Try your best to be accurate in making them all the same size because they will be hanging together in a straight line. The best technique for making them all the same is to make one perfect flag in the size you want and then use that flag as a template to cut out the others.
On your solid papers, use a glass as a template to trace circles where you'll write out the letters themselves and then attach them to the flags (double sided tape works great). Make sure that the circles fit well inside the flags that you made -- you may have to play around with the circle sizes a bit to get the right look. You can skip this step all together and put the message directly on the flags, if you'd like, but this way, you can just take the letters off and use the flags as decoration in their room afterwards or add new circles with a new message for a different celebration!
You can do this in a few ways -- if you have great handwriting, feel free to go for it with a nice thick marker. You can also purchase letter scrapbooking stickers or even print out the happy birthday message using a fun font on your computer and then trace around the letters with a glass, as described above!
Make some room on the floor and lay out your birthday message, just as you'd like it to look when it's hanging up. Remember that it won't be in a straight rigid line once it's hanging from the ribbon -- give the flags some room to dip down, depending on how much space to have to play with.
Or the twine or yarn or whatever you've chosen to hang your flags from. Lay it out over the flags that you have in order on the floor from above. Now you can play around with the spacing between the flags on the ribbon and how much the ribbon will dip when the letters are attached. It will be different for each banner, depending on the material you use to hang them. Be sure to leave a good piece of ribbon on each end of the banner -- at least six inches.
Now it's getting fun! You can attach the flags in a couple of ways. We find it's easiest to flip the entire thing upside-down so that you're now looking at the backs of the flags, with the birthday message facing the floor. But don't just flip each flag over or you'll have a backwards birthday message! Now, lay the ribbon on the top of the flags where you'd like it to go and start taping. You can either tape the ribbon a tiny bit down from the top of each flag or fold the top of each flag over a bit to create a little pocket for the ribbon and then tape the paper fold to the back of the flag. Don't skimp on the tape -- you want it to hold!
You're almost done -- tape is an easy way to attach it to the wall, or you can try some removable adhesives that are meant for strong hold (but that come off easily). Once both sides of the banner are hung, you can tie the ends in a little bow or cut it off, if you prefer.
Congrats on making your first flag banner! For those who are brave or are handy with a needle and thread, you can just as easily make a banner using fabric and the same general technique.
>> Or, overwhelmed by this entire process? Check out these birthday flag banners on Etsy!
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