Baseball Party: Banner {Part 2}

What's a birthday party without a homemade banner?! Just like my sunflower seed centerpieces, this banner can also be used for Halloween. A Halloween themed birthday, perhaps?

Short story... my Silhouette blade has been dying a slow death for a while now. I hear that they have finally fixed the problem and that I can exchange it under warranty. {That's what caused my crafting hiatus for the past couple of months. It has been sooo frustrating!} When I began working on this banner, my Cameo decided to start tearing, instead of cutting. Considering I started this project only a few days before the party, I needed to get creative and decided to cut it old-school.

{1} I managed to cut the black and orange paper on the Silhouette using a downloaded banner design and the rounded square option.

{2} When you don't have an amazing machine to cut out letters, you've got to get creative. I started by printing out the letters in "Happy Birthday" using a bold font in Microsoft Word. Using an X-ACTO knife, I cut out each letter individually. Then, I put those letters face down on the back of my scrapbook paper and traced them on. Finally, I cut them out again with an X-ACTO knife. What.a.hassle.

{3} I mounted the letters on the banner using a glue stick.

{4} Don't make the same mistakes I do! I don't know what I was thinking, but I forgot about the number one rule of making homemade banners: put two holes at the top. If I were to just put a rope through the holes, all of the letters would face the wrong way {obviously}.

What I ended up doing, was making little loops using twine around each letter. Once you put the main piece of twine through the loops, all the letters end up facing the right way.

My goal for these baseball decorations was to make them look the least baseball-y as possible, while still fitting in with the theme. Does that make sense? What do you think?

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