One of the many things I love about my readers is how incredibly supportive you are! When I revealed Little Man's Toy Story party theme along with the invitations I made, you showered me with ideas! I searched and bookmarked each and every one. A sweet reader of mine sent me a link to this lovely Toy Story-themed cardboard banner on Etsy. Thanks a million!
I completely fell in love with the banner, and was determined to make my own. It was one of the first projects on my to-do list. And I must say: It's kind of my pride and joy.
The best part about this banner is anyone can make it using some cardboard and a little bit of paint! I used recycled cardboard boxes (from all of my hubby's work shipments he receives almost daily) to create this entire banner from scratch.
I started out by using some thin cardboard to cut out my the letters. I actually save the cardboard that comes with my photo enlargements at Costco. I used this thin cardboard for the letters, plus a few cereal boxes. I just free-handed the letters... nothing too fancy! The imperfect look gives it a certain charm. I painted my letters using white acrylic paint.
Once the letters were dry, I distressed all of the edges with distressing ink.
I got my hubby involved with the next step! I had him use a razor blade to cut out 13 rectangles to back all of the letters in "Happy Birthday." Thanks for your manly muscles, babe! I used acrylic paint to paint these, too. I painted some plain brown, red, and blue, using the colors from Toy Story. I also painted some yellow/red plaid to look like Woody's shirt and a few white/black like Woody's vest. Again, I just free-handed my patterns. I'm not an artist, but I loved how it turned out!
After gluing the letters onto the backings, I just arranged them in a kind of jumbled way. This is so perfect for my Oopsey Daisy style!
I tried using E-6000 to glue my letters together, but they kept popping up. Hot glue did the trick! How I love my little old hot glue gun!
Last but not least, I strung the letters together with twine by hot gluing felt loops over the twin on each letter.
I hung it over my awkward ledge, secured with nails. Voila! It really set the tone for the whole party. I must say: Once I put this all together, I was so proud, I was taking pictures on my phone and sending them to my hubby! I really and truly LOVE how it turned out!
The banner was a hit at the party!
More party crafts and details coming...