I probably should have put this up last week so that if you decided to make it, you would have been able to enjoy it for longer than just the week leading up to Valentine’s. (sorry about that) BUT – it is super-simple and takes less than 30 minutes start to finish – so you could make it today and have a decoration up in minutes!
Work with whatever paper you have – there’s no special measurements here – having written that, I know someone will want to know exactly the size of these so they are 6″ wide by 8″ tall (15.2cm by 20.3cm).
I wanted my banner to look like little flags – but I have seen triangular ones that are equally as cute.
The easiest way (for me) to create that perfect tail, is to use a square piece of paper and centre it on the bottom of the banner piece. Find the centre of your banner and line up the tip until the square piece meets at each bottom corner.
A visual might explain better:
Then just trace that line and cut.
My banner reads “I Love You” so I knew I needed 8 flags total.
Next you need some way to make your letters POP. I used my Bigshot machine and some circle dies I had, but you could easily just trace a mug and glass to give you varying sized circles.
Before you start gluing things together, you’ll want to add a lip to your flag. Something to fold over your string/twine to hold the flag in position.
I scored a line at 1/2″ on each flag. You don’t have to do a formal score line – you could just fold them over, just try to make each fold the same so that your banner doesn’t look unbalanced.
Once you have them folded, you can centre and adhere your circles.
I was able to use my Silhouette machine to create the letters, but again, you could easily just draw them in with a sharpie as well.
String your twine across your mantle, space the letters out equally and add a bit of glue to make sure they stay in place.
I’m thinking that if I want to re-use this again next year, I could put a coat of mod podge on it and it would become pretty durable and colour-fast.
I made this in the 30 minutes between my last meeting and picking up my kids from school – sometimes you just gotta squeeze in a craft!
Come back tomorrow for another Valentine decoration – again, just in time!
Have a great one!