Over the past few years, I have made lots of banners for various weddings, showers, and other parties. I quite enjoy them and thought I'd share a few tips about how I make my current favorite banner, which is topped by a gold tissue paper ruffle.
But first, a few overall tips for making a paper banner that will look good and hold up:
1. Use heavy cardstock. Paper will be flimsy, potentially curl in humidity, and not look good for as long.
2. Attach the banner to thick ribbon or heavy string for strength, not necessarily looks. You can always add a prettier layer over top of the strong one.
3. To attach the banner pieces to the ribbon or string, I recommend sewing, staples, or tying knots- no tape or adhesives. Sewing is my favorite route. It looks nice, is fairly fast, and is strong. I also really like to use a stapler to attach the paper and the ribbon. I like the look, speed, and strength. My least favorite option is punching holes in the banner pieces and then tying knots in the strings one by one. This is by far the most time consuming way to hold it all together, but can be a cool look.
4. Plan for the final length of the banner you desire, and take the time to do the math to find out how that corresponds to the individual banner pieces and spacing. The extra multiplication and division is worth it instead of having a banner that is too long or too short for the purpose.
5. You will probably need more ribbon or string than you think. Remember to leave some good tails on the ends for tying purposes.
So, here are some general steps for one of the latest ruffle banners I made. It was for my sister, and she wanted it to say "Blessed." I planned out seven letters and wanted it to be about four feet in length.
-Cut 8 1/2x 11" brown kraft paper cardstock in half horizontally. Each of these will be one pennant. (size 5 1/2 x 8 1/2")
Here's the final banner hung in my room before I sent it off to Emily.
Emily's other pretty things in her entryway:
A very similar banner was made for my dear friend Betsy's birthday this winter. Her banner said "Be Blessed." I know, bossy, but think of it as a birthday wish.
Bonnie's mantle. It was similar, but used triangles instead of pennants and cute chevron ribbon holding it all together. Oh, and the letters are on pages from an old hymnal, which is a fun detail.