For an upcoming bridal show I decided I wanted a banner displaying my name that was different and more creative than the basic vinyl banners. I came up with the idea of creating a paper pennant banner with each pennant displaying a letter of my company’s name. Here are the step by step instructions on how I made it with pictures (sorry for the poor quality on the photos…I was using my iphone):
-Colorful, patterned cardstock (not paper)
-Coordinating solid color cardstock
-Decorative edge scissors, regular scissors and decorative edge punch
-Foam sticky dots
-Stencils (or you can print letters from MS Word and cut out)
-Misc Embelishments (to make the accordian fold medallions I followed this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0XCWHsGj5Q)
So I started off by making a trip to Michael’s to get all my supplies. Here is the paper I chose:
And some of the supplies I picked up:
And here are the paper accordian fold medallions I made:
The first step was to measure and cut out all the pennants, the circles, the decorative edge and the letters. I chose to cut out a background pennant that was 9 inches at the top and 12 inches long. For that I used regular scissors. Then I cut out a smaller pennant that was 8 inches at the top and 11 inches long. For that top pennant I used the decorative edge scissors. I then found things around my house that were circles I could trace in two different sizes. I cut out larger circles from the leftover printed cardstock and then smaller circles out of a pearly white cardstock.
For the letters I went into MS Word and wrote out the letters, picked a bold font, changed the font size to 400 and then printed those out on regular paper. I then taped that printout on top of a solid piece of cardstock and cut it out.
Lastly I used a decorative edge punch to cut out a border to go at the top of each pennant.
Once everything was cut out (which took me 2 days!) I started to assemble. I used some foam sticky dots because I wanted to create depth to the pennants. First I attached the smaller pennant to the larger.
I then attached the larger circle on the patterned cardstock.
I then attached the letter and the border at the top and voila! The pennant was finished (and I only had 28 more to do!)
Once I finished assembling all the pennants I attached them together with decorative ribbons. I first punched holes with a hold puncher. Then I attached hole reinforcers around the front and back of each hole. I tied a bow with a piece of ribbon and then attached each end that was hanging down from the ribbon to a pennant.
Then I made some loops on the ends, attached a few last minute embellishments and finally it was done!