4 Crafty Photo Props to Help Capture Baby’s First Year

Here are four easy crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less. Use them as photo props during baby’s first year!

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As they say, time goes by so quickly! You bring your newborn baby home from the hospital, and before you know it you’re celebrating their first birthday. Every parent loves taking pictures of their little one, so why not jazz up the photos a little?

Here are four easy crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less. Use them as photo props during baby’s first year!

Pint Sized Pirate

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This 5-minute prop is ideal for sleeping baby pictures or for shots before they start reaching for things. Babies nearing their first year will be curious about this mysterious object on their eye and will try to grab it. So this is perfect for younger babies or for capturing that adorable sleeping face.

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You will need:

Black yarn

Black felt

Bandanna

Hot glue gun

Scissors

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Cut a patch from black felt, and overlap the top over a piece of yarn.

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Trim the sides of the top end so that when you fold them over the yarn they won’t be seen.

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Secure with hot glue.

Tie bandanna around baby’s head, then gently tie the eye patch around the bandanna.

His Royal Cuteness

 

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You’ve considered your baby royalty since the day you conceived, so why not dress him the part? A sheet of felt, some pom-poms and ten minutes of your time, and your little prince or princess will be ready for the paparazzi!

You will need:

1 sheet felt

Handful of pom-poms

Hot glue gun

Scissors

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Fold the felt in half lengthwise. From the folded side, cut triangles to create the points of the crown.

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Glue the two crown pieces together to create one long piece. Measure baby’s head and trim the crown to fit. Glue the ends together.

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Glue pom-poms to the points. Place crown on baby’s head to get some royal photos!

Itty Bitty Rudolph

 

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The holidays are always a big time of year for snapshots. Baby’s first Christmas is a momentous one, and a great time for a little cutesy costume for the season. Five minutes is all you need to turn a headband into Rudolph’s antlers! Plain red card stock will work great for his nose, but a little glitter glue or paint adds that extra holiday sparkle.

You will need:

Brown headband

6 tan pipe cleaners

Piece of red card stock

Red glitter glue or glitter paint (optional)

Clear tape

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Bend a pipe cleaner around the top right side of the headband.

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Twist the pipe cleaner around itself.

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Fold another pipe cleaner in half and bend it around the first pipe cleaner, twist together. Repeat for a second one above the first. Repeat these steps for the antler on the left side. 

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If using glitter glue or paint, paint the red card stock and let it dry. Cut a circle from the dried glittered card stock. If you don’t have time, simply skip the glitter step and use plain red card stock. Roll a piece of clear tape, sticky side out, and place it on the back of the red circle. Place the headband on baby’s head and gently stick the red circle to baby’s nose.

Cheery Birthday Hat

 

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Has that first year blown by before your very eyes? Can’t believe your little bundle of joy is ready to celebrate their first birthday? Capture that fun moment in time with their very own bright and cheery birthday hat. While this comes together quickly, you’ll want to allow about 30 minutes or so for the glue to dry.

You will need:

Green poster board or card stock

Cheerios

Yarn

Large pom-pom

Tape

White craft glue

Hole puncher

Make a simple hat by rolling poster board into a cone shape and taping it together.

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Use the hole puncher to create a hole on each side and tie a piece of yarn through each hole.

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Glue Cheerios all over the hat and glue a pom-pom to the top.

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When dry, place hat on baby’s head and tie gently around his/her chin.

You’ve heard it time and time again: “they grow up so fast!” There’s a reason that statement has stood the test of time! Be sure to capture all those precious moments of baby’s first year, and have a little dress up fun along the way as well.

Amanda Formaro is a well-known kid's craft expert and author of the Mania book series, which includes “Rubber Band Mania”, “Duct Tape Mania”, "Paper Mania" and "Button Mania". She has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.