Updated on September 15, 2023
May Bow Banner. Create a cute banner for May using the banner punch board to make paper bows. Part of the 12 Months of Banners series.
Today, I am sharing my May banner for my 12 Months of Banners series.
I have many 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!
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How to Make a May Bow Banner
- We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board
- Patterned Papers (Pebbles Paper Pad: Best of)
- Paper Trimmer
- Adhesive Foam Squares
- Pink Twine
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 are made from floral paper. And, the background of the letters is polka dots.
Create Main Banner Pieces
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.
Then, 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.
Trim the overall length of the banner piece to approximately 5 1/2 inches tall.
Create Paper Bows
To create the bows at the top of the banner pieces, start by cutting the floral paper 1 inch wide by 4 inches long.
Use the banner punch board to notch each end of your paper.
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.
Use adhesive in the middle of the strip and loop each end towards the center to create a bow shape.
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 it 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.
Create Smaller Banner Pieces for Letters
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.
Use the blade to notch out both ends of the paper.
Stick a gold Thicker letter on the polka dot piece.
Attach the whole letter shape using adhesive foam squares.
Assemble the Banner
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.
Be sure to check back to see all the other banners in the 12 Months of Banners series.
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