Want to create a banner to decorate your home for Christmas (or anytime for that matter)? Here’s a simple Christmas Banner tutorial inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.
You will need:
- black cardstock (or color of your choice)
- vintage hymnal or book pages
- glitter (optional)
- x-acto knife
- hole punch
- decorative edge punch (optional)
- hymnal (or coffee filter) rosettes
Step 1: Decide which word you want to put on your banner, then cut out a triangle pennant from cardstock for each letter. I didn’t have a template, so I created my own. Each pennant is approximately 4 inches wide at top and 8.5 inches in length. (I got 3 pennants out of one sheet of cardstock.)
Step 2: Cut out triangles from vintage hymnal or book pages slightly smaller than the cardstock pennants.
Step 3: If you’d like, use an edge punch or scalloped scissors to create a decorative edge.
Step 4: Choose a font style and size you prefer. (I used “Rye” from picmonkey.com, but they have several other fonts that will work.) Then print out your letters and cut them out. (Use an x-acto knife to make precise cuts inside each letter.) Step 5: Carefully center the hymnal page over the cardstock and glue in place. (I used ModPodge on the top and bottom to give it a satin finish and a sticky surface for the glitter, but you could use any kind of craft glue). Repeat process with each letter. Then sprinkle with glitter (if desired) and allow to dry.
Step 6: Using a hole punch, make holes in the top corners of each pennant, then thread your twine through. Make sure the twine goes behind each one. (Not pictured.)
Step 7: The “pinspiration” also had small rosettes made from hymnal pages in the corners of six of the pennants so that when it’s hung there are roses between each one. I liked the idea of roses, but the coffee filter rosettes are much easier for me to make, so I tea-dyed some coffee filters & made 6 small roses, which I glued to the upper left corner of each pennant.
Step 8: Hang in the location of your choice!
Don’t forget to sign you & your kids (tweens & teens too) up for my mixed media art workshop, Winter Wonderland, where we will create beautiful winter-themed works of art, as well as simple Christmas decorations and gifts to give. Click on the image for more info.
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Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.