Have you ever completed a project, took a step back, and thought “Hmm . . . it needs just a little something else“? Well that’s exactly how today’s project came to be. I was making a wreath for my daughter’s birthday party, and it needed that little something else. I finally decided a tiny, purple polka dot DIY bunting would be perfect. However, I came upon one major problem: I didn’t have any purple polka dotted paper.
But I did have purple polka dotted washi tape. As Gru would say, “Lightbulb!”
These washi tape mini banners can be used to decorate so many things. As I mentioned, I used one on the wreath, but I also created one to use a cake topper. If you have 10 minutes to spare, you can definitely whip one of these babies up!
- washi tape (of course)
- paper straws
- baker’s twine or string
- white cardstock
- alphabet stickers
- Cricut Explore Machine
To start, roll out your washi tape onto the white cardstock to create a thick section. Make the row as tall as you would like your banner pennant to be – mine were about 1.5″. If your tape has a repeat, you can match it up so it looks seamless. If not, don’t worry, it won’t be noticeable when you are finished. I did three just to show you how a few different styles looked – the blue didn’t have a repeat pattern but it still looked fine.
Next, you will want to cut your flag shapes out of the section of cardstock you created with your tape. I used my (amazing) Cricut Explore for this, to make it really quick and easy, but this is not a difficult shape. You can easily freehand it, or download an image to use as a template.
After you have punched your holes and strung the flags on the twine, it’s time to personalize the banner with your letters! I love thickers for these type of banners because they add a lot of depth to the project, but any sticker would work.
Tie the ends of your string around the straws if you are making a cake topper, and ta-da! You have a mini banner! You can cut the strings or leave them long like I did. To insert it into your cake, just stick the straws in through the top.
I love that this is such an easy and inexpensive way to really jazz up an ordinary cake. I have made fondant cakes for years, but I have never received as many compliments on any cake as I did on this one . . . and it took under 30 minutes to decorate, start to finish! And I think this Washi Tape Mini Banner was what stole the show! (Get more info on my super easy cake decorating post by visiting my blog!)
What do you think, are you going to give it a try?
How else would you use this cute banner?
Sarah is a part time elementary teacher, part time craft fanatic. She is a full time mom and wife, and can often be found with glitter in her hair. Her blog, Becoming Martha, is a place where she helps readers unleash their creativity and empowers them to create a more beautiful domestic life. Her husband says this often comes at the price of their own domestic beauty, but the jury is still out on that one. Sarah lives in the great white north (a.k.a Canada) with her husband, their two daughters, and their pet fish. She loves cheesecake, hydrangeas, and polka dots, and throwing fabulous bashes on a budget is her passion! To learn more, stop by and visit her at one of Becoming Martha’s many homes on the web: Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest