Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cardstock Alphabet Pennant Banners

I've been wanting to make something to display the alphabet in Aidan's new room, but had a hard time figuring out exactly what I wanted to do. I tossed ideas around such as making canvas art, subway art, or using pictures of animals. Ultimately I decided on an easy pennant banner to display the letters for my little guy's learning pleasure.

First, I whipped out my Silhouette. I drew some triangles using the polygon tool and measured them out to the size I was looking for.

Next, I chose a font (Cuckoo, in case you're wondering) and designed/sized my letters. Originally I wanted to have both capital and lowercase letters on the pennants, but quickly realized they would  look too busy and cluttered with both sizes.  So, I opted just to use the capitals. 

If you are using a Silhouette, be sure to right click on each letter and "ungroup", so that the measurements are just for the letter and not the space surrounding it. This ensures that your letters are all the same height.

Next, I glued the letters to the pennants. Since Aidan's room is a jungle theme, I wanted to make sure that his banner was colorful. I used 13 different colors of cardstock and this was the rainbow result!

This next step could've been easily avoided if I had been thinking about it at the time. Be sure to draw in lines to string the ribbon through on the triangle shapes you've created on your Silhouette. That way they will be cut out with the triangles on the machine. I didn't do that and had to measure each and every triangle, then use an exacto knife to cut out the slits for the ribbon. A bit tedious! Next time, I'll know better!

Here is the final result hanging on the wall. I divided the letters into four different strands and hung them on either side of his window. I love how colorful they are! 

What do you think?

You could easily make this without a crafty cutter machine. Just create a stencil for the triangles and letters. Or you could even use stickers for the letters!
Cost breakdown~
Cardstock: All ready had
Glue: All ready had
Ribbon: $1.99 for two rolls at Hobby Lobby
Total cost: $1.99


I've also been working on some more Silhouette wall art for his room. Here's a little sneak peek....



  1. Adorable!

    Also, I had a dream last night that you went into labor early, had a girl, and ended up being able to go to Elyse's wedding. ;)

  2. Awesome! Is that a scrapbooking tool that you are using? Love the banner idea.

  3. That is really cute! Posts like this almost send me over the edge into buying a Silhouette. My craft drawer is already too big, though. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Popping over from Serenity Now!


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