Tutorial: Pennant, Page and Word Banners

With T’s birthday party prep we’ve been making a lot of banners. They are one of the cheapest ways to make a party or theme pop. I’ve been meaning to write up a tutorial for the word banners that I had made for Christmas, ummm yeah months ago. So, to make up for the delay I’m going to give you a three-for-one. I’ll show you how to make three different styles of banners: pennant, page and word.

The pennant or flag style banner is like the one I made for Harry Potter’s Birthday party pictured above and for T’s upcoming butterfly party pictured below. The page kind is probably the easiest and quickest but it still can look adorable. We used this for L’s last birthday party and I think it was darling (yeah I know I still need to write a post for that, it was SO cute). Finally the word style is the most time consuming but it’s still pretty cute. I made some of these for Christmas and will hopefully finish a generic birthday one that I can reuse for different people before T’s party this Sunday.

What you need

Pennant Style Banner

  • Paper 
  • Paper Cutter or scissors and a sturdy hand
  • Hole punch (I prefer the smaller sized ones as opposed to the school style ones)
  • Ribbon or String
  • Tape (optional)

 Page Style Banner

  • Paper with letters printed on them (you can find fun fonts at 1001freefonts.com)
  • Paper Cutter if you want to do half page sizes (that’s what I did in the banner above)
  • Hole punch (I prefer the smaller sized ones as opposed to the school style ones)
  • Ribbon or String
  • Tape (optional)

Word Style Banner

  • Paper (or precut letters)
  • Cutting machine (like a cricut or silhouette) OR a font you like and patience to trace it and cut it out by hand
  • Hole punch (I prefer the smaller sized ones as opposed to the school style ones)
  • Ribbon or String
  • Tape (optional)

 What to do

  • Prepare your shapes. For the pennants cut your paper into triangles, print your letters for the page style and for word style banners cut out your letters. If you don’t have a cutting machine and don’t mind taking the time you can either print out a font you like and trace the letters or if your cheap and don’t want to waste paper and ink I’ve held the paper straight to the computer screen to trace letters before. This is the most time consuming part.
  • Punch two holes on the top of each shape. Make sure they are far enough from the edge so they won’t rip easily when you work with them
  • Next you want to lay out  your pattern. Lay your pages, pennants or letters out how you want them to hang.
  • Thread the ribbon through the holes. Decide ahead of time whether you want a stripe of ribbon to go in front or behind  your shape. Take your time you don’t want to rip it after all that work.
  • If you want tape the ribbon to the back of your shapes this will minimize the twisting and make it easier to untangle the banner (yes it’ll get tangled when you try to hang it just expect it so it doesn’t annoy you too much).
  • Hang your banner and enjoy.

And if you’ve made a pennant one you probably have little scraps left from your flags. tape them onto skewers throw them in a glass or short vase and you’ve got yourself some super cute little flags. See em in action here.


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    2. Beautiful Banners… I love your blog so far.. I can’t wait to take a look around.
      I am new follower from the linking party ar Flamingo Toes…. Wouls love for you to visit my blog.

    3. Great tutorials! I love banners and you do a great job explaining how to make them all! Thanks for linking up this week!

    4. So pretty! You inspire me to be more organized in my party planning. These banners really do make all the difference! Gorgeous.


    5. such fun banners. thanks for posting!

    6. I’m here with fun news tonight! Stop by my blog to vote for yourself – you’ve been nominated for my Best in Show award for this nifty banners post!! :)

    7. awesome!! i’m doing some banners for my daughter’s first birthday party coming up… these give me some good ideas :) thanks! looks great!

    8. This is great! I will have to make one of these for the next birthday in our house.

      Following you now!

    9. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

    10. I LOVE the look of these banners, I think my favorite is the page style, thanks for the tutorials! I’ve two birthday parties to plan for next month so thanks for posting this :)

    11. banners look great thanks for sharing with us

    12. Thanks for linking up to Make & Share. Good News! I found a thumbnail linky and updated it with your blog post.

    13. Beautiful banners! Love it!
      Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
      I hope to see you again this week! :)
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    14. Awesome Banner Tutorials! They look gorgeous! I will definitely be referring back to these soon! :) Thank you SO much for linking them up this week! :)

    15. Love the font on your Happy Birthday Banner. I am pinning you for my son’s bday ideas!


      Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week…

    16. fun post! I totally agree, banners are the perfect party decor and there are so many ways to customize them!

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