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Happy Birthday Banner Box DIY

I love making handmade birthday cards for friends and loved ones. A fun twist on a handmade birthday card is a Happy Birthday Banner Box. Instead of giving a birthday card that will get filed away, make a sweet happy birthday banner that the birthday boy/girl can hang up to remember their special day.

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Materials: Kraft box, colored text-weight paper, various colored cardstock, white sticker paper, printer, scissors, 1” circle paper punch, 1.5” circle paper punch, 1/16” hole punch, twine, double-sided tape, washi tape

Step 1: Print letters to spell out HAPPY BIRTHDAY and birthday greetings onto white sticker paper. Cut out birthday greetings and two strips of colored text-weight paper.
Step 2: Wrap colored paper strip around the box lid and secure on the inside with double stick tape. Repeat with bottom of box.
Step 3: Remove backing of birthday greeting and place it on the colored paper strip. Repeat with bottom of box.
Step 4: Use 1” circle paper punch to cut out HAPPY BIRTHDAY letters. Use 1.5” circle paper punch to cut out 16 circles out of various colored cardstock. Place colored circles in the order you will use them for the banner.
Step 5: Remove backing of HAPPY BIRTHDAY letters and adhere to the center of the colored paper circles.
Step 6: Use 1/16” hole punch and punch two holes on each side of the HAPPY BIRTHDAY banner circles.
Step 7: String twine through the holes to create the banner, leaving 12” on each end of the banner.
Step 8: Wind up a 6” of string on the left side of the banner and secure to the lid with a piece of washi tape. Repeat with other side of banner and bottom of box.
Step 9: Tuck garland into box and place lid on the box.

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  1. Corina Nika

    November 6, 2013

    That is so adorable!!
    Clever idea,and looks so simple!


    November 6, 2013

    so nice!!! love it!!

  3. Karen

    November 6, 2013

    I love this, Sally! I’m going to give it a try. I also think it’s a great idea for New Years!

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      Hope you try making one! It can be used for any holiday!

  4. Carly

    November 6, 2013

    I love sweet mail ideas like this! I may have to send a “happy holidays” version of this to someone this year!

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      I’m planning to make some holiday ones, too! Have fun!

  5. Gabrielle

    November 6, 2013

    So clever! What a great and fun idea 🙂

  6. lyndsay // coco cake land

    November 6, 2013

    aww so perfect and sweet! love it, sally!

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      Thanks, Lyndsay! Hope you try making one!

  7. Anael

    November 6, 2013

    This is such a great and easy DIY. There’s so many variations possible!

  8. Nathalie

    November 6, 2013

    What a cute idea, i love it!! TFS 🙂

  9. rachel swartley

    November 6, 2013

    Very cute, Sally! And your styling is perfect. 🙂

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      Thanks, Rachel!

  10. Sara Strauss

    November 6, 2013

    This is so so cute! I love this idea!

  11. Emma @ Outmumbered

    November 6, 2013

    I soooooo love this idea and will be using it to send to my Godson who lives in England. I’d love to recieve this in the mail myself!

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      I hope it brightens your godson’s day when it receives it! I also wouldn’t mind receiving one of these in the mail!


    November 6, 2013

    Love love love for any occasion! And I’m always a fan of something that lets me use one of those cute little boxes : )

  13. Nina

    November 6, 2013

    Wonderful Happy Birthday card! That’s so cute! I might do this for my son’s preschool teacher! Super idea!

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      Thanks! I’m sure she would love to receive one!

  14. Katelyn

    November 6, 2013

    I absolutely love this!
    Perfect for those friends that you want to do something extra special for!
    I was actually wondering if you might share what hole punches you’ve used for the banner, and for the cut-outs used in styling? So handy!
    🙂 Thankyou so very much for sharing your ideas, and inspiring us.

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      Thanks, Katelyn! I listed the size circle and hole punches I used for the project in the materials section (EK Success, Marvy Uchida, Martha Stewart are all good brands). The lace circle punch is from Martha Stewart crafts, which I purchased 3+ years ago and cannot find on their site now.

  15. Darci

    November 6, 2013

    Love this! Off to make it for my daughter’s 20th birthday which she is celebrating away at college.

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      That is so sweet! Hope she loves it!

  16. anna

    November 7, 2013

    hi there,

    i really loved your blog. especially its layout, structure, general content and images. seriously they are stunning! also as a blogger i find yours really inspiring! if you won’t mind i would like to publish your blog as one of my 5 favourites. also if you have a spare minute please visit mine!


  17. meg

    November 7, 2013

    Love this! I would love to get this. 😉

  18. sylvie

    November 7, 2013

    c’est vraiment sublime !!!!

  19. Cristin @ Eve of Reduction

    November 7, 2013

    there are so many occasions that you can use this clever idea! I’m all over it for Valentines!!

      • sally
      • November 7, 2013

      Yes! You can make one for any holiday or special occasion!

  20. Rebecca Lowe

    November 8, 2013

    Yes, I’m definitely going to make these for my friends and family. I love the colors you used too! Thank you for sharing!

  21. Evon

    November 12, 2013

    Such a pretty idea!~ <3 I love your blog and I am a new reader, your ideas helped me a lot during my housewarming party. 🙂

  22. Vanessa

    November 13, 2013

    Such a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. Ruth

    November 14, 2013

    That’s a fantastic idea – I really love it. It’s already bookmarked and I can’t wait to create this little banner in a box. Thanks for sharing Sally!

  24. Krafty

    November 15, 2013

    Oh my gosh! this is so cute. I can see me making the circles like baseballs to give to my boss — he’ll likely not know what to do with it and think it’s neat at the same time! Either way, I’m sure to enjoy his expression! What a delightful find!

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