I need to make the year 2021 approximately 1/2" wide and 1/4" tall. Something like you would find on a graduation tassel.
Teresa....You can stencil on a piece of wood or cut cardboard/material and string for a banner then add the numbers with a stencil and paint. Numbers can be purchased in several materials at craft stores and many are stand alone so you could paint or stain. Hope this gives you some ideas!
Shrink plastic might work, too.
Draw the numbers you want in the size you want....perhaps using your computer and select a font and size that is appropriate and print out. Use hot glue over the printed number. Let cool and then spray paint whatever color you want. Let dry, then remove the numbered piece from the piece of paper. Easy peasey!