Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Build a Banner

We're celebrating some glimpses of blue sky this week!  Hooray!

Want to celebrate a special day, season or event? Want to let your kids decorate something with their name or a favorite saying? Want some new stickers or fridge magnets? 


font style 2
font style 1

 Here you go! 
Just print, 
cut and hang.








I'm obsessed with banners. I know I'm not alone on this!  Banner making is a terrific kid project as well, so I made some simple banner images to be printed on white cardstock for the kids to decorate whenever the celebratory mood strikes. 

My two year old adding a few more details to the back

These are also great for printing on colored paper to go along with whichever special occasion we're celebrating, I'm not much of a scrapbooker these days, but I do have about a million tons of colored cardstock and cute scrapbook paper. (Another obsession!?!)  So, I can customize these banners to match any holiday or theme, while putting my paper stash to good use.


The smaller versions printed on sticker sheets or magnets are perfect for word building fun. I also love to use mini-banners in gift wrapping.   

Our fridge isn't magnetic, so we use this magnet board instead.

If you'd like your own set, you can get the free download two ways. Either download the letters you need from my Flickr page or download the whole document as a pdf file from my Scribd page.

You can probably figure out how to print and assemble these, but for specifics, read on...

From Flickr:
  1. Download the directions and the letters you’d like to print, along with the pennants you plan to use as end pieces or to separate words. Two different font styles are available.
  2. Once you've downloaded to a folder on your computer, highlight each image, right click and print. At this point you will probably see your photo size options. (Full page, 4 x 6, 5 x 7…) For the larger banners pictured, I chose 5 x 7. For stickers and magnets, I used the contact sheet option. Uncheck the “fit picture to frame” box. 
  3. Load your favorite colored cardstock into the printer and you’re all set to print. (I recommend solid colors, or a subtle pattern.) You can also print directly on adhesive sticker paper, or magnet sheets.  FYI: The magnet sheets almost broke my printer, so I just printed on card stock and glued it to the sheet before cutting.
  4. Cut, hang, (or stick), and enjoy!  For the cutout circles, I printed them as 5 x 7 images and used a 2 1/2 inch circle punch like this. I attached my "spring" banner with brads, and I glued the circle banner to twine.  You can also punch holes in the corners and string, hang with little clothes pins, etc.
From Scribd:
  1. Choose the document with the font style you'd like.
  2. Download the whole set as a pdf.
  3. Insert your favorite cardstock and print the pages you need.
  4. Hang. These print slightly larger than 5 x 7, so if you want to cut the circles out, you need to use a 3 inch circle punch.
If you use these, let me know.  I'd love to see your banners in action!