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
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
therefore they will print on four sheets of paper. I made
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
Trim the edges of the
image, and tape the papers together to create a banner.
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
will try my best to add your request to this collection.
General Happy Birthday Banner
Castle Birthday Banner for a Princess Party:
Planet Birthday Banner for a Space Theme Party
Sunflower Birthday Banner
Dinosaur Birthday Banner
How To Make Your Own Party
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
If you have this option on your software, please keep following
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
- Open up a new banner on your software program.
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.
- Once you have written your message, play around
different font styles to find one you like.
- Next, select a color for your font.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Open a new document in your word processing program.
- Under Page Layout, choose Orientation, then choose
- Type out your message, such as “Happy 8th
- Highlight your message, then play around with the font
styles to find one you like.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- When you are finished, save your birthday banners. Print it
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.