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by Crafty Mom, Kristi Rowley

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Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 13 at 2:51 PM

Happy Birthday Banner Instructions
Crafty Mom, Kristi Rowley
Email questions or request project pictures: rowley1@cox.net
 

Supplies Needed:
• Ivory, white or pastel colored 8 ½ x 11 cardstock (heavier weight than standard colored paper)
• Glitter to match the font color
• Glue Ballpoint Pen (Martha Stewart brand sold at Michael’s/Joanne’s)
• Elmer’s glue, Tacky glue or any white or clear craft glue
• Hole Punch (preferably
• Optional decorative round corner punch (easily creates a rounded corner)—available at any craft store
• Scissors
• Tissue festooning-dimensions 2” wide x 25’ long roll. Google “tissue festooning” or purchase online at: birthday express.com or amazon.com.  It comes in many colors and is priced around $3 per roll.  I have been unable to find a local Phoenix shop to purchase this from.
• Textured yarn, ribbon or twine to string the banner cards on (I prefer to use 2 different pieces of stringing material to add dimension and texture).  Available at Hobby Lobby, Joanne’s Fabrics, Michael’s.
• Clip art image or digital graphic.  Google your party theme +“free clipart” or “digital graphics” i.e. “elephant clipart” or “cowboy digital graphics.”  Etsy.com is a great resource for unique and affordable digital graphics to use on your banner.
• Paper cutter
• Color Inkjet or laser printer

Instructions:
-Cut 8.5 x11 cardstock into 4, 4.25”x5.5” cards, preferably by using a paper cutter.  If you don’t own one, most copy centers have a paper cutter available for customers to use at no charge-Staples, Kinko’s, OfficeMax.
-Create a new document in whichever word processing program you use (Microsoft Word, Publisher, Photoshop, etc); size the document to 4.25”x5.5” vertical.  Open the clipart file or digital graphic and center it on the card, leaving a 1.25” margin at the bottom of the card for the trim.  You will need qty 2-4 of these cards to place before and after “Happy” and before and after the “name” on the last tier.  
To create the letter cards:  Select a font, turn on the BOLD feature, select a font color which corresponds well to the party theme and increase the font size so the letter fits nicely on the card.   Feel free to alternate a different font color for each letter or alternate between two colors or use the same color for all of the letters.  Allow about a 1.25” blank space (margin) at the bottom of the card to allow for the trim.  I highly recommend cutting a few 4.25”x5.5”” pieces of plain copy paper to use as testers to print on to make sure you like the font, color and letter placement. 
Print your cards.
Take a blank 4.25”x5.5” card and punch 2 holes -1 on the upper right hand corner and 1 on the upper left hand corner.  You will use this card as the template for punching holes in all of the other cards so that all of the cards have uniform holes.   Punch holes in all of the cards.
Optional-If a rounded corner is desired; use a round corner punch on all corners.
Use your glue pen to apply glue to the entire letter on each card.  You’ll get a feel for the pen once you start using it but if you gently squeeze the body of the pen, a small pool of glue will come out; carefully spread the pool of glue around on the letter.   Generously sprinkle glitter on the glue area.  Tap glittered card on a paper plate or piece of paper to capture excess glitter; repeat on the next card.   If any of your glitter is outside the line and you’d like to correct it, take a toothpick or use your finger nail to very gently push the glitter (glue) back onto the letter.  Keep in mind that the banner will be hanging on a table or wall and minor imperfections won’t really be visible to the naked eye.
Also add glitter accents, where appropriate, on the cards with clip art. 
Let glitter dry for a few hours.
Attach the tissue festooning trim to the bottom of the cards using craft glue, a hot glue gun or even double sided tape.  Flip the card over and cut off the excess trim if it’s wider than the actual card; poof the trim with your fingers so it looks nice and full.
Layout the letters on the floor in the order you’d like them to appear on the banner. 
Cut your stringing material to fit the letters.  Make sure to leave plenty of extra (a few feet on each side) to use for hanging.
String the cards so that the string lies hidden BEHIND each card, not in front of it.  Place a knot in front of the first card and after the last card on each tier to prevent them from sliding.
Drape the banners on the front of a buffet sized table or on a wall.  Attach them to the table using tape or tie them to pushpins in the wall. 


Happy Birthday Front Door/Chair Sign Instructions
Email questions or request project pictures: rowley1@cox.net
Supplies Needed:
• Ivory, white or pastel colored 8 ½ x 11 cardstock preferably a textured finish as opposed to smooth finish (cardstock is a heavier weight than standard paper)
• Glitter to match the font color
• Glue Ballpoint Pen (Martha Stewart brand sold at Michael’s/Joanne’s)
• Elmer’s glue, Tacky glue or any white or clear craft glue
• Hole Punch
• Optional decorative round corner punch (easily creates a rounded corner)—available at any craft store
• Scissors
• Tissue festooning-dimensions 2” wide x 25’ long roll. Google “tissue festooning” or purchase online at: birthday express.com or amazon.com.  It comes in many colors and is priced around $3 per roll.  I have been unable to find a local Phoenix shop to purchase this from.
• Textured yarn, ribbon or twine to string the banner cards on (I prefer to use 2 different pieces of stringing material to add dimension and texture).  Available at Hobby Lobby, Joanne’s Fabrics, Michael’s.
• Clip art image or digital graphic.  Google your party theme +“free clipart” or “digital graphics” i.e. “elephant clipart” or “cowboy digital graphics.”  Etsy.com is a great resource for unique and affordable digital graphics to use on your banner.
• Paper cutter
• Color Inkjet or laser printer

