How to Make a Birthday Banner in Microsoft Word

By Filonia LeChat

Whether you're having a milestone birthday bonanza or celebrating quietly at home, offer birthday wishes by announcing the special day with a banner. While you can find birthday banners in party supply shops, they might feel generic and not go with your theme. Instead, take advantage of your Microsoft Word software to create a custom birthday banner. Word isn't just for documents; with a couple of clicks, you'll have a personalized banner ready for printing and announcing the big event.

Step 1

Open Word, click the "File" tab and select "New". The "Available Templates" pane opens. Click the "More templates" folder, which is the last option at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2

Click the "Banners" folder to open the banner templates. Any banner can be fully customized, so double-click a banner choice, such as the "Happy Birthday banner" option. Depending on your computer's speed, it might be a few moments before the banner opens in a new Word window.

Step 3

Scroll through the banner pages, and highlight the placeholder greeting; the "Happy Birthday banner" says "Happy Birthday Mother!" for example. Type your new greeting directly over the words, such as "Happy Birthday, Ed!"

Step 4

Highlight the new banner greeting, and click the "Home" tab at the top of the page. Use the "Font" section of the toolbar to change the words' font, text size and color.

Step 5

Click once on a graphic on the banner, and press the "Delete" key to remove it from the banner. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the page. Click the "Clip Art" button. Type a word or phrase into the "Search for" box, such as "balloons", "birthday cake" or "presents" and click "Go". Scroll through the results, and double-click a graphic to add it to the banner. Add additional images as preferred.

Step 6

Click the "Page Layout" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Page Color" button, and double-click one of the small, colored squares to give the banner a background color. Skip this step if you'll be printing on foil or colored vinyl.

Step 7

Click the "File" tab, click "Save As", give the banner a name, and save it to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • After you've made your banner on Word, you'll want to bring it to life. Most home printers can't handle printing anything larger than 8.5-inch-by-11-inch, so you'll need to save your files and take them to a print shop. Printers can also help you print your banner on other materials a home printer can't handle, such as vinyl, metallic foil and foam core board. Check with your printer before driving there; some will allow you to email your files.