DIY Monthly Photo Garland and Girl’s First Birthday

Feb, 13, 2017

How can Eloise already be one?! I didn’t want to do anything too crazy for this girls first birthday, but the blogger in me couldn’t resist a cute little dessert table. I wanted to incorporate some photos and thought this DIY Monthly Photo Garland would be perfect.


Monthly Photo Garland

This post is sponsored by Mixbook. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included.

There are SO many photos on my phone and I am usually pretty bad about getting them off and actually printed. I’ve also been really bad about filling out Eloise’s baby book but I figured this little project would kill two birds with one stone. Cute decor and photos to add to her baby book.

If you haven’t heard of Mixbook they’re an awesome site where you can print your photos, make photo books, personalized home decor, you name it. I decided to use their 5×5 photo prints to make my garland and was so happy with how easy the whole process was. You just select the photos from your computer you want to print, add them to your cart, and order. Easy peasy.

Monthly Photos For Garland

It was so fun looking at these pics and watching her expressions change over the months. Such a little goober <3

Supplies for DIY Monthly Photo Garland

Photo garland Supplies


Cut your string long enough to fit all the photos plus extra on both ends for hanging. 

Baby Photo garland


Clip your photos to the string. I used two clothespins per photo but you could also just use one depending on the size of your pictures.


Hang it up! I used two small thumbtacks on either side of the photo backdrop to hang up the garland which worked perfectly.

Monthly Photo Garland Decor

Then it was time to decorate!

First Birthday Decor

I can’t even get over how cute this little cake is!

First Birthday Smash Cake

Girls First Birthday Decor

Adding some fun tassels to the highchair was a great way to jazz up her seat. They’re similar to this Tassel Garland I created. I attached them by using some duct tape – not super classy but it worked!

Birthday Girl Crown

Eloise wasn’t super into her cake. She ate a few licks of frosting but mainly just squished it all between her fingers and then started crying ha. But it was the perfect day and I had so much fun planning this little set up and creating her DIY Monthly Photo Garland! I think I’m going to make her wear that little crown every year for her birthday 🙂

I can’t believe she’s already one, it’s crazy to me! If you want to walk down memory lane with me, check out her birth story.

Thanks again to Mixbook for helping make my dreams girls first birthday come to life!


DIY Monthly Photo Garland and Girls First Birthdya



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    May 11, 2019

    Hello, this look is gorgeous did you make the cake yourself? I just wondered if you piped the icing in the middle? I’ve just started to experiment with naked cakes.
    Thank you in advance!

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      May 19, 2019

      I did not, a local bakery did!

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    December 5, 2018

    Hi, can you please provide a link to the backdrop you purchased from Amazon? I can’t seem to fine the exact one you used in the picture. How did you hang it up ?Thank you so much. My little girl is turning 1 here in about 2 weeks!

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      December 5, 2018

      Hi Sue – It’s linked in the slideshow at the bottom of the post – here is the link again:

      I just nailed it to the wall but you could use some command hooks too!

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    December 5, 2018

    Can you please provide a link to the back drop you purchased from amazon? There are so many of them on amazon and I’m having a hard time finding the one you used. and how did you get it to stick on the wall? Thank you so much

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    September 7, 2018

    So pretty! How did you attach the flowers to the highchair?

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      October 4, 2018

      With some duct tape 😉

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        Jenna Bush

        January 11, 2019

        where did you get the flowers?

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          January 12, 2019

          Hobby lobby!

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    September 6, 2018

    So pretty! How did you attach the flowers to her high chair?

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    June 27, 2018

    Just found this! So cute!! I love it! Where did you get the crown from?

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    April 16, 2018

    Love this idea! Do you mind if I ask how you hung your brick wall backdrop? x

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    March 30, 2018

    Where did you get baby’s dress? My daughter is turning one next month!

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    Melissa coston

    February 3, 2018

    Where did you get your greenery garland?! This is exactly what I am looking for for an event!

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      February 4, 2018

      It’s dried Eucalyptus from Hobby Lobby!

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        Melissa coston

        February 18, 2018

        Thanks!! Also do you know what size your table is?

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        Tiffani Knox

        May 12, 2018

        hi im wanting to do something exactly like this can you tell me how many peices of the eucalyptus you had to buy to create this? thanks =)

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          May 18, 2018


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    November 1, 2017

    So cute! Where did you find the heart cake topper?

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    August 12, 2017

    What sizes are your aluminum balloons? Is that light gold& where did you buy them?

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    July 6, 2017

    Hello, can you tell me where you got the white brick backdrop with the pole on top to hang the vine and pictures? Thank you!

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      July 14, 2017

      Hi, it’s from amazon!

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        November 1, 2017

        Hi, can you tell me how did you hang up the backdrop ?

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    June 15, 2017

    How did you do the high chair ?? I love it

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    April 12, 2017

    Beautiful!! Where did you get the gold rings for the high chair? I can’t find them anywhere in that size.

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    March 21, 2017

    Hi – What is the size you use of the gold macrame rings?

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    Carolyn Freeman

    March 14, 2017

    So cute! Where did you get the board with words?

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      March 14, 2017

      Thank you! It’s from Letterfolk 🙂

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    March 13, 2017

    Love this birthday! Are those real roses on the high chair?

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      March 14, 2017

      Thanks Anil! Nope, they’re fake! I think I got them at Hobby Lobby 🙂

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        March 21, 2017

        Thank you! I actually found ones similar at the dollar section of Target. What is the size of the gold macrame rings? I would like to do the same string tassel garland and then use it to decorate her room.

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          March 30, 2017

          They are an inch and a half!

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