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DIY: Tissue Number Birthday Sign

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DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

The oh-so-creative Prudent Baby is back with another fabulous, party-friendly DIY Tutorial to share!

I think this fun “Tissue Number Birthday Sign” concept would also be fantastic for displaying the number of years being celebrated at a milestone anniversary party OR utilized with numbers or letters for an engagement party or wedding shower (to display the date or guest of honor’s initials).

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

Read on for all the DIY details, as told by Jacinda


This Tissue Number Birthday Sign is a wonderfully inexpensive and quick party decoration. My daughter Clare delighted in the fact there was a giant 3 at her party since she has been sharing the news of her 3rd birthday with just about anyone who will listen for a month!

Click here for instructions on how to cover a blank artists canvas with fabric. The fabric I used is Michael Miller Ta Dot Fushcia. I really like that there is a background pattern but also that it’s not too busy to interfere with the tissue number. Michael Miller has alot of good options for this!

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

I used my leftover tissue flowers from the party garland for the next step. Click here to get the scoop on how to make a stack.

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

Ok, now that you have a stack of tissue flowers and a covered canvas, grab a chalk pencil and your glue gun.

With your chalk pencil, first draw your number with a single line, then go around it and box it out to a “fat”number.

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

Now, grabbing a single flower from the center at the back, twist the center into a small stem and push the stem slightly to one side. Flatten the flower out just a little bit.

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

Starting at one end of your number, start hot gluing down flowers, overlapping so that none of the background is showing through. Work your way to the other end of your number.

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

And you’re done!

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial



  1. Kristy - Posh Pixels Design Studio September 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    OMGooosh! I so love this! How freakin cute is that!!

  2. Ruby September 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    this is too cool. I really thought they were flowers when i first saw it. thanks for sharing the DIY :)

  3. Victoria September 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Great tutorial I can think of all sorts of uses for it. Thanks!

  4. Maysem September 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Love this! So cute! And I love that mini cookie tree next it (I assume they are mini cookies). Would love to know how that is made too:D

  5. Gwynn@GwynnWassonDesigns September 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm


  6. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie September 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I LOVE THIS DIY!!!! Bookmarked – CHECK! :) So darn cute, I can’t wait to try my hand at it!

  7. Rachel September 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I am so making this for my daughter’s 1st birthday! It’s so cute.

  8. Jennifer Epstein September 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I absolutely love this! Totally going to try this one for myself. Here is a tissue paper pom pom tutorial for your enjoyment! http://www.thismommyloves.com/2010/09/tissue-paper-poms-party-decoration.html

  9. Cari @ Socially Circled September 21, 2010 at 7:03 pm


  10. PartyMom September 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I followed this tutorial for my daughter’s first birthday party. Although my display wasn’t nearly as pretty as this, it was super simple and super cute. I even ended up passing along the tissue number sign to a co-worker whose daughter is only a month younger than mine.

  11. Jacinda September 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for your kind words! This is still up in my daughters room. It makes a cute decoration long after the party! You can find a full DIY for the cookie topiary here…

  12. Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff Custom Designs September 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Ohhhh! I LOVE IT! So creative!

  13. KatieO September 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    My sister in law and I did something similar for our kids’ joint birthday parties….except we used cut up red and yellow IKEA ziploc bags on brown paper bag….check it out: http://landofozfam.blogspot.com/2010/08/happy-belated-birthday.html

    She got might have gotten the idea from you :)

  14. Colleen Sheehy September 22, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Love love love this!!

  15. Sarah from BestofBeehive.com September 22, 2010 at 5:51 am

    That is precious! I love how simple it is, and yet it lends a made-by-hand flair for an extra special birthday party! These days I don’t have much time, so it is important to me to find those few handmade goodies that make a big impact.

  16. Natalie - Southern Belle's Charm September 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I adore this! I will definitely be using in the future! How cute!

  17. Ma'lee September 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

    will be making this today :) thanks!

  18. Ijeoma September 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Never knew tissues could be so so pretty :)

  19. amanda September 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

    i really love this!

  20. hiyaluv September 25, 2010 at 9:11 am

    what a great project and it looks great! :)smiles, gina

  21. Toya September 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    What a cute cute cute idea!!!!

  22. Tronda Burton November 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    This Idea is truly beautiful, I must use this for my God daughters 4th B-day party, thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Tasha March 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I used it to create a tissue number birthday sign for a cowboy birthday party. You can see pictures of my finished creation here: https://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/cowboy-birthday-party/

  24. Stephanie@Eventlookforless December 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    TOOOOO cute. Simple, budget friendly, yet makes a statement.

  25. Francisca Marinho June 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Simplismente maravilhoso.

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