My friend Johnnie recently posted an awesome roundup of Bunting, and Pennant Banner crafts. When I saw it I said to myself “Hey I’ve made a few Pennant Banners in my day!” You know what I haven’t made though? A tutorial. That just isn’t helpful is it? I like to be helpful. Today I’m going to take you through the steps to make a pennant banner (this is me…being helpful). I prefer to call them “pennant banners” as opposed to “bunting” otherwise I get that “Baby Bunting” song stuck in my head. Oops! I did it again (how about a little Britney then?). Ok, let’s stay focused we’re about to have a “Banner” day…Ha! (I slay me!…but seriously folks aren’t I “punny”? Ok I’ll stop now)
How to Make a Pennant Banner
First you will need to make a template for your pennants. This will save you so much time trust me. I use heavy chipboard for my templates and have used them for every pennant banner I’ve ever made. You know how they say “Measure twice, cut once”? Well making yourself a template will make sure you only have to measure once too.
Creating a Pennant Template
For large Pennants measure 6 in across, 7 in from the center (this will form your point) and 7.5 in on either side. For small pennants measure 4in x 4.5in x 5 in. *You can adjust the size of your pennants by adding or subtracting .5 in across the board.
Tracing and Cutting Pennants
The Pennant Banner Pictured was made for my Sister’s Elephant Baby Shower (click to see more projects made with this paper…I used every scrap of it!). The card stock I used was from DCWV’s “Green Stack”. I also used chipboard from Colorbok. First I wrote out what I wanted my Banner to read on a scrap piece of paper. L I T T L E B L E S S I N G = 14 letters. It turns out there are also 14 letters in Happy 1st Birthday so this baby is Double Sided!
Using my template I traced out pennants on the DCWV cardstock and Colorbok Chipboard. The pennants were cut with a Fiskar’s guillotine cutter. Once the pennants were cut I laid my pennants out to create a pattern. When I was satisfied with the color combinations I numbered the backs of each pennant so I could keep my pattern straight.
Sanding and Sealing Pennants
Using a Tim Holtz Sanding grip lightly sand your chip board to give it a little extra tooth. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to adhere your cardstock and smooth with a brayer. *Don’t sweat it if some of your lines are a little off. Measuring is not my strong suite either. That’s what the sanding grip is for…just sand that baby right off. Plus it will give you a nice worn edge. I like a nice worn edge…it adds character.
A little Embellishment never hurt anyone right? Certainly not one of my pennant banners! I’m a huge fan of Distress…I like to think of myself as a Damsel in Distress…Ink!
For embellishments I used Chipboard Letters (also from Colorbok) and Colored them with Picket Fence Distress Stain. The letters needed a base to make them pop so I mounted Kraft paper on chipboard scraps from my pennants and die cut with a sizzix oval die. The die cuts were edged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
Another embellishment that I love…stitching! There’s just one problem, I can’t sew. However, I CAN fake it with Stamper’s Anonymous awesome stitch stamp and Ranger Archival ink (Sepia). *From far away I swear it looks real…people always ask “Oh my gosh you stitched all those!?!?”
Once you are satisfied with your embellishments and ready to commit to them get that Goop out and glue them down! Make sure you use a strong adhesive to adhere the chipboard.
Adding Ribbon to your Banner
To create slots to thread my ribbon through my pennants I used an EK Success Heavy Duty Vertical Slot punch. This will create a 3/8 in slot. To save time I measured out my punches on one pennant and then layered that pennant over each additional pennant and used a pencil to mark through the punched holes.
I didn’t have ribbon that matched my banner so I used Distress Stain to die plain white ribbon a coordinating color. Once the ribbon was dry I threaded it through the punched holes leaving approx 2-3 in of space between each pennant. Make sure you leave a decent amount of ribbon on each side for hanging (I left about 2 ft. on mine)
Finally, to add a personal touch and keep the pennants from sliding around I threaded some jute twine through vintage buttons. The best thing about these buttons other than their vintage beauty is that they belonged to my BIL’s Grandmother. I inherited her button collection when she passed away a few years ago. I used a few of Ida’s buttons in projects but felt I should save the rest for something special. This banner for my nephew was the perfect “something special” to use them on.
You can adjust embellishments used, sizes of pennants, style of ribbon, patterns and colors of papers to make your pennant banner unique to you. These banners make great gifts sure to be treasured. They are also a lovely way to celebrate your next birthday party, baby shower or special event. You can even use them to decorate your home. For more ideas on Bunting, pennant banner and garlands to make stop by Saved By Love Creations.
Have a “Banner” day!