Today, I am sharing my January banner for my ‘12 Months of Banners‘ series. For us, January includes New Years and both my daughters and husbands birthdays. I wanted to create a banner that would work well for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day, as well as be a way to celebrate the birthdays in my family. I created a celebrate banner using a neutral paper with a pop of gold peeking through.
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- We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board
- Wood grain paper from Pebbles Paper Pad: Best of
- Gold paper
- Paper trimmer
- Brown and white twine
- Cricut Explore
- Adhesive squares
For each new banner, I try to push myself to come up with a new technique to create the banner. Instead of adding cut out letters to the front of the banner, I wanted to cut out the letters on the banner itself and attach gold foil cardstock on the back to show through.
I started by figuring out how big I wanted my banner pieces to be. I tested a couple different size rectangles using plain printer paper and the banner punch board.
I ended up with a starting size of 3″ wide x 5″ tall. I created a file on Cricut Design Space that would cut out the rectangle shape with the letter inside. You can click on the link below to create your own banner.
Cricut Design Space file: Celebrate Banner
After designing the file, I cut out the pieces using the wood grain paper from the Pebbles, Inc. paper pack with my Cricut Explore. It is neutral, but trendy right now. It would work well for New Years and also to have out for any birthday celebrations we are going to have.
Note: Make sure when removing your pieces from your cutting mat, to save the inner pieces of the letters, on the A, B and R. You will need them later. You can save the cut out letters for another project.
Using the banner punch board, line up your paper on the vertical white lines at the 3 position. Close the cutting arm. Use the blade to cut down from the left top edge.
Then, use the blade to cut down from the right edge. Do this on all 9 banner pieces.
Using the top punch, punch holes on either edge of the top of the banner pieces.
Cut 9 pieces of gold foil cardstock into 3″ x 3″ squares.
Attach one square on the back of each banner piece using adhesive squares. I added the squares on the banner pieces rather than the gold foil, so I could be sure they wouldn’t show on the front.
For the letters, A, B and R, use an adhesive square to attach the inner part of the letter to the gold foil.
I added brown and white twine to coordinate with the wood grain. I think we will be using this banner a lot in our home.
Be sure to check back to see all the other banners in the 12 Months of Banners series.