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DIY Birthday Banner with Smart Sticker Cardstock

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How to make a DIY birthday banner using the Cricut Maker. This is a quick and easy way to produce a custom paper banner!

My son is almost 4 and we’re having a small outdoor birthday party for him this weekend. I decided to whip up a quick and using birthday banner using Smart Sticker Cardstock. Learn more about Smart Sticker Cardstock here. Buy Cricut Smart Sticker Cardstock here. He’s really into reptiles and emus recently so while he will NOT be getting either for his birthday, he did get snakes and emus on his banner.

Here’s how easy it is to make this!

How to Make a Birthday Banner with the Cricut Maker

Supplies:

In order to use as little materials as possible, I did a lot of tweaking and moving the design around. I only needed (4) pieces of cardstock for this, and (2) different colored pieces of Smart Sticker Cardstock.

Tutorial:

**This will start with some Design Space Instructions specific to this design.**

Hide the squares group. This was a placeholder to help me layout the design on 12×12 mats so I’d get the most cuts out of one sheet of cardstock.**

Hide the ‘finished banner’ group. This is there to show you what the final design looks like, but if you don’t hide it, you’ll end up cutting a second banner- and using a LOT of materials in the process. **

Detach the 4 black animal silhouettes. Click the gecko and select “contour” to make sure the extra line and dots aren’t selected to cut- there was something weird going on with the design. I turned them off under contour, but I’m not sure it’ll translate when you open my design in Design Space. Reattach the animals when you’ve done this. If you prefer, delete my animals and replace with another silhouette design that you like!**

Once you have the design setup how you like it, go through the process to cut the designs with your Cricut Maker 3. You can probably use the Smart Sticker Cardstock with the older machines, but you’ll need to place it on a mat. If you don’t want to work with the new Smart Materials, you could use glue (or foam blocks) + regular cardstock instead. I cut the animals and letters on Smart Sticker Cardstock, but the triangles are all regular cardstock.

Triangles on light blue cardstock with the holes cut out for threading the yarn for the banner through.
Triangles on light blue cardstock with the holes cut out for threading the yarn for the banner through.

Layout all of your triangles how you want them before you apply the letters and animals.

Peel your stickers off the Smart Sticker Cardstock and adhere to your triangles, one at a time.

Snake being peeled off lime green sticker cardstock.
Snake being peeled off lime green sticker cardstock.
White letters being peeled off Smart Sticker Cardstock, then adhered to light and dark blue banner triangles.
White letters being peeled off Smart Sticker Cardstock, then adhered to light and dark blue banner triangles.

Cut a long piece of yarn or twine. Feed through the holes in your banner triangles, working in order.

Threading yarn through the holes on each triangle to create the finished banner.
Threading yarn through the holes on each triangle to create the finished banner.

Hang up your banner and enjoy!

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How to make a birthday banner: Top photo of triangles and Smart Sticker Cardstock, ready to be assembled. Bottom photo: Happy birthday on triangular banner pieces, as well as a few animal silhouettes.

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