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40 Easy DIY Birthday Decoration Ideas

When it comes to birthdays, you don’t always want to spend an arm and a leg on decorations. And other times, you want something more personalized and unique to celebrate a loved one.

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Whatever the case may be when you’re planning a birthday party, we recommend a bit of DIY work to get the festivities started off on the right foot.

Birthday Party Decorations

Whenever you’re prepping for a birthday party, you’re going to want to add some decorations to your home to make sure everyone is feeling the celebration. We have some cool ideas for you, ideas that you can put into practice in the comfort of your own home. Check out these 40 ideas!

1. Cherry Ballon Party Garland

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If you want to try out a really cute summery idea for your party, you can definitely make this cherry balloon party garland. All you need is some string, some red balloons, and some green paper. We have all the instructions right here.

2. Cupcake Liner Garland

Cupcake liner garland

A festive garland can fit perfectly with any other decorations you’re going to use for your birthday. So, we have a super easy solution for you – use a cupcake liner! You simply need different colors and patterns, and you can find them super easily. Follow our tutorial here!

3. Confetti Wall

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If you want to have a cool spot for all your friends’ Insta posts, you can create a confetti wall that can work as a backdrop. It’s pretty awesome and super easy to make, so you can follow our instructions on how to make it yourself.

4. 3D Paper Apple Decor

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These 3D paper apples are super easy to make, and if you want, you can use them as table placement cards – just write your guests’ names on them and set them on the table. In this way, everyone will know where to sit, and they can even grab them and take them home with them as party favors. We have the full tutorial on how to make your own right here.

5. Confetti Balloons Birthday Decor

Confetti balloons

While we already talked about a confetti background for your wall, we also have some confetti balloons you can try out for your party. They’re easy to make and super cute. Check them out here on Pretty Prudent.

6. Zig Zag Streamers

Zig zag streamers

Another cool thing you can do for your birthday party is zig-zag streamers. They’re quick to make, they’re lovely, and you just need some paper and some scissors. Plus, some tape to put them up, of course. Check out the guide on Oh Happy Days.

7. Tissue Paper Pom Poms

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We also found these really cool tissue paper pom poms you can make fairly easily. Of course, you’re going to need some free time on your hands, but we’re sure you’ll make it work. Martha Stewart’s website has a great guide on how to make them!

8. Washi Tape Straws and Bottles

Washi tape straws and bottles

One of the things that happen for every birthday is that people mix up their glasses, and you end up without any glasses to give out once everyone has shrugged and gotten another from the rack. So, to prevent this from happening, you can always use some washi tape to mark bottles and glasses, as well as straws. You can even write people’s names on them. Check out the instructions on CBDA.

9. Fabric Tassels Birthday Decor

Fabric tassels

If you have extra fabric around the house, you can always make yourself a really cute fabric tassel garland. It’s cute, it’s easy to make, and you’re going to have a pop of color on your wall. Check out the tutorial on Pretty Prudent.

10. Balloon Garland

Balloon garland

How about we make a balloon garland? We find these are super cute whenever we visit a location where balloon garlands are set up, so why not make one for your own home? They’re easy to make, especially if you follow this tutorial from Lovely Indeed.

11. Paper Stars Birthday Decor

Paper stars

If you love stars, you can make your own out of paper! These are super cute, and you can definitely get your kids involved, too, especially if they’re at the age where they’re handier with crafts. This tutorial from The Spruce Crafts will tell you everything you need to know on how to make these.

12. Hot Air Balloons

Hot air balloons

Regular balloons can be turned into miniature hot air balloons with just a few tricks. The result is oh so cute, and your kids will absolutely love it. To be fair, we love it too, so we’d be happy with these decorations on our birthdays too. Get the tutorial from Oh Happy Day.

13. Paper Chain Backdrop

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Another cool photo backdrop you can put together is made out of paper chains. They’re so cute! Plus, if you use colored paper for an ombre look, it will look even cuter. Check out the tutorial from Design Improvised.

14. Summer Pinata

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Kids’ parties need pinatas! If you have a bit of a yard (and even if you don’t), you can make of these, so the kids have fun trying to smash them open to see what candies fall out. Of course, there’s going to be a mess, but there’s going to be a lot more fun than a mess to clean up. Get the tutorial from Think Make Share.

15. Fruit Garland

Fruit garland

Ok, the fruits in this garland aren’t real, but they’re fun to make nonetheless. You just need paper and some make-shift stencils. They’re fun to make and look absolutely adorable, so get the tutorial from Tell Love and Party.

16. Paper Rosettes

Paper rosettes

Paper Rosettes are awesome to look at, and you can put them up on the wall easily. You can even get the kids involved in making these, which is a win-win as they’ll allow you to actually focus on crafting. Get the tutorial from Driven by Decor.

17. Sequined Letters

Sequined letters

Whatever message you want to display for your birthday party, you can make it all a bit more cheerful by adding sequins. Anything is more cheerful with sequins. It is a fact. So, let’s see how you can make your own by following the tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.

18. Tissue Paper Lantern Birthday Decor

Tissue paper lantern

Hanging paper lanterns can make the atmosphere of the party that much more fun. Not only are they super cute, but they can also double as extra lights if you add in some of those battery-powered bulbs. Get the tutorial from A Bubbly Life.

