Apr 6, 2012

surprise gift box banner!

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
would i do it again? : yes!

i was inspired by the adorable mini bunting card on paper tuesday. 

i made a tiny toddler tutu and a tiny tutu card for an old friend's soon-to-be girl...but i'm not able to go to her baby shower so i'm mailing the package to her.

...and what a fun surprise it will be for her to open THIS!
this banner was the perfect solution to a gift that needed a little something extra!

this is insanely easy to do.
warning: you'll want to start mailing packages to your next door neighbor.

   > cardstock
   > twine
   > scissors
   > hole punch

01. type out your message on any word processing program (Word, Pages, etc.) - make sure you leave space around the letters to cut them out
          ex: so instead of typing "hooray!", i typed "h   o   o   r   a   y   !"

02. print the message onto cardstock using a plain ol' printer (just load cardstock instead of printer paper)

03. cut out individual letters

04. punch two holes near the top of each letter...so the weight of the paper below the punches will make the message hang properly

05. thread the twine through the holes

06. on your box: cut slits in the two flaps that will be folded first when closing the box
         i cut one slit down, then a small slit perpendicular for the twine to slide into

07. slide the twine into the slit and knot

08. pull your message taut, then slide twine into slit on the other flap and knot

be careful closing the box flaps before sealing - 
make sure the letters don't become trapped or bent!

BEFORE: sad gift.

AFTER: hooray!

update: here is another gift box surprise banner i made, this time for a little boy:

* mari


  1. You are so crafty! How do you even have the slightest idea where to begin with these projects?! :)


  2. This is cute. Americans are so full of optimism compared to us Brits.


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