Today I’d like to share a project with you that I’ve always enjoyed doing. But first, let me say that I love everything about pennant flag banners! These joyful little triangles are one of my favorite projects to craft. They’re incredibly simple to make, they don’t cost very much, the ways you can use them are endless, and the impressions they leave are always memorable and happy. I can’t think of anything else as beautifully useful or versatile as pennant flag banners!
Before we can get started DIY-ing, we need to decide which type of flag banners we want to make. There are generally three types of banners: paper, cloth, and vinyl. Paper is often fragile and easy to crinkle, so I consider banners made from paper to be a one-time use banner. These banners are perfect for birthday parties, indoor get together, and other events that only last a few hours and are held indoors (out of the wind). Cloth banners are long-lasting but are easily soiled if you’re not careful. Banners made from cloth are perfect for interior room decorating or parties and events that last more than one day. If the weather outside is beautiful, cloth banners are a little better option to use than paper because a light breeze will do them no harm.
For the strongest, longest-lasting, and weatherproof option, vinyl is the best choice. Banners made from vinyl can be left up rain or shine, are sturdy against a strong wind, and can be “wiped” clean with a damp cloth. The easiest and least expensive way to get vinyl for your banners is to make posters online or order and then cut them up. These banners are also great because they allow for image customization by uploading your images, designs, or photographs before printing. This is a great way to personalize your banners!
Let’s Get Started!
Here’s a list of things you’ll need. It doesn’t matter whether you decide to use paper, cloth, or vinyl as the method and tools required are the same for each, but you will want to adjust the quantity of paper, cloth, or vinyl depending on a number of pennants you aim to make.
- Printable pennant template.
- A piece of cardboard.
- A sturdy pair of well-sharpened scissors.
- A sewing machine(for cloth), or a hot glue gun(for paper or vinyl).
- An adequate amount of rope, string, or ribbon to hang your pennants.
First Step: Print and Trace
Print the template off on your computer. Make sure it’s the exact size you want your flag pennants to be. Once you have that, trace it onto the cardboard or cardstock. Once you’ve traced it, use the scissors to cut it out. You should now have a sturdy, nicely sized triangle-shaped pennant template.
Second Step: Trace and Cut
Take the cardboard/cardstock template you just made and trace it onto your chosen material (paper, cloth, or vinyl). Make sure you alternate the pattern up and down so you can maximize your material to the fullest. If you have customized images on your vinyl, you’ll need to be sure you cut them outright, so your images are correctly aligned on the flag pennants once they’re completed. Spend a few moments cleaning up any rough edges on your pennants.
Third Step: Seal the Deal
To seal the deal, you’ll need to make a “pipe” for the rope or string to sit in. You can do this by taking the top, flat end of the pennant, and folding it down and gluing only the top edge. Secure it with glue and, once dried, cut off any excess overlap on the side. This method works best with the paper or vinyl banners, for cloth pennants you’ll need to replace the glue with thread, and sew them onto the ribbon. If you intend to use the vinyl pennants outside, use waterproof glue.
Step Four: Hang Them Up
If stage three was correctly completed, you’d have a space to thread the string or rope through. If your pennants slide down, feel free to use a little drop of glue to secure them in place. Space them as close or far apart as you’d like depending on the style you’re going for.
By now, you should have some beautiful flag pennants on your hands! If you enjoyed this project, feel free to tweak my instructions and share it with your friends and family!