Another party happened recently around here and I realized that I haven’t ever done tutorials on how to make your own party decor. Banners are super easy (although not the quickest project) and can easily be saved for use again. You can hang them for holidays, birthdays, showers, or really anything you want!
Paper Banner Tutorial
- cardstock (bottom layer, second layer, and one or two papers for the lettering)
- Cricut (or something else for cutting the desired shapes)
- glue or Mod Podge
- tiny hole punch
- brads or ribbon
Above you will see the papers I picked out for my son’s Avengers banner. I wanted to use the red and blue cardstock for the back layer. Then the red and white polka dots for the smaller layer on top of that. Finally I just used black for the lettering. Quite often I use a shadow behind my lettering to make the words POP more but in this case I didn’t. My paper stash is HUGE from all the scrapbooking
I do used to do, so most of the time I don’t have to buy paper for my banners unless I am planning an entire party from invites to water bottle wraps. Then everything needs to match!
To clarify here is what I gather when I am beginning to work on a banner:
-Bottom layer – 4-5 pieces of cardstock in 1 or 2 colors. I like to alternate colors sometimes, other times I do all one color. For this banner I grabbed 2 sheets of red and 2 sheets of blue to give me 20 circles (5 per page).
-Second layer – this is mostly decoration so for this I always use a patterned paper that matches the theme. I used 3 sheets of paper and cut 6 circles per page.
- lettering – 1 or 2 colors depending on whether or not you cut a shadow. Here I didn’t.
Once all the pieces are cut out, I like to lay out my banner and arrange it before I start putting it together. That way if I am alternating the back layer colors I don’t mess up!
I center the layer on the back circle. At this point I am not gluing anything together.
Then add the lettering on top to get that all arranged correctly. You don’t want any misspellings!
So here is what my desk usually looks like when a banner is in progress. From here I start gluing it all together. I was low on my craft glue sticks and didn’t want to mess with Mod Podge since my boys were all upstairs with me doing school. Honestly I really love using Tacky Glue Spray Adhesive but it makes a mess and I didn’t have a box to spray onto. But it makes banners come together SO very fast without the bubbles of Mod Podge.
To add some color and decorations to the banner I found the Avengers colors that I was using for everything else and cut 4 circles in each color (the extras were used for other party decor and labeling). Then using some vinyl (because I really didn’t want to have to glue so many pieces of cardstock down!). The vinyl is already sticky backed so it was like putting on a large sticker.