DIY birthday party/ photoshoot bunting

Recently my friend’s baby turned one and to celebrate we wanted to do an under-the-sea themed smash the cake shoot. I was really excited about this as it meant I could do my second favourite thing (first being photography!) which is crafting!

I decided to make some cute shell bunting to hang across the backdrop of the shoot. Here’s how I did it…

Materials I used:

  • Blue, white and purple thin foam sheets which you can get from most craft stores, or online
  • Sharpie pens
  • Scissors
  • Clear thread
  • A glue gun

How I did it


I started of by drawing a simple shell shape then I cut it out and used it as a template for the other shells so they were the same size.


Next I cut out enough shell spaces to fit across the backdrop.


I then drew 3 lines on the shells using different coloured sharpies for each colour shell.

Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of the next steps but all I did was use a glue gun to add a small amount of glue to the back of the shells and then stick the clear thread to the glue. You could use strong sellotape if you don’t have access to a glue gun.

Here’s what it looked like on the shoot:





As well as the shell bunting, I also made 2 other types of bunting for the 1st birthday party. Check them out below:


This is such simple bunting to make and it looks really pretty! All I used was wrapping ribbon and 2 different coloured packs of tissue paper. You simply cut a doubled over strip of tissue-paper then place the ribbon in between the sheets of the tissue and crunch the top of the tissue paper and secure it with a knot using some of the ribbon. then just cut strips upwards on the tissue paper (not to the top).



How cute is this baby face bunting?! I simply printed photos of the baby’s face onto thin card then cut around them and stick decorative card that I cut like hats onto the head. Once dry I then used my beloved glue gun and stuck the faces onto a thread.

Hope this post has inspired you to get your DIY on for decorations!

Please contact me if you are interested in booking a smash the cake party for your little angel.