Throwing a unicorn themed birthday party? This DIY Unicorn Picture Frame doubles as a birthday party craft and a party favor idea! Do a photo shoot with the birthday child with each of their friends to put inside. So much fun!
This past weekend my sweet girl celebrated her birthday with a massive unicorn craft night and sleepover. When I was a kid I was OBSESSED with unicorns. I started collecting them when I was 8 years old and by the time I was 10 my room was filled with glass unicorn figurines, unicorn artwork and posters, unicorn themed school supplies and more. My kiddo’s unicorn love hasn’t gotten quite as crazy as mine was, but she certain does love them. I was so excited when she decided on a unicorn theme for her birthday.
I love my Cricut for adding quick customizable elements to a birthday party like this label for the unicorn punch container.
My girl’s a pretty understated kid and she didn’t want me to go overboard with the unicorns so we kept it pretty simple. We had “unicorn punch”, I made a unicorn themed birthday cake and we did a unicorn craft.
She was pretty thrilled with how her cake turned out. Cake decorating is not one of my skills so I was pretty happy with how it turned out too.
Her friends all gasped when we cut into the cake and they realized that each layer was a different color!
You might remember that The Hubs and I transformed our playroom into a massive craft room with a huge craft island a little over a year ago. It brought me so much joy to see 12 kids surrounding the island and all crafting together. I didn’t get permission from all the parents so I won’t share the photos, but it was so much fun!
Bean and I originally had another craft idea in mind, but we weren’t able to find all of the supplies we needed. While we were at the craft store we found cute wood picture frames with a heart cutout for the photo in the wood aisle. I thought it would be fun to have the kids paint the frame and then decorate it with unicorn designs that I cut out of vinyl using my Cricut.
I also did a photo shoot with Bean and each of her friends which The Hubs and I printed, cut and inserted into the picture frame while the kids were eating dinner.
I often struggle with finding a party favor that is affordable, but that isn’t cheap plastic toys that will end up in the recycling bin as soon as the kids go home. I think that this fit the bill perfectly. The kids had so much fun doing this craft project and I loved that each child went home with something unique and personalized. I’m also going to create a little photo book of pictures from the party for Bean along with the pictures from the photo shoot of her with each of her friends.
I love this idea because you could make this project work with just about any birthday party theme by changing the design of the vinyl that you put on it.
I hope that this idea inspires you to get crafty with the kids at your child’s next party! Read on for my DIY Unicorn Picture Frame project!
DIY Unicorn Picture Frame- Perfect For Unicorn Birthday Favors and Craft Activity
-Heart picture frame (available in the wood section at Michael’s or at Dollartree)
-Paint (I used FolkArt Coastal Texture Paint in Ocean and Sea Salt for my ombre frame and Sea Mist for my one color frame)
-Foam brushes (I love buying a bulk pack like this)
-Scissors (You all know how I’m crazy for my Fiskars Orange Handle Scissors!)
–Cricut Vinyl (or your favorite brand of vinyl)
Optional: Sand paper
Step 1: Log into Cricut Design Space then open my unicorn cut file (found in the material list above). Cut the images out of vinyl using your Cricut. Weed your vinyl leaving behind the words and images.
Step 2: Paint your picture frame and allow for it to dry.
Optional Step: I find that the raw wood of the frame can be a bit rough. I love giving it a sanding after the paint has dried to soften all the colors and edges.
Step 4: Cut your photo to size.
Step 4: Use your transfer tape to transfer the vinyl to your wood frame.
Step 5: Insert your photo into the frame.
Voila! You have an awesome unicorn picture frame which is perfect for a unicorn birthday party favor.
If making these as a birthday party activity: I precut all of the vinyl and transfer tape for this project before the birthday party. I didn’t weed the vinyl ahead of time because my daughter and her friends love to week, but in the future I’d pre-weed the vinyl for this project. I recommended to the kids that they try to keep the their paint coats thin so that the paint dried quickly.