It took me some time, but it’s here! My do-it-yourself “Happy Birthday” banner tutorial with FREE template downloads! You can now be the proud craftsman of this fine speciman:
A word to the weary: This banner involves many tedious processes so be sure to give yourself plenty of time and spread out the process over a few days.
There are some corners to cut if you’re looking for a banner that’s easier to make:
1. Forego the badges
2. Use pre-cut letter stickers
3. Leave off the person’s name
I hope this tutorial finds it’s way into a few inspired minds. Share away and if you’ve got questions, post it in the comments. I’ll answer as soon as possible!
1. These FREE! Downloadable Templates
2. 8½ x 11 sheets of decorative paper for the flags (NOTE! The number of letters in your message = the number of sheets of paper you need. I needed 18 sheets for my banner and used 3 different patterns.)
3. 8½ x 11 sheets of white paper for the badges (NOTE! You can fit 5 badges on 1 sheet of paper so take the number of letters in your message and divide by 5 to get the number of sheets of white paper you need. I needed 4.)
4. Two 8½ x 11 Mounting Adhesive Sheets
7. Cutting Matt
8. Precision Knife
9. Pen or Pencil
10. Some twine, string or ribbon
11. Brads (NOTE: The number of letters in your message minus 3 = the number of brads you’ll need.)
Step 1: Once you’ve gathered your supplies, print out the FREE! templates and proceed to cut out the badges and the flags.
Step 2: Trace the badges onto your sheets of white paper. You’ll need 13 “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” banner badges and you’ll need (number of letters in the name) “NAME” banner badges.
Step 3: Cut out the badges you traced.
Step 4: Trace the banner flags onto the backside of the decorative paper. You’ll need 13 “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” banner flags and you’ll need (number of letters in the name) “NAME” banner flags.
Step 5: Using your ruler as a guide, cut out the banner flags that you traced.
Voila! I would call it a day if you haven’t already!
Step 6: Haphazardly cut out the letters you need, and place them onto a peeled side of mounting adhesive. I was able to fit all 18 on 1 sheet, but you’ve got 2 in case!
Step 7: And now for the most time consuming part of the whole project. With your precision knife, proceed to cut out all of the letters. Having 2 kids and being super busy I made it a goal to simply cut out a few letters a day. You could also opt for letter stickers!
Step 8: Peel the back off of your newly made letter stickers and apply them to their corresponding badges. The larger (“HAPPY BIRTHDAY”) letters go on the larger badges and the smaller (“NAME”) letters go on the smaller badges.
Step 9: Lay out your banner in the order it should be. Using small cut pieces of adhesive, mount the badges to the flags. The larger (“HAPPY BIRTHDAY”) badges go on the larger flags and the smaller (“NAME”) badges go on the smaller flags.
Step 10: With your precision knife, make a small vertical slit in the corner where 2 flags overlap. Push a brad through to connect the flags together. Continue this until all of the flags are properly connected.
Step 11: To hang your finished banner, cut small slits in the outermost corners of each word (I hang each word as a separate banner). Push some twine, string or ribbon through the hole and make a knot. Cut length accordingly.
And there you have it! I would love to see all the banners made using this tutorial so take a picture of your finished product and please send it my way!! –firstname.lastname@example.org