Celebrate Elmo’s birthday with easy DIY fan decorations!

February 3, 2019
Celebrate Elmo’s birthday with easy DIY fan decorations!

Happy birthday, Elmo! Today’s craft is brought to you by the number… 47! That’s right, our beloved Sesame Street character, Elmo, turns 3 years old today… for the 47th year in a row!

We couldn’t be more excited to help Elmo celebrate this special day, so we’ve planned an exciting DIY craft for you and your family to celebrate with us. It’s fun, easy, fast, and sure to bring giggles galore.

Of course, in order for us to throw a proper Sesame Street party, we need to decorate the house and invite some of our favorite Sesame Street characters. Today we’re going to teach you how to make Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and Oscar the Grouch for your very own Elmo party!

These Sesame Street inspired fans make affordable, fun crafts that can be created by toddlers and adults alike. They will liven up birthday parties, sleepovers, and playtime—and you can even use them as group crafts or party favors

What you’ll need:

  • 4 decorative paper backdrop fans (red, blue, yellow, and green)--these can be found in the decoration section of most party supply stores
    • (For our examples, we used 12-inch fans, but feel free to experiment with other sizes or experiment with pom poms and lanterns!!)
  • 1 free printable download of character faces! Print in color or use our coloring pages!
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils (if you choose to color)
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Child-safe, non-toxic adhesive like Elmer’s glue or Mod Podge

Once you have these items, you and your little Sesame Street fans can bring your characters to life in 5 simple steps!


  1. First, print out faces of your characters using one of our free printable downloads in the section above!
  2. If you’ve printed coloring pages--now’s your time to color!
  3. Using safety scissors, cut along the lines...

4. ...and expand your paper fans to make the heads!

5. Now your characters need eyes and smiles! Use non-toxic glue or Mod Podge to paste the eyes, nose, and mouths of your characters onto their heads. (Be careful to put the right faces on the right fans; we don’t want Elmo looking Grouchy!)

Once your keepsakes are complete, feel free to take some silly selfies, hang them in your child’s bedroom, or use the pom poms like a cheerleader. If you want to invite even more characters to your party, feel free to keep the creativity flowing! You can use our tutorial as a guide to create any Sesame Street character you want.

Did you have fun creating these Sesame Street characters? Good! Tag #PutMeInTheStory and #StarOfTheStory in your photos for a chance to be featured in our media!

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