Forget the “It’s a Boy/ Girl” banners and make your own modern personalized banner for your next baby shower.  It’s a fairly simple project that can be done in advance, and makes a nice keepsake for the parents-to-be.


Here’s what you’ll need:

Scrapbooking paper in various patterns
Precut card stock (available in the invitations section in a craft store)
Stencils (purchased or made from a site like
Glue, double sided tape or scrapbooking dots
Hole punch
String, ribbon or rafia


Before you start cutting, plan which letters will be cut from which pieces of scrapbooking paper, alternating patterns so each letter has a different pattern next to it.  Trace stencil letters onto the back of scrapbooking paper and cut them out using sharp scissors.  If you are writing more than one word you may want to use the scraps of paper to make a circle or star to put between the two words (as shown above). 


Paste each letter onto a piece of precut card stock, leaving enough room at the top to punch a hole without punching through the letters.  Punch two holes at the top of each piece of card stock.  A trick for making evenly spaced holes: Measure the first one you do, then put the next piece of card stock under the first and mark the holes with a pencil so you know where to punch the holes, repeating with each pieces of card stock. 


Thread a ribbon through the back of the first hole and the front of the second hole.  Hang the banner using pushpins/ thin nails, or by tying each end to a sturdy object on a bookshelf.