How-To: Make a Wedding Banner

Chevron stripes are everywhere these days.  They make a striking, easy-to-create, border for any paper project.  Here is a simple, yet graphic, chevron-striped wedding banner that you can make at home with just a few basic tools and materials.

(banner photo)

These banners are perfect for use as a prop in your wedding photos, as a cute way to designate your private couple’s table, or as an “awww”-inducing décor element at your reception.

Materials:

1 piece 12×12 chevron patterned paper

2 pieces printable coordinating cardstock (some printers don’t accept the heavy cardstock so err on the lighter side of paper weight when choosing this cardstock, even text weight paper will work)

2 yards of coordinating ribbon

Double-sided tape

 

Tools:

Paper cutter (a straightedge and scissors will work, I recommend picking up a small papercutter to make the job much easier)

Scissors

Pencil

Hole punch

Printer

Word processing program

Stamps and ink pads are optional

 

Instructions:

1. Cut your 12″ x 12″ paper into 4 equal squares of 6″ x 6″.

 

2. Cut along the zig-zag design at the bottom of each square to make your chevron border.

 

3. Depending on how you want your border to look (I like mine to finish zagging upward on the ends) trim the excess paper from the sides of each piece.

 

4. In your word processing program, open a new file and type your letters and ampersand.  Choose your font, color, and size (I used Blackjack, grey, and 280pt).  If you have trouble printing them all on one page because of their size, I recommend adding another column to your page and minimizing the margins.

5. Print out two Ms, two Rs, and one ampersand onto your coordinating cardstock.

 

6. Cut your cardstock into 5″ x 4.25″ rectangles around the Ms and the Rs, making sure the printed letters are centered in that space.  (I find that cutting out a 5″ x 4.25″ template from a piece of scratch paper and laying it over the letters helps with this step.

7. Cut a 3.5″ x 4″ rectangle around your ampersand.

 

8. Center each letter piece onto its corresponding patterned piece and drop the lettered piece to the bottom, lining it up with the bottom of the chevron border.  Keeping the two cards in place, flip them over and trace the chevron onto the back of the letter paper with a pencil.

 

9. Cut along your pencil lines.  Repeat on all four pieces.

 

10. Line up the bottom of your ampersand paper with a chevron border and do the same, trace the back with a pencil and then cut along your pencil lines.

 

11. If you want to do any stamping or embellishing of your banner, I recommend doing that now before you adhere the letters to the patterned paper.

12. Place your lettered paper at the top center of each patterned piece and adhere the letters to the patterned paper with double-sided tape.

 

13. Punch your holes, two for each banner element.  I recommend placing the holes in the corners of the lettered paper.  Make sure the holes are uniformly spaced with the top of each piece, it will look much nicer when it is hung.

14. String you ribbon through the holes and your banner is complete!

 

Products used:

Dear Lizzy Neopolitan Paper, Paper Accents Smooth Cream Cardstock, Scotch Permanent Double-Sided Tape, Colorbox Wild Hare Pigment Ink, Hero Arts “My Happy” Stamp Set, May Arts Double-Faced Satin Ribbon HA31, Stampin’ Up “With Love” Stamp.

 

 

Carson offers customized banners and other wedding décor in her shop at bluebuttonpress.etsy.com and more tutorials for other paper products on her blog at bluebuttonpress.wordpress.com.  She hopes that you enjoy your beautiful wedding day and all the love that comes with it!

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