Happy Birthday Banner {Toy Story Style}

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...
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  1. Courtney - Pizzazzerie.com says

    this is really cute! great job!

  2. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says

    Adorable friend!! Fabulous job!

  3. That is so cute, I love it!

  4. Jen-CraftOManiac says


  5. Rachel Berry says

    The banner turned out FABULOUS!!! I LOVE IT!!! I wonder if I can talk my son into having just 1 more Toy Story birthday πŸ˜‰

    So glad I could help you out!! πŸ™‚

    Rachel Berry

    • I wish you wanted to part with it, that banner is AWESOME! My 4 yr old wants a Toy Story party but I am creatively challenged. I wish I hadn’t seen how wonderful it could be. WELL DONE!

  6. UtahMillers says

    Cute!! Can't wait to see the rest!

  7. Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry says

    Love it… I just used the same etsy site and made a Valentine cardboard banner and posted about it… While I was at it, I made a St. Patty one too… Love that it ALL out of cardboard… You did a GREAT job!

  8. Simply Domestic says

    Too cute!! Love the black and white print!

  9. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    SUPER cute! I love the cow print. β™₯ You did a great job, my friend!

  10. can't wait to see all your adorable cute stuff!! The banner is great!! My son turns three in April and LOVES toy story so I am open for any and all ideas!! This is just too cute and I might be able to handle this:)

  11. I also made this awesome banner and LOVED how it turned out!! So very cute!! Can't wait to see more ideas from ya!!

  12. That looks amazing! I love this idea. The cardboard looks so sturdy, but you won't have to feel guilty when you get rid of it because it was free.

  13. Very cute and I'm sure he loves it!!

    Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blospot.com

  14. Way super cute!!!

  15. Very cute! Great inspiration for the Toy Story party I have in two weeks (that I haven't even started working on…oops!) Thanks for sharing!

  16. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says

    the banner is totally adorable. I could tell it was toy story right away without reading anything. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  17. Anonymous says

    what size were your letters? THANK YOU for the inspiration; party is this weekend πŸ™‚

  18. I did one and love it! πŸ™‚

  19. Yay i finished mine! onto the buzz inspired one! πŸ™‚

  20. We are doing a Toy Story party for my daughters birthday party in a couple of weeks. This has totally inspired me!!! You’re awesome!

  21. wow, i was searing some unique bday banner idea for little girl i find your post it’s really amazing post

  22. That’s what I was looking for. Very nice blog indeed, thank you admin

  23. Thanks for your efforts
    Nice banners

  24. Thanks for sharing with us @Alsion


  25. Can’t wait to see the rest!

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