My daughter turning one was a momentous time for this first time momma. My little miss did just this a few weeks ago. We celebrated by throwing her a magical unicorn birthday party. I wanted to commemorate her first trip around the sun, so I made a cloud photo birthday banner. This birthday banner is a great way to reflect back on the first year of life you and your tiny human shared. So let’s get to crafting.
Cloud Photo Birthday Banner Instructions:
First things first! Make sure you have a picture of your little love for each month plus a newborn photo!
I used my Cricut for this project, but you could cut the clouds out by hand if you do not have a Cricut I programmed the Cricut to cut out 13 clouds on white card stock (I included a newborn photo). I sized the clouds to be 6 inches by 4 inches.
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Alternatively, if you don’t have a Cricut, or you just want to do it old school with scissors, I have made a pattern that you can use. My cloud pattern is slightly different from the one you get with Cricut Design Space. I didn’t want to infringe on any copy right issues. My original cloud will still give you the same feel to your design.
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I glued the two layers together, with the smaller layer on top. I just used a plain old glue stick for this.
Next, I took a metallic gold sharpie and traced all around the cloud. This gave such a sharp look to the clouds. And added just the pop I needed. The party theme was unicorns and I used rainbow colors with gold and gold glitter as accents!
Using the same marker, I wrote months on each cloud: newborn, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months….. and so on. You can use a stencil if you don’t like your handwriting. I just free-handed the lettering. I did use a ruler to keep my lines straight as I wrote the months.
I made sure to let all the marker dry to prevent smudging. Then, using glue dots, I attached the photos to the bottom of the clouds. I have a new found love for glue dots! They held the photos in place, and when the party was over, it was easy to remove the photos without any damage! LOVE IT!
Right when I was getting ready to make this project I had just signed up for Shutterfly to get my prints. Did you know Shutterfly now prints 4×4 inch photos? I love square photos, so, of course that is what I used! Also, if you download their app, you can get unlimited free prints. You do have to pay for shipping, but it was very reasonable.
To string up my cloud photo birthday banner I used jute twine and little white clothes pins that I picked up at Michael’s, but these are similar.
The best part about this method was when I was done with the banner, I just un-clipped the clouds from the twine. Now, I am able to reuse the twine for whatever creative masterpiece I come up with next!
I love how chic this cloud photo birthday banner turned out. It really looks high end and also doesn’t distract from all the pictures of my daughter, which is the real focus after all! 🙂
Amazing how something so simple is so cool! A hint of creativity, some paper, markers, and scissors (or a Cricut) and you have an awesome cloud garland. I also love that this little craft whips up in less than a half hour!
If you were wondering, I personally have the Cricut Explore One™ with the Wireless Adapter and I absolutely love it. Seriously, I had been swooning over this thing for over a year. I finally bit the bullet and purchased my Cricut right before my daughter’s birthday, which was this past February. I justified it by telling the Mr. I would be needing it to make all of the party decor! Hehehe! I have gotten so much use out of this little guy; it makes my paper crafting so much easier! No more scissor hand cramps! Wahoo.
In just this short time, I have made two happy birthday banners, a one banner for my daughter’s high chair, tons of unicorn cutouts to decorate the house and favor bags for the epic unicorn birthday party and an iron on transfer for my daughter’s onsie! Seriously, this thing rocks. I can’t wait to use it even more!
More Creative Ideas to Jazz Up Your Cloud Photo Banner
In case you are looking to add a little more flair or personal touch to your cloud banner, I thought up a few other variations that would be fun to try!
These clouds would be great with happy birthday stenciled on them!
Another fun idea is to string the clouds vertically, one below the next from a doorway as an entry decor.
Or just string the clouds vertically to add a little fluffy decor to your space.
You could even change it up by varying the type of paper you use to cut the clouds out. These would look super cute and chic with different patterned scrap book paper. Ohhh…and attach little raindrops dangling from the clouds!
I would love to see if you use this idea to create your own photo birthday banner. Tell me how you would decorate using these little clouds? I love to hear your creativity! Happy Crafting!
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