There are so many adorable “Happy Birthday” banners out there. The party stores have all kinds of customized banners, and you can find any type of party banner in any type of theme on Etsy. Except, they always cost so much – especially when you only use the banner for event.
I have the perfect solution – make your own DIY banner for any occasion with these simple (and free!) letters and then customize the card stock or pennants that you glue the letters down on.
You can make an amazing banner and the only cost is the background paper and the ink you used to print.
A few birthday parties ago I wanted to make a simple but cute sign. However, I couldn’t find free printable banner letters to go with the vision in my mind. If I’ve learned anything from my husband 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 about these printable banner letters is that you can print four letters per page, and you can add, copy, or delete the letters so that you print exactly what you need. 🙂
Printable Banner Letters
I made three different, yet complementary designs. 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 🙂
Materials for the Banner Sign
- Printed letters (see above)
- Card stock, pennants, or other background material
- Glue or tape
- Fishing line
I know I already told you that the best part of these banner letters was being able to easily customize your wording, but I have another best part. You can reuse these letters year after year or for every birthday!
This year I had a puzzle party for my son, and last year we had a Sesame theme party. I used the SAME letters for both banners, which saved time, paper, and ink.
I just used scotch tape to tape the letters to the background last year. After the party, I removed the tape and saved the letters. This year, I taped the letters to puzzle pieces. How’s that for saving time!?
Making the Banner Sign
To make the banner from scratch, first print the letters you need and cut around the template.
Next, I chose several card stock designs from my closet collection. I LOVE the below card stock book that I found at Walmart. The designs are so pretty – and I work in other solid color papers too so the patterns don’t clash.
When choosing patterns, I pick designs that I feel would compliment each other and not be overly busy.
For the background, when I made rectangles for the Sesame banner, I cut 4.5 x 4.75 pieces. When I made the puzzle banner, I drew puzzle pieces and cut these out.
Once you have your backgrounds cut and arranged, you can glue or tape your letters on the background. Use tape if you want to reuse those letters for a different banner:)
Here’s a closeup of one of the letters, so you can see the design and card stock up close.
After you tape or glue the letters, flip all of the letters over and hot glue 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 my set-up – it helps to have some little but weighty objects around to hold the fishing line in place while the hot glue dries.
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 so easily.
In the few months after I made the printable banner letters, I made about four or five other banners – and these printables truly do make it so easy.