Banners appeal to my lazy side because they're a one-and-done solution for blank wall space. And they're particularly great when it comes to dressing up a room for a birthday party.
I've never met a banner I didn't like, and I especially love these cute projects from some of my favorite bloggers.
1. Tissue Paper Tassel Garland
In case you haven't noticed, tassels are taking over these days. You can buy a ready-made option, thanks to companies like Confetti System, who was one of the first to string a bunch of colored tassels together and call it a banner.
But if you don't want to spend $130 on tissue paper, blogger Jennifer Sbranti of Hostess With The Mostess ran a helpful tutorial on how to DIY your own. In a nutshell, it involves folding, cutting, rolling, twisting, and gluing tissue paper into tassels and then stringing them up on baker's twine. Totally doable!
Get the how-to: DIY Tutorial: Tissue Tassel Garland at Hostess With The Mostess
2. Canvas Yard Line Banner
The Super Bowl is coming up, and while the food will always take priority, this yard line banner is pretty up there on the list of must-dos. To make it, Amanda Kingloff, the blogger behind Project Kid, started with a blank canvas fishtail banner (available at craft stores), but she points out that green felt or paper could also work. The yard markers are just tape and sticky numbers, which means the banner can be repurposed for St. Patrick's Day, birthdays, a spring garden party, or whatever else.
See more: Super Bowl DIY Banner at Project Kid
3. Ice Cream Cone Banner
I'm a sucker for a sundae — even in the dead of winter. That's probably why I'm so sweet on this ice cream cone banner, created by Kim from Bugaboo City. With a little bit of card stock and string, she made the perfect decoration for a kids' birthday party or a summer ice cream social. You could stick to one "flavor" or riff on a color scheme by alternating a couple of different cones. One of these would also be super cute as a decoration in a nursery.
See more pics: Paper Ice Cream Banner at Bugaboo City
4. 3D Birthday Banner
Inspired by some candy letters on a birthday cake, Chiara Belle, a contributor at Oh Happy Day, decided to bend and glue strips of paper to make this adorable 3D banner. The good news? She swears it's not as hard to pull off as you'd think. "And, if you mess up, it's just paper," she says, so you can start again.
See all the steps: 3D Birthday Banner DIY at Oh Happy Day
5. Twig and Burlap Banner
If you have a bunch of fallen sticks, Shayna Orrino, the blogger behind The Wood Grain Cottage, has the craft for you. She made this welcome banner for a festive fall porch, but you could easily spell out a baby's name for a rustic birthday party. You just need some burlap, twigs, and hot glue.
See more: Stick and Twig Welcome Banner at The Wood Grain Cottage