rectangle handmade banner

I’ve wanted to make a banner for years but never got around to doing one.  Last fall I made my first one for my husbands birthday.  Being that it was for a man I had to keep it masculine so I chose a simple rectangle shape and black letters.

Square Banner

I used this very cute doggie paper part of the “Max & Whiskers” Basic Gray Collection as the background.   Mounted the paper rectangle on an orange/red cardstock. I used the die-cuts at Ben Franklin to cut out the letters, I think they are 3 inches.    The rectangles are 5 inches tall.

Here are a few close up shots (taken on my phone while making) of the pattern & rectangle pieces.  The black letters are chipboard (not just cardstock paper) I like the thickness & dimension the chipboard gives to a flat paper banner.

square banner in progress_2

I forgot to make the “t” and an “a” so I had to go back to the store a second time to punch these two letters.    So much for trying to get a lot done in one trip to the craft store with a newborn baby along for the ride!

square banner in progress

I used a thin black organza ribbon to hang the banner.  I am pleased with how it turned out and was happy to finally finish a banner!  Now I am excited to make more for the next occasion that arises.


Got bunches of balloons in coordinating colors (yellow, blue & red) surround the banner that hung from the fire place.    They looked really pretty and framed the banner well.


happy birthdayy

Made a Happy Birthday chipbard tag card from the kids & furry four legged kids.

I planned to make table decorations/centerpieces with the pattern paper cut into circles mounted on sticks.   It would have been cute to have the dogs around as decorations.   Unfortunately I didn’t have the supplies to create circles in the right size so I abandoned this idea.

I also ran short of time, this is why I am starting so early to get the things ready for my sons party.


I plan to use some of the extra paper & embellishments leftover to do a fun scrapbook layout with my favorite photos from the birthday party.

I’d also like to do another layout with the dogs as they’ll look adorable with this doggie themed patterned paper.


A yummy chocolate cake from Costco the perfect cake for the celebration.  Highly recommend if you like chocolate!



Woof-Woof!!  Happy Birthday Daddy from your three little “Whiskers.”


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