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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 St. Patrick’s Day (or any day!) with these neat notebooks! Turn a few simple supplies into an adorable notebook for jotting down homework, writing secrets or playing tic-tac-toe. This is an advanced beginner project and would be a fun activity for a rainy day or birthday party.

 

Things you will need (per notebook):

  • Two foam sheets in the color of your choice
  • 10 index cards (you can use any color or type of paper you like, though I recommend something heavier)
  • One pipe cleaner
  • Peel-and-stick letters (and shapes)
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch

 

Step 1: Trace an index card onto each piece of craft foam and cut the pieces out.

 

Step 2: Punch four holes down the short side of an index card and use this as a template for marking holes on all of the other pieces. Punch all of the holes out. If you cannot use the hole punch on the foam I suggest carefully trying scissors.

 

Step 3: Sandwich all of the notecards between the foam sheets and use the pipe cleaner to bind the book as shown. After the book is bound you need to trim the ends. Make sure to leave tails that are about one inch long.

 

Step 4: Take the tail at the top of the notebook and bend it to the back. Next, tuck it under the part of pipe cleaner that was originally pushed through the top hole to the front of the notebook. Wind the pipe cleaner tail like this several times, trim any excess, and tuck the end in so it doesn’t poke you.

 

Step 5: Take the tail at the bottom of the notebook and push it through the front of the bottom hole to the back. Repeat step four.

 

Step 6: Decorate the cover of your new notebook with stickers, peel-and-stick letters or shapes and other decorations.

 

Congratulations! You have made a neat notebook! My notebook is ready for St. Patrick’s Day thanks to the clover cutouts I added. You can customize this project for other holidays or birthdays too. How did your project turn out? Did you do things differently? Please share your comments and photos in the comments section. Happy crafting!


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