Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Party Banners

Looking for my calendar giveaway on Bird Crafts?  It's here.

Have you got a Cricut®? Or maybe the new eCraft™ machine? I’ve been using the Cricut® for a few years now and I love it. The possibilities are endless, but certainly what I use mine for the most is cutting out letters. I use them for gift tags, school projects, notecards, home decorations... there are so many options. 

One of my favorite things to do with the letters is create party banners. If you don’t have a personal die cutting machine, most local scrapbooking stores have die cut press machines that you can use for a small fee.  Another alternative is to print out large letters in a font that you like, then use the printed letters as a stencil... but obviously that is much more time consuming!

This is a party banner I made for our church’s Spring Boutique this year:

{I got the darling poms here.}

Step One:
Cut out all the letters of your phrase in a solid paper for the shadow. I used black paper.
If you don’t have a die cutting machine, skip the shadow.

Step Two:
Cut out the letters of your phrase in the coordinating patterned paper(s).
{I have used up to three different coordinating papers, but because I am a bit OCD I make sure every third letter is the same paper.}
Glue them to the shadows, if you have shadows.

Step Three:
Cut a rectangle for each letter in a coordinating solid paper.
Be sure that the letters will pop off of whatever color you choose.   
Since I used black for the shadows, I used white here.
Punch two holes at the top of each sheet, about an inch from the top and an inch from either edge.

Step Four:
Glue the letters to the rectangles.

Step Five:
Slip them onto your ribbon (I used black tulle) in the correct order.

Step Six:
Hang your banner!


  1. Emmy that is soo sweet!

    Love the tulle detailing!


  2. How have I not made a banner yet? What's wrong with me?! So cute!

  3. your blog is so cute and inspiring... i'm now a follower... hope you'll follow back!!!