a birthday pennant is my fave

May 8, 2013

Today’s post is from Sharon, the party genius behind Cupcakes and Cutlery.

diy birthday pennant

This month is a SUPER busy birthday month in my family. And given that our very own Melanie is having a birthday next month, I thought I would do something birthday related. I wanted to make a simple pennant banner that you can personalize with whatever flair you like.

diy birthday pennant

All you need is some canvas fabric (I’m sure other fabric would work as well but canvas has a bit more weight to it), a rotary cutter, a pencil, a yard stick, a wooden dowel, adhesive (I just used Glue Dots because I had time constraints but a glue gun would probably work really well), a stamp and stamp pad and whatever items you want to decorate your banner with. And maybe some Nerds. You know, just for a snack while you are working.

diy birthday pennant

I used the yard stick to lay out my pennant shape (pennant is another fancy way to say triangle if you weren’t aware) and used a pencil to mark the lines. Use the rotary cutter to cut out the shape. I did not get all technical and measure and all that. I kept it easy and just eyeballed it. Make sure to leave about an inch extra material at the top so you can fold it over the dowel and adhere it to itself.

diy birthday pennant

Fold over the top inch of the banner. This is where you will put the dowel. I ironed the crease to make it a bit easier to work with but you don’t have to. Make sure to trim the ends on both sides of the folded flap so they are even with the front sides.

diy birthday pennant

Grab a stamp pad and stamp. Stamp your banner in any way that you want. I will warn you, some inks will dry better than others. The kind that I used didn’t ever fully dry and would definitely smear.

diy birthday pennant

When you are done, lay the banner face down on your work space and then add the dowel. Secure the fabric to the dowel with your adhesive of choice.

diy birthday pennant

Tie ribbon or string to one side of the dowel. Determine the length that you want your ribbon hanger to be and then cut the ribbon from the spool. Tie the loose end to the other side of the dowel.

diy birthday pennant

Now that you have your basic pennant banner done, you can add whatever flair you would like. I made these simple patterned fabric tassels to adorn it. For this one I decided to keep it simple. The other stuff that I added didn’t add anything so I took it off to keep it from getting too busy.

diy birthday pennant

If you have been following along with my craft contributions on YAMF you know that I like things that can be easily customized. This banner can be changed very easily to make it in more boy friendly colors (I’ve got two little boys who are not fond of pastel-y girl colors) by just sliding the ribbon and yarn off the ends and adding other colors.

diy birthday pennant

I just love the simplicity of just one large triangle. And if you are feeling more creative, you could certainly hand paint or stencil something on it instead of stamping. Happy birthday to us all!

See more from Sharon on Cupcakes and Cutlery, including a lego dance party thrown for her son.

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