First Birthday Decor & Ideas

Judah, our second, has just turned one, and many of you will have seen the photo that we will have posted with him in his cute ‘J’ top next to his one sign.

This sign is my version of the many you can find on the internet with a quick search, We (Kiri) wanted a sign that would be extra special and ‘just for him’. Since he is the second, there are a lot of things that he doesn’t get to have first hand, as most of the time Nathanael is there with him or the day / occasion has to be tailored more toward the toddler end rather than the baby end. As we all know that an unhappy toddler is an unhappy Mummy and a grumpy Daddy.

So this sign would be one of those ‘ just for Judah’ moments where he could enjoy looking at himself in a picture covered ONE SIGN.

This is what I came up with. See below for how it was made.

Firstly it was to find a piece of wood that I have stored in the garage for, just a time as this – I’m not a hoarder but when it comes to DIY you never know when that piece of wood, or bolt or hook might come in handy and as it turns out I had just a piece of wood required for this task.

The piece was cut 46cm wide and 100cm high, this meant that I could have a thick centre column of the 1 to get enough ‘big’ photo’s on it, the vertical column measured 22cm and I kept the same width for the bottom bar and the top diagonal section.

Then it needed a stand so I used the off cuts to make the stand so that it didn’t fall over or needed to be leaned against a wall or otherwise. The piece of wood was already painted white but I gave it a quick sand down and the edges a coat of white spray paint just so it would look neat if there was some white space between the photos – it turns out that we had too many photos — which probably was always going to be the case as when it’s your baby; every photo is the cutest.

Then it came to epic collage making, in all honesty I left Kiri to choose the photos and print them out on glossy paper for me. I opted to use double-sided sticky tape to stick them down. I did buy some foam sticky pads from a cheap discount store but they were useless so Kiri came to rescue for the sticky tape and I came to my senses…. note to self – always listen to wife’s instructions…

In the end Kiri was very happy with it and I actually finished it over a week before his birthday. It was getting close and Kiri was getting nervous, and gave me some “gentle encouragement” to start it.

He had a great birthday and here is the ‘Instagram worthy’ shot of the little fella.

Happy First Birthday Judah – you are a joy! We love you!






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