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Kiddie Soiree: Make Your Own Sign

It always seems that I go into a store with the intention of buying one thing and walk out with something completely different. Such was the case when I set out to buy party favors for my daughter's birthday. Instead of picking out trinkets, I bought tools to make a birthday sign. A fairly simple project, I was pleased with the results and hope it becomes a birthday heirloom that we will hang every year on her birthday.

To see the whole festive sign and how to make it,


Supplies you will need:

  • Cardboard tags
  • Labels and a printer
  • Cardboard stars
  • Ribbons — One for hanging the letters and one for the length of the sign. (A wire-trimmed ribbon for the length of the sign works well. It will hold the shape better.)
  • PVA Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter
  • Heavy duty double stick tape

The glitter will get everywhere so try to set up a space that can be easily cleaned. I recommend laying out layers of newspaper so you can trash as you go. Once you have all of the supplies, follow these simple steps:

  1. Paint one side of the cardboard tag with the PVA glue.
  2. Sprinkle it with glitter and set aside to dry. Shake the excess glitter onto the paper and then into the jar so you can reuse it. Once you have done all of the tags, paint the stars and sprinkle them with glitter, too.
  3. Print out your message on the labels. Do a test run with regular paper to make sure the letter will print well on the labels.
  4. Apply the double stick tape to the back of the label and press it firmly in the center of the glittered cardboard tag.
  5. Cut each ribbon into six inch pieces. Fold it in half and push the looped end through the hole. Then pull the two loose ends through the loop and pull tight.
  6. Mount the ribbon you want to hang the letters from so you can space out the tags and stars.
  7. Tie the stars to each end and on each side of "Birthday." Then tie each letter and allow them to dangle. Space them evenly.

For party favors, I bought brown paper lunch sacks and did a stripe of glitter across the bottom. After filling them up with goodies, I folded them over twice and punched two holes in the top. Using the leftover gold ribbon, I tied a bow through the holes for a nice polished look. A pack of brown lunch sacks with a sprinkle of glitter is certain to save you some pennies compared to fancy party-favor bags and they look twice as nice!


The cardboard tag ready for glue

Glue awaiting glitter

Sprinkling the glitter on the glue surface

Glittered tag waiting to dry

Placing a label on the glittered card

Loop pushed through

Pulling the ribbon through the loop

The ribboned tag before hanging

The glittered star




The sign as it hung in the dining room

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