Last summer, my sorority held its national convention here in the Chicagoland area. As part of my duties as a member of the local committee, I created four very large banners for a casual carnival-themed dinner. Pretty banners seem to be all the rage these days (especially at showers and kids' parties). Want to make one but don't want to sew? Read on!
First, make the letters (the font in this example is not the same as in the final photo below). You can use pre-cut letters or stencils, but I used Photoshop Elements. I wanted my letters to be white. Problem! How do you print a white letter? Solution: I created a file with a very light grey background and white letters. When it printed on white paper, the grey had enough contrast to be a good cutting line, but not so dark that you'd see it, should my cutting be less than perfect. Alternatively, you could choose a background that's close to the color of the pennants (for instance, if you have orange pennants and want black letters, I'd make the Photoshop background orange). I had four different pennant colors, so I used light grey.
The letters were printed on standard white paper, and cut with scissors and an x-acto knife. As for the pennants, I cut those out of light cardstock found at Blick Art Materials. I was very picky about the colors and found that Blick had a better selection than any craft store in the area. Keep art supply stores in mind when doing a project like this.
To attach the fabric ribbon to the pennants I went the easiest possible route - a stapler! No sewing or punching holes and tying ribbon for me! This works best with sturdy ribbon with a busy pattern.
When all was said and done, I was very happy with the way they turned out! What do you think?