Hey there, it’s me again, Kathleen! For today’s post I have a project for you that I’ve made with some remaining things from some older Gossamer Blue kits (September & October 2015) and some bits and pieces from my stash. But don’t worry if you didn’t get those kits or have already used up most/all of it. You can make this project with any kit you like!
When a friend of mine had their baby, I knew I wanted to give them a gift that was cute, one-of-a-kind and came from the heart. The bits and pieces I had left from the September and October 2015 kits (which contained a lot of Crate Paper’s “Wonder“ collection) were perfect for a baby-themed project.
Right before, I also got myself this banner die set by Pebbles and was eager to use it. So I decided to make them a cute name banner (the baby girls’ name is Ella – which I think is absolutely beautiful! And perfect for a banner because it’s not too long 😀 ).
Of course you don’t need the die to make a banner like this, you could also just hand cut the pennants, use your Silhouette or make yourself a template you can use over and over again. For me it just came in handy because the set includes some other cute little bits and pieces, too.
What you’ll need is some patterned paper (6×6” paper pads work great!), alphabet stickers, a variety of embellishments (think stickers, die cuts, enamel dots, wood veneer…) and twine.
At first I cut the pennants for the banner. I made 8. Four for the name and four to have two more on each side of the name that I could then embellish.
After I was done cutting the pennants, I punched a hole at the top of each one on both sides. This is where the twine will go through later.
You can string your pennants before you embellish them or when you are done, this is totally up to you. I prefer to do it when I’m done with everything else because it makes it easier to work on the individual pennants.
Before you start embellishing the pennants, put them in the order you’d like to have them on your banner. That way you can for example prevent having two of the same colour/pattern right next to each other and in general just try what looks best.
When you’ve decided on an order, it’s time for my absolute favourite part: the embellishing! For the pennants in my banner that have a letter sticker, I decided to put a punched out scalloped circle beneath each letter to make them pop more. This depends on the size/colour/pattern of your letter stickers if it’s necessary or not. Just try different options to see what fits your banner best!
To “frame” my banner I put those cute cork bows on the far left and right – this kinda pulls it all together. I also made sure to keep the two pennants before and after the name a bit lighter, to make the name stand out.
I am really pleased with how it turned out! So pleased in fact, that I already started some more banners for other occasions/celebrations. You could of course also change the name for a phrase like “Hooray”, “Congrats” or anything like that! The sky is the limit 😉
Well, I hope you like my project and maybe try your hand at something like this, too! Or maybe you already have. Then please leave a link in the comments, I’d love to see some more banners!!
(Just a word of caution: If you make a banner like this for a small child/baby, make sure to keep it out of their direct reach since the embellishments could be swallowed!)