Re-using Handmade Birthday Decorations [happy birthday, E!]

When my oldest turned three, I went on a little birthday decoration making spree.

I made him a crown.

I appliqued T-shirts with threes on them.

I even made a no-sew birthday banner.

In the past two years, there have been many birthdays, but I have yet to make anything new to add to the collection.

But lucky for me, this little lovey turns three today! And we get to re-use all of the wonderful birthday decor that I created two years ago. [we do use the banner all the time… it’s very well-loved by now]

So happy birthday to my Eli! Three years of hugs, laughs, and trains. And just enough nutty to keep mama on her toes. ;) Wouldn’t change it for anything.


No Sew Birthday Banner

When my oldest turned three, I made a birthday banner.

Last weekend, my baby turned one. [Insert tears and sappy “my baby is growing up too fast!” comments here]  So we pulled out that birthday banner for the second time in less than two months.

The banner is made with felt, ribbon, and hot-glue.  I wanted it to be fast and easy.  I think it only took me a couple hours (including all those three-year-old interruptions while little brother was napping).

I wanted to be able to use this banner again, so I added a velcro space for a number — like this “three” for my oldest son’s birthday.

But my poor second child didn’t get a “one” for his birthday banner.  With our Thanksgiving travels, the birthday party, and hosting another Thanksgiving celebration, well, it slipped my mind until my house was filling up with guests.  Woops!  [I just tucked the extra space behind the banner, and no one else knew the difference]  Hopefully he won’t remember this and hold it against me when he’s fifteen….

the prince

every birthday prince needs a birthday crown

how else will everyone know how old you are?

super simple – felt, hot glue gun, and self-adhesive velcro

it’s good to be three.


On Sunday, my baby boy turns three.  *Insert weepy sound here*  I know it is cliche, but it goes so fast!  I can’t believe he is going to be three.  Sigh.

Well, wipe the tears away, because obviously a birthday means sewing!  And a three-year-old deserves a couple of birthday shirts.


I took an Old Navy clearance T-Shirt and made a car out of old T-Shirt scraps.  I do love to upcycle.


More T-Shirt scrap upcycling.  I didn’t worry too much about sewing straight lines on the arms, because I like the messy feel on this shirt.

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