This is the banner was hanging in our morning room for the party. It’s still there (I’m going to try to see how long I can keep it up).
All the crafts and goodies for the party were a lot of fun and I thought I would start off with the most time consuming project – a birthday pennant banner. Making banners is not new to me – check out one I made for Halloween
A lot of blogs have how-to’s for banners. So I perused the web to check them out. I had bought the paper for the banner way back in early December, since I knew I had to make one. The paper I purchased was from Michael’s and was on sale for 25 cents per sheet (usually it sells for a dollar!).
I printed this template at 50% size (my banner was 26 letters long including spaces) on 110lb card stock I had leftover from my invite. Then I just traced two pennant templates per sheet of paper.
After the first two, I smartened up and figured out that I should be tracing on the back of the paper and lined the pennants up so each would be sharing one cut.
Twenty-six pennants later, I began printing the letters. I used Word to spell out “Happy Birthday” in size 300 font in hot pink. I printed the document on 8.5″x11″ full sheet labels I purchased from Amazon. I am obsessed with this paper! It’s awesome 🙂
Then I cut out each letter by hand (ouch!) and used an exacto knife to cut the small parts. I removed the backing and placed the letters on the banner.
Now, I am sure there was an easier way to do this – say, purchasing sticky letters – but I never found any I liked and I figured I bought the label paper for some reason.
Then I took a standard hole puncher and punched two holes at the top of each pennant. Next I threaded my ribbon through. After a lot of tweaking .. the banner was up!
The whole process didn’t take TOO long, and I was super proud to display a banner I made all by myself! Hopefully John likes it too, because it’s staying up until his birthday… in July.
Next up… our cake pops. Any Birthday plans coming up for anyone soon? And what’s everyone doing for Valentine’s Day? We’re staying in and cooking!