Monthly Milestone Birthday Banner for 1st Birthday! {Craft Tutorial}

I really wanted to find a way to take advantage of all those milestone photos I took of Sawyer over the course of his first year but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do. I looked all over Pinterest and several crafty blogs but nothing really got me excited. Here’s how I ended up with this cute Monthly Milestone 1st Birthday Banner!

Monthly Milestone Birthday Banner for 1st Birthday! {Craft Tutorial}

I started out by printing out all my milestone photos. Putting them in order and then figuring out my color pattern. I always wait until the last minute so when I was out buying his cake pan the day before the party I also grabbed some precut blue card stock that came in several coordinating colors but normally I’d just cut it myself.

Monthly Milestone Birthday Banner for 1st Birthday! {Craft Tutorial}

To attach the paper to the photos I used a double sided tape runner. You can find it at our affiliate Amazon.

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Once all my photos were framed in card stock I simply took a basic hole punch to the corners. Get in far enough where you don’t worry about breaking the hole later on.

Monthly Milestone Birthday Banner for 1st Birthday! {Craft Tutorial}

To attach the photos I used simple ribbon I found at Walmart. I looped it through and knotted it. I left it loose enough so that they had room to move and not touch each other. This will help you when you want to hang it. On the ends leave them long. You can always snip them later but you can’t make them longer. This makes it simple to hang.

Monthly Milestone Birthday Banner for 1st Birthday! {Craft Tutorial}

If you aren’t like me waiting until hours before to make this it fold up nicely and then could be placed in a ziplock bag to store for your party. Great make ahead!! Don’t forget to throw two thumb tacks in the bag too!

Monthly Milestone Birthday Banner for 1st Birthday! {Craft Tutorial}

Then when it was party party time I pulled out my banner and hung it by tack behind the main table. I then spread out the other photos I wanted to share also backed with cardstock. This gave them more support for being constantly handled. I think it came out great. Here’s a picture of the final product.

Monthly Milestone Birthday Banner for 1st Birthday! {Craft Tutorial}

Stay tuned for more tutorials and photos from Sawyer’s 1st Birthday by following all the link here.


  1. COurtney says

    Great thanks so much for this Ryry’s party is Saturday and I was wondering how you did this:) I better get to ordering some prints!

  2. I love the way it turned out!

  3. I love this! Such a great idea – now I just hope I have the time to do it.. Can’t believe we’re moving the month of M’s 1st birthday 🙁

  4. I love that you took a photo of him in a basket every month! That’s so fun! What a cute display!

  5. Rosey says

    I love the banner, that’s awesome!

  6. Julie @ 70WPM says

    Great idea Jen and thanks for the tutorial. I pinned it onto my birthday idea board. You’re so creative! I’m glad you’re doing craft posts again!

  7. Edit Churchill says

    This banner is awesome! Great job! Might have to get crafty for my 3rd girl!

  8. Janet W. says

    What a cute idea! I love how you tied it together. What a great decoration for a 1st birthday party, or even a birthday later on so you can see each year!

  9. Tammy S says

    I love this idea! It is such a cute idea and easy! I think this would also work great for a banner for high school graduation. you could take all their pictures from the first day of school. Start with their kindergarten picture and end with their senior year picture. I love this!!

  10. it’s way cute! Love it!

  11. Dena Sablotny says

    What a great idea, I wish I was as talented as you are when it comes to craft projects!

  12. Vickie Couturier says

    how stinkin cute! what a great ideal for a baby’s first birthday party

  13. Danielle F says

    Thanks for sharing! that is super cute! Maybe with baby #2 I will have to take monthly pics for the first year!

  14. Beth R says

    I love that idea!!! What a cute way to display all of those great moments from the first year! I definitely am going to pin this for the next baby

  15. Blessie Nelson says

    Wow! You are super DIY genuius! Thanks for these great tips!

  16. That’s so cute! I repinned it.

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