Cricut Birthday Banner

I haven’t updated my blog in a month. Super sad face.  I have been crafting, but not as much as I would like.  Mostly because by the time I get home from work, I’m exhausted, and on my days off I don’t want to move from the couch.  I do have several more projects that I need to get moving on before the baby gets here (in 6 short weeks), so hopefully I’ll be updating a bit more frequently from here on out!

One of the projects I had the most fun with this past month was making my friend’s daughter a Birthday Banner with my brand new Cricut.  (Thanks mom & dad!)  I had brought the Cricut to work with me in December and made a banner for a program there.  I was so proud of my results that I posted a picture to Facebook.  When my friend saw the picture, she asked me if I could make a banner for her daughter’s first birthday and there was no way I could refuse!

This isn’t really a step by step tutorial, since it’s pretty self explanatory if you own the Cricut.  However, I did take pictures of several of my steps.


Black cardstock

Scrapbooking paper

glue stick



hole punch


A Child’s Year Cricut cartridge

I was lucky enough to have a 50% off coupon for AC Moore, so I got a great deal on the scrapbooking paper.  Once I had my paper, I made sure my ribbon color coordinated nicely.

I used the A Child’s Year cartridge for all of my cutting.  It was perfect.  I was able to get my circles, letters, balloon shapes, and “Happy Birthday” shape all from this single cartridge.  Score!

I decided from the beginning that I was going to use cardstock as my background piece to give the banner more durability.  I cut out my black cardstock first, followed by my colored scrapbooking paper (an inch smaller so that I could still see the black cardstock for contrast).  After that I got to cutting and pasting on the letters.  Lastly, I added in some balloons and a “Happy Birthday” shape to give the banner more character.

Since I have a super crazy kitty at home, I decided to hold off on stringing the banner together.  I waited until I knew I would meet up with my friend, then I brought the banner to work so that I could avoid said crazy cat.  I used the blue ribbon for the top part of the banner and the pink ribbon for the bottom part.  I also tied little pieces of neon green tulle between each letter to keep them from slipping into each other.  I was very pleased with the final result!

Score 1 for the awesome Cricut!  I rate the project an Epic Success and I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can make in the near future.

Happy Pinning…


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3 Responses to “Cricut Birthday Banner”

  1. 1 Michelle February 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you SO much Christen. Juliet (and her mom and dad) LOVED her Happy Birthday banner! I can’t wait to see what others you do now.

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