My mom has worked for the same dentist for 44 years! Needless to say, oral health care was very important in our household. I wanted to make something special for Dr. T’s office as he has known me since I was born and has taken such good care of not only my teeth but our entire family’s teeth. My mom and I designed this banner to hang in the waiting room in support of World Oral Health Day and I am going to show you how you can make the bunting shapes yourself without the use of a cutting machine!
TO GET STARTED, you will need:
- Cardstock Warehouse Cardstock Papers
- Zig Glue Pen
- Hole Punch
- Cotton Twine or Thin Nylon Rope
To make your bunting shapes, start with the bottom layer. I like to use half of a letter sized sheet of paper just to make measuring and cutting easier!
- Take an 8.5” x 11” piece of cardstock and cut it in half.
- Fold one of those halves in half lengthwise.
- Using a ruler, draw a diagonal line from the fold up to the outside edge. The bigger the angle, the deeper your point will be at the bottom.
- Keeping your cardstock folded, cut on the line.
- Open the fold and you now have your 5.5” x 8.5” pattern for the base.
To make the top layer:
- Use the same pattern and fold down the top edge about an inch.
- Take a 4.5” x 7.5” piece of cardstock and center it inside the fold of your pattern. Hold it in place with a paperclip.
- Flip over the pattern with cardstock and trace the angled point onto the bottom edge.
- Cut and now both your top and bottom layers are proportional!
Now that you know how to make the pattern, you can customize it to any shape or size that you want.
Time to assemble!
Use the glue pen to attach your letters and other elements. The rollerball tip of the pen is perfect for the small pieces. For the really thin parts, dot the glue instead of drawing a line!
It was my mom’s idea to use the toothbrush for the exclamation mark! We opted out of displaying the excavator as it might give some people the jitters.
Once all of your pieces are glued together, punch a couple holes and string onto your cotton twine or nylon rope. I always try to get it at the hardware store, so much cheaper than at the craft stores! A good rule of thumb is to make your banner less than 5-6 feet wide. If it is any more than that it can get heavy, will be hard to hang and will not easily fit where you want it to go.
I love the crisp and clean look of the banner while the Stardream and Mirror collections keep it fun and give it dimension.
Happy Crafting & Brushing!
-Melanie (A Peace of Creativity)