19. Illuminated Fairy Jars

Illuminated fairy jars

Having some illuminated jars on the table can be a nice touch, as it can help set the mood of the party. Plus, your guests will love them! Check out how to make your own illuminated fairy jars from Catch My Party.

20. Paper Unicorns Birthday Decor

Unicorn paper

Unicorns are awesome, and if your kid is a fan of them, you can definitely try making some. These decorations can be hung up around the home, so they’re easy to spot. Check out the tutorial from Red Ted Art.

21. Paper Plate Party Hats

Paper plate party hats

What’s a party without some party hats, right? Well, how about you make your own with the help of paper plates? That would be super easy to make, and you can even get the guests involved by asking them to color their own. Get the guide from Art Bar.

22. Minecraft Balloons

Minecraft balloons

If your kid is passionate about Minecraft, like most kids these days, you can turn some balloons into Minecraft characters with just a bit of colored tape. You don’t even need a lo t of artistic skill since you simply need to make it look like pixels. Get the guide from.

23. Tulle Table Skirt

Tulle table skirt

One thing that you can do to pretty up your table anytime you have a birthday party is to get a tulle skirt. Even better, you can make it yourself by simply buying the tulle and following the tutorial from Press Print Party.

24. Paper Pinwheels Birthday Decoration

Paper Pinwheels

Choose some scrap paper that works for your theme and create these easy pinwheels! Dress up the tables, gift area, or the cake’s spot in the corner with these whimsical accents. {found on Studio DIY}

25. Rainbow Water Birthday Decoration

Water flower vases

Create a beautiful scene on the tables with a bit of water, food coloring, and fresh florals. This adds an easy pop to an unsuspecting spot, and the guests will adore it!

26. Embellished Party Hats

Embellished Party Hats

Jazz up every hat at the party with fun embellishments and creative spirits. Every guest should have one and add to the eclectic mix! 

27. Balloon Backdrop Birthday Party Ideas

Balloon Backdrop

This DIY couldn’t be any easier. Grab some balloons and streamers, and then get to work! This is the perfect way to add festivity and color without too much fuss. {found on Pinterest}

28. Confetti Glasses Birthday Decoration

Confetti Glasses

For a princess affair or a more grown-up celebration, try creating these glitter glasses. It’ll create a gorgeous, feminine ambiance and a bit of romance too!{found on The 36Th Avenue}

29. Ice Cream Hanging Birthday Decoration

Ice Cream Hanging

Who doesn’t love ice cream? And who wouldn’t love this sweet addition to the party? Made with party lanterns and manila folders, you’d be surprised how easy this is! {found on Chickabug}

30. Ribbon Chandelier Decoration Ideas

Ribbon Chandelier

Decorate your party with nooks and crannies filled with whimsy and wonder. Ribbon chandeliers can be a beautiful and memorable addition to any type of birthday party adventure.{found on Harts Desire}

31. Donut Addition Birthday Decoration

Donut Addition

Grab some paint and tissue paper to make these sweet treats come to life! How fun and playful are these adorable additions to any birthday?{found on Makes and Takes}

32. Dipped Vases DIY Decoration

Colorful Vases

Dress the tables with charm and sophistication by adding fresh flowers. But make sure to add an easy, personal touch to your glass vases with a dash of paint!{found on Brit+Co}

33. Cascading Pink DIY Ideas

Cascading Pink

Crate paper never looked so good. Instead of streaming these pink pieces around the room in a traditional sense, create a birthday-spirited chandelier for the party!{found on Rice Design Blog}

34. Candle Dressing

Candle Dressing

Don’t leave the birthday candles boring and bare. Embellish them with glitter and jewels for a bright pop on the cake and a warm surprise for theman or woman of honor.

35. Glitter Balloons

Glitter Balloons

All you need to make this gorgeous DIY come full circle are balloons, chunky glitter and a bit of mod podge. We’re in love with all the possibilities that come with this idea!{found on My Sister’s Suitcase}

36. Cupcake Paper Garland

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We have another use for your colorful cupcake papers – make a garland out of them! You only need to have a few cupcake papers, string them together, and voila! You’re done! If you pin a few of them together, they can look like small trees.

37. Jar Lights Birthday Decorations

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If you want to spruce up the room, give it a more mysterious vibe, you can add a few jar lights. You only need a few empty jars, some tealights (you can even get some of those on batteries), and a bit of rope. You simply have to make sure the rope perfectly holds the jars and hang them around the home!

38. Balloons Birthday Decor

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If you want to make sure the house looks party-ready, you’re going to need to get some balloons! If you get them in multiple shades and sizes, you can create an arch by tying them all together. Some experts in the field also suggest using double sided tape to make it all stick together better.

39. Hot Air Balloon Birthday Decorations

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Another cool idea is to make a few “hot air balloons” with colorful paper. You need to cut out a few balloon shapes, fold them down the middle, and glue them back to back so you get the right shape. Add in a colorful number detail and you’re good to go.

40. Fairy Lights Birthday Decorations

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If you have a few empty glass bottles around the home, you can get some fairy lights and stick them inside. Then, you can hang the bottles up from the ceiling, or just place them here and there to create a great atmosphere.

Parting Words: Birthday Decoration Ideas

Do you feel inspired? Found what you need for your birthday party decor? Some are definitely easier to make than others, but we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your taste, your available crafting time and skills. Let us know in the comments below how it went, or give us more info on new ideas we could showcase for our readers.

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