After an unexpected tech-related break from the blog, I’m so pleased to be back today sharing another Silhouette cutting project: a DIY Floral Pennant Banner! And just like last time, there’s a blog hop a-foot…tons of great Silhouette inspiration is linked up at the bottom of this post!
Our youngest daughter has a birthday coming up, and she decided she wants a Yellow Party since it’s her favorite color. We’ve been collecting all things yellow for months now: a vintage-inspired glass cake plate, paper products, a table cloth. She’s decided to throw in tiny bits of other colors, too (because I atchoo-a-wee wuv alllll the colors, Mom), so I thought it would be fun to tie it all together with some bright paper garlands and a banner!
Floral Pennant Banner DIY
I searched around on Pinterest and fell in love with this cut file from BirdsCards.com. It’s a lovely site with lots of free files, and this design was perfect for us. I sent it over to my friend who cuts things for me (since I’m a loser who doesn’t own a machine myself), and she ran me a batch on bright yellow cardstock! With a pennant length around 7″, she was able to cut five from each sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper using settings Blade: 5, Speed: 3, Thickness: 30. Because the design is so intricate, she reports that weeding was tricky and you end up with a “good” and “bad” side of each piece. For my purposes, that’s not at all a problem.
There’s a little trick to stringing a pennant banner, in case you didn’t already know. Gently pinch the two corners together to line up the holes, thread your ribbon/twine/yarn through, slide it down into position, and then reopen it. It puts less tension on the holes, making them less likely to tear. It’s especially helpful with a banner made from thin material or delicate designs like this one.
Even though the cut pennant itself is lovely, I wanted to dress it up a bit more. I tested out some hand sketching around the design, tried some glitter, considered gemstones…and ultimately fell in love with these charming little sets of curled paper butterflies that I found at a dollar store! There’s an independently-owned store near me that has a huge craft section, and I really need to check there first from now on and save myself a lot of creative energy!
I strung together a length of banner and hung it on the fireplace mantel first, then pressed the butterflies into place to make sure I liked the overall composition. Look how sweet it is!
I still have several more banner pieces that will get assembled and strung around the dining room for party day, along with a circle garland that I’ll tell you about another time! I think layering them together is going to be super cute! You can get a little peek here, because I couldn’t resist getting out some of what we’ve been collecting for the party to see how it would all look together…
Of course, there’ll be a yellow tablecloth for the real day (Yellow Overload should be what I call this theme), but you get the idea. I truly can’t wait to see everything set up for her! She asks almost daily if it’s time yet for her Yellow Party, and watching me work on the banner this week has nearly sent her over the edge!
I’m excited to hear what you think of my banner, so make sure you drop me a comment below! Then, take a gander at these other uh-mazing Silhouette projects linked below…I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Hobnail House – Spring Cutout Banner
Pig and Rabbit – Princess Party Favor Bags
Pocketful of Posies – DIY Paper Olive Plants
DIY Passion – Wood Shim Wreath with Paper Flowers
C’mon Get Crafty – Sleeping Baby Delivery Sign
Tried and True – Easter Bunny Carrot Plate
Holy Craft – DIY Custom Phone Case
My Life from Home – Easter Candy Bucket
Knock It Off Kim – Bunny Paper Cut Vase
Dwell Beautiful – Harry Potter Accio Coffee T-shirt
Morena’s Corner – Custom Flocked Birthday Card
Simply Darrling – Upcycled Nautical Anchor Serving Tray
Green With Decor – Making Food Party Labels Using Silhouette Machine
Creatively Southern – How to Make Chalkboard Sign with Silhouette Vinyl
Craving Some Creativity – Print and Cut Silhouette Closet Organization Tags
Vintage Romance Style – How to Create Your Childs Silhouette