Birthday Display


Sooo it was about ten o’ clock at night(the night before my son’s 1st birthday party) when I thought of this grand idea to make a display to show off each month of his life. Doesn’t it seem like creative juices seem to flow late at night?
My husband thought I was crazy for starting a project when I still had a million other things to do that night, but I told him it would be really cute and to not wait up. :) It really didn’t end up taking that long. Maybe 1 or 2 hours… :) haha
So since it was late, and the craft store was closed I decided to search my house up an down for all the supplies I needed.
Luckily i found a board that I was “planning” on using for another project…
Then I found some fabric that was left over from my baby bedding and that I also used here. I highly suggest using uphoulstry fabric when doing this project. If you don’t have cute fabric you could just paint the board as well.
I got out my staple gun, pulled the fabric really tight and stapled away! Then I wrapped the corners like a present.
Next, I found some wooden dowels left over from this project. Then I grabbed the drill and found the exact same size drill bit and measured accordingly. If I were to do this project again I might get a little longer board…but it turned out fine. I also cut the dowels to different lengths to give it a little more funky look. After you drill the holes twist the dowels into the board.
Then I made little signs with the paper I had, and added a little distressed ink(my fav)!
It was finally time to clip on all the cute pictures of my little boy! It’s crazy how fast he grew…but he sure is a cutie!

Next add a little frill to go along with your theme…
AND you got yourself a nice looking centerpiece. I love it! Now that the party is over I plan to put it in his room and clip different pictures and drawings we accumulate.
Hope you all try it out! You could really take this to a more extreme level and get pretty creative!
Click on over to see his banner&centerpiece, picture display, and shirt&hat.
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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35 comments on “Birthday Display”

  1. Ceekay- Thinkin of Home Reply

    Cute, cute, cute…wonderful idea…

  2. Miss Madison's Mommy Reply

    That is adorable and a great idea!!!!

  3. Awwww! What a great way to capture the memories of baby's first year!

  4. sooososoooooo cute!!!What a creative idea!

  5. Natalie and Trent Reply

    this is amazing. I hope you don't mind, I might steal it in a few months for Logan's birthday! Although, it would look half this good!

  6. That is adorable!

  7. Enchanted Rose Studio Reply

    Such a clever and adorable idea! Thanks for the tutorial!


  8. sweetpicklesandchocolate Reply

    OMG! That is just to cutely creative! Love it!

  9. That is really cute!

    Visiting from Cottage Instincts!

  10. Emily {Frilly Details} Reply

    What a cute idea!!

  11. Tiff @ Making The World Cuter Reply

    This is really CUTE! Thanks for sharing, I love the whole theme of this party-so much fun and perfect for a 1 year old! :)

  12. CUTE! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Frugal Home Design Reply

    That is so cute!

  14. too Blessed to Stress Reply

    ADORABLE! and so stinking creative! I just love it :)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  15. I really love this! Bookmarking it so I remember for my sons birthday!

  16. VERY cute! I love a fun photo display~ You are so resourceful…I don't think I could have found all those supplies in my house late at night :) Great idea thanks for sharing

  17. What a clever idea b/c don't moms always have sooooo many photos of the kids?! Love the name of your blog too. Nap time RULES! LOL

  18. very cute idea!

  19. Wow! Cute! I can totally imagine you getting this brilliant idea, but still having tons of other stuff to do:) It was just too cute to pass up! What cute pictures!!

  20. Oh my goodness – that is so cute!!! I will have to remember that for Libby's first b-day. Maybe I can do something like that with years for my other two. thanks!

  21. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden Reply

    That is so darned cute! It's amazing how fast they grow! What a great idea!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Make it Yours day! I look forward to seeing more of your great ideas!

  22. This is really a delightful picture display idea. You did great!

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  23. Infarrantly Creative Reply

    What a great first year centerpiece. That is perfect. I am so mad I saw this two weeks too late for my baby's first birthday. Really awesome.

  24. ohh!! So so cute! I wish I would have seen this before my daughter's first birthday!

  25. I love this! :) I am totally stealing this idea for my daughter's birthday in a month. I saw something similar but I think this may be easier. Now off to get a board (maybe I can steal from my carpenter dad?), dowel rods, clips and so on. Thanks!!

  26. Entertain Exchange Reply

    This is a really clever idea – love it.


  27. This is SO darling and clever! I love the entire party! I'll be linking this in my weekly roundup on Saturday. Have a great day!

    Joanne @ Ready, Set, Craft!

  28. You did That that night before!!!?? Wow. You're a brave soul. Creative one too!!! That's adorable! !!!!:)))

  29. 日月神教-任我行 Reply


  30. Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life Reply

    SO CUTE! I should learn to work a drill… ;)

    Cute blog, new follower, love your ideas!

  31. BabiesandBargains Reply

    My son turns one next month I cant wait to do this for his party! Thanks so much for sharing

  32. My Creative Side: Montessori Inspired Reply

    I think this is just adorable. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  33. My Creative Side: Montessori Inspired Reply

    I think this is just adorable. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  34. My Creative Side: Montessori Inspired Reply

    I think this is just adorable. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  35. My Creative Side: Montessori Inspired Reply

    I think this is just adorable. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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