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Felt Birthday Banner DIY

Do you know the cooking show Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee? I think sometimes crafting should be like that. I’m happy to cut out garlands for hours, but ask me to cut out felt letters and I might sigh loudly. This banner is really easy to make by purchasing pre-cut letters – and they come in all sorts of amazing colors. Using felt is great because there is no need to hem the edges, and gluing the letters on (instead of sewing) saves time too.

Felt Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!Felt Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!Felt Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials needed: felt letters, felt, scissors, ruler, yarn, glue, thread, 3/8″ wooden dowel (22-inches length), pencil

Step 1: Lay the felt down and measure out a 19″ x 22″ rectangle.
Step 2: Fold down 1/2″ from the top to make an opening for the dowel. Sew across (by hand or machine).
Step 3: Lay the felt flat, and fold in half from top to bottom. On the outside edge, measure up 5″ from the bottom and mark it with a pencil. Use a ruler to draw from the bottom center to the mark you just made. Cut along the pencil line.
Step 4: Lay out the letters and make sure your placement is correct. Glue letters down. (I used an extra ‘E’ to create the dash and exclamation point).
Step 5: Make three 3-inch tassels.
Step 6: Cut or punch a small hole in the bottom point of the banner.
Step 7: String one tassel through the hole.
Step 8: Insert the wooden dowel.
Step 9: Attach yarn for hanging, then tie remaining two tassels to each side.

Felt Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!Felt Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!Felt Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Bonus: This banner can be rolled up and put away, then pulled out for the next birthday, and the next…and the next.

Photography by Tim Gibson

  1. 204 Park

    June 5, 2014

    Thank GOD for pre-cut letters! Hand cutting letters is not a DIY task that I like to do
    Cute DIY inspiration! XO, D

  2. Nadja

    June 5, 2014

    very nice ! ça m’a l’air plutôt simple à faire je garde l’idée pour le prochain anniversaire

  3. Amanda {Planning It All}

    June 5, 2014

    This is a great idea, so simple!

  4. Julie

    June 5, 2014

    I was just making a banner for my son’s room. This is such a fun project, I love the colors you chose.

    Love, Julie
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  5. Natalie (NCFeltSupplies)

    June 5, 2014

    Thanks so much for featuring my felt letters! Do love seeing what is made with my felt shapes! Such a lovely creation too.

  6. Elaine- Visual Meringue

    June 5, 2014

    Absolutely darling! Love this 🙂

  7. Kristin

    June 5, 2014

    Love this idea. Reminds me of the banner my friend made for me this year. I’ll have to send her this link.

  8. Nina

    June 5, 2014

    I never thought about that in regards to felt, that you don’t have to hem it. No sewing required. I can’t stand sewing. Brilliant idea! I should do this for my kids and maybe add to it every year. Could be a cool keepsake. Thanks!

  9. Belmarra

    June 6, 2014

    Woah! This looks incredible. Love this idea and thanks for sharing.

  10. Auvairniton Bourgrire

    June 6, 2014

    A very great idea, I love it !

  11. Miss Manitas

    June 8, 2014

    Sooo cute idea!!!

  12. Miss Manitas

    June 8, 2014

    Sooo cute idea!!

  13. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

    June 9, 2014

    CHIARA you just keep on blowin’ my mind with your awesome DIYs. also… that dark chocolate fudgey looking cake in the background looks yummy too! (haha)… YAY to pre-cut felt letters! this is so adorable!! xo

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