This week we have been celebrating our oldest child’s”Birthday Week” and a really exciting thing hit me. We have a family tradition! Yes! I know that is not a big thing for most people, but we have moved around a lot in the last 9 years and our holidays are always a bit sporadic and random, just like our life. Holiday fun always works out, but there is not much consistency to it. About 4 years ago we started a tradition that we have actually been quite successful at keeping. Today I want to share our super simple, fun, and evolving family tradition with you. We call this tradition “Birthday Doors!”
What you need to make a birthday door:
Colorful paper, wrapping paper, or butcher paper
Poster Tack (or an adhesive that won’t stick around forever)
Optional: Stickers, glitter, fancy stuff like that
Sleeping kids (for us this is the hardest part)
There are so many ways to make a birthday door. In looking back at some of our birthday door projects, we have had some super cute doors and a couple of pretty ugly ones. Guess what, my kids have never cared. It is the thought that matters with birthday doors.
How to create a birthday door:
Go to town! Use your own creative genius and just start cutting, drawing, and decorating. I am a big fan of cutting block letters. It may even be one of my super powers, so big block letters for the child’s name and age is usually where I start. I have cut out many a polka dot for our birthday doors. One year I did long stripes. One year we didn’t have any colored paper at 1 am (which is usually the time I remember our “family tradition”) and so we wrapped the door with the butcher paper after decorating it with sharpies. You can’t go wrong.
Here is just a sampling of birthday doors from the past.
This year we did something a little bit different with our door. When all the kids were awake we had a little family gathering and talked about some of the things we love about the birthday child. We wrote those things down on our polka dots. It was another fun way to use the birthday door to make the child feel special and recognized.
This is how my kids feel about birthday doors:
“I love birthday doors! When I wake up and see my door decorated I feel happy. It is a way to remember that our birthday is special.”
“I like birthday doors because when you have a birthday mom and dad make them!
“It is so fun!”
Well there it is, our one tradition! If you decide you might like to try a birthday door, or if you have been doing this for years and consider yourself a birthday door professional, please feel free to share you birthday door picture to our Facebook page. We would love to see your creations!