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Make a Cute Cupcake Banner!

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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!

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Paper cupcake banner made from pink, purple and teal paper.

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! 

A cupcake pennant; the liner is teal, the frosting is pink and it has a purple heart in the center.

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!

A cupcake pennant; it has pink frosting, a purple liner and sparkly purple rickrack.

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How to Make a Cupcake Banner

Supplies Needed

Pastel scrapbook paper, glitter paper, rickrack, a hole punch, glue pen and double sided tape.

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.

The pieces to create a cupcake banner are cut and arranged on a white table top.

Each cupcake is made with 1 frosting, 1 cupcake liner, 1 heart, 1 cherry plus a strip of rick-rack and hole-punched sprinkles.

Pieces of paper to create one cupcake banner pennant.

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. 

Paper frosting pieces are glued to the top of the cupcake liner pieces.

Rickrack trim is added to the line separating the frosting from the liner.

Next, add a heart to the center of the cupcake liner and a cherry on top!

Four cute paper cupcakes with hearts on the front of the liners.

Paper cherries are added to the top of each cupcake banner pennant.

Use a hole punch to punch sprinkles from the glitter paper and glue them to the frosting.

A cupcake pennant decorated with sprinkles cut from glitter paper with a hole punch.

Six cupcake pennants laying on a white surface.

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. 

Yarn is taped to the back of each cupcake pennant; a 2" ruler separates the pennants.

Paper cupcake banner made from pink, purple and teal paper.

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! 

Team Creative Crafts Kids Party Crafts

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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 :)

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