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How to Make a Whimsical Pennant Banner

Somerset Life magazine Winter 2012

Winter 2012 issue of Somerset Life

Pennant banners are all the rage right now. With help from Somerset Life magazine, blogger Dana McCranie offers a how-to on the lovely creations.

If you haven’t picked up a magazine or looked at a single blog in the past year and a half, you might be unaware of the boom of the banner. Just as relevant as owls and birds, pennant banners are definitely a very popular trend. In the most recent issue of Somerset Life magazine, I was thrilled to see a lovely tutorial from artist Hanne Matthiesen in her feature “A Banner For Life.” Matthiesen describes how she took lovely scraps and fashioned them into a beautiful, mixed-media banner.

I was inspired by her creation to make one of my own for my daughter’s bedroom window. I was recently given a wonderful pennant die for my Sizzix machine, and this seemed to be the perfect time to put it to use.

Making your own pennant really doesn’t require much in the way of special tools other than scissors, adhesive and ribbon. However, I’ll share with you what I used. (All my products came from Stampin’ Up!)

Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine with pennant die and texturing folder (or you could cut the pieces by hand)
Decorative paper
Pastels and sponge dauber
Glue dots

Project Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 1 hour


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Step one of creating your pennant

Step One: Begin by making decorative paper pennants. Cut the paper to fit the die and build it like a sandwich. You start with one hard plastic layer on the bottom, then the die, then the paper and finally the last hard plastic piece. The die should be face up. Then, run it through the machine. The machine can handle several sheets at once, depending on the thickness of the paper. I sent through four or five sheets at one time.

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Running the pennant paper through the machine

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Paper after it's been cut by the machine

Step Two: If you would like to jazz up the plain white pennants a bit, start by running them back through the Sizzix on a texturing folder. This will dry emboss the pieces and give them interest.

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A piece of paper with the dry emboss effect

Step Three: To add even more pop to your white pennants, apply chalk or any color you like to the raised portions of the piece. I used chalk pastels and rubbed them along the raised lines.

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Optional: decorate your embossed paper with chalk

Step Four: Start by arranging your pennants along the ribbon as you would like for them to look. Next, lay your ribbon down and begin adhering your pennants face down. I used glue dots, but any strong adhesive should work.

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Begin adhering your pieces of paper to the ribbon

Step Five: Once you have the pennants attached, hang your pennant for all to see.

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Hang your pennant for all to see