June 29, 2011

DIY Easy Banner Tutorial

If you've read my blog for more than 5 minutes, you know I love creating. One of my favorite things about creating stuff is sharing with other people and helping them learn how easy it can be to "do it yourself". I try to write my tutorials in an easy to understand way with lots of pictures...because that's how I learn best too. :) So let's get to this simple banner tutorial I've been promising for so long!
What you need:
-scrapbook paper (1 sheet per 4 letters)
-printed letters of saying for banner (template below)
-glue (I prefer rubber cement)
-skinny ribbon
-ribbon punch (found at Hobby Lobby or Michael's

1. To begin, take a piece of scrapbook paper and fold it in half. Then fold it again vertically so it's in 4 equal quarters, and crease it really good.
2. Unfold the piece of paper and you should see lines that make it look like 4 separate sections. Using those lines as your guide, cut your paper into 4 pieces.  I just use my scissors and it's never exactly perfect, but I don't think you can tell once the banner is assembled.
3. Decide what you want your banner to say and download my template here. I made it as a Word document because I figured most people have that program. It prints 2 letters per sheet, and you can change the font and colors to match your theme. After you print your letters, cut them out.
4. Glue your letters onto a piece of scrapbook paper. I use rubber cement, but I'm sure most types of glue or tape would work fine.

5. Next, punch the corners of your scrapbook paper. This is what the ribbon punch I have looks like. It actually has 2 slits, but I only slide the ribbon through one of them (the one on the outside edge).
6. Now it's time time to string your banner. This part is important! Start with the LAST letter of your saying, and string them on in reverse. For example, when I made this one saying "Ezekiel Wayne", I strung it in this order: enyaw leikeze...which is just it spelled backwards. You have to slide the letters all the way to the end of the ribbon, so that's why you start with the last letter.
Now hang your banner, and you're done!

Another option is to just tie the corners together with ribbon or tulle instead of stringing it with one long piece of ribbon. When I do that, I usually just use a normal hole punch on the corners (or in this case, a heart shaped one because it's all I could find).
I have made this style of banner so many times. They are easy and cheap, and you can change them up to reflect your personal style. I hope this tutorial was helpful to you! As I was typing it, I think a few parts may have gotten a little confusing. But I promise you, just try it and you'll see it really is quite simple and anyone can do it. :) Please let me know if you have any questions!


  1. So glad to finally see an EASY version of a really cute banner! Thank you!

  2. Thank you for sharing. How neat!

  3. Ahh! Thanks for showing us how to do it! You are SO crafty!! :) Now my next mission? Making a nightlight like you have on your blog! :)

  4. I don't personally know you but you are so creative and quite inspiring! In some of your other tutorials, you state that you cut things with a "cricut". Or you used your "cricut". I am new to making things and I wanted to know what that was?

  5. Thanks for sharing. Now I just need an event to make a cute banner for!

  6. Very cute!!! This looks so much easier than the way I usually do it. I like to over complicate things. I'm definitely doing it this way next time!

  7. Very cute and so easy! Thanks for sharing!! My boyfriends daughter is having her 7th birthday party in September and were having a pool party. I will definetly be using this idea. :)

  8. You are so AWESOME for sharing...it looks simple enough! Thank you!

  9. I really like this banner method! One question: how do you make the tiny dots go in a perfect circle around the letters? I've been trying o figure that out!

  10. Over from Jenna's Journey. Love your blog and the crafting...espcially the banner! I look forward to following your blog. :)

  11. Thanks Sarah!! This helps a lot. And it seems so easy!!


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