Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Welcome Home Banner for My Beautiful Niece

DIY Welcome Home Banner
My niece, Chachi, was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) or "a hole in the heart" when she was still a baby. You may know that in some cases, those with small VSDs, the holes close on their own but unfortunately my niece needed an open-heart surgery, which she had just recently. During the ten days that she was in the hospital, everyone in the family kept on visiting and bringing her gifts and those abroad did Facetime to keep her happy as she was so bored and wanted to go home so bad. We're all thankful and happy that the surgery went well and that she's finally home and recovering fast. My mother who was responsible for almost all of the hospital expenses with the help of my stepdad and their relatives thought that it would also be nice to have a "Welcome Home" party for Chachi so we did have one. A little effort to make the banner myself is one way to show my niece how much I love her.

This banner is great for birthdays, baby showers, or any kind of party or occasion. To make one like this, you need:


Colored or printed paper (2 sets of different colors, I used letter sized ones.)
Scissors or cutter
Ruler
White glue or glue stick
Masking tape
Paper twine (you can also use a ribbon or any kind of rope)


With your 2 different printed or colored sets of paper, choose which one you would use for the letters and which one for the background. I chose the pink one for my letters and printed out two letters on each page. Do the same on the paper you chose for your letters.


Cut out the letters using your scissors or craft knife. The height of my cut out letters is 3 and 1/4 inches.


Based on the size of your letters, cut out the flags where you will be adhering them. I chose between the swallowtail and the triangle flag for the letter's background and went with the former.


Since I printed out two letters on one page, one letter fits on one half of the paper, so I cut the sheets of paper in half for the flags.


To make the swallowtail flag, find the center of the bottom side and measure how deep you want the v-shape to be and mark it. I decided on 2 inches.




Using a ruler, draw a line from that 2-inch mark to each of the corners at the bottom to form the v-shape and cut along the lines. If you are using a cutter or a craft knife you can just directly cut from the mark to the corners with the help of the ruler without drawing a line. 

You can now use the first flag you made as a template for the other flags.


Adhere the letters on the flags using white glue or gluestick.



String the flags by folding or wrapping a small part around the paper twine or rope and tape it to secure. Another way is to punch holes on the top part of the flags and string the rope through them. Make sure to leave a few inches of rope before the first flag and after the last one, just enough space where you can tape the banner to the wall. After making sure that all the letters are in order, you're done.


That's our Chachi looking well and happy. I'm so glad that she loved the banner, though I think she enjoyed the heart balloons more, haha.

There are lots of styles and materials you can use to make your own banner - scrapbook paper, glitters, colorful printables, ribbons, tassels, and a lot more. Whatever you choose, remember to have fun while making your little project.

Thank you for stopping by. Till next time!




28 comments:

  1. This is cute! I wish I could be as crafty as most moms I know or like you do. But I'm not that creative. I love the banner!

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    1. Thank you. With the help of the internet, everything seems easy, haha.

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  2. I love DIY projects. Thanks for sharing the steps. And so nice to see your niece looking happy and healthy after a major operation. Wishing her continued good health.

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  3. so happy to hear that she's okay, so sweet of you to prepare a banner :)

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  4. what a truly sweet gesture that you did for your niece. but yeah, the balloons are really attractive to little girls, heehee

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  5. Thank God that she 's recovering well.. :) Great crafts girl, super perfect for any occasion that needs celebrating.. :D

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    1. That's right, we're so happy with her fast recovery.

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  6. How nice of you to make the sweetest welcome banner! I pray for her full recovery.

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    1. Thank you!. She's doing well now, just a few more checkups.

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  7. You are a sweet tita! I love the banners and balloons! I'm sure she appreciates it! :)

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  8. What a sweet gesture. Happy to hear she is doing fine.

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  9. Praying for continuous health and growth for chachi. She is truly loved!

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  10. Just prayed for your niece. How's she btw? My daughter was diagnosed din with a congenital heart defect PDA naman and had undergone heart surgery when she's 1 year old. From what I heard of VSD, may mga cases na kusa siyang sumasarado and hindi na kailangan ng open heart.

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    1. Thank you so much. How's your daughter now? I can only imagine how you were feeling when your daughter had the surgery, she was still a baby, but babies actually heal faster. Yup, may mga cases talaga na sumasara, unfortunately, yung sa neice ko we waited, pero hindi nagsara, although sa simula pa lang sinabihan na rin kami na yung case nya maliit ang percentage na sasara ng kusa.

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  11. It's good to hear that her surgery went fine. :) I'm sure your niece loved the party for her, especially the well thought out and well executed banners. :)

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    1. Thank you. Right now, she's doing fine and enjoying playtime more.

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  12. Glad that your niece' surgery went well. And I think she really love the surprise party :)

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  13. Ang sipag mo mommy :) I like reading your DIY activities :) Praying for your niece as well :)

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    1. Thank you. She's doing really well now, medyo pwede na sya maglikot without panting after a just a few minutes.

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  14. good to know that her surgery went well. prayers of health and well-being for you young miss.

    i love making banners for the little one's birthday + it is an absolute hit! this one is really perfect for your niece, with the lovely pink color!

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