Pennant Banner

by Jenn Balcer

Banners and streamers add to any festive atmosphere. Make your own with patterned paper!


  • 12" x 12" cardstock or patterned paper
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Chipboard Letters or alphabet stamps
  • Dimensional Adhesive
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Use paper trimmer to cut 12" x 12" cardstock in half.

    Each 6" x 12" piece will yield 3 individual pennants, so plan accordingly.

  2. Step 2

    Use a ruler to mark 6" x 12" pieces at 1", 6", and 11" at the top and 3 1/2" and 8 1/2" at the bottom.

    Here, a template was made with a piece of cardstock. Instead of measuring again and again, use this to mark your cardstock. Drawing lines is optional.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer markings from template.

  4. Step 4

    Use paper trimmer to cut diagonally from mark to mark, cutting off outside edges first.

    Depending on the paper trimmer, you may be able to do two sheets of cardstock at the same time.

  5. Step 5

    Cut from corners to middle marking to separate pennants.

  6. Step 6

    Six pennants cut from one sheet of 12" x 12" patterned paper.

  7. Step 7

    Here, the pennants were adhered to sheets of cardstock and trimmed with scalloped scissors.

  8. Step 8

    Cut ribbon to double the length of the banner.

    Here, pennants were stapled to the ribbon. Start in the center of the ribbon to ensure even ribbon tails for hanging.

    Variation: Punch holes in both top corners of each pennant and either thread ribbon or add brads or eyelets to attach pennants to one another. If you're ambitious, sew pennants to the ribbon!

  9. Step 9

    Embellish pennants as desired. Since these were stapled, more ribbon was adhered over the staples, and then tied between the pennants.

  10. Step 10

    Add decorated chipboard or stamped letters with dimensional adhesive, and embellish as desired.

  11. Step 11

    Add more ribbon at ends of banner and display proudly!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pennant Banner. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wow! Your banners are incredible. Wonderful tutorial!
beate  |  Thu Nov 15, 2007 at 11:40 AM
What a gorgeous banner, Jenn! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial! This looks like so much fun to make!
Rose Ann Reynolds  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 7:28 AM
What a great idea! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Evelyn  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 7:43 AM
Jenn, this looks so great! Your tutorials are always wonderful and easy to comprehend, tf that! I'll be trying this fantastic banner project! Great work and thank you for sharing your time and talent, it's so very inspiring!
Linsey  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 7:52 AM
i love this idea... i think my house may end up being overly decorated this christmas with all the great tutorials being posted!
Maggie White  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 7:53 AM
What an awesome idea - Love it!
Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, Jenn.
genescrapper  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 7:55 AM
Jenn, I love your tutorial, it's so beautiful! I think I'll try this and make little paper made holly wreaths with pictures of my children in the center of the wreaths to place on the pennants. Grandmothers are sure to like that!
Jerri Jimenez  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 9:07 AM
Jerri, that's a splendid idea. I was thinking what I could do because I don't have chipboard letters...
Nessie  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 9:15 AM
Jenn...this is BY FAR the cutest pennant banner I've seen! Thanks for the great tut!
Gabby AKA FaieeMom  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 9:22 AM
I have to admitt I was skeptical of a pennant banner. My mind has changed, NOW I NEED to make one of these really cute banners. Thank you for opening my mind.
Mary Lou  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 9:52 AM
Thank you for this great tutorial! I love all the ones you've done and shared on your blog. The tip about cutting the paper is appreciated. What's the source of your chipboard letters? Did you make your own as well or is this from SU? TFS!
twinks  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 12:38 PM
This is such a great idea! My parents are moving in December so probably won't have their tree up. I'll make them a banner to go with the vintage paper tree in the other tutorial.
Jody  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 12:41 PM
THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! I need something to get me in the Christmas decorating mode. I think I will have to make tons of these for the holidays.. I think I might even have the girls in my next club make one. I'm off to the store to buy Christmas paper. Mister Brown is due today or tomorrow with my Stampin'UP order but I can't wait. I will use that paper next..

Thanks for sharing....

Brooke S
Brooke S  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 12:46 PM
Simply beautiful!
StampingJen  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 12:48 PM
Jenn, this is so beautiful and very creative! Thank you for sharing your awesome talent with us!
Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin)  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 1:07 PM
Beautiful, such a nice idea for a hard to decorate area. I love SCS tutorials. They make a project so do-able.
Purpleflowers  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 2:16 PM

Thanks soooooo much for making a tutorial for this Pennant Banner!!!! I have been wanting to do this since I saw YOUR Fiesta and Spooky
banners!!!! I am in Banner Heaven thanks to you!!!!!

Cant wait to play and post!!!!

Danita aka bsktnstamp  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 8:24 PM
Wow Jen, this is so fabulous!!
Candy aka cwilliams  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 7:37 AM
I think I'd rather make this than the chipboard banner in the mini catty! This is just adorable...I'm certainly going to have to see about fitting this into my schedule! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Stampin! God Bless!
Stephanie Sebren  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 8:37 AM
Cool!! I will make one to match the paper stars I found on ReneƩ's blog.
I can see this banner being made for all sorts of celebrations other than Christmas too. B-A-B-Y; J-U-L-Y-4*; N-E-W * Y-E-A-R;
Garnet  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 9:05 PM

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