I decided I would just print some triangles out on scrapbook paper and then cut them out. I did dig out my cricut and figured out how to use it enough to cut out letters (once I get my new craft room/computer room done I plan to really figure out what this baby can do). After seeing how easy letters were I wondered why I didn't try it out with the triangles! Well maybe next time (or it could be because I own a total of 2 cartridges)! But because I used the computer I have a printable for YOU!
First I took some scrapbook paper and copied this on the back:
I actually used 12x12 paper and just cut it to 8 1/2 inches wide so it would fit in my printer. I printed on the back - the white side - so the lines wouldn't show. I cut them out and then folded down the small solid line (the top of the flag). This created a fold to adhere the ribbon under. I then took a ribbon and using scrapbook adhesive (I used runner dots, but a tape runner or double sided tape would work too) and secured the ribbon under the tab and the tab closed. I also used it to attached my letters. I wanted the dot paper to be my main paper and tried to find a few colors that matched it. As I was in the process of doing these steps I decided to add another triangle to the back that matched the color of the letters. This made each flag a little bigger, helped the letter color flow, and covered up the fold of the little triangle. So I printed this:
This time I just printed one on cardstock and used it for a pattern. You can get 3 on a 12x12 paper. Then I found out I couldn't count. I was a sheet short so I used an extra blue sheet that was the same as some of the smaller triangles. I do like how it added some color and variation.
I think if I had to do this again I would use the dotted paper as the background triangle and the solid colors on the inside so the letters will stand out better. But then again, would I?
I didn't want to create a design/letters on my computer because it uses so much ink. Scrapbook paper was a lot cheaper. I used my cricut to cut out the letters, but you could print out letters and cut them out, write on the flags, or use a stencil.
Download here for small triangles (inside of flags).
Download here for large triangles (outside of flags).
Speaking of my husband's birthday. Last year I through a 70's surprise party complete with Minute to Win It games. I know that idea is done everywhere, but it wasn't as common a year ago. I'll have to pull out the pictures and give you a few ideas of what I did for it.