Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Banner

     Today is my mother-in-law's Birthday. We were unable to travel for her Birthday this year.  I wanted to make her a special box filled with things C and I created and mail them (more to come soon!) so she would have something to open on her Birthday.  
     The banner is the first of several items that I created for her box. 

     Here is how I made the beautiful banner. I used this tutorial for guidance. I had 8 x 11 colored paper in my closet so I used that where the tutorial uses scrapbook paper.

  • paper for your pennants
  • ruler
  • paper cutter or scissors
  • jute
  • letters (you can make your own or buy them)
  • 3 pictures (optional)
1. Decide what paper you want to use.   I chose 8x11 paper in green, blue, yellow, orange, and purple.

2.  Measure a 4x6 rectangle on a sheet of paper.

3.  Cut it out.

4. Fold your paper in half hot dog style (lengthwise).

5. Open up your paper and at the top left corner, top right corner , and bottom center fold line mark an x.
6. You will make a cut connecting the upper left x with the middle x and the upper right x with the middle x. I used a paper cutter. If you don't have one, scissors will work, but your cut might not be as straight. Label that triangle Sample.

Label that triangle Sample.

7. Grab a sheet of paper you chose to use and fold it in half hamburger style or greeting card style. Place your sample on the fold and trace. Then cut out where you traced. Do not cut the fold. You are done if you want 1 layer!   If you want more than 1--continue reading.


8. After looking at it, I decided to make another layer. This time I measured 3 x 4.5 on a different colored paper. I used the same technique that I did for the first one but smaller measurements. Use steps 2-7.

9. I attached the smaller pennant to the larger pennant using a glue stick.

10. For lettering, I chose to use Alphabet stickers that I bought at Wal Mart for $3.  I chose a letter and placed it on the banner.  I wanted it to say Happy Birthday.

11.  After I finished attaching the letters to the pennants, I wanted to add a picture of C eating a cupcake that we made especially for Grandma.  We put a different picture on each pennant, 1 in the beginning, middle, and end.  I love the special touch that it adds to the banner. 

12. I attached the pennant with jute. The tutorial used double sided tape.   I tried using the tape and my pennants were falling off  so I got out the hot glue and attached the flags with glue.   I took the banner all over the house, hung it up outside, and it even withstood love from my 2 year old so I am confident with the banner staying in 1 piece.

13. Hang it up and stand back and admire your work of art.

I love how it turned out! Grandma will be thrilled to receive it. 

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1 comment:

  1. super super cute!! love the colors you used :)

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!