today, I am sharing my May banner for my ‘12 Months of Banners‘ series. I have a lot of the We R Memory Keepers punch boards, including the 1-2-3 Punch board that allows you to create bows, envelopes and boxes. However, I know not everyone has all the boards, so I wanted to try to recreate a bow only using the Banner Punch Board. It was much easier than I expected!

May Bow Banner - 12 Months of Banners

I want to thank American Crafts for supplying me with the products for this series. This post contains affiliate links.

Supplies needed:

Since May still says spring to me, but is also leading into summer I chose some bright, fun papers to use on this banner. The background is a multi-colored stripe. The bows were made from a floral paper. And, the background of the letters were polka dots. Start by cutting the striped paper 4 inches wide.

Using the banner punch board, create a flag shape at the bottom of each banner piece by lining up the paper at the number 4 vertical white lines. Line up the top edge of your paper with the highest horizontal blue line. Close the cutting arm, and use the cutting blade to trim down first from the left and then from the right along the top guide.

Cut flag shape with Banner Punch Board

Trim the overall length of the banner piece to approximately 5 1/2 inches.

To create the bows at the top of the banner pieces, start by cutting the floral paper 1 inch wide by 4 inches long.

Cut strip of paper 1 inch by 4 inches

Use the banner punch board to notch each end of your paper.

Cut a notch on each end of the paper strip

Next, cut a piece of floral paper 1 inch by 6 inches. Mark the center of the strip and cut a notch on either side right in the middle of the strip of paper.

Cut a notch out of middle of strip of paper

Notched out piece to create bow shape

Use adhesive in the middle of the strip and loop each end towards the center to create a bow shape. 

Loop ends and attach in the middle

Note: Once the bow shape is looped you will need to trim the excess paper from the middle notched section using scissors.

Trim a strip of pink paper from the leftover stripe paper. Wrap it around the center of the bow and secure on the backside. Attach the bow to the strip you cut at the beginning with adhesive. Attach the whole thing to the banner using your tape runner.

Make a paper bow with the Banner Punch Board

Use your paper trimmer to cut a polka dot piece that is 2 inches by 3 inches. Very carefully line up the corners of the paper with the ‘V’ shape in the cutting guide.

Line up corners of paper with the V shaped cutting guide

Use the blade to notch out both ends of the paper.

Notched edge using Banner Punch Board

Stick a gold Thicker letter on the polka dot piece.

Thicker on Banner piece

Attach the whole letter shape using adhesive foam squares.

May Bow Banner - Laura's Crafty Life

Use pink twine to string the whole banner together. I am so excited to be able to find so many uses for the Banner Punch Board. It is really so versatile. 

May Bow Banner

I apologize for all the kitty fur in the pictures of the punch board. My cat decided to help with this craft project by laying on top of everything!

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

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2 Comments on May Bow Banner

  1. Thank you for the post. I have a question. When I hammered the Grommet onto some practice material NOTHING happened. It looks like the setter is too big possibly. I bought the grommets and the tools seperately but the size matches. Any thoughts?

    • It really depends on the material you are working with. I know when I first started using eyelets, I had to hammer much harder than I originally thought. Be sure to place your mat underneath the paper or vinyl, or whatever you are working with and place that on a hard, firm surface – like a table or the floor. You may have to hammer several times to get it to go through. If you are still having trouble, you may want to invest in a Crop-O-Dile. You use it similar to a hole punch, just squeeze the handle together, and I have never had any problems punching through any kind of material – even chipboard! Crop-O-Dile by We R Memory Keepers:
      I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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