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!

Questions and Comments

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

This is a great tutorial! I used it to make a banner and it was so clear and precise, I had no problems knowing what to do. Thank! smile
Carli  |  Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 7:52 AM
I agree!!! This is the cutest I've found!! Plan to make one right now for my daughter's 18th birthday ice cream sundae party!!! Thanks!
Venita Henderson  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 2:57 PM
The BEST banner tutorial I have read yet! Thanks.
Nikki Rose Ty  |  Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 1:06 AM
What a wonderful project! I would love to link to your tutorial on AllFreeChristmasCrafts! If this is something you'd be interested in, please feel free to contact me. My e-mail is jlitz (at) primecp (dot) com. Thanks!
Julia @ AllFreeChristmasCrafts  |  Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

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