Birthday Banner

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This weekend Addison turned 7.  WHAT?!?  7?!?  Surely he’s not 7 already.  Just yesterday he was playing with Thomas and Dear Husband and I were the only ones who could understand him when he said all their names.  Now he’s long and lanky and making plans to invent a money making machine – that won’t land him in jail.

The other day I saw a really cute Thanksgiving banner craft while surfing around other craft blogs.  I was inspired to make a birthday banner for birthday boy.  Banners are the “it” craft right now and can get very beautiful and elaborate.  I chose to keep mine simple.  Simple + easy = craft that is actually finished.

What you will need (should you feel so inclined to make your own banner): Package of colorful card stock, scrapbook paper to match your little one’s personality, sharp scissors, letter stencils (I used a Cricut), pipe cleaners, glue stick.

Cut out triangles, one for each letter and one triangle as a spacer in between the words.  Mine were 8 1/2″ across the top and 9″ down each side.  Use one for a template so you don’t have to keep measuring.

I already had a pack of fun robot/gear themed scrapbook paper.  Thankfully my mother-in-law is a scrapbook extraordinaire who owns a Cricut.  This is a truly amazing machine.  It cuts out shapes and letters all at the touch of a button in no time flat.  Start asking your scrapbooking friends about it, find someone who will let you come over to cut some letters out.  You’ll be glad you did.  If you don’t know anyone with a Cricut, stencils would work just fine.

I used a font that is thick and chunky.  It’s much easier to glue down than something wispy and curly.  A glue stick will work just fine but a tape runner is even better.  After I got all the letters taped down I decided that it needed an extra little punch…glitter does the trick every time.

Use a hole punch to poke holes in the top corners.  Connect the triangles with pipe cleaners.  Swirl the excess around a pencil to create a curly que.

Because I already had scrapbook paper, and I used a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby, this craft cost me $4.18!  I love it when that happens.

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