Posted by Eileen
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When I was planning my toddler's birthday, I wanted to make a simple but cute Happy Birthday sign. However, I couldn't find an easy, free template to go with the vision in my mind. If I've learned anything from Ash, it's that if you can't find something the way you want it, just make it.
So I made my own alphabet banner letters, and then I put them into user-friendly google documents to share with you. The best part - you can print four letters per page, and you can add, copy, or delete the letters so that you print exactly what you need. :)
I made three different, yet complementary designs (pictured below). In the following links, you'll see that I shared the files with you in a variety of ways.
First, I created a few popular banner titles - Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, and Congratulations, using all three designs.
I also created an A-Z index in all three of the designs. You can use these to create your own titles or to add names to the above titles.
Last, here are the number indexes, along with punctuation and special characters too. I just made these in the first design. The special characters include stars and hearts :)
First, I printed the letters that I needed and cut around the template. Next, I chose several card stock designs from my closet collection. I chose designs that I felt would compliment each other and not be overly busy. I cut 4.5 x 4.75 pieces from those.
I glued the letters onto the backgrounds, using regular craft glue. Then I googled Sesame faces and printed the heads of the main characters. I cut those out and glued them to the back of the card stock. To make it look even better, I made a few snips here and there so some of the character's faces/hands would hang over the front of the sign (i.e. Cookie Monster, Big Bird).
Here's a closeup of one of the letters, so you can see the design and card stock up close.
I then flipped all the letters over and hot glued the fishing line to the back of the letters. I love using fishing line for banners because it's easy. I love the fact that you can't see it - like you would string or ribbon, and you don't have to punch any holes - you just hot glue it to the back :)
Here's a picture of the completed sign hanging for the party. The lighting is always terrible in front of this window, but you can get the idea of how sweet the sign looked :)
Overall, the sign turned out great, and I will be reusing those letters for signs to come :)
The letters really are so versatile. They go with any color scheme, you can use them for any occasion, and you can customize them with the card stock or characters :)
Leave me a comment and let me know how your banner turns out :)
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