Birthday Banner

Our little lady has a birthday coming up, and between a heavy office workload, hectic home schedules and packed school calendars, I need to plan early and do some projects ahead of time if I want her day to be special (and if I don’t want to pull an all-nighter trying to prep for the party, which I’ve been known to do).  I made this banner over the weekend, using some of the leftover cardstock from the Lake Life project (posted here) and personalized with some favorite pictures from the last year.


DSC_0010_edited-1Materials you will need: Plain white paper on which to print letters; card stock paper in colors of your choosing; three 8 x 10 photos (I printed on regular ol’ paper, on a regular ol’ printer – I liked how it gave it a softer look than glossy, bright photo paper); paper punch; glue stick; scissors and twine.


Cut the card stock and the pictures into triangles (I did pretty close to an even cut from the top corners of the 8 x 10 photo, which made for large flags – although, see reality check below). Print letters using a font of your choice (I used Cooper Black, 350 pt.), cut out, and glue one on each flag. Cut the pictures a shade smaller than the card stock triangles, and glue on as well. I used a one of the kids’ craft scissors to finish the bottom edges of the triangles with a scallop design.


Punch two holes at the top of each triangle, and string the twine through the back to make the banner. Don’t forget (like I did!) to leave extra twine at both ends, so you are able to hang the banner.


Reality Check.  Hanging the banner outdoors looks pretty great, huh? Good light, a fun way for guests to spot the location of the party, etc. It is a terrible idea. Unless you make the flags out of, say, lead, or live in a bubble with no wind or other elements of the, uh, outdoors, you will have endless amounts of frustration keeping it untangled and having it hang nicely. I didn’t have much of a choice for location since the banner ended up being quite a bit larger than I anticipated. Stay tuned on if I’m able to find a spot in the house to hang this puppy on the day of the party – I may need to get creative. So before you start the project, think of where you would like to place the banner, and judge accordingly for the size of the flags.

2 Comments on Birthday Banner

  1. lynette jensen
    September 19, 2014 at 8:09 am (8 years ago)

    The banner is awesome and I love where it is displayed for the post. It is very “showy” as I say often. I think it really worked out well. The papers and the pictures look good and it is a very doable project.

  2. Brad Houser
    September 21, 2014 at 10:54 am (8 years ago)

    The banner looks great! Although the kid’s theme is adorable, I see this being used for milestone birthdays as well. Just think of the pictures that could be used for a 40th birthday celebration!


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