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DIY Holiday Banners

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Step 1: This is a close up of the supplies (especially the “red tape”, ribbon + crepe paper). This next step (which is easily explained as opposed to shown) requires the cutting of many triangles to create the banner. You will need to make a template (out of one of the pieces of chipboard) – whatever sized triangle you would like (depending on how large you would like the banner to be, and how large your letters are). Once you have made your template, you will need to use it to trace 2 sets of triangles (one patterned cardstock, one plain cardstock) for each letter – as well as one chipboard triangle for the middle. You will need to make a triple stack of the triangles (patterned stock, chipboard, plain stock) for each letter in the banner (with a “plain” triangle in between words). For example: our “Make it Merry” banner had 13 total triangles (one for each letter in MAKE = 4; one “blank” one; one for each letter in IT = 2; one “blank” one; one for each letter in MERRY = 5, for a total of 13 {triple stacked} triangles). Adhere the *plain* stock to one side of the chipboard. Wait to adhere the patterned stock until after the next step.

Step 2: Using the red tape, make lines down the 2 long edges of the triangle (the plain chipboard side), as close to the edge of the triangle as possible. Take the roll of crepe paper, and “ruffle” it as you stick it down on to the red tape. *Be aware – the red tape is VERY sticky! Once the crepe paper is on the red tape, it is on for good!* There isn’t a “rule” to the ruffling; use your fingers to crumple and ruffle it…make it even or uneven, wide or skinny ruffles…any way you like it.

Step 3: Adhere one letter to each triangle to spell out desired text for the banner.

Step 4: Pull the top half of the ribbon over the tops of each triangle, pressing down and securing the banner inside the ribbon. Cut small strips (approx. 3 inches) of ribbon (either the same ribbon as the main ribbon used for the banner, or choose another coordinating ribbon for this part) and tie knots (or bows) in between each triangle (and on either side of the entire banner – the ends). We used the same ribbon for the “Make it Merry” banner, and different ribbons for the “Oh Joy” banner. If you wish, add embellishments (crystals, etc.) – shown on the “Oh Joy” banner.

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