DIY Shower: Holiday Banner

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Posh Paperie and Jackie Wonders teamed up to create this holiday DIY banner created for The Wedding Chicks. Such a cute idea photographed brilliantly. Need we saw more... I think I might have to create one of these with my kids to welcome Santa Friday night. This banner could be used for all types of baby showers -- the possibilities are endless. Don't have time to make one yourself? Let Posh Paperie custom make a banner for you!

Directions from the The Wedding Chicks post and note from Posh Paperie: We featured 2 adorable holiday banners, and had the best time creating them. We also had the lovely Jackie Wonders shoot these lovely pictures! WE LOVE HER!


Paper (pattern paper for front and solid paper for back)
Scissors / Paper cutter

Chipboard letters (preferably ones with glitter)
Strong adhesive red tape
Cute, thick ribbon
Roll of crepe paper

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Choose the papers you would like for the banner (we recommend a pattern for the front, and solid for the back). Here, we used the patterned green for the front of the banner, and the plain green for the back. You will need several pieces of chipboard for the middle layer of each piece of the banner. Scissors and/or a paper cutter, chipboard letters (these glittery ones are our favorite – by “making memories”), and *very* strong adhesive (we recommend “red tape” – shown here), a cute, thick ribbon (we used this red stripe – 5 yards, size 2 inch) and a roll of crepe paper are also necessary.

2. This is a close up of the supplies (especially the “red tape”, ribbon + crepe paper). This next step (which is easily explained as opposed to shown) requires the cutting of many triangles to create the banner. You will need to make a template (out of one of the pieces of chipboard) – whatever sized triangle you would like (depending on how large you would like the banner to be, and how large your letters are). Once you have made your template, you will need to use it to trace 2 sets of triangles (one patterned cardstock, one plain cardstock) for each letter – as well as one chipboard triangle for the middle. You will need to make a triple stack of the triangles (patterned stock, chipboard, plain stock) for each letter in the banner (with a “plain” triangle in between words). For example: our “Make it Merry” banner had 13 total triangles (one for each letter in MAKE = 4; one “blank” one; one for each letter in IT = 2; one “blank” one; one for each letter in MERRY = 5, for a total of 13 {triple stacked} triangles). Adhere the *plain* stock to one side of the chipboard. Wait to adhere the patterned stock until after the next step.

3. Using the red tape, make lines down the 2 long edges of the triangle (the plain chipboard side), as close to the edge of the triangle as possible. Take the roll of crepe paper, and “ruffle” it as you stick it down on to the red tape. *Be aware – the red tape is VERY sticky! Once the crepe paper is on the red tape, it is on for good!* There isn’t a “rule” to the ruffling; use your fingers to crumple and ruffle it…make it even or uneven, wide or skinny ruffles…any way you like it.

4. Once the ruffles are finished, adhere the patterned cardstock on top of the ruffled crepe paper, lining it up with the chipboard. You may need to press firmly to “smash” the crepe paper down a bit (in the middle). Take scissors and cut the crepe paper to be the desired length for sticking out of the middle of the banner “triangles”. We trimmed it so that only a hint of the crepe paper is peeking out. *You can add color or give a more vintage feel to the banner by “inking” the crepe paper (if you wish)*.

5. Adhere one letter to each triangle to spell out desired text for the banner.

6. Unroll the ribbon (this is best done on the floor). Using the red tape, make a “line” of tape about half way down the ribbon, and across the length of the ribbon (as long as you need for the banner text). Leave space to make a knot on either end! Place each piece of the banner (right next to each other) along the red tape and press firmly.

7. Pull the top half of the ribbon over the tops of each triangle, pressing down and securing the banner inside the ribbon. Cut small strips (approx. 3 inches) of ribbon (either the same ribbon as the main ribbon used for the banner, or choose another coordinating ribbon for this part) and tie knots (or bows) in between each triangle (and on either side of the entire banner – the ends). We used the same ribbon for the “Make it Merry” banner, and different ribbons for the “Oh Joy” banner. If you wish, add embellishments (crystals, etc.) – shown on the “Oh Joy” banner.

Design: Posh Paperie / Photography: Jackie Wonders

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