How to Make a Birthday Banner Out of Cardstock

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How to Make a Birthday Banner Out of Cardstock
Use scissors with scalloped edges to add texture to your birthday banner. (scissors image by timur1970 from

Making a birthday banner out of cardstock is a fun project for adults and children. With all of the paper print and colour varieties, you can customise the birthday banner according to the recipient's personality and interests. Cardstock can be layered with a variety of paper styles and adorned with ribbons, glitter and stickers. Birthday banners can even be cut with specially designed scissors that give cardstock edges scalloped designs. Birthday banners can be given as a gift to the recipient, or used for future birthday parties.

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Things you need

  • Cardstock in chosen colours or prints (at least half as many sheets as letters)
  • Scissors (plain or scalloped)
  • Glue or tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Stickers (optional)

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    Outline letters with a pencil or pen on the cardstock chosen for the letters, or print out letters in a font of your choosing. Many font websites have free fonts available for download. Circus, JLR Birthday Banner, Happy Dave and Kingthings Bloone are popular fonts for birthday banners. Print or draw enough letters so they spell out "Happy Birthday" and the recipient's name.

    Cut letters and set them aside.

  2. 2

    Decide what shape you want the banner squares to be. Squares, circles and triangles all work well, as do diamonds, octagons and rectangles.

    Cut designed cardstock for the letter background, cutting it large enough to layer with another piece of cardstock and the letters. Cut as many colours as needed for the letters, plus two more to include spaces between the words "Happy Birthday" and the recipient's name. Use scalloped scissors to give the shapes a creative edge.

    Layer the creation with a coordinating colour by cutting the second piece of cardstock slightly smaller (about 1 inch) than the background. Glue or tape the second pieces of cardstock to the larger background pieces.

  3. 3

    Glue or tape the letters to the layered cardstock, centring the letters on each shape. Spell out "Happy Birthday" and then the person's name, one letter per cardstock piece. Include a space between each word.

    When the letters are affixed to the cardstock, adorn with glitter or stickers.

  4. 4

    Punch two parallel holes into each side of the cardstock with the hole-punch.

    Cut the ribbon into enough pieces to tie all of the letters together, including two longer end pieces that will hold the banner up. Use ribbon that matches the paper, either a plain print or a coordinating design. When purchasing the ribbon, make sure it is small enough to fit through the punched holes.

  5. 5

    Thread the ribbon through each hole, stringing the letters together in the right order, starting with "happy". Tie ribbon into small knots or bows, depending on how visible you want them to be. Another option is to use one long piece of ribbon and thread it behind all of the cardstock pieces.

    Tie longest ribbon pieces on the outside of the banner, and hang the banner where the birthday person will be able to see it, and for the entire party to enjoy.

Tips and warnings

  • Use acid-free glue for the best results.
  • Use a variety of prints and colours to create a unique banner.

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