My friend recently asked me to make a sign for her son's birthday party. At the age of two, he loves two things: Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. His mom tried to get him to choose one...but toddlers aren't real decisive. So, I incorporated both themes.
I had limited time, but hoped to make something that was more than a simple poster board. I also wanted a sign they could adapt and reuse in the future....like a banner. With this blog in mind, I chose to create something budget-friendly, totally handmade, and using only stuff I had around the house. I started with a few empty boxes. I drew all the letters for HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM freestyle and used an exacto knife to carve them out. This was definitely time consuming...but the cardboard was free and gave the sign a little weight and texture. Shrek is an ogre. I wanted a rough feel. Cutting cardboard by hand gave it that jagged-edge feel.