Birthday Party DIYs

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Here are more details in the various DIYs I did for my son’s first birthday party

(1) Alphabet Banner

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  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. 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).
  3. Change the font size to desired size.
  4. Print on reverse using your printer’s advanced options.
  5. Draw a few boxes on the top of the alphabets roughly 1″ x 1″ for hanging the letters on a string.
  6. Cut out the alphabets including the flaps.
  7. Fold and glue the flaps down behind the letters.
  8. String a twine or ribbon through the flaps.

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(2) Car Piñata

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  1. Cut out 2 pieces of the car from cardboard box.
  2. Cut out a long piece of rectangle from cardboard box.  Tape the 2 car pieces to the rectangle piece.
  3. Cut fringe in the crepe papers.
  4. Glue the crepe papers all around the pinata.  Start from the bottom and work your way to the top.

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(3) Coloring Book

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  1. Pick a few coloring pages (get free downloads from the Crayonla website).
  2. Fit two images on one page in landscape mode.
  3. Print out pages using the 2-sided printing option.
  4. Print a cover page using thick card stock paper.
  5. Fold all pages in half and staple the pages together along the folding edge.

(4) Popcorn Bags

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  1. Choose your desired address label size.
  2. Use Microsoft Word Envelopes and Labels function to create the popcorn bag labels.
  3. Print and stick the labels onto the popcorn bags.

(5) Photo Boards

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  1. Get two 20″ x 30″ foam boards.
  2. Print out approximately 50 photos.
  3. 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

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  1. 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

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It’s going to be the same methodology for both shirt and pant.

    1. Pick a shirt that fits your baby well.
    2. Trace the outline of the shirt to pattern paper. (I loosely followed the instructions from this YouTube tutorial to create my pattern.)
    3. 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.
    4. Cut out pattern in muslin and make a prototype.  Make any other necessary adjustment to the pattern.
    5. Cut out pattern in actual fabric.
    6. Sew shirt together.

Follow the same steps for the pant.

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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

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