DIY Birthday Banner

So I’ve been experimenting with my Silhouette Cameo and today is my husbands birthday, so I thought why not make his banner with my new cutting machine.  So the last few days I designed and cut out the bannerfeaturedanner pieces, then yesterday I put it all together and hung it while he slept last night.  It was fun and easy to do.

Even if you don’t have a cutting machine at home, you could always cut the triangles yourself and then color on them.   I can’t wait til my son’s birthday, I have a feeling there will be some transformer shaped banners made!

The Process:
1. Design Banner – I just made a simple triangle, then I typed out the letters needed for Happy Birthday Daddy – 32, and threw in two mustache’s for spacers.  I got the mustache file from the SIL store.  The rest I drew myself.  I used the Hobo font for my letters.  For the other banners, he’s a huge Michigan fan, so I picked his favorite teams and found an image online of their logo.  I brought that into the Silhouette software and traced them to get the outline.  Aside from the Detroit Tigers D, I just did a simple outline trace for this project.  For the D I had to add a little more detail.

2. Cut Banner – I picked cardstock paper in primary colors (which happened to mostly fit with the team colors as well) and cut each sheet.  (I saved the insides to use as table confetti for his cake this evening.)

3. Sew Them Together – I haven’t pulled out my sewing machine in probably a year, so I had to get that down, dust it off and get to work.  I used black thread simply because I already had it all loaded 🙂  Then I stacked my banners in the order I wanted them to go for quick loading.  And then I started – I put the first one it and sewed through the top, then loaded the next one, and the next and the next.  I just kept going til it was done.  I left a little string on each end for hanging.  I also left a little space between each.  You can make them as close or as far apart as you’d like.

4. Hang and Enjoy! – Once he fell asleep (I’m a night owl and stay up way too late every night) I hung them around the house so when he woke up (he’s a morning person, up hours before me) he’d get to enjoy some early morning birthday wishes.

One thought on “DIY Birthday Banner

  • June 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    These banners turned out great! I have to make one for my little guy soon and couldn’t think of how to attach all of the pieces…I never thought to use my sewing machine! And I love the look of the zig zag stitching you used!


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