Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Birthday Series: Custom Birthday Banner Under $5

This post it the first in a birthday party planning series coming up. My daughter will be 1 in less then 2 weeks so I am knee deep in party planning mode. I've been planning for weeks now and I'm going to share how I get ready for a party in a series of posts on here.

This first one is a tutorial on how to make your own birthday banner. It is very easy and cheap. Let's get started!

You will need:

  • Patterned paper: I purchased this pack of 12x12 paper at Wal-Mart for $5. There are 50 sheets in this pack with makes it $.10 a sheet which is great. Our party is a Luau theme so I went with this flower paper.
  • String: I purchased a string called natural Jute at Hobby Lobby. For 225 feet it was regular price $2.99 but it was only sale for $1.79 (40% off).
  • Basic Supplies: scissors, a pencil, tape, glue stick, and a long ruler or something long and straight. You will see I use a long piece of cardboard.

Ok for the first step you want to cut triangles out of the paper in as many as you need. I was making a banner that says "Happy Birthday" so I needed 13 triangles. I wanted to be able to use as much of the 12x12 paper as possible to make the triangles so they would be big and there would not be a lot of waste. The easiest way to cut out same size triangles without having to do a lot of measuring is to first make a small pencil mark in the middle of the paper. Since this is 12x12 paper I used a ruler to make a mark at the 6" mark like this:

Then you simply want to make a straight line connecting your dot to each opposite corner of the paper. You will want to use something long and straight for this. A ruler wasn't long enough for me so I just used a piece of cardboard I had on hand:

Once you've drawn a line from the middle of the paper to each opposite corner you will have a triangle drawn out that looks like this:

So now all you have to do is make two cuts along your lines to cut out your triangle

Continue this process until you have as many triangles cut out as you need.

Next you will want to make your letters. If you are good at free hand, you can draw your letters on paper and cut them out. I am not good at this so I used the computer. I typed "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" in Microsoft Word and made the font really big. 550pt. You will want to use a bubble font, where the inside is white, so you don't use so much ink and if you want your letters to be white. I chose white because my paper was very colorful. You could also make different color letters by using colored paper. I chose white card stock. 

After you print out your letters, cut them all out. Make sure to cut the insides too.

Once you have all your letters cut, attach them to your triangles. I used a glue stick to do this.

After you have all your letters attached you want to attach the triangles to string or ribbon. I just used tape to attach the string to the back of the letters. 

If you are using 12x12 paper, this banner turns out to be very big. I did Happy on one string and Birthday on the other string to hang below it.

Here's some pictures of the finished product! I can't wait to hang it at her party.


  1. Very cute and an awesome price! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week!

    Take care,


  2. Following you from the Mingle Hop! I hope you will come over to my blog. It is a craft competition blog. Each week is a new challenge. This week is Family Fun photography. Be sure to look at our challenge calendar.

    1. Thanks for the info! I'm following you now and can't wait to participate in your future challenges!

  3. Too cute! I have a 6 month old and am already looking forward to throwing her first party. Love the bunting idea!

  4. Hey girl! Visiting/following from the blog hop! Come over and visit me today! :)

    Awesome banner! I would love to make one of these!

    xoxo ♥ Shar

  5. So pretty!!! I'll make one for my daughter's up-coming Bday!!! :)
    thanks for sharing!


  6. I'm so into banners right now.... I just can't stop making them. I have one for every holiday/season.
    Thanks for the cute idea!


  7. Great banner. Very creative. I am sure your daughter will love her birthday party. Stopping by from That Friday Blog Hop. New follower here. Have a great holiday weekend!

    Michele @

    1. Thank you so much for hosting the hop! I have found so many great blogs that way.

  8. Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty. Very pretty banner and a creative way to make it. Your daughter has got to love this. I so love banners. My fingers are crossed you’ll share your creative inspiration tonight with Sunday’s Best – sharing is a good thing!

    1. Thank you for the invite! I will be there for sure.

  9. That turned out so awesome! We'd love for you to link up to our party!

  10. Thank you so much! I missed your party this week but I will be there for sure next week!

  11. Great banner!! Love the paper!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. This turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for showing how you did it too, that helps:)


  13. Very nice! I've tried some DIY projects before and this is probably the most fun I've ever had, making little banners that is. It's such a good way to pass the time and it's quite productive.

    Awesome work!


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