Every year for Aaron's birthday, I used to make a paper happy birthday banner. It was time consuming and only lasted a few hours before it was curling in on itself and falling apart. A few years ago I decided to remedy this problem by making a birthday banner out of wooden letters. Using paint I'd accumulated over the years and a ball of twine from the closet, I was able to construct a cheerful, celebratory sign that will last for many birthday's to come.
I love the use of simple bright colors when it comes to birthday decorations. Maybe because it reminds me of childhood, but the color combination has always put me in a jolly mood. The bright letters are contrasted by the rustic, neutral twine. Lightly sanding the edges of the banner gives it a homey, broken-in feel. I love this birthday banner because it reminds me of good times and eating delicious cake!
Here's how to make it:
- Buy the wooden letters at your local craft store. You can usually find them in a variety of sizes and styles.
- Using a hand drill attached with a 1/3-inch drill bit, drill holes into the tops of each letter.
- Paint the letters in your favorite colors.
- Lightly sand the edges of each letter.
- Measure a length of ribbon or twine to attach the letters to.
- Thread thin twine or ribbon through the holes in the letters and tie them to the long piece of twine.