Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Rachel Myerson
Banners are the latest trend in scrapbooking and card-making. Although banners are simple to make, they can be a little overwhelming if you don't know where to start. Here is a really simple tutorial for making a semi-circle banner that will get you started.
- papers (patterned or cardstock)
- circle punch or die (between 1 and 1 ½ inches is best)
- pen or ink
- twine, yarn, or string (Bakers twine from Jillibean Soup or Pink Paislee are ideal choices but yarn or string that you have around the house will also work)
- alphabet stickers or die-cuts (optional)
- buttons (optional)
- Choose the papers you want for your banner; they can be all the same or you can alternate between several colors.
- Punch circles from the papers. If you are going to use the banner for a title, punch one circle for each letter. Otherwise, just punch the quantity you want for the size of your banner.
- Fold the circles in half.
- Ink the edges of the folded circles or doodle around the edges.
- Cut your twine to a length that is a little longer than the desired banner length.
- Adhere the folded circles around the twine. You can slide the semi-circles back and forth along the twine to get the desired spacing.
- Align your banner on the paper and adhere it. If you want the banner to hang and have movement, you can adhere the ends of the twine and leave it at that. If you want the banner to stay put, you can put a little adhesive behind each semi-circle and tack them down.
- Decorate your banner. If you are using the banner for the title, place one letter on each semi-circle. Another idea is to tie extra pieces of twine around the ends of the string. If you want your banner to stay in place, you can adhere buttons along the twine in between each semi-circle. Experiment and see what you like.
Once you are comfortable with semi-circles, you can experiment with other shapes. Make sure your shape can fold in half or leave a tab to adhere the flag or pennant onto the twine.