A Mad Hatter Birthday with DIY Doily Banner Tutorial

Little Missy has one of the most difficult birthdays ever–Christmas Eve. Instead of trying to compete (yeah right) with little baby Jesus, and asking her friends to do so as well, we’ve pushed her birthday celebrations into January when there is less hustle and bustle.

And the theme of her party will be a Mad Hatter Birthday. She’s found an old “Journeys In Wonderland” book that belonged to her dad when he was a little boy and has really enjoyed reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as Through the Looking Glass. The imagery is simply too delicious to pass up.

So readers, I’ll share some of my projects with you this week to get ready for the big event.

Above are the invitations I made for the party. I glittered the tree to make it look more wintry and added coordinating paper to the envelope as well.

Today I created a cute paper doily banner that was inspired by Little Miss Momma. Ashley simply took paper doilies, ribbon and glue and made this adorable banner.  It instantly made me think of Alice in Wonderland. The doily reminded me of her apron and the blue reminded me of her dress. To make the theme resonate even more I created little playing cards and added them to the banner.

Download the free printable here or click on the picture. Simply download, print and then cut out. I’ll also use this same printable for another project this week.

Here’s the few thing you’ll need for the project.

-the Free Printable, cut out
-Low Temp Glue Gun
-Doilies (folded in half)

Make sure you leave enough ribbon to tie up your banner, simply add glue to the bottom of the ribbon the same length as  folded doily).

Add your folded doily to glue at the bottom of the ribbon till the folded part of the doily is halfway on the ribbon. Glue the other half of the ribbon.

Press the doily down with your fingers.

Follow the same process gluing the playing cards to the ribbon and then alternating, doily, card, doily card, and so on. Once again remember to leave enough ribbon on the end to tie the banner up.

Hang in your favorite spot.

Come back again for another simple birthday decoration idea!


“I can’t believe THAT!” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” said the Queen in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said, “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”

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