How to make a paper welcome banner for a party

Close followers of this blog probably have guessed that we have someone new to welcome into the Rookie Moms family this week. Details coming soon! (UPDATE: Photo on Facebook!)

For now, allow me to entertain you with a post about how I spent too much money on craft supplies and what you could do differently.

It is entirely possible that I got the idea to use negative space for the letters of my banner from a display in the Paper Source. I [insert enthusiastic expletive] love that store. On the other hand, I kinda hate it, too, because I always spend too much money and end up feeling like a crazy person when I get home.

In this case, I’m not beating myself up too much because I did get three banners out of the materials I purchased and some of the stuff I’ll be using for a long long time.

For Scarlett’s 4th birthday party

For Jennifer’s cancer journey

For Heather’s baby shower

I used the Silhouette machine (sent to me for testing by Silhouette America and I am totally in love!) to cut out the letters from circle-shaped paper I bought at Paper Source.

The machine can cut any font you want, which is amazing.

Then, I put a contrasting color of circle behind the one with the cut letter and double hole punched them. (Yes, I bought a special double hole puncher. Sucker!)

Finally, I threaded ribbon through each set of circles.

The circles are totally unnecessary. Any card stock will do and if you have a circle hole punch (which I have already told you to buy, right?) then you could make your own circles.

P.S. For the punctuation mark after Scarlett’s name (a firecracker to honor her July 4 birthday) I simply used the asterisk from a fun font.

The following two tabs change content below. co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.