Sunday, August 2, 2009

Banner Tutorial

Not much beadwork going on here lately; instead I have been doing lots of paper crafting. I finally got around to completing a project that has been an idea of mine for quite sometime. I decided it would be a good project for my first tutorial, so here it is:

You will need:
Cardboard (cereal boxes work well)
8X8 paper in colors of your choice
paper in a contrasting color
hole punch (I used the crop-a-dial)
scissors or paper cutter
A Cricket is helpful

1. Mark the center along the edge of your 8X8 paper.

2. Using the ruler, make a line from the center to the opposite outside corner on both sides, forming a triangle. Continue to do this for all papers needed (I used 18 pages, two per triangle, to create a 9 letter banner). Cut out triangles.

3. It is easiest if you use one of the paper triangles as a template to cut out the cardboard. Cut out one cardboard triangle for each letter in your banner.

4. Use the glue to adhere the paper triangles to both sides of the cardboard.

5. Decide where you want to punch holes (I punched at 3/4 of an inch from the top and 2 inches in on both sides). You will need 2 holes in each triangle.

6. Thread the ribbon through the holes in an "over-under" fashion.

7. Use your contrasting paper to cut letters (I used the Jasmine Cartridge on the Cricket at 4 1/2 inch font size).

8. Adhere letters to the triangles.
I cut out the word CELEBRATE for one side of the banner and CONGRATS! for the other side, allowing me to have 2 uses for the same banner. ;)

9. Tie of ends of ribbon (I made loops to make it easy to hang) and you are finished!

I hope I explained everything well. I would love some feedback on this tutorial, since it is my first. ;)


  1. Look at you shifting to paper :) lol. Love it! I will have to show you one I made the other day and we used Saturday for my son's bday party! They are fun!

  2. That's really cool! But I have no patience, which is why I traded a bracelet for an art banner!