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

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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A Ballerina and Flamingo Bedroom

When getting ready to transition our daughter from a toddler bed to a big-girl bed, we asked her what she wanted in her room.

Unprompted, she confidently answered – Ballerinas and Flamingos.

Hmm. Interesting combination. That might be a tall order.

I’m not sure what I expected her response to be, but ballerinas and flamingos wasn’t it.

Not surprising since she loves to twirl, and stand on one leg. Ha. Plus, she wanted a ballerina birthday party and ballerina birthday cake.

I  was thrilled when I found these pictures of a gold-polka dot quilt with ballerina sheets from Pottery Barn Kids. She was equally thrilled. Unfortunately I soon found the quilt and accessories were no longer available. Then when I found out how much they had been selling for, I suffered sticker shock. The quilt and shams alone would have put us back around $250.

Yikes.

Wanting to give her what she wanted, but to also be a good steward of our money, I decided to see if we could do something similar for much less.

As for the flamingos, at first, I could only find these Martha Stewart sheets. But the price was still more than I wanted to spend for mostly white sheets for a potty training child.

Stumped, I went looking for alternatives and inspiration at Home Goods.

Bedding

Oh, Home Goods, you always come through for me.

There, in their tiny kid’s bedding aisle was a Nicole Miller gold-polka-dot bedding set for $40 (less than a quarter of the Pottery Barn quilt alone).

Next to the comforter? Lyla Rose Ballerina sheets for $15.

There I stood, surprised, pleased and cracking up by myself in the Home Goods aisle.

Yep, I’m totally that lady.

Then I made a mistake I won’t make again. Unsure of whether white bedding was a good idea for a 3-year-old, I decided to think about the comforter overnight and come back to buy it.

Bad idea.

It was gone the next day. Thankfully, after calling every Home Goods in the Twin Cities, I found the LAST one 30 minutes away.

After getting almost exactly what I was looking for at a fraction of the price, imagine my surprise when Target came out with their new Pillowfort bedding…including Flamingo sheets for $18 (bought for $15 using a 20% off coupon).

Perhaps a ballerina and flamingo bedroom isn’t such a tall order after all.

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I ordered some alphabet, ballerina and flamingo artwork on Etsy, and found a framed arrow picture on clearance at Gordmans. I  was able to display them in frames we already owned.

Ballerina and Flamingo Room

Inspired by this Pinterest Pin, I ordered gold polka-dot wall decals from Ebay for $16.Accessories.jpg

We kept the string of bird garland from her baby room, added one painted wooden “A” from Home Goods, and a scripture verse made by my mom (the one we wrote on the wood studs of her room while our house was being built).

Done. The bedding and decorations for just over $110. And we should be able to keep it the same for several years.

Now our little sunshine girl has a BIG girl room.

To say she is delighted by her room may be an understatement.

She did some ‘twirling’ to celebrate it.

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