Happy 1st day of December everyone! I absolutely love this time of year! We already have all of our Christmas decorations up and have been making our homemade Christmas candy as well as enjoying Christmas music! This year it is much more fun decorating and celebrating because Reagan actually understands what we are doing. It is fun coming up with our own family traditions that she will enjoy every Christmas season.
Today I wanted to share one of the decorations we made this year, because it is seriously so cute, easy to make, inexpensive, and can be stowed away and used every year. It would also make a really cute gift for someone! It is our Be Merry Banner. You can use other phrases that you think of, but I really liked “Be Merry” for ours. I am going to give step by step instructions of exactly how I made it, and if you have any questions just ask them in the comments below. Hope you guys like it!
Things you need:
Twine (for hanging)
Single hole punch
Step 1. Decide what word or phrase you want for your banner
This is important to know before you go and get your supplies, because the number of letters in the word or phrase will determine how many sheets of paper you will need. If you are going to use “Be Merry” you will need 9 sheets of decorated paper (of your choice); be sure to pick one green page which will be used to cut the Christmas tree. You will also need two sheets of sparkly paper to use for the letters. (two is probably more than you need but it’s nice to have more just in case you mess up) Lastly, you need 10 sheets of a solid color (I chose red) which is the base layer color and will also be directly behind the letters.
Step 2. Measure, cut, and glue
The dimensions of the sheets of paper are 12 in x 12 in which actually works out perfect for this project. I found it easiest to take one paper and using a pencil, make marks where all of the cuts will be.(should look similar to this picture)
The back piece of paper should be 9 inches tall and 6 inches wide, meaning you can fit two per sheet. To make the cut-outs at the bottom, measure 3 inches in(the exact middle) and 1 1/2 inches up. Then draw a line to each corner. Repeat on each remaining sheet. With the extra paper left at the top of the sheet you can make the small squares the letters will go on. They will be 4 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide. In order to make the second paper (the decorated one that goes on top of the red backing) do the same thing but measure 8 1/4 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide. It’s important that enough of the red shows behind the smaller decorated paper so you should place them on top of each and the red should show about 1/4 inch all the way around. If it doesn’t, just trim a little where necessary.
Once you have everything cut out, take each decorated sheet and glue it on top of the red sheets. Then center the smaller red rectangle on the decorated sheet and glue. Using a glue stick is key because if you were to use regular liquid glue it will make the paper curl. Arrange the sheets in a pattern you like.
(I had to arrange the pattern a few times to get it how I wanted)
Step 3. Cut letters and Christmas tree
I wanted a specific font for the letters, so I went on a Pinterest hunt to find free printables letters to trace and cut out. If you are super crafty and have the Cricut, it will cut the letters out for you! If you’re like me, and need to do it the old fashioned way, you can get the same letters I have here: Free printable letters. Enlarge each letter to 3 1/2 in. by 2 in. and then print and cut them out. Next, trace the letters on the back side of the glittered paper and then cut them out. **It is important that you trace the letters backwards so that when you flip them over to the glittered side they are the correct direction. On certain letters you may need to use an X-acto knife.
For the Christmas tree, google an image that you like, and print and trace it. Decorate the tree however you like. I used a hole punch on the glittered paper to make several little circles that I glued right next to each other to make garland. Then I cut out a star for the top of the tree. Once the tree is decorated, glue it and each letter to its page.
Step 4. String banner
Lastly, punch a hole in the top two corners; make sure you don’t get too close to the edge or the twine will tear the paper. Put the twine through each hole leaving an inch or so in between each letter. Leave enough twine on the ends so it can hange with a little curve.
I hope this tutorial made sense and if it didn’t, hopefully the pictures helped clarify what I was trying to say. If any of you make one, please send me a picture, I would love to see how they turn out! I hope you have as much fun making this as I did!