Here are more details in the various DIYs I did for my son’s first birthday party
(1) Alphabet Banner
- Open Microsoft Word.
- Choose a font (I used Arial Black), use the WordArt function to change the font into a hollow letter (turn off all text effects and text fill).
- Change the font size to desired size.
- Print on reverse using your printer’s advanced options.
- Draw a few boxes on the top of the alphabets roughly 1″ x 1″ for hanging the letters on a string.
- Cut out the alphabets including the flaps.
- Fold and glue the flaps down behind the letters.
- String a twine or ribbon through the flaps.
(2) Car Piñata
- Cut out 2 pieces of the car from cardboard box.
- Cut out a long piece of rectangle from cardboard box. Tape the 2 car pieces to the rectangle piece.
- Cut fringe in the crepe papers.
- Glue the crepe papers all around the pinata. Start from the bottom and work your way to the top.
(3) Coloring Book
- Pick a few coloring pages (get free downloads from the Crayonla website).
- Fit two images on one page in landscape mode.
- Print out pages using the 2-sided printing option.
- Print a cover page using thick card stock paper.
- Fold all pages in half and staple the pages together along the folding edge.
(4) Popcorn Bags
- Choose your desired address label size.
- Use Microsoft Word Envelopes and Labels function to create the popcorn bag labels.
- Print and stick the labels onto the popcorn bags.
(5) Photo Boards
- Get two 20″ x 30″ foam boards.
- Print out approximately 50 photos.
- Use photo-safe tapes to tape the photos onto the foam boards.
Note: If I had more time, I would divide the various sections by month more clearly.
(6) Bow Tie
- Follow the tutorial from Make it & Love It.
Note: I adjusted the measurement to make it smaller so it looks more proportional for my son.
(7) Shirt & Pant
It’s going to be the same methodology for both shirt and pant.
- Pick a shirt that fits your baby well.
- Trace the outline of the shirt to pattern paper. (I loosely followed the instructions from this YouTube tutorial to create my pattern.)
- Make any necessary adjustment to the pattern as desired. Note: For this pattern, I chose a long-sleeve shirt that we already owned and changed it into short sleeve. I also narrowed the waist as the original shirt was a bit loose.
- Cut out pattern in muslin and make a prototype. Make any other necessary adjustment to the pattern.
- Cut out pattern in actual fabric.
- Sew shirt together.
Follow the same steps for the pant.
These are definitely a lot of work, but it’s nice to be able to customize the outfit for the special day.
I hope you like the DIYs and found these simple tutorials useful for your next projects!
Photos taken by Vean Chen and Steve Chou