Pennants are just so darn versatile and stylish!
When I was put in charge of decorations at a party some
friends and I were giving and needed something
cute AND inexpensive, I thought of the pennants
I had seen in blogs over the past few months.
I think most folks make the pennants out of fabric but
because I wanted to go the cheapest route possible, I
decided to just use scrapbook paper.
A mistake I made was to decide on a color scheme before actually going shopping for products.
I got in my mind a light blue and red theme and then couldn't find much in that color combo.
This pack of 12"x12" paper was at Michaels on sale for $2.50 for 24 sheets so I decided to use that and then add red embellishments to it. A downside to using paper instead of fabric is that your pennant will not last as long. Also if you have these out of doors at a party and it rains...ooops! For this party,
I was going more for quick and budget-friendly; not long term re-usable decor.
There may be a perfect pennant shape to strive for but I
just found the center of the scrapbook paper on an edge
and drew a line from each opposite corner to the center
and cut from there.
This is the back side of the paper. Always draw your lines on the back so that if your
cuts are not exactly on the line, the mark will not show on the "good" side.
If you have really cute scrapbook paper, you might not
to even add embellishments, but I needed to in order
to add the red color I had wanted in the beginning.
For red embellishments, I bought a few sheets of red paper. I wanted something else red too but I was balking at buying pre-made red stickers, etc. due to the price I was seeing, however. I looked around
a little more at the craft store and came across a button-shaped paper punch in the Martha Stewart craft section. It was about $10 on sale but I reasoned that I could use scraps of paper I already had to
use it to make paper buttons in all of the paper patterns to tie the elements together
In the end it was very cost effective and I have the punch to make more embellishments in the future.
In the above picture as I attaching the pennants to the ribbon using Tacky Glue.Tacky Glue is great but (as I found out a couple of hours before the party) it did not hold the paper pennants to the ribbon I was
using. I think the ribbon was too slick probably. I used E-6000 glue after I realized my mistake which
DID hold the pennants but also made the paper wrinkle some. I used "Zip-Dry" glue (available at
Michaels and Jo-Anns) to attach the embellishments to the pennants. It works great and does not wrinkle paper (but I wasn't sure it was strong enough to use to hold the pennants to the ribbon). All of that is FYI.
Pennant in action:
( opps...this picture was taken in bright sunlight...it kinda is bleached-out looking)
Here is a wider shot:
which leads us to...
The Paper Pennant Wreath
The wreath is not award winning but just furthers the pennant
decorating theme, and welcomes guests to the party.
The wreath itself was $2.50 on sale, ribbon $2, paper about 50 cents so all together about $5.
(well, not counting a hot glue gun and the Martha Stewart button paper punch)
The letters could have been hand-written but I was doing
some more printed decorations anyway so I included them
on the paper that was going through the printer.
For this pennant I used fabric glue (since the ribbon was more like a fabric)
and the tiny clothespins (from another project) to hold the pennants down while drying.
Flowers made from left over scrapbook paper.
Paper buttons made from the MS paper punch...they are dimensional even.
Hot glue the elements on the grape vine wreath and hang.
For this same party, I made pennant invitations.
This post is already too long so I put them in their own post.
OK, so that's all the pennants that actually got made for the party.
I did use the same scrapbook paper to make more
decorations. If you would like to see those too
just keep scrolling down.
These are little birdhouses that I re-used from a vignette I did a few months ago
"Springtime Nesting". I thought the bird HOUSES were fine for a HOUSE-warming party
but my family thought it was not a good enough connection. The birdhouses ended up
with a last-minute side-ways pennant-on-a-stick glued on top.
Here is an illustration of what I had in mind to do to the little houses...tiny pennants
hanging from the roof line. I had more ideas than I had time.
In addition to re-using the little bird houses, I got a bigger bird house to paint and use by
itself on another table at the party. I ended up painting it similar to the little ones in case
I wanted to use them together in the future.
Here is the larger bird house on a candle holder (to elevate) on the main food table.
I think food and drink signs at a party are helpful and can add another layer of a party's theme.
These are inexpensive and easy to make. They are free-standing so they are easy for guests to see.
Wrap a styrofoam cube from Dollar Tree in a co-ordinating paper.
A 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper will work on the 4x4 piece of foam too
as long as you don't cover the side that will be directly on the table (not seen).
To eliminate seeing tape on this project, I use pins to hold the paper on the foam.
This is a screen shot of the printing of scrapbook paper I ran through
my printer for a food table sign(Sweet Things), an individual drink offering (Margaritas),
and also for the little pennant on the front door wreath. If you can combine things you
are going to print, you end up using less paper for your decorations.
Here is the printed scrapbook paper. Cut apart the different elements.
Glue skewers on the back of your food sign. When it is dry, push the skewers into the foam.
I didn't want to worry about what the sticks looked like so I pushed them all the way in.
If you want the sign to be taller, you can use taller skewers and not push them in all the way.
The skewers will show this way so you might want to paint them if nekkid skewers bother you.
Here is the "Sweet Things" sign with a few paper buttons added on. For individual offering
signs, I just make small "tent cards" out of a stiffer paper and glue the text on.
Here are a couple more signs:
Another easy element to add was to print text onto scrapbook paper ( I got four per piece of paper..print the text going along the long side of the paper), cut it and glue it around a candle.
Obviously I made two runs of these. The guest of honor's name is "Angela"; not "Anglea".
I only noticed the mis-spelling as I was putting these out at the party...nobody ever
said anything about the boo-boo. I wasn't very precise with cutting the bands
the same size either...you can do better, I know. These were scattered around so really the
size difference was not that noticeable.
I added the paper buttons on back of the candles to make it (kinda, sorta) look like the
bands were buttoned on.
Directional signs are also helpful to guests and are easy to print at home. I used a 8 1/2" x 11" piece
of (cut down) scrapbook paper to run through the printer for the text. Then added a cut out arrow from construction paper (cheaper than using tht much ink in printer). This was then glued onto a cut down
piece of poster paper.
The sign was then taped with packing tape to a plant hanger. The hangers are made for pushing into the
ground so it was easy to place the sign at a turning point for guests driving to the party.
Whew! That's why I didn't have any blog posts last week...
I was a "party girl".
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