I have been majorly slacking -- it's almost time to start planning our girl's 2nd birthday party and I am just now getting to part 2 of Morgan's FIRST birthday party! Shame on me, but I promise I've been busy with other important things (but that's a post for another time)! As promised, though, here is the second installment which will include a detailed look at some DIY pieces used to make her day extra special!
DIY Stats Sheet
After roaming Pinterest and Etsy for hours, I decided I wanted to showcase a 'stats' sheet that detailed milestones and cute tidbits about Morgan, but I did not want to pay much for it. The only affordable option was to DIY!
I have to admit that I am no expert at digital graphics, but I have played around enough in the past that this was not such a daunting task for me. You may get frustrated at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's really simple!
I actually made this using Microsoft PowerPoint because it is easier to manipulate things such as placement of text and not having to bother with margins or text alignment. (I've recently transitioned to all Google applications and I've found it works just as well on Google Slides!)
For the boxes around each category, I simply used the shapes function and changed the style of the border. They have many options, such as dashed, dotted, double lined, and as always, you can change the thickness and color to whatever looks best to you.
For the various fonts and graphics, I used Font Space. They allow you to download whole fonts or copy and paste a sample text to your document free of charge. I found downloading the whole font instead of just copying and pasting from the site made choosing colors and adding text much easier, but that's just me! The only stipulation with using these fonts/graphics is that you only use it for personal use; no selling items that used their fonts (unless you have sought out permission).
The final product was printed on 8 x 10 glossy photo paper and framed in a Dollar Store gold frame that I placed in the entry hallway for guests to see as they arrived. So all in all, this project cost me $1 versus pricier options on Etsy. It's customized to the categories I wanted and matched this event perfectly. So for a totally customized sheet portraying your little one's significant milestones and statistics, this DIY version is a great way to go!
DIY High Chair Skirt
I had seen tons of these "high chair skirts" on Pinterest and Etsy and knew I had to have one for Morgan's party, but it seemed so simple a concept that I decided to tackle it myself. I definitely had to pack my patience for this one, but the result was adorable and cost-effective ($16 total with a ton of spare ribbon for another project in the future), so it was well worth it!
*Side note: please forgive the terrible quality pictures - I was juggling my daughter and this task on a no-nap day and I was only able to snap low-caliber shots as I was going.
Materials you will need:
Steps to make a DIY High Chair Skirt (pictures below):
1. Measure & cut a piece of thick ribbon that will span the edge of the high chair tray
2. Lay this piece on the floor
3. Cut as many pieces from the other various ribbons as you want, keeping in mind that each one will be doubled once it is laced onto the main ribbon (I wanted mine long enough to cover our daughter's legs, but you will just have to eye ball it based on what you want. Longer is always better as you can cut excess when you're finalizing how you want it to look)
4. Take a piece of the ribbon you've just cut and fold it in half with the looped part lying under the main ribbon
5. Take the two ends of the ribbon and bring them together lacing them through the loop at the top
6. Pull the two ends back under the main ribbon so that it makes a fairly tight knot at the top (I found it easiest to do this with one hand holding down the main ribbon and the other hand pulling the other ribbon. This will take some manipulating as they will move while you're doing this - stay patient, the final product is worth it!)
7. You will repeat steps 4-6 for as many ribbons as you've cut (Make sure to vary textures, colors, and patterns to give it dimension and that party-feeling!)
8. Once you've put on as many ribbons as you'd like, attach a velcro strip to each end of the main ribbon and one in the center (I did not put one in the center for our daughter's party, but in hindsight, I really wish I had because it needed more support)
9. Pull the adhesive strip off the back of the velcro strips and stick it to the edges of the high chair tray (the instructions on the package are very helpful if you've never used these before)
10. Step back and admire your handy work!
While it did take me months to crank out this post, I think these DIY pieces were well worth the wait! Very simple and affordable, these two items brought sparkle and a personal touch to our daughter's birthday party as they were designed especially for her and this monumentous occasion.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what DIY can do for special occasions and how putting your own stamp on things can make you all the more satisfied when it's all said and done! And while your little one might not remember these times, you definitely will and pictures of your creations make for great stories to tell later! After all, a picture is worth a thousand words (see below)!