Lego Banner

Lego Birthday Banner

Today I’d like to show you a Lego birthday banner that I made earlier this year. 

Lego Birthday Banner

I used the Silhouette to cut the rectangle shape for the banner flag pieces.   Added small holes at the top of the rectangles before cutting the shape so it would be quick to assemble later.   Then used my circle punch to cut out all the circles for the top of the rectangles.  I raised the circles with pop dots to make the shape as realistic to Legos.   The letters were also made with the Silhouette,  I elected a thick font and added a thin black outline printed before cutting the letters out.

Lego Birthday Banner

I love the bright colors that a Lego theme offers.

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Chevron Striped Baby Shower Banner

Chevron Elephant Baby Banner

Today is the 2nd day of my spring break……Had a lovely morning run with friends at boot camp down to the shores of Lake Sammamish, the water was so still and peaceful.   Then a quick stop at Ben Franklin to get some cardstock for Gavin’s birthday party invites that I am working on finishing up.   I am really enjoying having some time off from the busy work days, many meetings and too much email.

I am excited to share a banner that I made to welcome my girlfriends new baby girl.  The banner is two pieces and reads “Welcome Baby Hope.”  It was one of the decorations for the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower and the expectant momma was thrilled to receive the sweet banner. 

I used the silhouette to cut out the banner flags and letters.  It’s really easy when you have such a great tool to do all the hard work. 

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To create the rectangle flags, I used the “build a banner set” file by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette store.  I was excited to make a banner with this traditional banner flag shape.  My favorite part about making banners is that the shapes are endless and you can try a new style each time.   In the past I’ve made circle, triangle, rectangle, and heart shaped banners. 

Here’s a view of the banner flags in the Silhouette Studio software, this size flag is just right to get two per 12×12 sheet.   The banners flags are 5×7 and the white pieces of cardstock are 5 x 2.75.

Chevron Banner

I printed the letters with black ink via my printer, cut the letters out with the Silhouette and then popped them up with foam to create dimension.  Lori Whitlock really thought about the purpose when creating the silhouette banner file, she made holes at the top so that it’s ready to be strung.  I love finding added shortcuts.   The font is 260pt and I kept enlarging it until it filled up the white strip as much as it could.    This might be my first time cutting out letters via the Silhouette and I am pleased with the result.  I love being able to use all the fonts on my computer, I have Over 1000 of them (I can hear Nicole saying “of course you do Laurel.”   Fonts are free & fun so it’s great to have options!   :)   

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The beautiful teal ribbon is my favorite part of the banner.  I got it at the local Ben Franklin (in Redmond) where they have a lovely supply of ribbons that can be cut to order.  I like the thickness (it’s larger than what I typically use), the two white stiches through the organza and the beautiful teal blue color. 

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The pink & red elephants look really great with these three chevron striped patterns.    I love the three hearts that are coming out of the mommas trunk. 

The banner will be used to decorate the baby shower but then can also be hung in the baby’s room.   Banners are great gifts that can be used for room decorations for years to come.  I received two owl banners from at my baby shower and have have them hanging in Gwenyth’s room.  Now that she’s 1 1/2 she’s even noticing them and talking about them.    The first one says “Baby Gwen” and was ordered from Etsy for the shower, hung it above her crib but had to take it down when she turned one because she was trying to pull it off the wall.  The second one is a triangle shaped “Gwenyth” banner that’s up high above the closet doors so it’s safe from little hands. 

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I am in love with the pink, red, blue color combo.  The digital paper pack comes with two-toned chevron combos like I used on the invite and then these version with the color/white combo. 

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It was raining the day I finished the “welcome” portion of the banner so I was only able to get a full view of it all together here on the table.  Thank god that that Saturday was dry so that I could get the photos of the “baby hope” portion (seen above).   I like to get photos outside whenever possible to get the best light and it’s tough to do that in spring in Seattle. 

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Welcome to sweet Baby Hope!  We “hope” your arrival into the world is a memorable one.  I can’t wait to meet you!! 

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Links to the other shower decorations:  invite, circle garland. 

Stay tuned there’s still more elephant baby shower decorations to share in upcoming posts! 

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock (80lb) – print chevron pattern on 12×12
  • Silhouette Banner Flag – Design ID #25735 (Lori Whitlock)
  • Digital Art –Chevron & Elephant Art (Erin Bradley Designs)
  • Ribbon – Teal Blue with a double white stich
  • Font – Doctor Soos Bold (260pt)
  • Pop Dots – all night media

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

balloons

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.

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

 

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