Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Celebrate Someone Special: Create a Birthday Tree!


In my recent posts around my son's birthday,
I refer to our "Birthday Tree" 
which is a celebratory ritual of  our family's.
( ~The 13th birthday tree is pictured below.~ )
A few readers and friends have expressed interest in the tree
 and so, here are a few details on the easy  
and absolutely gorgeous creation you can make with little effort and expense.
And of course, the reason it'll be gorgeous is  because of
 your kids' smiling, beautiful photos
 through the years will adorn it!

One of my kids' birthdays is in December 
and he adores anything Christmas - related. 
 So, wanting to create something unique for him, 
I decided that decorating a tree in his honor would be perfect.

It was a hit with everyone; so now I make a tree
regardless as to the 'season!'

There are as many ways  to craft the tree as there are crafters! 
I've done it differently each time and  I'll fill you in on the details.
Here's what you need:

1.The Tree~
 Begin with a 3 foot tall (or so) tree.
It'll be a little hard to find at this time of year!! 
Michael's and Walmart will have them on display
 beginning in October though, right?!
You can get one here on amazon, if you  have a 
special person's birthday before then and  can't wait:

2. Choose a photo from each year of your child's life~

Look through your memory cards, computer files, etc,
 and choose one birthday photo per year of your little cutie.
I know; I know. 
Hard to do, finding just one.
Confession: For my son's 10th birthday tree last December, 
I had a really hard time narrowing it down.... 
For two of his birthdays, there are 3 photos each !!

I keep a folder labelled "Birthday pictures" 

 on my computer so that each year,
 I can just copy and paste the current year's shot right in and be up to date.

3. Print~
Each photo can be printed in  wallet size at your favorite photo "shop."
I use walmart.com.
Never had trouble with them.
They're super cheap, the quality's good
 and they deliver right to your front door.
4. Frame
Slip each photo in a  tiny wallet sized plastic frame.
I use these
They'll have little magnetic strips on the back,
 but that's fine.
You can easily pick them up at Micheal's too.

5. Number~
Adorn each framed photo with the year (or age.)
I bought a batch of these stickers.
I really love how the Sticko silver glitter numbers 
shimmer on each birthday picture!
Now you're ready to decorate your tree!

6. Hang~
Punch a hole in the corner of each frame.
Hang on the tree with fancy shimmery ribbon.

Offray Sparkle Tulle Craft Ribbon, 6-Inch by 25-Yard Spool, Silver

7. Affix the "Star" ~

Bedeck the top of the tree with your child's new age.
I purchased these"number sprays"
 individually at our local party store.
You can buy them here as well.

They're long and intended  for centerpieces; 
so you'll need to tie them into the tree's center with ribbon.
Sweet 16 Centerpiece Sprays (Dozen)
And voila!
Your tree is completed and it's  beautiful!!
Congratulations on a job well done!

Additional touches for your tree:

~  Happy Birthday sign~

Decorate  scrapbook paperwith  fancy
"Happy birthday!" lettering.
Jolee's Boutique Paper Pad, Red Papier
I love Joelle's Boutique stickers for this kind of thing.
Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Stickers, Happy Birthday
In the photo of the "13" tree above,

 I used plain baby blue  circular paper.

~Personalize /adorn with symbols
 of your child's interest
or hobbies~
Here's a shot of my son's 11th birthday tree 
to show you what I mean:

And the star on our recent 13th birthday tree~

You can choose to create "ornaments" or "charms" to symbolize

 a sport, art, hobby or interest that your child holds dear.

A few shots of the birthday ornaments from my youngest son's

 tree which show his affinity for cards, camping,
the stage, music and our Faith, among others~~ 

Of course, the possibilities are limitless!
~Tree "skirt"~
Well, why shouldn't your birthday tree have one?
Because the tree  I use has an  unattractive plastic base, 
I picked up this table runner
at Dollar Tree!
Isn't it lovely?

