"facebook" birthday photo wall

My sweet husband had a birthday over the weekend.  He isn't into big parties, doesn't eat dessert, and generally buys himself the things he wants these days, so finding the right way to celebrate can be hard.


One thing Jared does love is friends and family.  So I asked them all to email me a photo of themselves holding a happy birthday sign, had the pictures printed in a large size, and stuck them all up on the wall in the middle of the night.

Jared woke up to a birthday greeting from everyone he loves.  I wasn't thinking about it as I put it together, but Jared commented that it was like a real, live Facebook wall!  Kind of fun, especially since he is not on Facebook.


For my family photos, I made some fun little party hats using the template at Oh Happy Day.  I glued some pretty papers to plain white cardstock before cutting them out with the template.  Very easy and festive!

60 comments:

Kathleen said...

Jill, that is a super cute idea. Love how all your friends made signs. I wonder if you scanned them if you could make a slideshow he could see on his computer? That is if he uses a computer for work! :)
PS. Happy Birthday Jared!

Mandi said...

That is the cutest idea ever! Since both my husband and I live hundreds of miles away from family...I may be stealing this idea! Thanks!! :D

bethanndodd said...

how sweet!

Jennifer said...

GREAT idea! This will be borrowed...hope you don't mind.

Jenny said...

absolutely brilliant!

Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

Hmm, my hubby's 31st is in a few weeks and he sounds a lot like Jared--except that he LOVES dessert... Great idea!

And little Ruby is SO big and beautiful! Oh my!

Amy said...

Very cute idea! Thank you for sharing it. I also like Jared's Cardinal's shirt - Go Cards!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

That's such a fun idea!

tinajo said...

Clever idea - I like it! :-)

Bree said...

FUN! What a great idea! I'm going to have to try to remember this.

Emily said...

Love it! So fun! Happy birthday Jared!

Alison said...

I love this idea. Seriously. Luuuuurve. Thanks for sharing!

Kenny and Teresa Wolfe said...

GENIUS!!!! love it!

Jan said...

Such a great idea.

Toby and Tammy said...

Love this idea!!! I plan on doing this for my husband for his birthday. It's not till June, but I'll be sure to give you credit and link everyone back to here.
Love your creations.

Jen said...

What a cute idea!

the kusters said...

I LOVE this idea!! Thanks for sharing!

greatjencreations said...

He must feel so loved. What a wonderful gift!

Amnah said...

Haha, that's cute!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

What a super cute idea Jill! Hope Jared had a great birthday!! Jenn

Linda said...

What a very, very cute idea. I may have to borrow it sometime!

Jo Jo said...

I LOVE, LOVE this!

Vivian said...

That's so sweet!

Leigh the sewing diva said...

what an amazing idea!

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Ash said...

So, I want to comment on that first picture of Ruby - I love it! I'm in a photography class right now, and I would love to know how you shot that picture. Did you use photoshop to soften the background?

homemade by jill said...

Ash - I don't have photoshop, but used Picnik.com to soften the background.

Emily said...

SOOOO have to do this for my hubby! Love it! Thanks....

TheBrokeMomDotCom said...

super cute idea!

Adri Hunt said...

Great idea! I'm stealing it!!!!

Laree said...

Hey, my birthday was over the weekend too! happy birthday to your hubby!

(and I love this idea, but it would embarrass my hubby to no end to ask his friends to take a picture like that. Yah. He's a tough one!)

by night said...

Thay's an awesome idea! I might copy you next year as my husband turns 50

Taylor Made said...

That is such a fun idea I will be sneaking it away for a birthday in my house later in the year. Thanks for sharing.

Simplicity said...

That's suche a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

JJ and EJ said...

LOVE the "facebook wall"! Totally stealing that idea!! Too bad my hubby's bday isn't for another 11 months now... ; )

Natasha said...

What a FANTASTIC idea, I'm totally filing this one away for P's bday. CLEVER!!!

Btw, 6 mths old is AWESOME. I feel like we've finally made it over the hill (knock on wood). Ruby looks adorable, can you believe how quickly these little ones grow up?!

Erica said...

What a sweet idea! Very cool!

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Julie said...

My husband is the same way. Well, as far as not wanting a big ta-do and buying himself what he wants! He does like desert though :) He's turning 30 this year and I wanted to do something special. I think this will be great! Thanks for sharing your brilliant mind!

Susan @ Living with Punks said...

Love that! What a fabulous idea for a guy who is difficult to buy for...my hubby is the same way. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Laura said...

what an amazing idea!

Sarahendipity said...

What a fun and creative idea! My husband is the same way, I might have to borrow this. Oh and BTW, we are glasses twins. Yay! I heart them. ☺ Have a joyous day!

Courtney said...

What a cute idea! My husband doesn't have facebook either!

Anonymous said...

Genius! Absolutely amazing. My husband and father in law are the same way...well, except about he desserts. Great idea!

Maggie said...

what a great fun thing to do!

meags&me said...

Such a cute idea!! All his friends are so creative! And your hats are darling.

el elefante rosa said...

Es una idea genial.me encanta!!!

Amy said...

Impressive!! What a neat idea!!

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

This is such a cute idea!

Jenny said...

Such a sweet and thoughtful idea! The description you gave of your husband described my husband exactly! Good opportunity to be creative :)

Sarah Marie Kathleen said...

What a great idea! My husband is the same way, doesn't like parties or dessert. So last year I made him a meat cake. A meatloaf cake frosted with mashed potatoes. I even used a piping bag to make it look like avreal decorated cake.

Sarah said...

Jill, you've come up with another great concept! Awesome idea, I'm sure Jared loved it!
PS, I too have been in a little crafty funk lately...have you heard of Pinterest?
http://createstudio.blogspot.com/2011/01/when-creativity-isnt-striking.html
It's right up your ally..
-Sarah

Amanda said...

What an awesome idea! So thoughtful!

Julie said...

Your husband sounds very similar to mine. Even birthdays the same weekend. Weird.

Chelsea Christmas Party said...

You are so creative! I can't believe everything you make yourself! Wow a real life wonder woman!! :)

Allison said...

Jill, I'm getting ready to send an email to my husband's family to do this surprise for him. I noticed in some of your photos, the people have the same sign. Did you provide a sign when you asked them to do it? Or did you just ask for them to make a sign? Thanks for the good idea. We are far from family so this will mean a lot.

homemade by jill said...

Allison,

When I initially sent out the email request to family and friends, I attached a sign for them to use if they wanted. Some people used it, and some people got creative and made their own.

Hope your wall turns out well! It was a lot of fun for me to put together.

Alice Wills Gold said...

I just thought that you might like to know that someone I know is doing this for their hubby for his birthday next month. She sent us a link to your blog so that we could understand what she was talking about.

Creativity should be commended. If you are being copied, you should feel flattered.

Jessie said...

I just wanted to tell you that I did this for my own hubby a few months ago (then could not for the life of me figure out where I'd seen the idea until just now), and he loved it. I had family members write down favorite memories and email those to me too, with pictures if possible. It turned out better than I could have imagined. Thanks so much for the inspiration. :)

Miss C said...

This is such a cute idea! Since you posted it I have been counting down the days til my husband's birthday so I could do this! I linked you to my post. http://craftingwithheart.blogspot.com/2011/10/its-my-hunky-hubbys-22nd-birthday-today.html
Thanks for all your cute ideas!

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