautiful birthday party invitation

How to Create Beautiful Birthday Party Invitations?

There are few ways to create a birthday invitation.

Do it Yourself

If you have computer skills with some design knowledge, then you can easily create your own birthday invitation. Simply you can use an image of your kid and add text on the image. That will create a personalized birthday invitation. Then print required quantity and send to the guests.

Buy Ready-made Birthday Invitations from your local store

You can buy birthday invitations from your local shop and fill the details and send to the guests. But, I am sure you cannot find the birthday invitation which exactly goes with your theme.

Use editable and Printable Birthday invitations

Another way you can do is, use printable invitations. You can visit www.sassabyparties.com and select birthday invitations which you like and which go with the theme. Once you select your favorite kids’ party invitations, download it. Save the files and edit as you like. Print the required quantity and send to the guests. You can use beautiful envelopes to send the birthday party invitations out.

Printable birthday party invitations are easy to use and will save your time. From the same shop, you can even buy printable party decorations and complete organizing your themed birthday party.

How do you create your kids party invitations? Do you like DIY birthday parties? Please share your thoughts.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

I really like to have DIY Birthday banners than buying it. Simply, I am able to match the Birthday Banner with the party theme. We already celebrated our son’s 2nd Birthday and this time we picked the theme as ‘Train Birthday’. So everything from Birthday Cake to decorations is with the train theme.I had interesting time creating most of the decorations and Train Birthday Cake.My son really loved his train Birthday party!

DIY Train Birthday Banner

DIY Train Birthday Banner

For the banner, I came up with this idea as a DIY train birthday banner. It was really easy to create this. You will only need few different colour papers and printed letters. Other supplies are like scissors and glue are also needed.

Here is how I finished this DIY train birthday banner. If you are throwing a train themed Birthday party, this idea may be helpful.

You need,
Colourful papers from different colours
Printed letters which says your message
A pair of scissors
Glue
A ribbon
Punch

Here is how we made this DIY Train Birthday banner.

First cut colour papers into squares of the size you want your train themed birthday banner.

Also cut rectangles from another colour.(As shown in photos)

Also cut the letters from the printed paper.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Using a color combination,paste rectangles on the square shapes.

Then paste letters accordingly.

Finaly cut small circles to pretend the wheels of the train.Paste those on the squares.(Wagons of the train)

DIY Train Birthday Banner

You will have beautiful set of letter wagons of the train.

DIY Train Birthday BannerPunch holes on each squares and thread a ribbon through each to make it as a birthday banner.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Now,wagons of the train banner is ready.We need the train engines.

Using few colour papers,I simply cut the engine shape.Actualy I didnt use any template.

Then I used anothe colour squares,rectangles and circles to create the windows and wheels of the 3 engines.

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Finally,we pasted those engines on the wall and our Train Birthday banner was ready for the party!

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Is this cute?Please let me know your idea.Do you like to make your own Birthday banner?

Also check our Animal themed 1st Birthday Party banner tutorial.

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DIY Birthday Banner- Animal Themed Party

For our son’s first Birthday, we used ‘Animals’ as the theme of the Birthday Party. It was a DIY first Birthday party and most of the items were done by me. Lately, I thought of sharing these DIY tutorials if it is helpful for someone.

Animal themed Birthday banner for 1st Birthday!

Animal themed Birthday banner for 1st Birthday!

Throwing a kids birthday party is really awesome and fun. This was our first time organizing a party and I had a great time arranging it. Instead of buying a party banner, I decided to go for a DIY Birthday Banner. To make the banner to match with animals theme, I used few animal pictures when we hang it on the wall.

How to make animal themed DIY Birthday Banner

Supplies

Card stock of different colour papers
Ribbon or a beautiful thread
Glue
Pair of scissors
Pen as needed
Letters to spell “happy Birthday’ – Printed letters or stickers

Few images of animals

How to do:

Using card stock,cut 13 circles of 7’ diameter.I used a small bowl to draw the circles.

Cut 13 squares of 7’’ length and width.

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Using glue,stick a circle into a square shaped paper.

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Stick letters on each card.If using a print,cut letters from the print out and stick into each square made.

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Match colours and arrange all letters into different colour squares.
Punch 2 holes in top corners of each square.
Arrange the squares in an order to read ‘Happy Birthday’
Thread the ribbon through the squares and you are done!

As our theme for the party is ‘Animals’,I used some animal pictures in between words.

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DIY Birthday Banner- Animal Themed Party

 

DIY Birthday Party Door Banner

This is our simple and easy DIY Birthday door banner for the First Birthday Party. Party theme was Animals. So I used a cute Panda for the door banner to make it match with the theme. At first I thought of using a photo of a monkey. Then, decided a panda is much better.
Although I don’t have step by step photos , making this animal themed door banner is pretty simple.

Here is how to make this easy DIY Birthday Party door banner.

How to make easy DIY Birthday Party door banner

Try to find different matching colour boards or colour papers (from your card stock)
Then cut rectangles of different sizes.
Stick them according to a design which shows different colours/designs as borders.

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DIY Animal Themed Birthday Party Door Banner ©Diaryofanewmom.com

I used letter stickers to create the welcome message in this door banner.Use of stickers is really easy and quick.Luckily I found some colorful letter stickers just before the party day.

Use a piece of beautiful ribbon or a string to hang it in the door.

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