It looks perfect draped around the base.Rubbermaid Commercial 3Q24 CLE Polypropylene 15 Quart Roughtote Clear Non-Latching Storage Box, Rectangular, 13.3" Width x 16.8" Depth x 5.3" Height, Clear

Storage of the tree ornaments~
We all know how birthday prep can sometimes be...
Fun and exciting, but stressful and crazy.
In order to have an easy time organizing the  tree for future birthdays, 
I store all the photos, number sprays, stickers, scrapbook paper and skirt
 in a Rubbermaid bin just like this so I have easy access.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Beth!

      Thanks for stopping in as well to say HI:)


  2. Chris, your son looks so very happy :) And the tree is quite gorgeous! I am so glad you are linking-up at Deep Roots, and am looking forward to getting to know more about you and your neat blog through time :) Blessings!

    1. Jacqueline,
      I'm very happy to have "found" you at DR and I look forward to more of YOUR posts as well!

      Thank you for stopping in!

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    1. Thank you, friend!

      Thanks for stopping in and saying HI:)


  4. What a lovely tradition. I particularly like that you add ornaments with your child's favorite activities. I'd love if you'd come and share at my first ever link party http://organized31.blogspot.com/2013/05/inspire-us-thursday-link-party-1.html

    1. Susan~
      Thanks for stopping in and for your kind words!

      I appreciate the invitation and I'll head over now to your blog.

      Have a good day!

  5. Chris, this is brilliant! Birthdays last a whole week around here, and this would make the perfect Birthday Week Decor! I'm so glad you shared it at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!!

    1. Thank you so much, Carla, for your kind words and for stopping in to say HI!

      I'm sure you'll create a beautiful tree....love to see a pic of it!

  6. What a cute idea! Bethany would love this! She was very mad when we took down the Christmas tree and still asks when we're going to put it back! Thanks for sharing at Friendship Friday!

    1. Thanks for your kindness, Sylvia!

      I love your FF hop! It is a wonderful spot for bloggers to gather and share!

  7. This is a wonderful idea! I will have to keep this in mind for my son's birthday next year.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you so much,Carol! Love to see a photo of the tree you make for him!

      Thanks for stopping by:)

  8. Would love for you to share this at my up where we pin all those who join to our party board http://myfashionforwardblog.com/2013/05/30/all-things-pretty-10/

    1. Leslie,
      I love that you stopped by to invite me over to link! Thank you so very much! Will do.


  9. Thanks for linking up with Magic Moments Monday! I can see why you chose this post to share . . . what a great way to appreciate a child and take an opportunity to have a chance to be direct in appreciating. I am sure great conversations were centered on what the tree illustrated!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping in to comment! I love your MM hop...it is just awesome!!

      Have a lovely day!

  10. I love this idea! Thank you for linking up on Magic Moments Monday, I bet this tree has inspired many magic moments, between creating it and looking at it!

    1. Thank you, Laura, for your lovely comment...yes this tradition has been wonderful..lots of lovely memories. The kids always look surprised to see it each year, even though it's not "new." :)

      Thx for hosting Magic Moments hop!

  11. So original!!! What an amazing way to celebrate. Thanks for sharing this at Magic Moments :) Krissy

    1. Krissy, you gals at the MM hop are so kind to come over and comment! Thank you!

      Thanks for the kind words and have a lovely night!

  12. I absolutely love this birthday in every way! I want to establish this tradition at the House of Burke for sure! I featured your post over at the 2nd Magic Moments Monday bloghop! :)


    Please feel free to come and link-up your other magic moments posts throughout the month! :)

    1. Blayne!
      THANK YOU so very much...heading over to your blog right now to say "Hi!"
      What an honor!

  13. What a wonderful idea!! I love it! We will definitely be changing my daughter's seasonal tree to a birthday tree this year for her birthday. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    1. Carrie!
      I'm so happy you will adapt this idea to your family's celebration! Enjoy...
      I hope you share some pics of your creation for your daughter's special day!
      Thanks for stopping over and saying HI!

  14. What a fun idea, with birthdays throughout the year I may never put the christmas tree away :)

    1. Thanks Mel!!
      I appreciate your visit!
      take care!

  15. Love the idea of a birthday tree! Stopping by from Homeschool Link up over at Squishable Baby

  16. Great idea Chris, I bet your son loved it, such a different birthday idea :)

    1. Claire~
      THANKS so much for stopping in and for your kind words!!


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