March 04, 2022
Hey there! It’s Kira and I am back with another tutorial using my favorite Cardstock Warehouse papers. My youngest son’s birthday is coming up, so I wanted to put together a fun decorative banner for his party.
First things first, I needed my son to choose a theme. He chose “dragons” which was a bit of a shock since he has never really shown interest in dragons. I tried to get him to narrow the theme down further, like Dragons Love Tacos (one of his favorite books at the moment) or knights and dragons. But he stuck to his guns and just wanted “colorful dragons.” I searched online for some digital clipart for some inspiration for the party. I found this set of dragon elements on creativemarket.com.
Once I had my inspiration picked out, I used the colors included in this digital set to choose my coordinating Cardstock Warehouse papers. I usually gravitate towards the matte finish papers, but a magical theme called for the shimmery iridescence of the Stardream collection.
I started by cutting some of the Lapis Lazuli paper in a Gonfalon triangle tip shape. You can find free svg downloads of multiple banner shapes on our Party Accessories Paper 101 page HERE. These were sized by about 4.5” wide and 6” tall. I used the offset feature on my Cricut to create a layer behind with Punch. Then I cut out the letters spelling “Happy Birthday Elliott” on Glo-Tone Yellow cardstock.
Once the banners were put together, I wanted to add some of the dragons to the letters. I used the print and cut feature on my Cricut and sized a few of the dragons to fit nicely over the letters. I adhered them to the banners using foam adhesive.
I have never created just one birthday banner, so I knew I had to create at least one more companion banner to coordinate. For the second banner, I used each color of Stardream papers I had and cut out 1.5” circles.
Then I sewed all of the circles together using my sewing machine.
Once the circles were all sewn together, I used twine to create loops on the circles of each end of the banner.
Then it was time to hang the banners!
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