This is a banner that I made with my new fabulous tool the Silhouette! It’s a big TREAT to have an electronic die cut tool like this and I am so thankful to be able to get one with my bonus from work. It arrived about two weeks ago, just in time for me to test it out with this banner project. I used all digital paper supplies for the banner and then the Silhouette did all the designing/cutting. This was made for my girlfriend’s Disney themed 2nd birthday party for her son that was at the end of August. I made a handful of other Disney themed décor items for the party and I’ll share them over the next few posts.
Close up of the cute Mickey pattern (it came in three colors). There are three layers to this piece (the flag, the circle and the letter) all on pieces of cardstock.
I put the “Happy 2nd Birthday” portion all on one string because she wanted to hang it outside along the roofline all in one line. Then I put “Cooper” on another string so that she could hang it in his room or save with mementos.
- Digital Paper – Mickey Inspired from Etsy. Have you seen how reasonable it is to buy digital paper? Only $3.00 for this set.
- Printer Ink– make sure you have have back up cartridges on hand just in case
- Silhouette – shapes from Silhouette store (build a banner set by Lori Whitlock). Used the plain orange triangle (keeping it simple for a boy banner) that includes two holes for the ribbons.
- Ribbon-yellow & white ribbon from Michael’s craft store (perfect colors for the paper). From the dollar bin.
- Adhesives– glue stick works great for the circles and then use pop dots for the letters.
1. Print the pattern paper. I printed the pattern paper on white cardstock. Then began running it through the Silhouette to cut out the banner pieces. I was able to get 2 banner pieces per 8.5 x 11 sheet.
2. Design the inner circle for the letters. Used the Silhouette software to design and it’s so easy to use!!
3. Print & Cut the circles with the Silhouette. I love how crisp the circle cuts are with this machine! It made the circles look absolutely perfect. I couldn’t use my circle punch because these were larger than my punch. Here’s what the sheet looked like before cutting. I ended up making a three circles as the borders (thick black, small yellow and red dash). This circle with the three borders was used again later on other items for the party. Once it was created here I just had to resize for the other pieces.
4. Cut the letters for the banner with the Disney font cartridge on the Cricut. (I don’t have a circuit but was lucky to borrow one from a friend for this project) The chunky Disney font on the Cricut was just perfect for the banner flags. Also cut the two Mickey Mouse silhouettes on the Cricut. I used the Disney script font (from my computer) on some of the other items but it wasn’t thick enough for the banner. Cricut seems to have a hold on the “Disney” pieces because I couldn’t find them in the Silhouette store.
5. Popped up the letters with pop dots so that there would be some dimension to the flags. One of my favorite things about making Happy Birthday banners is there are 13 flags before you even get to the name flags, which means you get to use so many patterns! It creates quite a striking look to see a collection of paper used together for one décor piece. With cards and layouts its not possible to use so many patterns all at once.
I love the black, yellow & red color combo with the stripes/dots/patterns.
The white circles are just over 3 inches. I made the black letters as large as I could to fill the space.
With the holes already precut (from the banner design file) for the ribbon it was so easy to string this one together. What a great idea Lori had including the little holes in the flags. This medium size ribbon was perfect because you could slide the banner pieces back and forth very easily.
This shade of yellow is really soft & beautiful.
Happy 2nd Birthday Cooper! What a great birthday celebration you had it was such a great time.
Next I’ll share the Thank You Tags, Water bottle Labels and Signs so that you can have ideas for your next Disney party. I always have fun creating things for others because I get the chance to work with new themes. Also, I’d love to share photos of how the party because Shawna did an amazing job.
Have a great Friday & weekend!