One of my favorite ways to mark a special occasion is with a customized paper sign to offer congratulations, a happy birthday, or to celebrate an engagement.
I recently made an eclectic one for my coworker’s baby shower saying “congratulations.” I figure I can reuse this one for several occasions.
They’re remarkably easy and perfect to do while you’re enjoying your favorite show on TV.
- specialty printed paper with a fun and appropriate pattern (I used flowers for the baby shower, solid colors for an engagement party, and a fish pattern for by boyfriend’s birthday)
- card stock paper in a more neutral color (I recommend one sheet per letter just in case)
- spool of thick ribbon
- hole punch
- black Sharpie
- rubber cement or double stick tape
- two round objects like bowls, cups, or tuperware — one about an inch smaller than the other
- Trace however many circles you need (one for each letter) with a pencil using the larger circle stencil and cut them out
- Trace however many circles you need (one for each letter) with a pencil using the smaller circle and then cut them out
- Adhere the smaller circle on top of the larger circle with either rubber cement or double stick tape
- Trace a large letter in whatever style you like best on each small circle using a pencil, and then go over it with a Sharpie
- Punch two holes on the top sides of each circle
- Weave the ribbon through the holes — make sure your ribbon is forgiving and far thicker than the whole you’re threading through. Otherwise, the letters will move along the ribbon
- Leave tails of ribbon on either side in case you need to tie the sign up