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Paper Airplanes and Map Bunting Banner DIY

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This travel-themed banner was created for a male in my department at work. I didn’t want to use any of my girly frilly banners for him, of course. I wanted to make something a little more fitting. So, I came up with the map bunting and paper airplane banner.

The paper airplanes were created from scrapbook paper that I already had on-hand. Here’s how I made them, but really you could fold them however you like:

Cut out a rectangular piece of paper. I think this was about 2×3.

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Fold the paper in half with the pretty patterned side on the inside.

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Fold one corner back, flush with the folded side.
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Do the same with the other side:
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Now, fold that same side of the paper down again on both sides:

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Here’s your airplane. Make a bunch of them until you have enough to form a small air force.
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Use your string of choice for the banner. Just glue the open center of the airplane around the string. Elmer’s works fine.

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Here’s the finished paper airplane banner:

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To make the map bunting, I just cut up an old road atlas. I used some of my son’s triangle blocks as a template for the triangles. I used a stencil and a black Sharpie to color in the letters. Then I stapled the triangles to some ribbon. That’s it!
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You put them together, and you have a unisex “Happy Birthday” banner. Pretty cute, huh?

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For even more DIY banner ideas, check out the other birthday banners in this series:

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