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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!


Celebrate mom or that other special person in your life with this easy to make flower pen! This is a great craft made with things found around the home and if you make a bunch you can give a bouquet someone is sure to love!


Things you will need:

  • Craft foam in the colors of your choice
  • Chenille sticks
  • Green ribbon
  • A pencil
  • A pen (one per flower pen)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape (optional)
  • Markers (optional)


Step 1: Starting at the tip of the pen, dab a little glue and begin wrapping the ribbon around the pen. Secure the end with a rubber band so it doesn’t unravel as the glue dries. Continue dabbing glue as you wrap your way up the pen.


Step two: Dab some glue on the end of the pen and wrap the ribbon around it tightly. Secure the end with a rubber band so it doesn’t unravel as the glue dries.


Step 3: While the glue dries on the pen, draw and cut out some flower shapes from the craft foam. You can use the pen as a guide so as not to make the flower too large. Once you cut the pieces out you can decorate them with markers, glitter or other decorations.


Step four: Glue the flower pieces together.


Step five: Wrap the chenille stick tightly around the top of the pen. You should use a color that closely resembles the color of your flower. After wrapping the chenille stick several times, snip off the excess using the flower as your guide.


Step six: Carefully draw a line of glue down the chenille stick as shown and press it onto the back of your flower making sure the chenille stick is not visible on the front of the pen. Add a piece of clear tape to secure if necessary.


Congratulations! You have made a beautiful spring flower pen for mom or that other special adult in your life. You can make a bunch of pens and give a bouquet or make a bunch of interchangeable  flower tops to mix-and-match with notebooks, outfits and other things. The choice is yours! Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments and photos in the comment section. Happy crafting!

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