For Miss O’s 1st Birthday Party, I made a Happy Birthday Banner. It looks like a bunting banner but was much simpler to make in that it is made of paper and stickers! The letters that I used match the ones on the I Am One! High Chair Banner that I also made for her party. This was a relatively simple banner to make. I did her first birthday party with a pink theme – I thought I would save character themes for when she’s older. This also means I can use this banner year after year as long as her party has some sort of pink in the theme!
- Patterned scrapbook paper to match your theme
- Coordinating solid cardstock
- Large coordinating stickers spelling Happy Birthday
- Clothespins (can be decorated as per instructions on 12-Month Banner Tutorial)
- Paper cutter (optional but makes things much easier)
- Double-sided tape or other preferred adhesive
First and foremost, you have a bunch of triangles to cut out! I suggest patience with this step – don’t rush it or you will end up with wonky triangles. You’ll need a pencil and ruler to accurately measure them out. The patterned paper triangles are 5.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall. The cardstock triangles are 4.5″ wide x 4.5″ tall. Use the pencil & ruler to draw the triangles onto the back of your paper. Cut them out with your paper cutter. You can do this by hand but your bunting will look much sharper if you use a cutter. Typically you will need 13 triangles each of patterned paper & cardstock. My letter stickers included some pretty flowers so I decided to add those to an additional triangle.
Once you have cut out all of your triangles, attach the cardstock triangles to the centre of your patterned paper triangles using double-sided tape. I try to make sure my tape gets as close to the corners as possible to avoid them curling up. Next, affix your letter stickers to the centre of each triangle.
I decorated clothespins to hang the bunting flags from the ribbon. You can use plain ones or check out how to decorate them in the 12-Month Banner Tutorial. If you have time, it just adds a bit of fun to decorate the pins. You can even simply hot glue some buttons on them or attach adhesive gems.
You can choose to attach your bunting flags to one long strand of ribbon or you can separate each. I found it so long that I separated them; however, I also don’t have any long walls in my home so I’m forced to separate them so I can stagger them accordingly. Voila! Your very own awesome Happy Birthday Bunting Banner made with paper! It may not last as long as a fabric banner but if stored correctly, should still last for many years.
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Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.