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50 Years Ago Birthday Sign with Free Printable and Cut Files

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Hello Friends!  It’s that time again, our monthly Silhouette Challenge Group Post!  Yippee!  This month’s challenge theme is PARTIES with a bonus challenge of FREE CUT FILES!  And as always, our fellow Silhouette Challenge Group have some pretty amazing products to offer up!

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One little craft I’ve learned to make are the subway art birthday signs, but man can they be a pain in the butt.  Choosing fonts, arranging the info, adjusting sizing, finding and inserting graphics.  But never fear, we have one for you that is relatively versatile and we’ve done all the hard work!  Introducing, our 50 Years Ago Birthday Sign!

50 Years Ago Birthday Sign with Free Printable and Cut Files by My Paper Craze

So what do you think?  Pretty awesome, right?  Well the good news for is that we are prepared to give this beauty to you, for FREE, in both Silhouette Cut File and printable PDF!  Whoot whoot!

Now I know what you are thinking, why in the world would you want the cut file, this isn’t a cutable project.  Well, for two reasons: #1, you could technically do a large cut file to create your own PVPP poster.  Second, if you have Silhouette Studio, you can go in and edit any of the information you want to and customize it even further for your recipient.

We even have a list of fonts we used (yippee).  While the list is quite overwhelming, most of these came standard with my computer on Windows 8.  I have tried to insert links to those that you might need to download:

Algerian | Scriptina Pro | Impact | Copperplate Gothic Light | Freestyle Script | Gloucester MT Extra Condensed | The Skinny | Grinched | Broadway | Strawberry Whipped Cream | Agency FB | Elephant | School Book New | Arial Unicode MS | Eras Bold ITC | AR Cena | KG Arrows | AR Delaney | AR Blanca | Gill Sans MT Ext Condensed Bold | Courier New

Also, to add a little more pazzazz to the mix, we’re going to pass on a trade secret.  Did you know that you can get SAME DAY board prints from Walgreens (and most office and photo printing stores).  I use Walgreens because they have a 24 hour photo lab righ around the corner from my house.  Of couurse, you can print on your home printer in the standard 8.5″ x 11″, but imagine a whopping 16″ x 20″ or even 20″ x 30″!  You can check out the Walgreens Custom Posters for more information on pricing and availability.

50Years Ago Birthday Sign – FREE Cut File

50 Years Ago Birthday Sign – FREE Printable PDF


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Engagement Party Cupcake Toppers DIY Stenciled Garden Party Favor Bags Creating Custom Party Decor for Next to Nothing How to Stencil an IceTub for Beverages Princess Invitation with a FREE Cut File DIY Captain America Card "He Said She Said" Shower Game A TMNT 5th Birthday Party Wine Glass Tags Surfin Party Printables Part 2 Engagement Party Banner Spa Party Fun! Mermaid Birthday Party Ideas DIY Burlap Chair Signs for the Bride & Groom Dog Days of Summer Party DIY Wedding Invites with a Mobile App and QR Code (and FREE Cut Files!) It's Party Time! DIY Stickers & Invites 50 Years Ago Birthday Sign with Free Printable and Cut Files

1. Two Purple Couches // 2. Practically Functional // 3. Crafty Bonds // 4. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 5. From Whine to Whine // 6. Simply Kelly Designs // 7. unOriginal Mom // 8. MamaSonshine // 9. Get Silvered // 10. Made in a Day // 11. Weekend Craft // 12. Little Blue’s Room // 13. The Stamp Doc // 14. The Thinking Closet // 15. Cupcakes&Crowbars // 16. Where The Smiles Have Been // 17. DIYJustCuz // 18. My Paper Craze


  1. Irene

    Love this so much! Lots of friends nearing 50 (much older than me lol)! Unfortunately the cut file link is not working so I hope you can correct it.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Hey Irene, we fixed this when we saw your post, hope you were able to download it correctly. Feel free to email me if you continue to have problems!

  2. Jessi @ Practically Functional

    This is so cool, and what a great idea for a birthday! My parents have the newspaper from the day I was born and I always thought it was so cool to look back and see what has changed in the time I’ve been alive! Pinning this for sure.

  3. Mary

    This is an awesome sign! Only problem is when I clicked on the cut file, it said file not found. Please help. Thank you for sharing! =)

  4. Christine B.

    This is such a cute idea and a great keepsake too! Thanks for sharing the free file!

  5. Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs

    This is such a great idea. I love all the fonts you used and the design overall.

  6. Meredith @ unOriginalMom

    This is so neat…we threw a big party for my dad’s 60th a few months ago…something like this would have been perfect!! It looks so professional. Great job – and thanks for sharing!

  7. Melissa ~ The Stamp Doc

    You did such a great job on this sign and have made it so simple. Thanks for sharing the fonts and cut files!

  8. Brittany @ DIY Just Cuz

    Great job! This is such a cute idea and it’s sweet of you to include all the fonts! :)

  9. getsilvered

    Fabulous! What a great Birthday or anniversary project. So much fun to see what was going on “back in the day!”

  10. Angela @Little Blue's Room

    WOW!!!! This is wonderful. Not just because it really IS wonderful, but because my sweetheart will celebrate his 50th birthday in July and I was looking for an idea for a gift (he is horrible to buy for…haha!). I think I’ve found it! I feel like I should be doing some sort of ‘happy dance’. Thanks for this great project and the inspiration!

  11. Martha Gaal

    This is awesome! My husband is turning 50 in December and this will make a great party decoration! Thank you so much for sharing the file!

  12. twopurplecouches

    This is such a fun idea for a birthday sign, or even a card!! Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Michelle from Weekend Craft

    This is awesome! I may have to make something like this for my Dad’s 60th!

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  16. Wanda

    Awesone idea except link does not work.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Hi Wanda, which link are you trying to use? I tested both and they appear to be working. If you would email me at, I could email you either file you are looking for.

  17. Ros

    Becky – Trying to download for the pdf and the link is not working. Can you help and provide me with a working link. 50th surprise birthday next weekend…Thanks so much for your help!!

  18. marymiolamary

    i want to download this but 50 years ago is now 1966, not 1965?!

  19. Maria

    Anyway to get a 1966 version?

  20. Rocco Mango

    Do you have a 50th birthday sign for 1966 instead of 1965?


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