Instructions:
Cut 8.5 x11 cardstock down to an 8”x 10” card, preferably by using a paper cutter.  If you don’t own one, most copy centers have a paper cutter available for customers to use at no charge-Staples, Kinko’s, OfficeMax.
Create a new document in whichever word processing program you use (Microsoft Word, Publisher, Photoshop, etc).  Size the document to 8”x10” horizontal or landscape. 
Select a font, turn on the BOLD feature, select a font color which corresponds well to the party theme and increase the font size so the name fits nicely on the card.  Feel free to alternate a different font color for each letter or alternate between two colors or use the same color for all of the letters.  Allow about a 1.25” blank space (margin) at the bottom of the card to allow for the trim.  Add the name of the birthday boy or girl, centered on the card.  I highly recommend cutting a few 8”x8” pieces of plain copy paper to use as testers to print on to make sure you like the font, color and name placement. 
To make the sign even cuter, open the clipart file or digital graphic that fits the party theme and add it to the birthday sign document wherever it looks best (centered above name, below name, etc).
Print your sign on color printer.
Punch 2 holes in the sign to attach it to the stringing material -1 on the upper right hand corner and 1 on the upper left hand corner. 
Optional-If a rounded corner is desired; use a round corner punch on all corners.
Use your glue pen to apply glue to the every letter in the name (glue and glitter one letter at a time).  You’ll get a feel for the pen once you start using it but if you gently squeeze the body of the pen, a small pool of glue will come out; carefully spread the pool of glue around on the letter.   Generously sprinkle glitter on the glue area.  Tap glittered card on a paper plate or piece of paper to capture excess glitter. If any of your glitter is outside the line and you’d like to correct it, take a toothpick or use your finger nail to very gently push the glitter (glue) back onto the letter.  Also add glitter accents, where appropriate, on the clipart you added to the sign. 
Let glitter dry for a few hours.
Attach the tissue festooning trim to the bottom of the sign using craft glue, a hot glue gun or even double sided tape.  Flip the sign over and cut off the excess trim if it’s wider than the actual card; poof the trim with your fingers so it looks nice and full.
Cut your stringing material to allow for hanging on a door (longer string) or on the back of a chair (not as long). 
String the sign so that the string lies hidden BEHIND the sign, not in front of it. Tie a not on the back of each hole to keep it firmly in place.
Attach to front door by hanging on a wreath door hanger or hanging on a tiny nail or push pin.
Attach to back of chair by tying it tightly around the top section of chair.

Party Favor Bags
Email questions or request project pictures: rowley1@cox.net

Supplies:
• Colored paper bags-available at craft stores or online at papermart.com (search “gourmet bags”) or at weddingfavorsunlimited.com  (search “flat pocket style goodie bags”) or Google “colored paper goodie bags/treat bags.”  Party City usually has colored lunch bag sized paper bags.
or use
• Glassine bags-available at papermart.com or Google “glassine bags.”
• Tissue festooning-dimensions 2” wide x 25’ long roll. Google “tissue festooning” or purchase online at: birthday express.com or amazon.com.  It comes in many colors and is priced around $3 per roll.  I have been unable to find a local Phoenix store to purchase this from.
• Elmer’s glue, Tacky glue, hot glue gun or any craft glue
• Scissors
• Optional: hole punch
• Avery 2” round, glossy inkjet labels #22807-available at Staples or staples.com
• Color inkjet printer
• Clip art image or digital graphic.  Google your party theme +“free clipart” or “digital graphics” i.e. “elephant clipart” or “cowboy digital graphics.”  Etsy.com is a great resource for unique and affordable digital graphics to fit your party theme.

Label Instructions:
Go to Avery.com “Design and Print Online” and put in your product #22807
Select: “Blank and Text Only.”
Next, click on: “Select and customize.”
To add your clipart to the label:
Go to “Image” on the column on the left and select: “from my computer.”  Open up your clipart file from your computer.  It will open up and appear in the center of the label.  Adjust the size as necessary to fill the label.
Follow Avery’s instructions for printing.
*Avery has a wonderful “help” section on their website and also a 1-800 customer service number to call if you’re having issues designing or printing your labels.
Bag Instructions:
Take your colored bags and glue a strip of tissue festooning across the entire length of the bottom of the front side of the bag. Flip bag over to trim any excess tissue festooning that may be hanging over the edge of the bag.
Place your newly created Avery sticker in the center of the front of the bag
Fold down flaps of the bag toward the front side of the bag and crease.
Optional:  Once bag is filled with treats and flap is folded over, creased and laying to the front of the bag, punch 2 holes centered the width of the bag about .75” apart through flap and bag. String ribbon, yarn or twine through holes and tie with a knot or bow on front of bag.  This will hold down the flap and seal the bag shut.  

 

 

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