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Tutorial: Simple Banner

November 28th, 2012 by Jeannine

Tutorial: Simple Banner

For my friend’s bridal shower, I was feeling crafty so I created a banner to help make the room a little more festive. After being inspired by this Michaels tutorial, I decided to make it my own way and I was surprised at how easy it was. Aside from my printer not working and having to go to Staples to use their printer, it was a breeze! Here’s what you need:

  • Paper, white or patterned, whatever will work in your printer
  • Cardstock
  • Paper cutter/trimmer
  • Glue dots or double sided tape
  • 7/8″ ribbon
  • Single hole punch
  • Computer with word processing program & printer

Most of these items can be found at Michaels or any office supplies or craft store. Don’t forget the Michaels 40% off coupons!


  1. Download this template. This document contains pre-formatted tables with 4″x6″ sized letters. Type in each letter you need for your phrase. Note that if you change the font you may have to alter the font size or cell formatting to align it in each cell.
  2. Print the letters… don’t worry the greyed lines on the document will not be printed so you can cleanly cut around the squares.
  3. Use a paper trimmer to cut the letter boxes out.
  4. Pre-cut cardstock sized slightly bigger than the letter boxes so you can use them as mats. I kept my letter boxes at 4″x6″ so I cut out 4.25″x6.25″ sized cardstock.
  5. Attach each letter box to your cardstock mat using the glue dots. Make sure it’s centered properly!
  6. Punch 2 holes at the top of each letter cards. For mine, I punched holes 1 inch away from the edge of the paper (not cardstock).
  7. Thread the ribbon through the holes without cutting the ribbon from the spool. You need a lot of ribbon at either end in case you need to adjust and make the banner wider and of course to have enough to tie a bow at each end.
  8. Once you’ve figured out how long the banner needs to be, tie a bow at each end and cut off the excess ribbon. And you’re done!
  9. Affix onto wall with adhesive of your choice, or pin the ribbon ends onto fabric (table cloth, curtains or backdrop)

Customize it!

  • Use different colours of cardstock for each mat.
  • Use textured, patterned or coloured paper for the letters.
  • Add a border for each letter.
  • If you are using script font, glue on some rhinestones for that added sparkle!
  • Some trimmers can trim in patterned edges, why not use a different edge rather than a regular straight edge?
  • Use multiple strands of ribbons in different colours, just make sure they are thin enough to fit the holes!

Use this banner for…

  • Guestbook table
  • Welcome banner
  • Sweets table
  • Individual bride and groom chairs
  • Bridal shower or stagette… Make it into a sash by doubling up on the ribbon.

Will you be making this banner? Tell me what you’ll be using it for!

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  • December 28th, 2012 at 5:42 am
    Linda says:

    Thanks for the tips on how to make my own banner. It will be fun to make several cute banners like this.


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