How to Make a Happy Birthday Zoom Background

You may have had to transition the birthday party to online but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to sacrifice all the fun. Decorate your setup with a celebratory, birthday zoom background to make the event more festive. It only takes a few steps to do so! I'll show you how:

How to Make a Happy Birthday Zoom Background

Over the past year, everyone has gotten acquainted with zoom backgrounds. Whether you’re attempting to make your workspace look more professional or a personal call more entertaining, uploading a zoom background can easily do the trick.

For example, celebrating someone’s birthday via a zoom call. Make the most of the situation by adding a fun, celebratory birthday background to your video. I’ll show you how to do so in just a few easy steps! Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Upload Pictures
  2. Personalize
  3. Download

To skip ahead, you can use this custom Zoom Background Maker.

Step One: Upload Pictures

Head on over to or the Kapwing app click Start Editing to enter the Studio. Once you click to get started, you’re going to choose between either beginning with a blank canvas or a picture as the background. After you’ve made your decision and find yourself in the studio, locate the output size option on the right toolbar and select 16:9 so that it best fits your computer screen.

A screenshot of the Kapwing Studio's upload screen.

Now, upload any additional photos you would like to adorn your zoom background with! To do so, tap “Upload” in the top left corner and select whichever photo(s) you desire.

Step Two: Personalize

Now, edit the background with the additional features offered. By selecting “Text” on the top toolbar, you can add a special happy birthday message to the canvas. Or, if you go to “Images” located beside the text option, you can find specific graphics to compliment your birthday background (for instance, I looked up “balloons transparent”).

A screen recording showing how to add text to a Kapwing project.

Side Tip: Make sure to keep in mind that your head/body will be blocking some of the background while on Zoom. That being said — consider placing images and text in areas that are less likely to be covered.

Step Three: Download

Once the background is looking ready for use, you’re going to want to click the red Export button in the top, right corner. The Kapwing kittens will process your creation and then you simply must select “Download” once the option pops up. Now, it’s ready for use.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

A screenshot showing how to export content from Kapwing.

You can upload many image layers and use the "Erase" tool to make funny cutouts and stickers for the customized "Happy Birthday" image.

To Use in Zoom

Simply locate “Video Settings” and then within that, “Virtual Background.” There, you will be able to upload your new background to the screen! And voilà — you have a happy birthday Zoom background!

Now that you have the custom Zoom background, you're ready to celebrate your friend's birthday party. Just join the Zoom call and access the virtual background. You can have a few GIFs/images ready to go and swap them in throughout the call.

For more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel. And while you're here, read through some related articles on Zoom backgrounds and holiday celebrations: