Felt banner DIY tutorial

If you ask my 4 year old what you need for the perfect birthday party, the answer is undoubtedly a birthday banner.

This is why her favorite item to sign up to supply for a birthday party for kids in need with Box of Balloons is DIY Décor.

We have made several felt garland/banner decorations for different holiday’s at our home and recently made our first birthday inspired garland/banner. Now that we have our first birthday banner under our belt, we are excited to start making some of these for birthday parties for some kiddos in need too!

I will show you how we made an adorable “Guess HOO’s 1” birthday banner for my sweet little niece.

While this tutorial shows you how to create an Owl themed birthday banner, the same principles can be applied to make any type of felt banner – so get creative and get crafting!

Step 1 – Gather Supplies

Supplies we used:

  • Several pieces of felt in the birthday colors

  • Fiber fill

  • Embroidery floss in the birthday colors

  • A large needle

  • Scissors

  • Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks or Fabric Glue

  • Yarn

  • Crochet hook

  • Paper/Pencil

  • Marker

Step 2 – Develop a pattern for the shapes on the banner

I knew that my niece was going to have an owl themed party and I found some adorable felt owl stickers at a fabric store that became my inspiration. I used the stickers to free hand a larger version on a piece of paper to use as a pattern for the owl. I wanted to break up the owls on the banner so I decided to do a plain heart in between each owl. For this pattern I just printed off a heart from the computer. (For other simple shaped banners I have done – four leaf clover, hearts, bunnies – I just printed off simple shapes found by searching online or Microsoft word). For the owl I had to cut a few different patterns to make all of the shapes (eyes, wings).

Step 3 – Trace pattern

Using a marker I traced the patterns onto the various coordinating colors of felt. When you trace the large objects make sure to trace 2 for each object you want to make because you will need a front and a back, as you will sew these two pieces together. Trace all of the pieces that you will need (For the owl you need: 2 large body pieces, 1 outer eye ring, 2 white parts of eyes, 2 black parts of eyes, 2 wings and 1 beak. For the heart you need: 2 large heart pieces).