August Back to School Banner. Using the We R Memory Keepers banner punch board create a fun and festive banner to welcome the kids back to school!

I am excited to share with you my first banner for my ‘12 Months of Banners‘ series. The first banner is for August. When I think of August, I think of back to school time. My kids actually go back this next week! Summer really flew by. I created a back to school banner to celebrate the season and to welcome my kids back to school. I thought it would be fun to hang it above our front door for our traditional first day of school photos.

August Back to School Banner - 12 Months of Banners

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August Back to School Banner

I chose some black/white and yellow/white papers from my paper pad. The black and white remind me of chalkboards and the yellow reminds me of pencils – perfect for back to school. I especially love the “You are awesome” paper. Such a fun message to share with my kids.

Paper for back to school banner

To begin you will use your banner punch board to cut out all the pennant shapes. Open the cutting arm. Align the top straight edge of your paper along the blue line that reads 6.5. Be sure the edge of your paper is far enough over to the left so that your blade doesn’t cut off the top corner. Close the cutting arm. It stays in place with magnets.

Align paper with blue line to create pennant banner

Using the blade cut out your banner shape by first running the blade along the left inner edge.

Place blade towards inside edge of plastic guide

Run blade down left inner edge

Then, cut along the right inner edge.

Run blade down right inner edge of banner punch board

Now you will have a 6.5″ pennant shape.

Completed pennant shape

Using the top punch, align your angled corner and punch a hole. Flip the paper over and punch another hole. This will create the holes to thread your twine through.

Use opposite side of punch board to punch holes in pennant shapes

Repeat this process until you have 12 pennant shapes, alternating the black and the yellow patterned paper.

Pennant shapes for back to school banner

I then used my Cricut to cut out twelve 3″ red apples from textured cardstock.

Use Cricut Explore to cut apple shapes and letters

I attached the apples to the pennant shapes using the large adhesive square.

Attach apple to pennant using adhesive square

Apple attached to pennant with adhesive square

Apples attached to pennant shapes

I also cut out the words ‘Back to School’ using my Cricut machine and the Varsity Letter font. The letters are 2.5″. Using only the outline and the corresponding inner pieces I attached the letters using the small adhesive squares. I had to cut them in half so they would not stick out the edges.

Cut small adhesive square in half

Use adhesive squares to attach letters to apples

Note: If you don’t have a die cut machine, you might be able to find pre-cut apples in your favorite scrapbook store. Or you can cut the apples out by hand using a template (search apple coloring page). You can also find plenty of letter stickers or die cuts that would work as well at the craft store.

Completed Back to School banner pennant

Cricut Design Space File: August Back to School Banner

The last step is to add twine to the banner. I chose a yellow and white twine that complemented my banner perfectly.

Back to School banner - Laura's Crafty Life

August Back to School Banner - Laura's Crafty Life

Be sure to check back to see all the other banners coming up in the 12 Months of Banners series.

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