Create a sweet cupcake banner using paper and rick-rack trim! This simple banner is fun to create and can be customized in any color scheme! Plus, I’m sharing a free cut file and paper pattern, so you can create this cute birthday banner!
Hello Crafty Friends! Crafting and decorating for birthdays is so much fun, especially when you can use your Cricut! I recently made this sweet paper cupcake banner for a birthday and love how it turned out. It was easy to make using my cutting machine and a quick way to decorate for a special day.
Banners are one of my absolute favorite ways to quickly decorate for a special occasion, event or holiday. While making a DIY banner may take time, the actual set up of the banner for the event is so quick. Banner can also be reused over and over again. I keep a couple birthday banners in a drawer in our dining room so I can quickly add a birthday banner for birthday dinners. They instantly make a regular space feel festive!
Choosing the Paper
For my cupcake birthday banner I chose to use pink, purple and teal colors, the birthday girl’s favorites, but you can create this banner in any color scheme you wish. It would be really fun in rainbow colors and you can even use patterned paper for the liners.
To keep the banner cohesive, I mixed-and-matched just three colors to create my different cupcake pennants. I used Bazzill cardstock, which is really thick and sturdy, that was lightly patterned with embossed dots. The sparkly pieces, like the hearts and sprinkles, came from the DCWV Glitzy cardstock. I love the Glitzy paper because it doesn’t shed glitter on my hands or workspace!
Adding Rick-Rack to the Banner
My favorite part of this banner is 100% the rick-rack trim on each of the cupcake pennants. It adds such a fun dimensional element to the paper banner and is perfect for imitating the top of a real cupcake liner. I searched my stash and found rick-rack in pink and purple, so I alternated between the two for each pennant. They weren’t the same size rick-rack, but it didn’t matter, they both look great!
More Paper Banner Projects
- Ice Cream Cone Paper Banner
- Printable Birthday Banner
- Gingerbread Holiday Banner
- Easter Egg Paper Banner
How to Make a Cupcake Banner
- Free cupcake PDF and SVG cut files – Grab the free files by filling out the purple form at the end of this post.
- Cardstock in three colors – I used Bazzill Dotted Swiss in Ballet (pink), Berry Pretty (purple) and Julep (teal)
- Glitzy cardstock in three colors – I again used pink, purple and teal
- Red cardstock for cherries
- Rick-rack trim in coordinating colors
- Glue pen
- Hole punch
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Cut the pieces for the banner using your Cricut cutting machine. First download and save the cut file to your computer. Open Design Space and upload the image, then insert it into a new project. I made my banner have six pennants so I cut two cupcakes from each of my three colors with the plan to mix-and-match them.
Each cupcake is made with 1 frosting, 1 cupcake liner, 1 heart, 1 cherry plus a strip of rick-rack and hole-punched sprinkles.
Step Two: Glue each cupcake pennant together. Start by attaching a frosting to a cupcake liner. Then add a row of ric-rac along the line where the frosting and liner meet.
Next, add a heart to the center of the cupcake liner and a cherry on top!
Use a hole punch to punch sprinkles from the glitter paper and glue them to the frosting.
Step Three: String the cupcake together to create the banner. I used a fun multi-colored yarn to connect my cupcake pennants together. Work from the back of the banner and lay the yarn across the top of the liner, then tape it in place. I spaced my cupcake pennants 2″ from each other using a ruler as a guide.
The banner is finished and ready to be hung up and enjoyed! I love creating banners for parties – if you are looking for ideas, check out my party banner tutorials.
I’m sharing this banner as part of Team Creative Crafts Kids Party Crafts Edition! Be sure to check out all of the great birthday party ideas below!
- Laura from Me and My INKlings has created the CUTEST Confetti Birthday Party Hats with just three supplies
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- Laura from Laura’s Crafty Life has created a bright and colorful Birthday Party Balloon Wreath
- Shani from Sunshine and Munchkins is sharing a Free Printable Encanto Birthday Party Fortune Teller
- Erica from 5 Little Monsters has created Free Printable Party Favor Thank You Tags, perfect for goodie bags
- Kelsey from Poofy Cheeks is sharing a Free SVG Cut File to make adorable Paper Pinwheel Decorations
- Justin from Little Dove has created a FABULOUS DIY Rainbow Mini Pinata Craft with a step-by-step tutorial!
- Beth with Creatively Beth is sharing some colorful DIY Tie Dye Ideas for Birthday Party FUN
- Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama has created a Party Animal Coloring Page Tote Bag, two crafts in one
- Liz from Liz on Call is sharing how to make Candy-Filled Cupcake Birthday Party Favors – BRILLIANT!
- Kimberly from Crafting Cheerfully has created a whimsical Paper Cupcake Banner that is totally customizable
- Ginger from Ginger snap Crafts is sharing a Personalized Beach Ball Party Favor, for all those pool parties
- Elise from Polka Dotted Blue Jay has created Easy Birthday Party Inspired Cupcake Decorations
- Heather from Homemade Heather is sharing Cupcake Decorated Sugar Cookies and a Free Printable Tag
Get the Free Cupcake Banner Files!
Fill out the purple form below with your first name and email address! The free file will be sent straight to your inbox! If you have already filled out the form below, don’t worry – you won’t be added to my list twice! This freebie is for personal use only. I hope you enjoy crafting something special. Please let me know if you have any questions :)