I figured I would go ahead and give a tutorial on making a birthday banner yourself. I'll try to do some simple step by step instructions, but I'm hoping you know a little bit about Microsoft Word.
What you will need:
-Computer with Internet and Microsoft Word or similar program
-Printer with color ink
-Paper (I used photo paper so the colors would print brighter, but the ink does smear easily so you may want to use regular computer paper)
-Cardstock or scrapbook paper to coordinate
-Laminater (for the labels)
-Toothpicks (for the labels)
1. Google a background image that you want to border your letters. I Googled "bright polka dot background" and found what I wanted immediately.
2. Once you have that image pulled up of what you want, right click "save image as" and save it to your computer.
3. Open up Microsoft Word.
4. On your "Drawing Toolbar" click the circle. Now draw a circle to take up about half of your page (I had my page setup on landscape so the circles are side by side). - you could do any shape that you wanted, I wanted circles.
5. Once you have your circle to the size you want, right click inside of the circle and select "Format Auto Shape". Under the "Colors and Lines" tab, click the drop down for the "Fill" section and click "Fill Effects."
6. In that window, click the top tab that says "picture." Here is where you will "browse" for the picture that you just saved to your computer. Find your picture, select it, and click Ok. Now your circle should be filled with your picture.
7. Now you want to draw another circle inside of that circle. So go to your "Drawing Toolbar" and click the circle. Now draw a smaller circle inside of your larger one, making the larger one serve as a border.
8. Now to give that circle a colored line, right click on it, "Format Autoshape," and choose a color under the "Line" section. I alternated my colors for each circle...pink, then green, then blue. I also adjusted the thickness of the line so it would show up better. I chose a 6 pt thickness.
9. Now you are going to add your letters. Make sure your circles are un-clicked, and add "Word Art." I just selected the first Word Art option there is, you can change the font in the next window. Type your letter for that circle, I selected the font "Crazy Girlz Blond BTN," font size 96 (you can enlarge after), and I made it Bold. Click Ok.
10. Now, you want to change the Layout of the letter so that it is on top of the circle. So right click on your letter, select "Format Autoshape" select the "Layout" tab, and click the "In Front of" option. Click Ok.
11. Now you want to change the color of your letter. So right click "Format Autoshape," select the "Colors and Lines" and change the "Fill" color to the color you want your letter. And I also changed my "Line" to 1.25 pt thickness.
12. I needed one spacer, between "1st" and "Birthday" so I saved a picture of a plate from the birthday theme I was going with online. And inserted that picture inside of my circle. And it serves perfectly for a spacer.
13. Now you have an original and you can begin copying and pasting, so you don't have to go through all of those steps again for each letter. Count how many circles you need and copy the main outer circle, then paste as many as you need. I needed 22 circles for "Happy 1st Birthday Alyssa!" on three separate lines.
14. Now you can copy all of your inner circles to be placed inside of your bigger circles. If you want different colors like mine, I would create those as originals as well so you won't have to go through and change the colors to every single one. For example, after I copied all my large circles, I pasted my inner circle on one, changed the color, then copied and pasted that for as many letters as I needed for that color. And the same thing for the next color. So I had 7 pink circles, 8 green circles, and 7 blue circles altogether.
15. I did the same thing for the letters. I copied and pasted all the pink letters that I needed, then right-clicked to change what the letter was. And repeated for each color letter.
**If all of that is confusing, you can repeat the original steps for each circle/letter, but it saves a ton of time to just copy and paste and then make the color changes once you have the basic format down to what you want.**
16. Once you are happy with all of your circles, letters, and pictures, you can print. I would print preview to make sure your circles look centered inside of the large circles.
17. Now that you have printed, you can cut out all of your circles.
18. Now take your card stock paper, and cut out circles to border your letters. I just used a bowl that fit perfectly, and traced the edges. I used pink paper for my pink letters, blue paper for my blue letters and green paper for my green letters.
19. Now you need to attach your letters onto your card stock paper. I used glue dots, until I ran out of them, and then I used a glue stick. If you use a glue stick, use very little glue.
20. Once you have all your letters bordered with card stock paper, you can cut your ribbon. I measured pieces that would stretch across the back of my circle, with leaving enough edges to tie a bow on each edge. Remember, you can always cut any extra off. So cut enough pieces to thread through each letter. And hole-punch each circle. One hole on each top corner.
22. Now you will thread your ribbon through these holes.
23. Now tie bows to connect your letters together. I even tied a bow on the starting letters and the ending letters, instead of leaving a long piece to hang it up. It didn't look right. So I tied little bows, and simply taped my banner to the wall.
TaDa! You are done and ready to hang your banner. I hope this tutorial was helpful for you and you are able to make an affordable, personalized birthday banner. It really is much simpler than it seems especially if you are familiar with Word, but please feel free to email me if you need any help, or if you would like me to email you my Microsoft Word document that I created. And if you keep reading you will also see how I made the labels and confetti...
For the labels, just do all of the same steps, except make your Auto shapes rectangles and make them small enough for the dishes that you are labeling. Here is an example of my Word document before printing...
Then you simply cut out your labels from the laminating sheet, attach each label to a toothpick, and tape them to your dishes.
Lastly, I used some of my left over card stock paper, and I hole punched until my hand went numb. Making perfectly coordinating confetti to add to my table. It matched the bright polka dots on my banner and my labels perfectly.
I hope these tutorials were helpful! Good Luck!
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