When I started gathering ideas for my St. Patrick’s Day decor, I knew I wanted to make a party banner. As I started searching the web, I was overwhelmed with ideas and was quickly discouraged knowing I did not have a lot of the fancy tools that were surely used to create all the embellishments. So…I started thinking about what I had, and what I could purchase and what I could make myself. Turns out, you really do not need much to make a big impact. I will walk you through how I made mine…but really, the options are endless.
Let’s get started…
- Plan for 3 or more strands – 4 seem to be working good for me
- Consider a nice mix of materials
- Paper/card stock
- Crepe paper
- Felted balls
- Foam shape cut-outs
- Add text…even if it is just one word. I didn’t add text to my valentine banner and admittedly, it lacked a little something. Look for free printables or make them yourself – I used PicMonkey to make the word “Lucky”. You can download it for free here.
- Command hooks
Here is a breakdown of the supplies I used for the “LUCKY” banner:
- Pre-made burlap banner from Target. This would be easy enough to make yourself…I just figured, for $3, I’ll take it!
- White card stock
- White crepe paper
- Foam shamrock cut-outs – The Dollar Tree
- Green twine – The Dollar Tree
- Pre-made curled ribbon clusters (set of 2) – The Dollar Tree
- Command hooks – small
Here is a little bit of my thought process:
- Since the burlap strand was pre-made and more importantly, a set length, I hung it first. I knew I wanted the burlap to be more in the middle of the arrangement. This gave me an idea of how long/short to make the other strands.
- I punched holes in the foam shamrocks with a hole punch and strung them onto a twine strand. I made two of these; leaving the twine extra long so that I could cut it to size later. These will become my top and bottom strands.
- For the word “LUCKY”, I created the letters in PicMonkey and printed them on white card stock. You can download the letters here if you would like to use them for your banner.
- To attach the cut-out letters to the twine, I small strips of paper, glued them to the back of the circles and threaded the twine through the strips. This was the last strand to go up. I was able to make the strand the right length so the letters would not be covered by the strand above. Then I spaced the letters to center the word in the arrangement.
- Using crepe paper, I made some extra pieces to attach to the top strand. Cut 12″ strips, fold them in half, cut a “V” at the end and fold over the twine.
- Attach the curled ribbon clusters to the cover up the Command hooks.
That’s it. Get creative and have fun with it!
A few thoughts:
- I actually hang 2 sets of command strips. The second set is a little lower and the hooks are closer together. This is just to provide extra hanging options and a way to get a strand to hang at a different angle.
- Once you start making banners for different occasions, you will build up a “stash” of things that could be used. Before you know it, you will have to start taking things OUT of the arrangements😉.