Thursday, July 16, 2009

Make Your Own Happy Birthday Banner!

We grew up with the classic metallic paper "Happy Birthday" sign, but I recently came into a stash of battered old childrens books and inspiration struck. Why not create a more personal version? And I got to recycle some more cardboard boxes while I was at it.


First, I used spray adhesive to adhere the pages to cardboard boxes from the recycling bin. (Thinner ones like those pictured are easier to cut!) Once dry, I carefully cut out the letters, using an exacto knife for those tricky openings in the letters P, A, B, R and D.


Next I used my trusty hole punch and eyelet setter to install grommets in each letter.

Starting to look pretty, isn't it?


Then I strung the ribbon through each letter.



The beginnings of a very festive party! (If you don't have the time or oomph to make your own, mine is available here.) What have you been working on lately?

6 comments:

panoptica said...

Soooooooooo beautiful... It's way more personal...

Anitra Cameron said...

That banner is awesome! I can see so many possible permutations, too--like other occasions, or name banners for a kid's room. Thanks for sharing it with us!

agoodwitchtoo said...

I love that idea! The banner turned out awesome :)

Marta said...

Oh this is SO much better than the metallic stuff!!!
You never cease to impress me with your craftiness!

Summer Raven said...

What a cleaver (and affordable) way to show you care!!! I love the idea!!!

Tricia said...

great idea! so cute to use an old book with colorful pics.

-Mankato Mama

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