I am a huge fan of these personalized birthday banners!  My banner would read “Ryan is one” I bought extra supplies and letters in order to be able to spell out his ages up to age ten.

Items Needed:

  • Cardstock
  • Craft paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • glue
  • ribbon/string/twine
  • small clothespins or brads or paperclips or…some sort of fastening device! :)
  • Chipboard letters
  • coordinating paint (optional)

First I figured out my scheme.  Ryan was having a “Teddy Bear Picnic” however I was tired of the checkered blanket idea and wanted something that I could use again for his following birthdays.  I found this great tree pattern craft paper and decided on a brown cardstock background for it.

I cut 9 pennants in each color.  The brown measured 1 inch larger than the patterned paper.  My dimensions coordinated with the size of chipboard letters I found.  You can adjust yours to fit what you can find or your size preferences.

Note:  If you choose a patterned craft paper like I did, make sure you account for the direction of the pattern.  I thought I could use 12 x 12 size so I could get 2 pennants per sheet of craft paper, however then half of them would have an upside down pattern.  I had to make a trip back for more paper.

I simply glued the tree patterned craft paper onto the brown cardstock making sure to get the points of the triangle sealed down.  I then painted the chipboard letters a shade of brown to match the card stock and when dry, glued onto the pennants.  I chose smaller sized letters for the word ‘is’ and put both letters on one flag.

I chose to hang the individual pennants on a length of brown ribbon that I picked up in the $1 bin, and to secure the pennants to the ribbon with these teensy little clothes pins that I found to be absolutely adorable in Hobby Lobby. 

I think it turned out great and I can’t wait to use it again next year! 

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