My sisters have dubbed me the “Pennant Banner Queen” and I must admit, I love the things. To me, they are a very quick, easy and cheap decoration for just about any occasion. It helps too, that I have an old storm window hanging in my dining room that seems to be the perfect place for such a party decoration. So, beginning this year, for each of my kids’ birthdays, I made one with their name on it and decorated the windows with pictures of them!
It was a fun, simple way to honor them and the years they’ve had thus far. The problem is, my children’s birthdays are all within 5 months of the year. The other 7 months the windows sit empty unless we have a big family vacation ex. last time we visited Disney I put pictures from our trip on there for several months. But… seeing all the adorable “Welcome to Summer” banners all over Pinterest gave me an idea! I decided to make a pennant banner to hang in this very place to welcome all the school-age daycare kidos on Monday and then add pictures of the fun things we do all summer! Yay for lightbulb moments! Let’s get busy!
You’ll need fun 12×12 scrapbook paper, some form of rope, ribbon, string etc to attach the flags to (I used twine), a paper-cutter, glue gun, glue, and a glue stick.
Now, those of you with a Cricut are going to laugh at this next part. If you have one, or a machine similar, you’ll just need to cut the letters you need to spell your word/name of choice. Those of us without one (I have yet to convince the husband it’s a worthwhile investment), we’ll need to head to our computer and open a word document, type in your word/message of choice, I went with “Welcome To Summer,” and choose a font and size that fits your taste. I used Cooper Black sized to 250. Then you print your pages out and get to cutting.
Once your letters are ready to go you need to move on to your flags. I cut my 12×12 pages into 6×6 pieces because it’s easy to do, I like the size flag it makes, and you get four out of each 12×12 sheet! Once you have your paper cut, you flip them over (you don’t want to draw on the pretty side) and mark the half, for me this was 3in.
Next you’re going to lay the paper so the blade is in place to cut from your half way mark to one of the opposite corners.
After you cut flip it and do the same with the other opposite corner.
This should give you a perfect little flag!
After cutting all your letters and flags you can lay them all out and make sure you like your pattern. If you’re happy with it, attach your letters to your flags. I used a glue stick for this part.
Then you need to take your string and measure and cut the amount needed and attach the flags to the string. I prefer to work left to right but assemble it right to left with the paper upside down. This way I can make sure everything is lining up correctly and the string is ending up on my glue line.
Once you have all the flags in place all that’s left is to find a cute place to hang it!