I love to help out with event planning or just help out if someone asks me to it’s my passion. So a few months ago I was asked to help a co-worker of mine to do a few things for her sons first birthday. I was delighted to help and totally honored since I love kids. She told me that it was going to be a Mickey Birthday party for her son, and that she wanted a banner made to hang up at the birthday party table to show his pictures from New born to 12 months. I have to be honest I was a little nervous to do this since I have never made one of those before, and I wanted to make it perfect. So Of course I had to go on pinterest to get some ideas and think of what I really wanted to do. I remembered that I had tons of felt from some previous projects that I have done in the past so I was going to use my Cricut , but we recently had a terrible storm that it was not working right ( I got it to work now thank Goodness!) I got a tracing of Mickey from the internet printed it up and traced it on Freezer parchment paper.
I swear by this stuff Just trace what ever it is you need to trace and then use a iron on low heat. You want to make sure you lay the shinny side of the trace paper facing down on the felt fabric. Just iron over the paper and you have it stuck to the felt. Once that is done just cut around the tracing and you get your patterns.
Once you have all the patterns cut out you can use a glue gun to attach the felt together. The process takes awhile, but it is easier than to sew the whole thing. I was thinking of doing that, but realized that would take to long. The next step was To stencil the Patterns which was pretty easy to do. I had some stencils and fabric paint. When you use the fabric paint just remember it sometimes takes 24 hours for it to completely dry on the fabric. The next idea I was thinking was how is she going to attach the photos on this banner?? I thought I can just add to the banner tiny cloths pins which I had, but realized they were a little to big for the banner. So I went out to Joanns and bought some tiny wooden cloths pins. the results are in the next photos.
I had so much fun doing this, that I realized I think I need to make more of these especially for one of my friends who is having a baby soon. She is a HUGE Disney fan so Finding Nemo is my next project.
I had bought the Food Coloring gel online through Amazon as well,but I would prefer to use Wilton cake Decorating gel. The Gel that I used was a little Glossy to me and that was not what I wanted to do, but in the end I think they turned out. So I am thrilled that I got to do this for a little one’s first birthday it certainly turned out cute.