When my son Cash turned 2, he had a cowboy themed birthday party. I like to find ways for the decorations & favors to be personal for our guests so I decided to make wanted posters for everybody. They were a hit. Every kiddo and grown up had wanted posters that were personalized just for them. It was so fun choosing what their crimes and cowboy names were! And it made a great party favor too!
I started with tan colored card stock and my word program. I made a template to start with so I only had to change a few things as I did each poster. I used a black and white photo of each person on their poster too. I was able to find a photo of every person saved on my computer but you can also have friends text you photos of their kids if you are missing any.
After I printed out the paper I used a lighter to burn the edges of the paper. I started out doing this in my kitchen but quickly realized that it was slightly messy and extremely stinky & smokey. Since I was 9 months pregnant with my little one I opted to do these outside! And of course I kept my kids away. I'm not saying it was the smartest idea I ever had...and I'm not telling you to break out a lighter and start burning paper either! I'm just telling you what worked for me.
I also used this same technique to make the invitation.
Since I was expecting my little one I actually made the posters several weeks before the party. After I had Gage I made one for him too.
Everybody loved the wanted posters and got a kick out of reading everybody's crimes and names. My kids still have theirs hanging in their closets. Here is a shot of the posters hanging on the slider. They acted as decor and were fun to read too! Check out some of the samples below and have a blast making your own! Just be careful!
My poster....3 kids in 3 years!
These wanted posters took a little time to make but they were a fun surprise for the guests and they were cheap to make! Good luck making you own!