Baby Shower Banner
How to Make a Homemade
A homemade baby shower banner adds personalization to your baby shower and can usually be made for less than it would cost to buy a custom banner.
We'll show you step by step how to make three different types of banners with or without using a computer.
What you'll need:
Card stock paper or scrapbook paper
Single hole puncher
Ribbon or string
- Glue stick
Instructions for Homemade Banner
Step 1- pick your banner shape
Square or rectangular:
These are 9 x 9 1/2 in. on scrapbook paper. I cut them out using scalloped scissors to give it a decorative border. We also hot glued some bows to the banner.
For this one, just make triangles (the tabs are optional).
The first two are really easy to make, but I would recommend having a circle cutter if you are going with the circle banner. It is pretty hard to cut a perfect circle. You can find a circle cutter in craft stores in the scrapbook section. I also layered two circles in different colors on top of each other in the example above.
After you choose your shape, trace it on the back of your card stock or scrapbook paper with pencil and then cut it out. Use it as a template to trace the rest of your pieces, so they will all be the same size.
Step 2- make the letters
After you decide what you want your banner to say, you need to make the letters. There are several ways to do this, you can use letter stencils to trace the letters on the card stock, free hand them, or you can print them straight onto card stock using your home computer.
You can also make your letters in any word processing program. This gives you more options with the font and colors of your letters. To get the letters big enough, just type in the font size manually in the box. I think the drop down menu only goes to 72, but you can highlight the number and type over it to get the size you need. Print out on card stock and cut letters out.
If you are familiar with your word processing program, you can save a step and make the shape you want and layer each letter on top. Print onto card stock and cut out the whole piece.
If you don't have access to a home printer, just trace the letters on your card stock and cut them out. Then, glue them onto each banner piece.
Step 3- string the pieces together
There are also several ways to do this, it is simply a matter of preference and how you want your banner to look.
In this example, we used a single hole punch to make a hole on each side.
Then, we tied the pieces together with ribbon and made a bow.
Do this with the rest of your banner pieces, making a loop on each end of the banner to make it easy to hang on the wall.
You could also make the holes closer to the top of each piece and just feed one long piece of ribbon or string through all of the pieces.
Here is the finished round banner.
Here is the finished square baby shower banner.
We attached this one to a string of beads using clothespins.
Here is the finished pennant banner:
The best part about making your own homemade baby shower banner is that you have the freedom to get as creative as you want.
Try using scrapbook paper in place of the card stock. You can find tons of designs, themes, and patterns in scrapbook paper.
If you have a printer, you can save money by ordering digital scrapbook paper from Etsy.com. They email you the file, and you print it out on card stock with your home printer as many times as you like. I was so happy when I discovered this! I found the pink and purple stripes and polka dot paper here.
Play around with different color combinations and patterns. You could also print out clip art pictures or use photos in your banner.
Add embellishments like bows, gems, rhinestones or stickers.