DIY Pink Flamingo Birthday Party Decorations & Free Printable Templates

FIVE.

Sunshine girl turned FIVE last month.

Although we didn’t do the big party with friends this year, we still decorated for the family party. The birthday girl picked the theme.

FLAMINGOS.

This was not a big surprise, given her choice of a ballerina and flamingo bedroom. Plus, we already had a ballerina birthday party and cake a couple of years ago.

You guys, sunshine girl loves flamingos. Some kids are fickle on favorite colors and animals – not sunshine girl! Everywhere we’ve gone – Sea World, Animal Kingdom, and any zoo – flamingos are what she gets excited to see.

Hands down. She’s all about pink.

Initially, I planned to buy decorations but couldn’t find what I had in mind. After some thought, decided to attempt making my own paper decorations.

By party day, our walls were scattered with a flock of flamingos cut and taped together from cardstock.

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I need to be honest. I’m no artist. Coming up with templates for these flamingos took some serious time and effort – as in a whole bunch of trial and error (and paper scraps).

After several failures that looked NOTHING like flamingos, I cut one out and texted a photo to my mom and a friend. After they confirmed it looked like a flamingo, I finally had a template.

With a template, cutting out an entire flock from 5 shades of pink cardstock was a quick process.

Today, I’m going to save you the headache of making templates by offering mine as free PDF printables! To create a similar look, you will need the templates, scissors, tape, various shades of pink cardstock (or other paper) and some aqua crepe paper.

Inexpensive. Pretty. Pink.

Ok. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk DIY flamingos.

DIY Flamingo Party Decorations

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I think the reason why the flamingos turned out well is because they are not all the same. Their legs were taped in different positions, and there are 3 neck styles. Otherwise, the body and beaks are the same shape, just varying the colors.

For one flamingo, cut ONE of Template 1 and 2 and pick ONE of Template 3 (a, b or c). 

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Template 3:

Vary the colors as you cut – the more you make, the more color variation you can have. For example: if using 5 shades of pink cardstock, cut 3 of each template per color to make 15 flamingos.

Cutting things out does take some time to sit down and just do it. It’s a good idea to cut and assemble the flamingos a few days ahead of time, even if they don’t go on the wall right away. No one wants to do everything the day before while prepping food and cleaning.

Put your feet up and watch TV, or, even better, grab coffee and a friend to help. Spend some time catching up while you cut and have a little fun while you assemble them.

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Start with the bodies, necks and beaks and stick them together with tape – it is easiest to put the tape on the back so you won’t see it when they’re on the wall. Then add legs in varying positions.

If you are a rule-follower like me, making them all unique may be a challenge.

I asked my mom to come help make them all different. She suggested laying them all out side-by-side as we put the legs on, and that really helped. If you feel like you’re stuck, check out our ‘flock’ for some more ideas.

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DIY Pink Flamingo Birthday Party Decorations and Free Printable Templates | thisgratefulmama.com

Once assembled, use painter’s tape to attach them to the wall while protecting your paint. The twisted crepe paper to create the ‘water’ below the flamingos added some color, but also served as a guide for height and helped the process go faster.

Our flamingos were placed in intentionally ‘random’ order and spacing. Thank goodness my mom is capable of not placing them in equally spaced distances – random is SO hard for me!

The finishing touches were a birthday photo banner and a homemade cake topped with its own tiny flock of flamingos.

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Who in your life would love a flamingo party?

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party (with FREE Printables)

Somehow, the baby turned ONE in May. To celebrate we did a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star party. Her decorations were very simple.

Lights

These Paper Star string lights were a simple addition to set a ‘twinkling’ mood for the party.

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Entryway Picture Wall

A picture wall welcomed guests in the entryway. It was fun to pick out our favorite 4×6 photos from the first year. To keep with the theme we added a few patterned scrapbook paper stars.

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Birthday Photo Banner

Every birthday at our house includes a large photo banner strung across the main room. The banner includes one picture per month from the previous year intermixed with a birthday message – Audra Grace Is One. Clothes pins covered with pink sparkle washi tape gave the black and white banner a pop of color and ‘twinkle‘.

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Cake

To make cake-smashing fun for the baby who cries when her hands are dirty (maybe she’ll be the cleanest child), we opted for a tri-color layer cake with simple white frosting between layers. It’s not fancy, but worked great (she didn’t really like touching squishy cake layers either so I am grateful for time saved by not frosting the whole thing!)

Paper Star string lights were a simple addition to help set the mood for the party.

Decorations

Now for some simple decorations you can print at home.

You guys, I am so excited to announce the first FREE printables from thisgratefulmama!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party (with FREE Printables) | thisgratefulmama.comThe images are centered on 8.5″x11″ paper so you can leave them as they are or trim them to be square. Just click on the links below and print the PDFs on white cardstock.

 

 FREE Printables

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

How I Wonder What You Are

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Up Above The World So High

Like A Diamond in the Sky

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Do You Know How Loved You Are

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One is Sweet Take A Treat

She Twinkles Wherever She Goes

 

Happy Birthday little one!

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A Ballerina Themed 3 Year Old Birthday – Ballerina Birthday Decorations

We celebrated our daughter’s third birthday last month. It was a lovely time with both sides of our family. By request, her party decorations were ballerina-themed.

The banner below was created using a chalkboard banner I received as a gift. You can find this similar product at JoAnn Fabrics. The ballerina image is a free downloadable vector designed by Freepik.com. The paper fan is one of a pack of 5 Paperchase Card Fans from Target used throughout the house for the party. They will later be used in our daughter’s ballerina and flamingo themed bedroom.

This cake was homemade and topped with cut-out ballerina figures using glittery scrapbook paper and wooden skewers. For the cake and frosting recipe, see here.

Happy Birthday Adelyn

A paper birthday photo banner was made using black and white photos printed on cardstock, hung using clothes pins and twine.

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The walls were decorated with 2 inch gold or pink glitter polka-dots and ballerinas made using the remaining glitter scrapbook paper from the cake toppers.

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Several strings of tissue paper tassel garland were made with 3 colors of tissue paper and twine. I followed this great tutorial from PIZZAZZERIE.com to make the garland. The tassels are easy to make. I love the look of them, but they were a little more ‘putzy’ than I prefer for quick decorations. I’m not sure I would be motivated enough to do it again.

Garland