I enjoy making decorations and decorating for all the seasons I absolutely love it. I always buy something new and make something new every year. With fall coming up I thought it would be fun to make a new banner for the living room. After I made it I changed my mind, now I am going to sell it at my craft show with a few more options. There are going to be all kinds of people just like me who love to decorate every chance they can and are always looking for new decor. I am sure there will be someone who will enjoy it in their home!

You can use these steps for making any type of banner for any season. Change the colours to match your colour scheme. Use patterned paper or solid cardstock. The beads can be colourful or patterned and use as many as you want in between the pieces or no beads at all. Add any embellishments that you want and make it your own!

Materials

  • Cardstock 12 by 12 dark and light brown - or colour choice
  • Glue
  • Twine - or whatever you want to use to hang it
  • Unfinished wooden beads - or any bead
  • Cricut Design Space 
  • Cricut machine
  • Fine point premium blade
  • 12 by 12 standard green mat(s) 
  • Scissors 

How to create:

Searching for pennant banner:

  1. Open Cricut Design Space 
  2. Go to images and search for a banner or pennant banner pick the one you like the most and add it to the canvas.
  3. Adjust the banner to the size you want for example width of 3.5 & height of 4.5. Unlock the sizing at the top if needed. 
  4. Duplicate the banner as many times as needed for this banner you need 9. 

Adding the letters:

  1. Go to text and a text box will appear then type in an H.
  2. Choose the font that you want.
  3. Move the H on top of the banner piece and adjust the size of the letter until you are happy.
  4. Highlight the banner and H and then go up to align and choose the center option or place it where you want.
  5. Duplicate the H and replace it with an A
  6. Repeat this for the rest of the letters such as the Ps, Y and so on. 

Slicing the letters out:

Letter F sliced out
  1. Group together the top layer and the letter. You can only slice two images at a time. If you are having a hard time you can hide the extra piece by clicking the eye beside the layer temporarily, then slice it and then bring it back.  
  2. Go to the bottom and click the slice option and delete the pieces you don’t need.  
  3. Repeat this for the other pieces of the banner.

Adding & cutting the cardstock:

  1. Put the cardstock on the standard green mat and use the scraper to help adhere it to the mat. If needed add tape to the edges to help hold it down.
  2. Turn on the Cricut machine and ensure the premium fine point blade is loaded. 
  3. Put cardstock onto the mat or mats depending on how many images you have. The machine wants you to keep feeding it. 
  4. Go to “Make it” when you are ready to cut.
  5. Pick the materials option and click continue.
  6. Set the material to 80lb cardstock. If you don’t see the material you are looking for go to browse material (maker) or custom material (air 2).
  7. Load the mat into the machine when prompted.
  8. Click the flashing “C” when it starts and repeat as needed.

Removing the cardstock:

  1. Unload the mat when prompted and load the next mat (if you are using multiple mats)
  2. Flip the mat over and peel the mat off the cardstock. This helps to keep the cardstock from curling.
  3. You will have cut-outs of the letters keep them off to the side you can use them for another banner or project.
  4. Repeat as needed.

Gluing together, adding twine and wooden beads:

  1. Take the glue tape and glue the two pieces together aligning them at the top and centred. Depending on which banner piece you chose there might be holes to line up with. 
  2. Take the twine and thread it through the holes after each banner piece add wooden bead(s).
  3. Continue until you are happy with everything the beads and the length of the twine.

Once you are happy with the beading and the length of the twine your banner is complete. Hang your banner for everyone to see!

If you have any questions or comments pop them in the comment box below I would love to hear from you!

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