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How To Prep for a New Sibling With a Big Brother / Big Sister Party

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun celebration.

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

In the weeks following my twin sisters’ birth when I was 3.75 years old, I can literally remember lying on the floor wearing one of the babies’ diapers, my mom’s high heels and throwing an epic tantrum.

Let’s just say the transition to becoming an older sibling is not always easy.

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.comThis is why I love the idea of a big brother / big sister party so much. Last week I shared a couple of other fun older sibling party DIYS including a tutorial for making simple freezer paper stenciled big brother / big sister aprons.

This easy kids craft is an awesome way to prepare older siblings for their new role as the “helper” in the family before a new baby arrives. The DIY apron also makes a great big brother / big sister gift idea kids can make themselves. Free template! | MakeAndDoCrew.comAnd a fun idea big brother / big sister craft idea that involves mini bananas. (Who doesn’t love crafting with mini bananas!?)

If you know a little one who will soon become a big sister or a big brother, create a playful occasion to talk about the transition with this fun banana craft idea. Great art activity for toddlers and young kids. | MakeAndDoCrew.comToday, I’m going to show you how to make some fun DIY party decorations for a big sister “baby shower.” (Or a big brother baby shower, of course!)

What I love about this DIY garland and banner is that we made them separately, so we can reuse the garland for a different occasion, like a birthday party, in a snap. I like the look of tissue paper garland, but I wanted this to have a little more variation, so I included some mini pom poms, handmade pom poms and colorful circles that I made out of paint chips and a scrapbooking punch.

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.comAnd while the banner letters look like they required a cutting machine, I actually just used a ruler and cut them out freehand. I think this style of banner “font” would look adorable as nursery decor or even for an adult party as well.

DIY GARLAND AND BANNER SUPPLIES

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tissue paper
thin floral wire
• scissors
monofilament (fishing line)
• tapestry needle
• paint chips or colored paper
1” circle scrapbooking punch (optional)
small pom poms
yarn
black paper
• ruler
• pencil
• tape

DIY GARLAND INSTRUCTIONS

1.Create a bunch of tissue paper puffs by cutting strips of tissue paper to about 5” wide and folding them accordion style. Wrap a piece of wire around the middle of the folded accordion and then fan out the pieces of tissue paper. (Here’s a detailed tutorial.)

2. Make pom poms from yarn. (Here’s a detailed pom pom tutorial.)

3. Using a scrapbooking punch or scissors, make some circles with your paint chip paper (or any other colorful card stock).

4. Cut a long strand of fishing line and thread your tapestry needle. String the garland elements one by one, poking the needle through the middle of the tissue paper puffs, pom poms and circles. After you string each element, tie a knot around it with the fishing line so that it doesn’t move around on your garland.

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.comI find this garland can get a little tangled if the strands get too long, so I created several shorter (about 5’ strands) so that they can be tied or taped together into a longer strand if I want.

DIY BANNER INSTRUCTIONS

1. If you’re starting with approximately an 8.5×11” sheet of paper, fold it in half and cut along the midline.

2. Use your ruler to draw a line across the top of each rectangles. (I just used the width of my ruler to make this section the same on each piece of paper.)

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.com3. Again, I used the width of my ruler to make the lines of each letter the same scale.

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.com4. For the letters that didn’t include straight lines, I simply eyeballed the shape and cut it out, leaving the center of letters like “B” and “E”. If you’re having trouble free handing the shapes of the letters, it might help to find a font you like and try to mimic it. Check out DaFont.com for a plethora of good options. (Choose from the “san serif” category at the top of the page if you’d like to find something similar to the letters I created.)

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.com5. Tape the top pieces of each letter together. I taped them so that each banner had a slight curve.

That’s it! Tape that banner to your wall and get to celebrating the future big sister or big brother in your life!

Help ease the transition of a growing family by throwing a big brother or big sister party for the older sibling. These easy DIY party decorations and playful kids craft ideas will make for a meaningful, fun party. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Be sure to check out the big brother / big sister banana craft idea and the DIY “helper” aprons–the perfect projects for a well-rounded older sibling party! 🙂

1 Comment

  • Momma
    May 18, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I recommend having twins,. That way there is a baby for mom and a baby for the sibling. It worked well for us! Just kidding????I think it is so dependent on the age of the older sibling and the child’s demeanor. I did day care so you were used to sharing me with other kids no you were sad when they couldn’t come for a while. MoMo has had you all to herself more or less…in which case I would imagine it is infinitely harder for her? Give her time. She and Zadie will be best friends just like you guys are and me and my sisters are.Big sister/ brother parties make them feel special! Always a good thing! Is it too late for me to have one for you?

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