As our baby boy rapidly approaches his second birthday (eek, hold me!) whilst planning his party, I’ve been thinking about how we celebrated his special day last year.
One of my favourite features from his birthday last year was the easy birthday photo collage canvas I made. Amongst the many things I was determined to do/try the second time around was to try and capture his milestones better than I had done with his big brother. Admittedly his brother still had THOUSANDS of photos taken throughout his first year of life, but amidst the chaos of adjusting to motherhood I hadn’t captured these moments as creatively as I would have liked. I discovered Baby Milestone Cards when our Big Boy was around 6 months old, and luckily I purchased a set when I was around 28 weeks pregnant, as our baby boy arrived just four weeks later.
Although he was born at just 32 weeks and one day, he weighed an impressive 2.025 kg (4 lb 7 oz) and it’s really special to have this series of photos of his first year with the milestone card as a constant feature to see just how far he has come and how much he has grown – and continues to do so!
You certainly don’t need to have milestone cards to create your own first birthday photo collage, it’s all about using photos and creating a lasting memory which is significant and special for you.
To make your very own Birthday Photo Collage, you will need:
– Wooden Letters
– Acrylic Paint in your choice of colours
– PVA Glue
– Double Sided Tape
– Paper Towel
– A canvas
Let’s put it together!
1. Paint the wooden letters in your choice of colours. Place the wet letters onto a piece of paper towel to dry. Once dry, give them a second coat of paint before setting them aside to completely dry.
2. Place your canvas, photos and the dried coloured letters on your work area and have a play around with the order of your photos and the position of the letters.
3. Once happy with your arrangement, use the PVA Glue to stick the letters to the canvas and begin attaching each of the photos to the canvas using the double sided tape.
4. When you are done, set the canvas aside to allow the glue to completely dry.
Once the glue has dried, you can then hang up or position your canvas however you like.
We hung our canvas in our baby boy’s room, but it would also make a great gift – especially for the Grandparents!
How did you celebrate your little one’s first birthday?