Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quick and Easy DIY Birthday Banner

My grand daughter turned 1 recently and there is nothing quite like a first birthday party. I decided to make a banner for the celebration but I wanted it to be quick and easy. This is my solution....

It is constructed of paper, simply folded, cut, punched, lettered and stapled onto a ribbon.  It took me about 1/2 hour to create the entire thing and it looks great!

Here are the steps......

First, it helps to have a supply closet. I can't imagine a DIY'er that doesn't. And I always keep a supply of interesting papers in my supply closet. I have found the Recollections paper packets available at Michael's ( no disclosure necessary - my own opinion) to be a solution to many projects. I keep them on hand - and often use the online Michael's coupon to get a new one.

Quick Steps:
  • For this project I picket out 5-6 different pink and purple pastel papers. I cut each into a 12" x 5" rectangle using a paper cutter.
  • I then cut scallops along the top and bottom. This paper is fairly thin so I could cut the scallops in stacks of 6. 
  • I then folded over the top 3" to form the upper tab.

  • I used my heart punch and punched a heart on every scallop - both along the top and bottom giving the edge a lacy appearance. Other punches would work as well, even a snowflake design would look lacy.

  • Using a fat black marker, I added some letters. I like freehand letters and when doing them for a light-hearted occasion, I like to add little balls to the ends of all letter strokes. It creates a fun font.

  • I then cut a stack of simple flowers out of the same paper and glued on contrasting centers.  (Forgot the photo! Sorry.)
  • I also keep a stash of satin ribbon (again often a bargain at the craft stores). I chose one and stapled the individual letters with a flower for each onto the ribbon.

  • Took a couple of thumb tacks and viola!

A Happy Birthday Banner for Mia!

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  1. Awe! I always love a cute birthday banner! This is lovely! I would be so happy for you to link it up at Party In Polka Dots! It's going on now as I was late getting it up this week!



  2. Super CUTE! I love the soft pink. what a great idea using the punch. I will have to try this one for sure!

  3. Super CUTE! I love the soft pink. what a great idea using the punch. I will have to try this one for sure!

    1. Kel, Thanks! It was very easy and the result perfect for a little girl.