Dorm Room DIY: Birthday banner

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    Birthdays are the best. Photo by the author.

    There are two ways to figure out if somebody is celebrating a milestone: seeing an excessive amount of “Happy Birthday!!!” or other congratulatory posts on your Facebook news feed and/or locating the girl at the Keg wearing the princess crown.

    However if virtual felicitations and plastic headgear aren’t your style, announce your best wishes the refined way with this DIY banner.


    • Patterned scrapbook paper
    • Solid colored scrapbook paper
    • 13 pieces 5X7 cardstock
    • Edge Punch (I recommend Martha Stewart Crafts)
    • Ribbon
    • Hole Punch
    • Scissors
    • Glue Stick
    • Computer

    Cost: $25 (The edge punch is your most expensive investment at $14.99. But the crafting possibilities with this little baby are endless — I promise you won’t regret it.)

    Time: 1 hour


    1. Choose a greeting for your banner.
    2. On your computer, type the letters of your greeting in several different fonts and enlarge them to an appropriate size. Print out the letters and cut them out. These will be your stencils for your greetings.
    3. Use these stencils to cut out the letters of your greeting on the patterned paper
    4. Cut the colored scrapbook paper into 13 5X6 pieces.
    5. Using the edge punch, embellish the cardstock along the bottom edge.


    1. Glue the 5X6 solid color pieces to the card stock, leaving the embellished edge revealed.
    2. Use the hole punch to punch holes in the top corners of the card stock, opposite the embellished edge.
    3. Center and glue the letters onto the solid color portion of the card stock.
    4. String the letters onto the ribbon and cut ribbon to desired length.*
    5. Hang and celebrate!

    *Tip: For longer greetings, it may be easier to separate the words on individual ribbon strands. This is also useful for personalizing greetings by adding an extra strand with the person of honor’s name (e.g. Happy Birthday Lauren).


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