Hi! I’m Natalie and I blog at A Turtle’s Life for Me
, where I share all kinds of recipes, crafts and my attempts at decorating! I pretty much do everything on the cheap and don’t take myself too seriously!
I’m very excited to be here at The CSI Project today and am going to share one of
my favorite things to make for birthday parties, no matter who the guest of honor is!
A Memory Board!!
This particular one was for my daughter’s Michael Jackson birthday
party that we had this year! It was super easy and she loves going back and
reading all the personal messages from her friends and cousins! And I love having
this sweet little “moment in time”! Seriously, there isn’t much better than little kid
handwriting! I’m going to show you how I created this piece, but it can be
adapted for any theme or age!
First, find a cheap board and paint any color you wish! I found this piece of wood at an IKEA a couple years ago for $1 and loved it for this project because it was already nice and smooth!
Next, find an image online that would look great as just a silhouette and print it out in the size you want. After you have it printed out, use the side of a pencil tip to “color” the back of the print-out. I printed 2 copies out, so I could show you the front side of the image and then the back all colored with the pencil. You would only need to print one copy out. (I do now realize this is a different MJ silhouette from the one on the board above, but it’s the same technique, so just pretend he’s
making the same move in all these pictures! Apparently I use MJ silhouettes a lot!)
Position your print-out on your painted board with the image up and facing you. I would tape it in place so it doesn’t move around on you (especially if you’re doing MJ, he has a tendency to want to dance!). Then you just use your pencil to trace all the lines of your drawing! The outline will transfer to your board since you colored the back of your paper!
Then you can either paint it in with a small paintbrush or you use a paint pen. I’ve tried
using a black permanent marker before but wasn’t thrilled with the way it looked, so
I usually stick with a fine tip paint pen for the outline and fill it in with a small brush.
Then you just set it out as a decoration for the party with a Sharpie for autographs!
Be creative and use old cabinet doors, pieces of scrap wood, a canvas, a thrift store picture frame.. whatever you can find that has a good surface area for little messages from your guests!
If you aren’t too confident with your painting skills, you could also just cut a shape
out of fabric or scrapbook paper and Mod Podge it on. Here’s some wrapping paper I mod podged onto a piece of scrap wood that I painted yellow for a boy’s autograph board.
or use a stencil for the big birthday number or a message!
It’s a great activity for guests during the party and a great
keepsake for the guest of honor for afterwards!
Thanks so much for letting me share my project with you today and be sure to come
~ Thanks Natalie and what a clever party idea.
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