DIY Celebration Banner


Birthday on a budget? I’ve got some DIY tips to make a celebration banner that’s sure to be spectacular!

We recently threw a Hungry Caterpillar birthday party for my now three-year-old. Eric Carle’s classic is one of his favorite books, and I’ve read it so many times that I’ve fallen in love with the colors and textures as well. I decided to have my kids help me make our own decorations for the party. I was so thrilled with the way that our DIY Celebration Banner turned out, that I just knew I had to share.

To begin with, you’ll need just a few craft supplies. You likely have all or most of them in your cabinets already.

DIY Celebration Banner Materials:

  • Craft paint: we did an assortment of colors, but you could easily customize based on your party theme)
  • Cardstock
  • Paintbrushes of differing sizes and materials: I bought a variety pack at Wal-Mart for just a few dollars)
  • Tape
  • Ribbon/String/Twine

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DIY Celebration Banner Directions:

Step 1 – Cover your painting surface with newspaper and start by having your kids paint each piece of cardstock. You’ll want them to use different brushes and be creative. We found that we could get most of the paper covered and then go back with a different brush to make streaks or add texture while the paint was still wet. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of this portion because, well, I was supervising three kids painting!! We kept to mostly one color per page, but the possibilities are endless, as you’ll see a few photos down.

Step 2 – After the paint has dried, you can cut the papers to make pennants. I figured out how to cut so that I got two large pennants and two smaller pennants from each sheet of 8.5×11 cardstock. Start at the bottom left corner and cut diagonally up to about the 1/3 mark of the page (just eye-ball it, or test it out on a plain paper and then use as a template). Then cut back down to the 2/3 mark on the bottom of the page. Finish by cutting back up diagonally to the top right corner of the paper. You can adjust the lines on the small pennants if needed so it’s not too much of a right angle.

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Step 3 – Lay out your pennants as you want them on your banner. I alternated large pennants and small pennants. Don’t worry about spacing between pennants just yet. Don’t you just love all the different colors and patterns?!

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Step 4 – Turn over one section of pennants so that you can tape the ribbon/string/twine to the back.

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Step 5 –  As you’re going, space out the pennants as far as you’d like them to be.

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Step 6 –  For storage, you can zig-zag the pennants so that the ribbon doesn’t get wrapped up too crazily.

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And there you go, a DIY Celebration Banner that your kids and your pocketbook can be proud of!

We probably painted 20 pages and were able to make two different banners for different parts of the house.

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Raised in North Carolina, Christy loves sweet tea (think watery syrup), lightning bugs, and fall leaves. After over a decade years in South Texas, she now considers herself “from the Valley,” and can’t seem to get enough of mango raspas, afternoons by the pool and, of course, botanas. Her family has ridden the roller coaster that is foster and adoptive parenting for the last eight years and they are much the better for it. Christy loves doing life with her husband, Caleb, and their four kids.


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