I already showed you photos from Cullen’s first birthday party earlier, but I thought it would be fun to share a bit more on some of the details. I’m not the craftiest mom on the block, but I do my best and I recognize my limits. I knew that I would need to keep it really simple.
The main craft project I did for the party was a month-by-month photo banner. A few weeks before the big day, I picked my favorite photos from each month and ordered prints online. I’m a pretty hardcore procrastinator, so the fact that I did this ahead of time was somewhat miraculous.
Here’s how the banner came together…
Once the photos arrived, I headed to Michael’s for cardstock, glue, and twine. I traced a big triangle and cut out twelve of the same size. Then I cut 12 more triangles that were about 1/2 inch smaller all around, in order to create the layered look. Finally, I cut one more triangle – about 1/2 inch smaller again – and used it as a template to cut the photos. I set the triangle on top of each photo in order to determine the best placement for cutting (and keeping the photo centered). Once all the photos were cut, I glued all the triangles together!
A few days before the party, I strung the banner using thin twine strung through holes made with a mini hole punch. It was actually much easier than I originally imagined. I love the way it turned out, and I’m sitting here ten days later, typing from the kitchen counter with the banner still hanging directly above me. My husband keeps asking when I’m going to take it down. I’m ignoring him.
Here are the individual photos I used for the banner, as well as a larger version of the final product!
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