Birthday Banner!



SideThe main occasion for our big family gathering over Father’s Day weekend is my husband Dave’s *milestone* birthday. Since Dave has been a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Schools throughout his career, we’re using a school theme for the party.

The Book Page Banner designed by Lauren of The Thinking Closet (one of the sweetest, most talented bloggers I know!) sparked the idea of using bunting shapes and book-page letters for the birthday banner. My version included:

  • measuring, drawing, and cutting the shapes from black cardstock with a ruler, pencil, and scissors,
  • adding an inch at the top of the 5″ x 7″ size and folding it over to give a little extra strength to the punched holes and help the letters stand out from the wall,
  • Googling “printable alphabet template” for the letter patterns, tracing and cutting them out from an old book I save for just this purpose, and using a glue stick to attach them to the cardstock, and
  • threading baker’s twine through the holes for hanging.

It was easy and fun and will be a perfect complement to our other decorations. And, if you haven’t checked out Lauren’s amazing banner (complete with detailed tips, a C.S. Lewis quote, a free cut file for your Silhouette, and POM-POMS!!!), then click HERE right now! And follow her blog and FB page, too! Thank you for the inspiration, Lauren! β™₯

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  1. I’m so honored that you found inspiration for this gem from my C.S. Lewis book page banner. Your praise is all too generous, Katherine; thank you for your kind words and unceasing encouragement. You’re definitely one of my bloggy role models in terms of how you offer so much support, affirmation, and promotion of other bloggers and shop owners. You’re the best! (And although it’s still a few weeks out, happiest of birthdays to your husband; I know he will feel so celebrated by this handmade banner.)

  2. Beautifully made, and definitely a work of art.Happy Birthday Dave! I’m wishing you many more Blessed ones. Thanks Katherine for sharing your joy. Thanks to Lauren for sharing her creativity. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  3. Love it Katherine! πŸ™‚ & I agree with you about Lauren “sweetest and very talented blogger” ! πŸ™‚ just read her comment; I knew she would love your handmade birthday banner too! πŸ™‚

  4. I think you are pretty special too Katherine. The blogosphere wouldn’t be the same if you were not in it. πŸ™‚

  5. Lovely use of script Kathryn ! So neat and proffessional looking .
    Lucky husband… bet he will have more treats in store πŸ™‚

  6. This is fabulous and so timely. I am looking at making a banner for an upcoming party and am so inspired by your post. Love the idea of using book pages for the letters! ~Thea

    • Have fun making your banner, Thea! Luckily, I had an old book with missing pages that I didn’t mind cutting up . . . and Lauren used an old dictionary from a thrift store. πŸ™‚

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