I left New York City two months ago with my head spinning. I had so many ideas for where I wanted Nikki, In Stitches go, and how it was going to grow…and soon you’ll see all the surprises I have in store! But I also left with my heart just completely warmed to its core. I had made some of the best friends I’ve ever had. Not only did we instantly bond over our creativity and our passions for what we do, but it was like we became giddy school girls all over again! And what’s even more amazing, is that over two months later, we’re still the same way! These girls are the best cheerleaders I could ever ask for. They raise me up when I’m feeling down. They inspire me with their creativity. They make me laugh. (They laugh at my bad jokes.) And I really consider myself a lucky girl to have them beside me.
So, after all that sappy stuff, I am so proud to introduce you to one of them today! Jen is the birthday party genius behind Jen T By Design. On her site you can find ideas and inspiration for every party theme you could ever dream of. (And if that’s not enough, you can find even more amazingly creative ideas on her blog!) Jen is the kind of person that if you ask her for help with a project, she comes back with four or five ideas…all of them amazing. When she showed me a picture of these sweet mini cake banners I was instantly begging her to do a guest post…and I couldn’t have been happier when she agreed! You’re going to love her, too! You get just a glimpse of her sweetness in her post below!
Nikki, In Stitches
Hi there! I’m Jennifer from Jen T By Design, and I’m so excited to be hosting a guest feature here on Nikki, in Stitches!
I’m a party girl, and I love little touches that transform ordinary party elements into something spectacular. Like this mini party banner that I made for a birthday cake:
Isn’t that fun? And it’s such a versatile idea! You can use any color scheme that you’d like, and it can be used for virtually any occasion…birthdays, graduations, baby showers, retirements…you name it!
The best part? It’s so easy to make. And I’m going to show you how!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Scrapbook paper (in any colors that you’d like)
Small letter stickers (or pre-lettered scrapbook circles)
Needle and thread
Double-sided tape or glue
How to Make Your Cake Banner
Step 1: Using the ¼ teaspoon measuring spoon as a guide, trace circles on the back sides of the scrapbook paper that you’ve chosen. You’ll need one circle for each letter that you’ll be using. If you’d like decorative circles on the ends, cut two extra. Repeat with the ½ teaspoon, making the same amount of circles.
This is what you’ll end up with…
If you aren’t using the pre-lettered scrapbook circles, place your letter stickers in the center of the small circles.
Step 2: Use double-sided tape or dots of glue to adhere the small circles to the large circles like this…
Step 3: Next, thread the needle, then feed it through the first straw near the top.
Step 4: Poke the needle through the front of the first circle, on the left side. Pull the thread through to the back, then poke the needle through the back of the right side.
Continue until all of the circles have been strung.
Step 5: Thread the needle through the second straw. Center the circles between the straws, allowing enough slack for them to drape a little bit, then cut the thread and tie the ends off on both sides.
Step 6: Insert the straws into the cake, being sure to push them far enough down that they will stand securely. If necessary, insert the straws at an outward angle to accommodate longer words.
That’s all there is to it! Super easy right? And super, duper cute!
Have fun with it and happy celebrating!