Thursday, July 12, 2012

DIY Scalloped Birthday Banner

The next project Danielle asked me to help her for Maycee's Party with was a fun banner! Now, seriously, how could I turn that down?  I love to create cute things, especially when I get to pull out my Cricut!  So I started browsing online, I even made Maycee her own 1st Birthday Party inspiration board on Pinterest.  Her theme was Pink & Brown Polka Dots, which I found a lot of cute idea's for it.  Now I just had to put everything into action.

This Scalloped Banner that I made was inspired by this cute banner here (sorry I'm not sure of the source, someone uploaded it via iPhone).  I went to Hobby Lobby and gathered some fun 12x12 scrapbook paper, a couple different kinds of ribbon, and got to work.  I already had the vinyl, which is from Expressions Vinyl, so I was good to go there.  Here is everything you will need to make this fun Scalloped Banner:
  • 6-8 sheets of patterned scrapbook paper (I used 3 of each pattern)
  • 4 sheets total of plain card stock (2 light pink & 2 brown)
  • 2 rolls of 1/2" pattern ribbon (1 brown with light pink polka dots & 1 pink with brown polka dots)
  • Light Pink & Brown vinyl
  • Cricut, & Sophisticated cartridge
  • Glue Stick
  • Hole punch
I didn't take pictures of the process of using my Cricut to cut out the shapes & letters, but I will kind of tell you how I did it.  I used the Sophisticated Cartridge for all of the shapes & letters.  First I cut out 12 scalloped circles in the light pink w/ brown glitter circle paper.  Then I cut out 8 scalloped circles using the brown paper with large pink polka dots.  I then cut out 20 normal circles smaller than the scalloped circles since I would be layering them, 12 brown scrapbook paper & 8 light pink.  Next it was time to cut out the vinyl: "Happy 1st" & "Maycee" were done in light pink, and "Birthday" was done in Brown.  The vinyl is from Expressions Vinyl, which is one of the cheapest places I've found to get my Cricut Vinyl

Ok, now that all of the shapes & letters are cut out, I can show you the rest of the process to create the scalloped banner with pictures.

First you will lay out all of your scalloped circles, and normal circles, and then take your glue stick and glue the circles on to the scalloped circles (brown circle will be glued onto the light pink with glitter scalloped circle, etc). Next you will find the coordinating letter (ie: light pink scalloped, topped with brown circle, and finished with light pink vinyl) and apply the letter by peeling off the vinyl backing.

Now you're ready to take your hole punch and poke 2 holes in the top of each scalloped circle.  Leave a little bit of space between each hole, maybe like 1/2"-1". Feed the ribbon thru the holes of the scalloped circles.  You will repeat that until each letter is where it's supposed to be.  Be sure to leave enough ribbon on the ends of each "line" so you can hang the banner nicely.

Last thing you will need to do hang your banner where you'd like it to be displayed.  This is such a great decoration for birthday parties, and/or showers!!  We hung this banner behind the cake table set up, with paper streamers as the background!  It turned out really cute and received a lot of compliments on it.

Please let a comment if you have any questions!  I will do my best to answer them.

Click here to see pictures from the party & set up, and here if you'd like to see the DIY Tulle Pom Poms!

PS - Expressions Vinyl currently has a promo code that is good for 10% your entire purchase until Tuesday July 17th. Just enter BECOOL when you check out!  And they offer FREE shipping on orders over $75!!

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