Once the holidays are around the corner, decorations come flying out from every store and garage they’ve been stored in. It's time to decorate! Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, or New Year’s Eve, decorations are a must and an easy way to bring the holidays into your home is with banners. Banners add a bit of zhoosh to your living room or office, and you won't have to spend a fortune, especially if you’re doing it yourself aka DIY. In this article, we’re going to show you how to make a banner for Martin Luther King Jr. day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day banner
As the new year rolls in, the civil rights movement kingpin, Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered and honored on the third Monday in January. MLK day is usually celebrated with family, and if you're planning on throwing a party next time, we recommend using this easy banner that ties into the theme of the MLK day, which is Justice, Equality, and Freedom. We’ve chosen to do an easy “I have a dream” banner that you can hang up across your fireplace or in front of your house to honor the MLK day. Here's what you'll need.
Alphabet punch board
Scissors or Xacto
Chevron Chipboard Pennants (2 packs of 9 5” x 8” pennants)
Now that you have all these, its time to get started on your banner! You can either buy the pennants in stores or print them online. The pennant would be used as a stencil to trace the shape onto the back of the scrapbook paper. Cut the shape using either a pair of scissors or an X-Acto knife. Repeat this for each letter of the “I have a dream” banner. You should have 11 pennants. If you’re trying to get letters, you can print them online as well or get the letters in stores. Now, stick the scrapbook paper to the chipboard pennant and use a hole puncher to punch the paper to match up with the hole in the pennant where you will put the string through to hold up the banner. The punch board should be used to cut the letters you’ll need for your banner using cardstock. Use glue/tape to stick each letter to the scrapbook paper using the adhesive. String each pennant onto your string and place each pennant about 4 inches apart. You can secure the pennant to the string with tape or hot glue so that everything stays in place when you hang it up and your "I-Have-A-Dream" holiday party banner is on.
Thanksgiving Banner - Give Thanks
On the fourth Thursday of November, we gather around with family and friends to give thanks for our family and friends over a large oven-baked turkey and some wine. To celebrate this bright occasion, you can add a bit of pizzazz to your living space with a Thanksgiving flag banner. For this one, we went with the "Give Thanks" banner. This ten-word banner is quick and straightforward to make with your family and friends, and here's what you'll need.
Metallic gold thread
For the letters, you can either print them and cut with scissors or an X-Acto knife or use a silhouette machine to cut out the letters. Print them on a card stock paper for durability on your house flags. To make the banner a bit more festive, you can print and cut out some fall leaves pattern and place them between each letter. Cut ten pieces of burlap that are 5 ½" by 16", fold each piece in half lengthwise, and then cut a triangle out of the bottom, the top of the triangle can be 2.5" up from the bottom of the pennant. Fold the top a little to give space for the twine. Cut out your leaves on felt with a sharpie. Cut out the background rectangles for the letters using a ruler draw 3 ½" x 5" rectangles. You'll need ten pieces. Add heat bind to the felt before cutting letters. Iron the heat bond side of the letters to the felt rectangles. This makes the decorative stitching a bit easier to do. Your letter won't move around while you sew. Take the felt to your sewing machine to make vein-like details on the leaves. Now pin your rectangles with the letters to the burlap pennant, place them 1” from the top. Sew them on about 1/4″ in from the sides of the felt through both layers of burlap. After sewing the rectangle, you'll have a little pocket to put the twine through. Pass the twin through the open space of the pennants and once all pennants are strung together, use clothespins to attach your leaves between each letter.
New Year’s Eve Banner
After Thanksgiving celebrations in November, we move on to the Christmas winter celebrations and then finally seal the years deal with a New Year's Eve party. If you forgot to celebrate the other two parties with your family, you have a final chance at redemption with an awesome New Year’s Eve party. Here’s what you’ll need.
This banner is easy and is sort of a last-minute party decoration in case you forgot t get banners for your NY eve party. Print and cut the letters of your banner. We chose a "Welcome To The New Year." Cut your cardstock into squares of about 12 x 14 inches and then place your letters, which should be 19 in total. Use adhesive to stick the printed-out letters on the cardstock or pennants. Then use a hole puncher, to put holes in the top right and left side of the pennants. Pour a bit of glue on the top of each of the pennant and pour glitter on the glue. Leave to dry. Once the glitter is dry, use a string to join all the letters together. And there you have it your custom made “Welcome To The New Year."