At Paper Source we take birthdays very seriously, especially when it comes to decorating. There’s nothing better than coming into work on your birthday and being surprised by a festive birthday banner. Over the past few months we’ve celebrated many birthdays in the office and we thought we’d share some of our birthday banner ideas!

Happy birthday computer banner

This summer our intern, Sara had her 21st birthday! We were a bit perplexed of how we would hang a banner in Sara’s area because she did not work in an office – instead she had a desk in the middle of a large loft space (no walls!). Annie came up with the genius idea to do a miniature birthday banner attached to her desktop computer. She printed letters onto colored 8.5″ x 11″ text weight paper and cut tiny pennant shapes (the shape actually looks like an oblong diamond, which when folded over becomes a triangle pennant). She wrapped each pennant over a piece of string, secured with double stick tape, then attached the string to two straws that would serve as the posts. Leftover colored scrap paper was sprinkled onto her computer and desk as confetti. Sara was thrilled!

Nikki happy birthday candles2

When Nikki in the PS Buying Department celebrated her 29th birthday, we made her day special by decorating her office space with 29 (count ’em) flaming birthday candles. To do this I formed the base of the candles using 8 1/2″ x 11″ text weight paper cut in half widthwise, then rolled into tubes and secured with double stick tape. Next I cut out flame shapes, added smiley faces, and slotted them into slits made at the top of each candle base. Finally, I printed letters using the outline of Arial bold font onto cover weight paper, cut and attached to each candle.

Early this September our head of Workshops, Linda, had a birthday so we celebrated both the change of season and her special day with a fall leaf birthday banner. We used markers to write a letter on each over-size leaf and hung them all from a satin ribbon. Now that her birthday is over, she turned the banner around to display just the leaf shapes, keeping her office festive all fall season!

Fall leaf birthday banner

We think birthdays are so important to celebrate – making someone’s day special, especially while at work, truly is a gift for all to share and enjoy!

– Claudia
PS colors: curry & fuchsia
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19 Responses

  1. Charity says:

    ADORABLE! I love the teeny tiny one on the computer!

    *off to make a mini banner*

  2. gail w says:

    great ideas! the wheels in my brain are going at high speed now!
    thanks for sharing! gail

  3. Alex says:

    LOVE the leaf banner for Thanksgiving (and the birthday ideas, too)!!! Heading to Paper Source Boston tonight to get supplies!!!

  4. Wendy says:

    The laptop pennant banner is ADORABLE! I will definitely be making one of those at some point in my life.

  5. Looks like a super fun place to work!! Adorable banners, especially the mini one! 🙂

  6. Alexis says:

    The mini one is the greatest!! Today was my daughter’s teacher’s birthday, I wish I had seen this earlier she would have loved it.

  7. Martha says:

    What a sweet suprise for anyone. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Sandy says:

    SO cute! I envision doing a tiny penant banner on my son’s birthday cake – sheet cake that is a camping theme… could be really adorable!

    PS I wish you had a store in Austin 🙂

  9. Oooh, I loves it! I’ll definitely be doing banners for all my gals at the job!

  10. Alex says:

    Hi! Would you have a TEMPLATE available online for the large oak leaves shown in the leaf banner? I went to Paper Source Boston last night and loaded up on supplies, and even saw the large oak leaves in the window as a display, but no templates… Thanks!

  11. The mini computer banner caught my eye. So creative and simply, yet so thoughtful and I’m sure it made your intern’s day. Life’s can really be about small things that make BIG impact!

  12. annie says:

    thanks everyone!

    charity – remember the mini confetti too! i used a 1/8″ holepunch & 1/16″ holepunch. just think, you can send it in the mail to a birthday buddy…party in an envelope!

    gail – so happy to inspire you and be careful going so fast! 😉

    alex – good thing paper source-boston is there to serve you! have you seen our fall window display? trees made of envelopes and over sized owls to see you coming.

    wendy – i hope you have as much fun making this too!

    kim – i concur! it’s a little like oz here…except no green little people!

    alexis – drats, too bad you missed your daughter’s teacher’s b-day. she must be really special for you to think of. how about one that says “(teacher’s name here) is the best!” props to all good teachers!

    martha – thank you for reading & replying!

    sandy – could be adorable?!? for darn sure, it’ll be adorable!!! from computers to cakes…sweet!

    keisha – your gals will love you!

    amy – so true! i think this mini idea was, by far, the biggest reward in smiles!

  13. angie says:

    Love the idea..may use it for Thanksgiving!

  14. Christyn says:

    I also heart the little one at the top. Is it wrong to make one for myself 😉 ?

  15. annie says:

    angie – ooh, i hope you do! what a treat!

    chrystyn – i like how you think!;)

  16. Busybee says:

    I love the banners.
    No mess to clean.

  17. Heather says:

    Love, love, love your ideas and your store in Princeton, NJ!! I’m having a teddy bear picnic party for my daughter’s 4th birthday…I love your leaf banner, I’m definitely going to do a banner just like it with little teddy bear cut-outs for her! Thank you!!!

  18. Sybilz says:

    Love the tiny computer banner! Great idea.

  19. Jaci says:

    i liked cards,thanks for ideas!

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