Saturday, November 17, 2012

Banners for Foster Kids Birthday Partys Blog Hop

Welcome to Foster Kids Birthday Party's Blog Hop! 
This hop is a result of  Jennifer Restivo from   She happened upon a volunteer at Birthday Magic at a work event and followed up with them. They loved the idea of handmade birthday banners, so she put out the call and was lucky to have 15 awesome crafters join in! So today you will get to see everyone's creations!

If you've never heard of Birthday Magic, you can see their site here - 

BirthdayMAGIC is a program of the Volunteer Center of Sacramento, which provides personalized monthly birthday parties to children currently living in Sacramento area homeless shelters, transitional living facilities, community programs or residential treatment centers.

The goal of BirthdayMAGIC is to brighten the lives of children by providing fun, meaningful and memorable birthday parties during what can be an awkward and challenging experience in their lives.

Each month, children living in these shelters will celebrate birthdays – through financial support, volunteer help and the BirthdayMAGIC program, these wonderful children will receive a birthday party thrown in their honor.

So now, sit back and enjoy all the great banners!!!

If you did not start from the beginning of this hop, make sure to go to Jennifer' site at
so you can see ALL of the banners!  

And if you've been following along, you should have come from:

For my banner I wanted to use bright colors and make it something that would fit for a boy or a girl, so I decided to go with a Disney theme . . . everyone loves Disney, right?!?

Project Details
Difficulty Level: Novice 
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
Tools Used: adhesive backed fabric, Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge, Mickey Font Cricut cartridge, George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge

First I used a variety of solid colors of adhesive backed fabric . . . orange, blue, red and green . . . to cut the letters Happy Birthday at 4" in height from the Mickey Font Cricut cartridge.  I knew I wanted to use the adhesive backed fabric product for this since it has an adhesive back that will stick to any surface.  Since these banners will be going to foster children and we don't know where they will be hanging them up, but now they can hang them anywhere without having to worry about damaging the wall!

The letters looked a little plain, so I started to cut stars from the George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge to add to the letter.  I cut the stars using the silhouette feature so that I could use the outline cut of the stars on some letters and the full star cut on others.  The letter D is an example of one that has just an outline cut of a star on it.

I also cut a Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck out of the adhesive backed fabric

Since these stick to the wall, or any other surface, after the birthday celebration is done if the child can place these anywhere they want . . . on a dresser, their bedroom wall, their headboard . . . and then they can take it down and bring it with them!

The entire banner can be taken down and just placed on a sheet of waxed paper so that it can be stored to use over and over again!

I hope you enjoyed my project!

The next stop on the hop is
Melissa's blog at  


  1. Love the material you used. Will have to check out that to use in the future. - Kim

  2. Your banner is so cute! I love the Disney touch!

  3. Disney Banners will always be loved. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great banner - It's great online but I just got it today to deliver to them - and it's so detailed! You did a great job! Thanks for being part of the hop and for helping to make a child's birthday special!

  5. Wow! Love the bright colors. And Mickey and Donald are flawless.


  6. Very nice and pretty banners.Thanks to share your knowledge and this information.I am very impressed by your work done in favor of shelters on their birthday and hope your this nature and contribution will persist in your eternal life.

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  7. Which is such a great idea. These simple things can actually make the biggest of difference in their small lives. We may not realize this now but eventually these acts can make a change for these kids.