Welcome to the final post of this week’s DIY Project Rewind, where basically I reposted old crafty projects onto my new blog! I wrote this post in 2009 after a tutorial request for these.
Here is the original post:
I LOVE these simple banners for parties! I knew I wanted to make a banner for my nephew John’s first birthday party, and I found SO many great examples online; there were so many ways to make an easy, eye-catching banner… but, I realized I found “the one” when I saw this picture from a monster truck-themed birthday party! It combined ease, color, and my favorite — type fonts!
In order to do this banner you will need:
- white paper (I used cardstock)
- a colored printer
- Microsoft Word or some other word-processing program
- fun typefonts!
Select & install fun type-fonts that fit the image or theme of your event.
Open a new document. (The following steps are for Microsoft Word).
1) For your Page Layout / Page Setup, select Landscape for orientation & set all the margins to .25″
2) Now add a table. You will need 2 columns, 1 row. This uses two letters per 11×8 1/2 sheet of paper.
3) Set the width of each column to around 5.33″ — about half of the width of the page. I inserted a table because it would be easier for me to space/center each letter, and because some of the fonts I used were wacky. Putting a letter into each “cell” within the table allowed me to line up and control it better! If you are more laid back than me — skip all of this and just pick your fonts!
4) Ready to begin! I typed a letter in each cell, set the size to 400-500, depending on how it looked. I used a different font for each letter, selected a color, and on the occasional letter I made the background colored. You can do this by selecting Borders & Shading >> select the “shading” tab >> choose your color
6) Then you can attach the ribbon or hang how you see fit. For A Fall Feast & John’s birthday sign, I punched two holes in the tops and threaded pretty ribbon through. For Anna’s party, however, I just taped her letters to the wall.
Here are all the different versions I did using this method of banner-making:
Anna’s first birthday, 2009:
My nephew Jack’s baby shower, 2010:
Fall Feast, 2009:
And the girl’s room, 2012: