{birthday party “guest book” autographed baseball}

I’m sharing two tutorials from the party today!  Head over to see Kate @ Cheap Crafty Mama for my tutorial on making a Burlap & Twine name banner, and read on here for the details on my version of a birthday party “guest book”.

I knew before having my little guy’s birthday party that I definitely wanted some sort of a “guest book” for him me to look back on (let’s be honest, he most likely won’t really care all that much when he’s 18, but I’m guessing I will).  Well, since the party had an All-American theme going on, I thought having each guest autograph a baseball for him would be perfect!  What’s more American than baseball?!

To make your own version, you’ll need:

a 5 x 7 frame 

spray paint


embellishments (I used white, foam stars from Hobby Lobby)

computer & printer


fine tip sharpies

I had just about everything on hand for this project but the baseballs and stars.  So the total cost was under $5!

To get started, I spray painted my once black frame navy blue.

While that dried, I typed out the saying in the frame and added some baseball clip art.

 I printed that out and trimmed it down to about a 4 x6 size.

Instead of simply putting the saying in the frame, I covered and wrapped the cardstock (the piece that usually comes in the frame when you buy it) with some leftover fabric from Jackson’s Highchair Fabric Banner, then attached the saying to the center of that using a glue dot.

Once the frame itself had dried, I added some white foam stars, purchased at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, to the corners, placed the fabric and saying back into the frame, and set it out on the favor table with a couple of new baseballs and fine tip sharpies.

 I’m glad I had two baseballs because Jackson had a lot of party guests that were eager to autograph them!

Now, Jackson has a cool reminder of all the people that helped him celebrate his first birthday!  I’m thinking of having some kind of a “guest book” like this for many years to come with different items.  In sticking with the baseball theme, I’ve thought of using a glove, a bat, a hat, and a jersey.  You really could gear this for whatever theme your party is though!  I also like the idea of having guests sign a different children’s book each year :)

Check back each day this week for tutorials/recipes on:

autographed baseball “guest book”

burlap & twine name banner

monthly banner

handmade star topiary

cupcakes and firecracker cookies


Please leave a comment!  I love to hear from my readers!

I’ll be linking up at these fantastic parties!

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  1. says

    What a clever idea!! That is way cooler than a book! He may not like them when he is 18 but I bet some day he will appreciate them a lot!

  2. says

    I love the baseballs – I did the same thing for my husband when he turned 31, LOL! I even arranged for him to throw the first pitch at our local team’s game.

    It’s all way cuter when you subtract 30 years, of course. 😉

  3. says

    Hi from another Jackson mom. Love, love, love this idea. So clever and what a wonderful keepsake.

    We’re having a luau birthday party for my son’s 6th, and I may have to come up with something like this involving our theme. Thanks for inspiring me.

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says

      Aren’t Jackson’s the best?! A luau sounds so fun! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for the party :)

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says

      Thanks Christine! I really love them…they are sitting on a shelf in my little guy’s room now :)


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