FIND AN OLD BOOK.
I used an old copy of Benji that I got at a thrift store for a nickel. It really doesn't matter what the book is, as long as you approve of the subject matter in case someone did to decide to read it.
CUT THE SPINE OFF AND TRIM THE PAGES.
I looked at what sizes my printer would print out and determined that a 4x6 size would work best. So I used my big paper cutter to chop of the spine and trim the edges of the pages so that there was even space on each side. You can use a ruler and x-acto knife to achieve the same thing. Book pages are thin and really easy to cut through.
PRINT LETTERS ON PAGES.
Choose a font, print one letter on each page. I did this in Photoshop. If you have a Cricut, you could cut letters out and glue them onto the book pages. Which is the route I almost took, but I wanted the type to show through. Like in this photo below. It just has so much character.
TRIM TO DESIRED SHAPE.
I stacked all the printed pages and cut the bottoms at the same time. I made a template with an extra book page, laid it on top of the stack, used a metal ruler and x-acto, and cut the inverted V out of the bottom. And it worked great. Again, the book pages are so thin, that it's really easy to cut through a stack at once. The key with the x-acto is light pressure and several strokes. Don't try to cut through all of them at once. Cut the same line 4 or 5 times, and you'll find you get a nice clean cut.
STRING UP THOSE SUCKERS.
So I just went for easy, all around. I folded the pages down at the top, folding them to the back, about an inch. Then I slipped the yarn under the fold. I had some paper tape on hand and was out of regular old scotch tape, so I went with that. Doesn't matter, no one sees the tape. I taped the fold down, with the yarn still under. And just repeated the process until they were all strung up.
HANG YOUR BANNER.
The nice thing is that this banner is very lightweight. Book pages are just so thin! I know I keep saying that! I used the paper tape and hung the banner on the wall in the kitchen, since we spend a lot of time in there, cooking and eating!
MAKE OTHER DECORATIONS.
I used wooden skewers, some double stick tape, and pages printed with Will's age to add to the flowers on the table. Super easy. I planned to make other decorations with the book pages...but kind of ran out of time.
What else could you make? I'd love to hear your ideas...