I created a birthday banner for under $2. I think it has more pizazz than store bought banners. I think it looks really neat - but you might think it looks white trashy. I don't care. This is like Dollar Tree craft time ladies....
First, my "theme" for this birthday is Smurfs. All good homemakers MUST have a theme for birthday parties these days. If you don't, you suck. So I bought a package of blue lunch plates at the Dollar Store.
I then when to Classroom Clipart and printed out the Large alphabet letters I needed for my project. I didn't adjust the image at all and printed out on regular old white paper. I cut out the letters and hot glue-gunned them to paper plates as shown. Then I took my hole punch and punched holes in both sides of each letter plate.
I have a ton of ribbon laying around my house. So I cut out a bunch of 4" long pieces of a blue one.
I just "knotted" the 4" pieces to connect the plates. You could cut the ribbon longer and "bow" them for a more fancy look. I'm going to have 3 different banners that I'm going to hang in order to say "Happy Smurfday Ben". Isn't that really gay? I'm such an obnoxious homemaker.
I didn't hang it up because it's pretty big and it's going to go outside (crossing the fingers that no rain will come our way).
So what did I use:
1 pack of 20 plates from the Dollar Tree - $1.00
8 sheets of paper to print out my saying (I put two letters on one sheet)
2 hot glue gun sticks. (You could use regular glue - I just love hot glue).
1 roll of ribbon (can be bought for .50-$1.00 at Michael's).
My out of pocket cost was $1 since I had all the other things laying around. I'll add a picture of the final product after the party. Hopefully it looks smurfarific and not trashy. Who am I kidding!