Nautical Notecard Birthday Banner Tutorial

This weekend, I went into Michaels on a mission to find some cute party supplies and projects. When I saw these ADORABLE note cards in their dollar section, I couldn't resist getting them! They're part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer. I made them into a birthday banner that can also double for Independence Day, and can be kept up all summer long. This is a quick and easy DIY you can make in just minutes, for only $6! Any note cards can be used for this tutorial, but I think you should run on over to Michael's and grab a set of these before they run out!

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Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.
Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

How cute are these cards on their own as well?! Each pack comes with 5 cards of the same design, so even after you've made your banner, you can send some fun notes to your friends or use them as invitations. And the best part? Each pack is only $1.50!

And now, onto the directions!

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

For this project, you'll need:
Notecards (similar here)
Paper Cutter (similar here)
Scissors (here)
Ribbon or Twine (here)
3-Hole Punch (here)
Shaped Paper Punches (similar here)
Tape

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.
Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 1: Unfold your note card and cut off the back, making sure to cut before the fold to create a nice smooth surface. I prefer to use a paper cutter for this instead of scissors to ensure a straight line.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.
Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 2: Take the back of the card and cut off the excess paper around the drawing, making sure to leave enough of a border to create an even circle.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 3: Using your round paper punch, center the drawing and cut it out. I used a 2-inch circle punch for this.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 4: Using a handheld hole punch, make a small hole at the top of your circular drawings. If you don't have a handheld one, use your 3-hole punch. Just be sure to remove the hole "catcher" if yours has one so that you can flip it over to center the hole.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 5: Let's get back to the front of the card. Using your 3-hole punch, line up the card to make two even holes. Repeat for all the cards.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 6: Weave the notecards onto the ribbon, passing the string through the back to create a clean design in the front. Alternate between the circular drawings and the notecards in an appealing pattern.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

BONUS: If you want to get even more fun out of your cards, punch some small circles and stars out of the back of the cards and tape them onto twine for a playful garland!

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.
Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

And that, mateys, is how you make an awesome nautical birthday banner for only $6!

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Hung up on the need for more banner tutorials? Be sure to check out my Garlands and Banners board on Pinterest!

How do you plan to use your banner? Tag me in your Instagram photos!

Fourth of July on a Budget

I am so excited that it's officially summer! The hot weather, longer days, and endless BBQ's are making me a happy gal! Now that we (finally) have a yard, I have been doing a lot of hosting. This can get super expensive, especially when you factor in all the decorations and food. I decided to do 4th of July on a budget so I could avoid a red white and boohoo, if you know what I mean!

You can still have a lot of style without spending big bucks! Almost everything here came from the Dollar Tree and Target's dollar section.

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An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

This table runner is actually a scarf from the dollar section! I added a sequin table runner underneath for a little extra sparkle.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

I purchased the chevron jar from Target as well ($3) and filled it with paper straws (8 for $1). The glittery star picks are from A.C. Moore.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

I purchased my striped plates and star napkins from Target's dollar section, and the blue foil star napkins are from the Christmas Tree Shop. I gave each place setting a fun pen, which was only a dollar each!

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

These foil star plates came 8 for $1- a great deal! And how cute are those octopus beer mugs?! They're from the Christmas Tree Shop and only cost a couple of dollars.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

For snacks, I got Mike and Ike candies in red, white and blue for only $1. I added nautical cupcake picks I got from the Christmas tree shop ($3 for 24) and put them in these cute shooter glasses (4 for $1)

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

These red, white and blue cupcakes from Target are so cute and tasty! They're perfectly patriotic.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.
An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

These pail votive holders from the Dollar Tree made adorable vases.  Just put a small cup of water inside so your flowers don't wilt in the heat.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

I got these paper fans from the dollar tree as well, 2 for $1! 

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

All in all, this July 4th tablescape cost about $50. Not too shabby!

Breakdown:
Sweets & Treats: $15
Flowers/Decor: $20
Tableware: $15

Want more ideas? Check out my Fourth of July Pinterest board!