Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Fabulous Birthday Banner

Posted on: July 10, 2012

Are you celebrating a birthday? Throwing a themed birthday bash? Just want to show someone how much they are loved on their special day? Then look no further than this fabulous birthday banner! This is an advanced project because it takes time to cut out all of the shapes and piece everything together. If an adult does the cutting or if the shapes are purchased pre-cut, little ones can easily glue the pieces together and stick on the the peel and stick letters, making this a fun parent and me project.

Things you will need:

  • Cardstock or heavy paper in the colors of your choice
  • Embroidery floss (or string) in the colors of your choice
  • Peel and stick letters (or markers/crayons for writing instead)
  • Circle templates (I found mine for free here)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • A hole punch

Step 1: Begin by cutting out the templates, making sure the scalloped circle is slightly larger than the other circle. Use your hole punch to make two holes, one on either side of the large scalloped circle. To line up the holes it is helpful to lightly fold and unfold the circle to see where you should punch. Next, trace each circle (don’t forget to mark the holes!) and cut them out. You will need one of each circle for each letter in your banner. That’s a total of 26 circles if you spell out ‘happy birthday.’ If this is too much cutting, you can purchase pre-cut shapes and use those instead. I just chose this route because I had all of the supplies on-hand in my craft studio.

Step 2: Using the marks as a guide, punch  two holes in each of the scalloped circles.

Step 3: Center the smaller circles inside the larger scalloped circles and glue into place. If you are using multiple paper colors this is a good time to play around with color combinations.

Step 4: Begin spelling out ‘happy birthday’ by sticking a letter into each circle. Again, this is a great time to play with color combinations. If you don’t have peel and stick letters you can use markers, crayons or paint to write the letters by hand.

Step 5: Using your embroidery floss (string/yarn/ribbon/etc.), begin to tie each circle together. I chose to use multiple pieces of embroidery floss bunched together as my method for joining the circles. After you tie two circles together, snip any loose threads and join the circle on the right with the next circle. Repeat until all of the circles have been joined together. Be sure to tie a length of floss through the empty holes on the end circles. This is how you will hang the finished banner.

Congratulations! You have made a fabulous birthday banner! This project is easily customized to match any party theme by simply mixing up the colors you use. Having a safari party? Use animal print paper! Having a princess party? Use lots of pinks, purples and sparkle! Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section. Happy crafting!


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