I love making party banners out of scrapbook paper, and I have made lots of them over the years. (Like the ones here and here and here and here!) For Princess’ explorer party I really wanted to make a cute bunting using an old map, but the paper just didn’t seem sturdy enough, particularly for a party that was supposed to be held outside. Wind does not do pretty things to paper banners.
Then I stumbled across this cute idea on the Chinet website and had an epiphany: I could make a paper plate map banner that would have enough substance to hold up outside! It was a snap to throw together, and I will definitely be using this idea again for our next outdoor gathering!
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Step 1: Trace your lid or plate onto the map or scrapbook paper.
Step 2: Carefully cut out map circles. I traced once and then cut all 7 circles at the same time.
Step 3: Glue map circles onto paper plates.
Step 4: Cut out letters from contrasting paper. I just free-handed mine, which worked out fine (and was very quick.) If you wanted fancier letters or a specific font you could use a Cricut or Silhouette machine, or you could print out the letters from your word processing program, cut them out, then trace them onto your contrast paper.
Step 5: Arrange letters on plates & glue in place.
Step 6: Punch holes in the top third of each plate, then string ribbon or jute twine through the holes.
Step 7: Hang it up and you’re done!
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What’s your favorite handmade party decoration?
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