dots & stripes pennant banner

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I’d like to share a banner that I made this past weekend for a birthday gift.   My girlfriend prepared an amazing “Very Hungry Caterpillar” birthday party for her two year old and this is a banner I made for the party (and to hang on his wall afterward). 

The theme was super specific and there are many colors/patterns to go with this cute children’s book.  I choose to keep the banner simple so that it could live on longer as room décor. 

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I’ve been wanting to try out the Echo Park Dots & Stripes papers for a while and they were perfect for this project.    This line has so many options and can go with many collections, I kept it to just the dots & stripes and didn’t add any other patterns. 

The triangle banner flags are 6 inches wide by 7 inches in height (same size I did for Gavin’s birthday banner).   It’s a good medium size, not too big and not too small. 

This time I wanted to try something new for the letters so I made them on my computer.   I created a circle template in word and put the letters inside a 2.65 inch circle (with a border).    I printed them on cardstock and then punched them out with a 2.75 circle punch.    The computer gives you flexibility to use whatever font you choose and freedom for the size of the letters too. 

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I stapled the flags to the yellow ribbon and then put a thin red ribbon on the front of the flags to hide the staples.  I love how quickly this banner came together!  I did it all in one night and now that I’ve made a few of them they are so quick. 

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Here’s how it looked at the party.  I also made a “Happy Birthday” portion that they hung going aside the big flight of stairs.  It was a great place to hang this long birthday banner. 

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If I get permission from the creative party host, I’d love to share some photos of all the fun food items from the Hungry Caterpillar party.    It was well thought out and I think you’d all enjoy seeing the event.   R&A-Happy Birthday to your sweet two year old!  

Stay tuned…..later this week I am participating in my first ever blog hop with one of my favorite scrapbook blogs and I can’t wait to share the projects I’ve made! 

Supplies:  blue, red, green pattern paper-Echo Park (Metropolitan Dots and Stripes collection), yellow pattern paper- Echo Park (Candy Shoppe Dots and Stripes Collection Lemon Drop), EK Success 2.75 circle punch, Ribbon-various, Word template to make the circles with letters. 


happy birthday banner

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Today I’d like to share the colorful birthday banner I’ve made for my son’s upcoming party.  I used the same Life of the Party paper that you saw on the invites and pinwheels.

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I used 12 different patterns of paper across the pennants (18 total triangles).

I love that I had the opportunity to use so many of the different patterns at once.  The patterns really make quite a statement when you see them all together for one presentation.

I alternated the big patterns (lots of colors) with the smaller ones (single colors) to let each piece shine.

The pennant pattern you see here on the “G” pennant below was a big source of inspiration for this banner and made me decide to use this shape for the paper.

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Below is a close up of the yellow ribbon that is on the top of the banners.  It’s a beautiful elastic ribbon with a ruffle on the bottom half.  Due to the elasticity it wouldn’t stay put with the tacky tape by itself so I had to hand stitch across the top of the yellow ribbon onto each pennant.   A staple would have worked too but I didn’t have a yellow or white staple.    I did use a silver staple to attach the banner paper pieces with the navy ribbon that goes across the back, holding the entire thing together.

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I hand cut the triangles and made them larger than I did for Matthew’s banner.


  • 7 inches wide (across the top)
  • 6 inches in height
  • navy cardstock letters are 3 inch upper/lowercase

I put “Happy Birthday” together on one string because I like how it looks when it’s long enough to fill the entire wall.  I kept Gavin on a separate string so that we can hang this in is room after the party.

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Banners are so easy/fast to make, I encourage you to make one for your next celebration!  It’s a great way to get excited about an event and remember the special moment once it’s passed.


Supplies:  pattern paper-BasicGrey, navy ribbon, yellow ruffled ribbon, Terrifically Tacky Tape-Provo Craft, staples, Navy Cardstock-Bazzil, letters-three inch die cuts, glue dots

baby girl pennant banner

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I wanted to share a beautiful gift that was given to me a year ago for Gwen’s birth.   It’s a pennant style banner that says “Gwenyth”  and is decorating the wall in her baby room

It was a special handmade baby shower gift by my special friend Michelle.  She’s been making these for others and I was thrilled to be the recipient for one of her lovely baby banners. 

I picked paper that would match the colors I was using in her room for the wall color and accents (light green, light pink, blue, brown, etc). 

Fits just perfectly above the closet door:

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  • Michelle used die cuts at Ben Franklin to cut most of the shapes:  the triangle for the pennant (7 wide at top & 9 1/2 in height), 4 inch circle scallops for the letters to sit in side (2 1/2 inches tall). 
  • All of the pattern papers used are from the BasicGrey Lemonade Collection.  I made sure to get two of the collection packs so that it could be used for both the handmade gifts being made for the baby room.   I am planning to use this paper to make some baby girl scrapbook layouts in Gwen’s baby album too.


  • Ribbon is sewed across the top to give it great stability.  It’s bunched up to create a beautiful look.  Short pieces of ribbon is also tied in between each pennant. 

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close up of the ribbon: 


Close up detail of the full pennants:

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Here’s a photo taken by Michelle at my shower after I opened the banner.  Thank you Michelle for the beautiful gift that looks so lovely in Gwen’s room!   We love it!!   

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