DIY Birthday Banner

We celebrated my daughter’s 4th birthday last month, and I thought I would share a cheap and easy birthday decoration that involves the kids. For birthdays I often make a custom banner that the kids can decorate themselves. My kids love the planning stages of a party as much as the party itself, and as they’ve gotten older they all really enjoy helping me set up and decorate. This is a fun way to let kids of all ages pitch in and help.

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This banner could not be more simple (or cheap).  I made it by printing one letter on each page. I used a Word doc, and simply typed the phrase I wanted and then sized the font so that one letter took up a whole page. The key is finding a font that is outlined so kids can “color it in”.  I used PointyBudmo Jiggler works well, too. Then I printed it out and let the kids get to work.


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Photo Apr 28, 12 34 35 PM

Once they had colored in all of the letters, I strung a piece of ribbon between two thumbtacks on the wall, in two rows. Then I let the kids hang the banner using clothespins.


DIY Birthday Banner

It was a perfect activity to take up their morning while I prepped for the party, and they were really proud of their handiwork. I also loved the way it turned out – it made our blank wall very festive.

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