String together patterned paper plates to make a cheerful banner for birthday parties, backyard barbecues and warm-weather get-togethers.
- Utility knife
- 8 paper plates with patterned border, 6″ to 7″ diameter
- Butter knife; 5/8″ - or 7/8″-wide ribbon, 4 yards long
- Clear tape
- 1/8″- or ¼″-wide ribbon, 1 yard long
- 6 sheets green paper and black marker, or computer, color printer and paper
- Glue stick or double-sided tape
- Large hole punch, 1½″ diameter, or spice jar
- 1 sheet pink paper
- 1 sheet green paper
1. Cut 2 ¾″ slits in each paper plate. Slits should be vertical, located where flat part of plate meets rim, and opposite each other at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock. Carefully insert a butter knife through each slit to open it.
2. Wrap one end of wider ribbon in clear tape (like an aglet on a shoelace). Thread taped end through slits in plates, inserting ribbon from front to back, then back to front, so ribbon runs along back of plates. Space plates evenly as you go, close together but not quite touching. Leave a 1-yard ribbon tail at each end of banner.
3. Place banner right-side down on work surface.
4. Cut skinny ribbon into 9 pieces, each about 4″ long. Tie a piece of skinny ribbon around wider ribbon that connects paper plates, cinching wider ribbon. Knot skinny ribbons in back of banner and tape ends to the back side of paper plates, out of view.
5. Make paper letters: Choose the method you prefer. You can draw them on green construction paper or card stock. Or, pick a pretty script typeface on a computer, select a large font size and green color, type and print.
6. Cut out letters. Attach letters to paper plates using glue stick or double-sided tape, leaving first and last plates blank.
7. Make flowers: Use hole punch to cut out 10 pink circles and 2 green circles. Or, trace around something with a similar diameter, like a spice jar, then cut out.
8. Arrange 5 pink circles in a flower pattern and attach them with clear tape. Turn flower over; attach green circle to front center with glue stick or double-sided tape. Repeat for second flower.
9. Using glue stick or double-sided tape, attach one flower to center of first paper plate (before the letter S) and other flower to last paper plate (after the letter R). Tie ribbon ends loosely to fence post or banister to form a swag.