When it comes time to plan a birthday party for a friend, you don't want to skimp on the decorations. Aside from balloons and streamers, make something truly special by creating a birthday poster for the birthday boy. This simple craft only takes a small amount of time to make and can cost very little by using items found around the house. All you need is a bit of creativity to make a decorative, as well as commemorative, birthday poster.
Decide on a color scheme the birthday boy or girl would like. Buy a piece of poster paper or a poster board with that color scheme in mind.
Collect a few pictures of the birthday boy -- including photos of him alone and with his friends -- and cut a border around each one using scrapbooking scissors. Glue a large photo of the birthday boy in the middle of the poster, and surround the edges of the poster with other, smaller pictures of him with friends.
Create colorful lettering using felt craft paper. Cut out letters that spell out "Happy Birthday" from the felt. Glue these onto the top of the board.
Look online and in magazines to find pictures of some things the birthday girl likes. If she, for instance, likes all things Paris-related, glue a picture of the Eiffel tower onto the poster.
Add decorative touches such as ribbons and lace that you can find at craft stores. Place a border around the edges of the poster by punching holes into the sides and wrapping a ribbon through each hole to create a spiral border.
Contact all of the birthday boy's friends and ask them to write a birthday message on the poster in any spot they choose. Once the party has ended, the birthday boy can take the poster home and keep it as a commemorative present.