Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Banner

Today I'm going to share a quick tutorial on a banner I made using one of the papers from the Celebrate kit that we've been working with here at Craft Your Nest.  

My oldest son just turned 10, and this Saturday we're having a pirate-themed birthday party for him.  Our color scheme is red and black, so I started with the Happy Birthday Banner sheet along with some red cardstock.

I quickly cut out each letter using my trimmer (I just cut rough squares...no precise measurement needed here).  I also cut the red cardstock down into 4-inch squares at this point.

I then used a circle die and my Sizzix Big Shot machine (I'm old school...no electronic die-cutting machines at my house) to cut out each letter.

I used a scallop circle die to cut out the cardstock.

To give the cardstock some dimension, I ran it through the Big Shot one more time with an embossing folder.

I used glue dots to attach each letter to a cardstock background, and then punched two circles so I could string the letters together.

After stringing some baker's twine through the letters, it was done!

Right now, it's hanging out (literally) in my kitchen, but for the party it will get moved to our screened porch with the rest of the decorations.

I love quick and easy projects that come together in under an hour.  This one could easily be adapted as well.  You could create a title for any occasion by using word processing software and bumping up the font size to 136.  If you don't have a die-cutting machine, you could use punches or even trace drinking glasses for the circles.

Have you been making any banners lately?  Do you have any more tricks for making homemade decorations?  I'd love to hear about it!


  1. Love it! It looks great-I love that you embossed the scalloped circles.

  2. How much for this same one but add on two names?

    1. Chrissie,

      This was a banner I made as a tutorial. I'm sorry, but I'm not making them for sale.

  3. How much for this same one but add on two names?


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