Birthday Banners

Birthday banners are a wonderful way to decorate for a party. You can easily make your own sign to match your colors and theme, and I will explain a few different ways to do this below. I also include some I designed that you are free to print off for your own use.

I make one of these signs every year for my kids' birthdays. After the party is over, they like to display their banner on the wall of their room. It is a nice remembrance of the party.

Making your own birthday banners usually involve using some software which will print the banner image across several pieces of standard 8.5 x 11 paper. These pieces of paper can then be taped together to create a great looking banner. I explain how to make your own, just keep reading to the second half of the article.

free printable birthday banners

Free Printable Birthday Banners

If you would like to use some of my pre-designed banners, please do! Each of these banners are 44 inches long, and 8.5 inches high, therefore they will print on four sheets of paper. I made these with a white background, and kept them simple with only a few images, to save you ink!

These are PDF files, so you will need to have Adobe downloaded on your computer. Click here to download the latest edition of Adobe if you need it. When you click on the link above the banner image you want, a new window will open with your file to print. Make sure you have four pieces of paper loaded and your color ink levels are good before printing. Important: When you hit print, be sure to select the paper orientation to Landscape. Trim the edges of the paper to create a flush image, and tape the papers together to create a banner.

If you have Microsoft Word, you can also find plenty of templates to download at the Microsoft site here.

Also, if you have a special request for a certain theme banner, be sure to let me know by contacting me here. I will try my best to add your request to this collection.

General Happy Birthday Banner

happy birthday banner

Castle Birthday Banner for a Princess Party:

castle banner

Planet Birthday Banner for a Space Theme Party

planet birthday banner

Sunflower Birthday Banner


Baseball Birthday Banner:

baseball birthday banner

Butterfly Birthday Banner:

butterfly birthday banner

Dinosaur Birthday Banner

dinosaur birthday banner

Owl birthday banner:

owl birthday banner

How To Make Your Own Party Banners

Click here to print out these instructions (PDF file will open in a new window)

Using Greeting Card Software:

If you happen to own any creative software, such as a greeting card program or a digital scrapbooking program, check to see if they have a banner option. Most of these types of programs do, and this is the easiest place to start. These are usually listed under “other projects”, or a similar category within your software.
If you have this option on your software, please keep following along.

If you would like to learn how to make a birthday banner using a word processing program, that is possible too! Those directions appear below these.
  1. Open up a new banner on your software program. Begin with typing the message. Most programs make the banner automatically expand to the proper length based on the size font you use. I find font size 400 to work in most cases.
  2. Once you have written your message, play around with the different font styles to find one you like.
  3. Next, select a color for your font. Remember, you can also make each letter a different color, or alternate colors if you wish. Just select one letter at a time and choose your color.
  4. To decorate the banner, you can add a nice border or clip art that fits your theme. It is very easy to find free clip art on the internet that you can use. As long as it is free, you may right click on the image and save it to your computer’s desktop, where you can then import it into your banner. Drag and drop, or resize the image where you would like it. I like to place an image before the text and one after the text.
  5. Save the banner, then print it out on regular 8.5 x 11 inch paper. You will need to trim the edges of the paper to make the font flush (due to the margins), and tape them together.

I hang birthday banners either directly to the wall, or I hang them in a doorway. To do this, punch a hole on each corner of the banner, and one in the middle. Thread ribbons or string through the holes, then attach each ribbon to the wall or ceiling to support the floating birthday banner.

Using a Word Processing Program:

If you do not have greeting card or scrapbooking software, you can also create your own birthday banner using your Word Processing Program. It will be a little harder to visualize the final product, but otherwise the process is very easy. I will describe how to do the steps using Microsoft Word. Many word processing programs are similar to Microsoft Office Word, so hopefully you’ll be able to follow along.

  1. Open a new document in your word processing program.
  2. Under Page Layout, choose Orientation, then choose landscape.
  3. Type out your message, such as “Happy 8th Birthday Madison!”
  4. Highlight your message, then play around with the font styles to find one you like.
  5. Apply a color to your message if desired. With your message highlighted, select a font color. You can make each letter or word a different color if you wish, by selecting each letter one at a time and applying the color.
  6. While your message is still highlighted, on the Home tab, enter in 400 in the font size block. You will notice your font gets much larger, and you will suddenly have more pages to your banner! Play around with the size to get the banner as long as you would like it. Remember each page is 11 inches long.
  7. Now is the time to add any borders or images of the banner. A photo of the guest of honor would be a great addition, or find some free clip art that matches the theme/colors of the party. I usually like to add an image before the message, and one after the message.
    • Perform a search for free clip art. For instance, if you are looking for an image of a shark, type in shark free clip art in the search bar of your browser. If you select “image search”, you will see images come up. Select one you like, and make sure it is free and you are allowed to use it.
    • Right click on the image and save it to your desktop.

    • In your document, place the cursor before or after your message. Then select “Insert”, and select “picture”. Browse to your desktop, find your image, and select OK.

    • To position the image correctly, choose the “Format” tab under “Picture Tools”. You will see a button for “Position”. Choose this button, and you will see many options. I like to choose “In Line With Text”. This allows your picture to appear first, and words after. Play around with the different picture positions to find one you like!

    • Now you can resize this by clicking on top of the image. A box will appear around the image. If you hover over the corner, you can drag the picture larger or smaller. Be careful, as you may find that re-sizing the image causes the position of the image to move.

  1. When you are finished, save your birthday banners. Print it out in color. You will need to trim the pages slightly to account for the margins. Tape that pages together on the back to create the banner.

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