A couple of weeks ago, I shared my love affair with my new Cricut Explore Air and my first projects ~ Easter cards for my grandkids. My older granddaughter will turn 6 in a few weeks and I wanted to make her a special crafty treat for her birthday. She loves to draw, cut out paper, and see her name in print ~ what kid doesn’t? ~ so I looked for something that had pastels to match her room, something she could hang on her bulletin board, and something that I could write her name on. Scrolling through the Cricut Design Space, I came across a banner idea and found the perfect solution. I wanted to share this cute idea and show you how to make an easy DIY birthday banner for one of the sweetest little girls on the planet.
I’m one of those people who likes to use things I already have on hand. I discovered that you can change the suggested colors for a Cricut project if you just pay attention to the Cricut Design Space on your computer. So I used a both card stock and scrapbook paper that I had. In the past month, I’ve bought 3 plastic boxes to hold scrapbook paper because I buy colors and patterns I like when they are on sale at my craft stores. I’ve mentioned before that I have the BIG 3 all within 10 minutes of my house. Don’t be jealous ~ I’m just lucky.
How to Make an Easy DIY Birthday Banner for a Little Girl
If you don’t have a Cricut or Cricut Design Access, you can still make this project with a paper cutter and scissors.
Here is the original project. You’ll see that by changing the colors and patterns of your paper, you can get very different looks. You can space your banners far apart or close together. You can leave them pain or embellish them as I did.
several different pieces of card stock or heavy scrapbook paper in preferred colors and/or patterns. The number of individual banners you need to make depends on what you want to spell out.
glue, double stick tape or adhesive
ruler and/or tape measure
adhesive letters, stencils or markers (if you are good at hand lettering)
If using a Cricut, follow the instructions to make the individual banners. If using a paper cutter and scissors, first make a pattern on heavy paper. The Cricut banners are each 5 5/8 inches long X 1 3/4 inches wide with an inverted V in the center. After folding , the banner is 1 3/4 inches wide x 2 5/8 inches long. I’ve made a pattern that is very close in size that you can print. You will need one banner for each letter. If you have multiple words, I would make extra banners to go into between your words. You could leave those blank or decorate with a symbol. I needed 9 banners for the name banner and 14 for one that said “Happy Birthday”.
Here is the black banner pattern that you can print.
TIP: You can use smaller pieces of paper for Cricut projects, not just a whole sheet; just make sure that there is enough paper for the cut out. This way you can utilize scraps of paper.
Once you have cut out all your banners, fold them at the scoring line.
Measure your twine, figuring the length to fit all your banners with about 1/2~inch ~ 1 inch in between each banner, Allow extra twine at each end for hanging your banner ~ about 4 ~ 6 inches. I had a piece of twine that was 36 inches long and it was just right for the name banner and I measured another piece 45 inches for the “Happy Birthday” banner. I used tape to hold down the twine on my work space.
TIP: Don’t cut the twine until you have spaced out and attached the banners around the twine.
Measure the center of your twine.
Arrange the banners in the order you like for color and pattern. Using glue, double stick tape or adhesive, adhere the sides of the banners together. I found the adhesive tape was the easiest, but I added a drop of glue at the points of the banners. I placed the banners 1 inch apart for the name banner and 1/2 inches apart for the Happy Birthday one.
Once all your banners are glued around your twine, you can add your lettering or other embellishment. A few years ago, I bought a huge stack of all kinds of stick~on letters at a garage sale for $3.00. I chose to use those to write out the name and “Happy Birthday”.
I had to use 2 different fonts with upper and lower case, but I think it looks great. For the banner between “Happy” and “Birthday”, I used my star punch and some black vinyl.
Here’s the finished project.
That’s all it took for this easy DIY birthday banner. I’m thrilled with how it turned out. It probably took me about an 1 1/2 hours, but if I had been a little more organized, I bet I could do it in an hour. I hope my granddaughter loves it, too. In a week, I’ll be leaving for Atlanta to spend a week before we all go to the beach at Sandestin for Mother’s Day weekend. I’ll be coming home 2 days before her birthday, but we are going to celebrate her birthday and Mother’s Day at the beach. I hope that I can add to the festivities with my easy DIY birthday banner. Next week I’ll make Mothers’ Day cards for the kids to give to their moms. I’ll show you those later.
Places where I’ve partied this week (April 21st ~ April 27th)