{create this} birthday banner in a box using a Laughing Cow cheese box

I first shared this project last week over at Jill’s blogiversary bash at Two Yellow Birds Decor (Thanks, Jill!!) and I wanted to make sure to share it with you in case you missed it!!
Just so you know, I did not share my intense love of Laughing Cow Cheese with Jill’s readers … no, no, some things are reserved for you who love me and all of my quirks ;)  So anyway, Laughing Cow is my favorite little wedge of 35 calories and I pretty much put it on everything:  pasta, sandwiches, in celery, substitute it for mayo in egg salad or on a burger instead of a slice of cheese, I dip crackers in it and it is only 1 WW point, so Laughing Cow and I are BFFs, for sure! 

SO … that means I had a ton of their little cardboard boxes sitting around after I devoured the cheese (you didn’t think I’d throw them out, would you?!?!).  And I had an idea sort of rolling around in the crafty section of my brain that really came to fruition when I decided to share a birthday banner over at Jill’s place! 

On with the show … and a fun birthday banner in a box (using an upcycled Laughing Cow cheese box)!! 

As a crafter, I have a really hard time giving store-bought birthday cards.  Since I have two boys and 99.9% of the birthday parties we’re invited to are for boys, I can whip up a cool wallet-shaped card to stash some cash in in no time flat!!  The Bugs aren’t even embarrassed to give them to their friends ;)

Today, I have another unique birthday card that doubles as a party decoration!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Laughing cow cheese box (or small wooden/chipboard box) – remove all labels/paper and paint with your favorite color of acrylic paint.  Seal with Mod Podge if desired.
  • Scrapbook/decorative paper – I used Bo Bunny, American Crafts, October Afternoon and My Mind’s Eye
  • Embellishments
  • Chipboard letter stickers – I used two different fonts of the American Crafts Thickers
  • A doily that fits inside of your box (or paper circle, or paint it …)
  • Twine and ribbon scraps
  • Small hole punch or Crop-o-Dile
  • Brown ink pad (optional)

While the paint is drying on your upcycled Laughing Cow cheese box, use several patterned papers to make the banner flags (enough to spell what ever message you want to send):

I inked the edges of my banner flags … because I just can’t help myself!!  I love the aged, vintage look you get just from running an ink pad lightly around a paper shape. 

Now, string your paper flags on simple white twine and knot a ribbon scrap on either side of each banner flag.  Tie a loop in the twine at each end of the banner so your recipient can hang it up! Adhere white chipboard letters on the flags to spell your birthday message.

Now that your box is dry, add a variety of fun celebratory embellishments to the top … it is a birthday after all!!  Polka dots, flowers and cupcakes … oh my!!  Bundle your banner up, tuck it inside your box and your card and banner are ready to gift!!

Here are a few more pictures and up close and personal details …

Write a message on the doily or on the underside of the top of the box to share a special birthday message.  Add a gift card or cash inside the box under the banner and pop it in the mail for a special someone!  The fun little box can be used for trinkets, sweets or passed on to the next birthday girl or boy!


These would be adorable to mail to announce “It’s a Girl” or “It’s a Boy” to family members, perfect to say “Congratulations” to a graduate and include some cash or an IKEA gift card, send a unique Christmas Card or just brighten someone’s day with a “hello” banner and a smoothie gift card!

This project or recipe was shared at the blogs on my Link page!


  1. This is gorgeous.. and Tons of fun! I just love your sweet banners!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  2. Keri, this is such a FANTASTIC gift!! I have 3am of these Laughing Cow containers (I LOVE that stuff!!) & now you’ve given me inspiration!! :0)

  3. That is as cheery a banner as I have seen and the fact that it comes in it’s own box….awesome! Anyone would love to get that! Great project!

  4. Super cute! My mother is a CTMH rep and has been having me save my Laughing Cow boxes for her…she is making round note cards and putting them in the boxes as gift sets.

  5. I buy this cheese every once in awhile and love it but, know this is more incentive to buy it more !!!! LOVE this idea.

  6. What a neat idea Keri! I love that cheese too – but don’t buy it that much – you’ve just given me an excuse to put it on my shopping list! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. This looks really great! Liz

  8. What a really fun idea. I always find it more difficult to do cards for boys but I love this.
    Crafty Chic

  9. This is adorable. What a fun little keepsake. I am happy to be your newest follower, and I would love it if you would stop by my blog: dosmallthingswithlove.blogspot.com


  10. Oh my gosh Keri!!!! I LOVE this!!! It is simply adorable, fantastic, cute, genius…I could keep going:-) I have never tried that cheese, but now I want it…but only for the cute box;-)

  11. This is completely adorbs! Not only is it useful, but it’s a great memento to keep for years to come. Great idea!

  12. What a wonderful idea! -Marci

  13. so cute and great idea, and i love your profile! my vocabulary loving, list making self approves!

  14. How very cute this is!! Love it! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Someday Crafts. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. This is so adorable, and I love that you can use it over and over. Thanks for linking!

  16. Fantastic idea!! I love it. Megan

  17. Cutest thing ev-ah! What a great way to repurpose.

  18. That is too cute! Great idea.

  19. This is such an adorable idea! I’m definitely pinning this for future reference. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. How fun! I love that you used a cheese box! The banner is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  21. This is a super cute idea! So fun instead of sending just a card!
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow!

  22. So cute!

  23. Pinning! I love laughing cow cheese (go, 1 WW pt!) and have been wondering what to do with the cute containers! This is perfect for a birthday care package I’m sending this month!

  24. I absolutely ADORE this idea!!! So creative and gorgeous.

  25. What a beautiful idea !! Love it !!

  26. Super Cute! I have been thinking about making “gift banners” and I love your idea! :D

    Melissa L.
    I signed up to be a follower on your blog, and I would love and apprecaite you to become a follower on mine! http://www.mywatermelonmoon.com

  27. oh my! Super cute! Pinning! came over from family every after….

  28. So Pretty!! Love the idea!

  29. Such a fun idea! I love your paper choices and the fun little ribbons.

  30. It’s party time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog! Please come by and link up your spaces with Making Space Mondays link party #10. I hope to see you there at http://www.debtfreemommyblog.blogspot.com! -Tabitha

  31. That’s awesome. I love it!

  32. This is a brilliant idea. I am pinning this for birthday insiration, thank you… (the only problem is i can’t eat dairy, I wonder if my boys could be persuaded!)

  33. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up today!

  34. This is adorable! I pinned it! : )

  35. I just found this at 733. So adorable! I love this! I would be happy to have you share this and any other idea you would like to link up to “One Creative Weekend” at OneCreativeMommy.com. (I usually don’t do invites until Friday, but I really didn’t want to miss this cute post!

  36. Fabulous, love that you created the adorable container out of a cheese box! I eat that stuff all the time, I’ll have to begin saving them.

  37. So cute!!! Thanks for sharing at Create & Inspire

  38. This is so creative, and came out so cute! Thanks for sharing at Snips and Spice Sunday Slice!


  39. LOVE this idea! So beautiful…I want to make one for every occasion :)

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