How to Make a Banner

How to Make a Banner

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I think I have a tutorial that is sure to help you.  I’m sure you’ve seen the many banners that are around these days.  They are very popular.  The problem is, when I pick one up, I have a hard time paying the money for something I know is a temporary decoration and usually made of paper.  Especially when I could make one quickly and easily.  Today, I am going to share with you the process I use to make my own festive, holiday banners.

shamrocks cut with Silhouette

First of all, I should tell you that I use my Silhouette Cameo for these projects.  However, if you don’t own one, don’t worry.  You can use the same process and a pair of scissors. 🙂  Okay, the first step is to decide what kind of banner you want.  What’s the occasion or holiday?  Next, decide on what you want dangling from the string ~ words, letters, characters?  Once you make those decisions, the only thing left to do is gather some paper.  I have tons #probablynotanexaggeration of left over scrapbook paper.  So, I always have lots of options.

 

For this tutorial, I decided to make an Easter banner.  Therefore, I thought a cute bunny banner across the top of my chalkboard would be super cute.  Off I went to Google to find a bunny image that I liked.  #thanksgoogleimages.  With that image I created a silhouette of the bunny in the Silhouette software.  If you’ve never used the trace tool, you must do so immediately.  So far so good?

Okay, since we want a banner, the easiest thing to do is to make a mirror image of the bunny to fold over the string and be held in place with double-sided tape.  So, on the Silhouette, I copied my image and then flipped it vertically and welded it together.  For those of you cutting your own, simple trace your pattern upside down with some part of the animal or letter touching.

 

Here you can see what I did on my screen.  The next step is to cut out the pattern.  With the bunnies cut, I simply folded them at the top of the ears.

 

bunny silhouettes ready for a banner

 

There’s not much left to do now.  Just need to secure them over the string/twine that I am going to use.  That’s going to mean adding two strips to of double-sided tape to each bunny.

 

bunny cut outs ready for string

 

Can you see that small piece of tape?

 

And voila!  An adorable bunny banner to drape over my chalkboard or add to a mantle.  This technique is great because you can totally customize the size and shape that you want.  You could also use a simple tag shape to make lettered banners as well.

 

close up of bunny banner

 

 

I hope this tutorial helps you to create one of your own.  Let me know how it goes.  So, what crafty projects have you been up to lately?  Make sure to comment below and let me know. 🙂  I LOVE hearing from reader.  Also, please can sign up here to join my email list.  That way, you’ll get new posts delivered right to your inbox so you won’t have to miss a single thing!

 

Until next time~

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