This time of year it is always fun to feather the nest a little. Today’s craft project is perfect for this! I think you will enjoy adding some fall decor and color to your space with this Thanksgiving crafts banner.
More Banner Ideas
Choose your Banner Message and Design
Draw up your own banner designs, or you can use my banner template, available in the shop HERE. Two designs are available now and there are more patterns on the way for Christmas!
The digital download includes the background shapes template and 2 type styles for the letters. Your choice to mix and match!
Girls Night Craft Party
I invited friends and family members over on two separate occasions, and we really enjoyed making the banners you see pictured here and a couple for Christmas that I will share next month!
It was fun to get creative, share ideas, and have a little wine as we worked!
This is an excellent craft for a small group. It is easy to share supplies; the host can buy a variety of items, or everyone can bring something to contribute. Your girlfriends can each make their own banner and take it home with them.
Crafts with Kids
Kids will also enjoy this project. It is straightforward; cutting paper and gluing is the hardest part. Work as a family to create one together! It will be a keepsake to hang up in your home and enjoy for years to come.
Custom Banner Ideas
Banners are fun for any season, celebration, or holiday. The designs today are celebrating the fall and Thanksgiving season, but below are other celebration and holiday ideas for creating a DIY craft banner:
Happy Birthday Banners
Happy Anniversary Tidings
Game Day Party Pennants
Welcome Guest Greetings
New Years Day Wishes
Valentines Day Sayings
St Patricks Day Messages
Independence Day Banners
Merry Christmas & Hanukkah Messages
Handmade Gift Idea
If you are feeling ambitious, I absolutely love this craft for gift giving! You can personalize every detail for your recipient.
Making multiple banners is easy when you get the hang of it and have all your supplies out. Consider making one for yourself and one to give away.
A fall harvest or Thanksgiving crafts banner would make a very, special gift! Bring one to the host of your Thanksgiving dinner.
It is a personal gift and functional too. Pick a decorative paper to match their home decor and use a design that fits their personality. You can also choose a theme specifically for another holiday, milestone birthday or anniversary, etc.
A Budget-Friendly Craft Project
Paper banners are an inexpensive art project, especially if you already have some basic craft odds and ends in your collection.
The star of the show is scrapbooking paper. A glue stick, paper scissors, and a paper punch are all you need for essential tools. And to round it out, old buttons, ribbon, trinkets, or trims work great to add some embellishments to the final product.
There are so many beautiful scrapbooking papers, trims, and embellishments available these days to fit any occasion. It is hard to narrow down the choices.
Design your own banner, or you can use my banner template, available in the shop HERE.
One design is available now and there are more patterns on the way! The digital download includes background templates and 2 styles of letters. Mix and match to get exactly what you want!
Where To Buy Scrapbook Paper and Banner Materials
Scrapbooking paper is available in most craft stores and on Amazon.com. It comes in so many beautiful colors and patterns! You can buy it by the sheet or purchase a book. There are TONS available, so look around and find what works best for you!
Below are a few of the options that I found on Amazon within the fall and Thanksgiving decor themes.
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Below are the craft materials needed for your DIY banner project. Some of the supplies are optional, so read closely.
Paper Banner Supplies
Paper Glue or Glue Stick HERE
Embellishments buttons, ribbon or trim, etc.
Banner Template download optional HERE
Brayer not pictured & optional
Xacto Knife optional
Cutting Mat optional HERE
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DIY Paper Banner Instructions
Below is a step-by-step tutorial.
Choosing your Banner Design – Paper, Colors, and Patterns
1 Collect all of your supplies. Choose the word or message for your banner. Also, you’ll need to decide if you will cut your letters out of paper or print them with a printer directly on the scrapbooking paper.
Next, draw up your own crest design or print out my banner templates, available HERE.
One design is available now and there are more patterns on the way! The digital download includes background templates and 2 styles of letters. Your choice to mix and match!
TIP Make a cardboard version of your template if you are making more than one banner.
Choose 2 coordinated papers for each letter; one for the front, one for the background, and one for the letter itself (if you are cutting it out of paper).
Lay the paper pairs out across a table or the floor to decide if they work well as a set. Adjust the placement of the colors and patterns if necessary, so the whole banner is balanced.
Cutting and Printing out your Banner Paper
2 Cut out your letters (optional) and the background crest shapes with a scissor, Cricut, or another cutting machine.
DO NOT cut out the front crest shapes yet if you are printing the letters with a printer. If you are cutting the letters out of paper, go ahead and cut the front crest shapes out now too.
3 Next print out each letter (optional) on the scrapbook paper that you chose for each letter.
TIP Find out if your printer can handle smaller size pieces of paper. If it can you do not have to waste as much paper. Some printers require letter size only, so you may need to cut the paper to fit your specific printer.
4 Now cut out the front sheets for the banner with your printed letter.
TIP For the printed letter pieces, lean the template shape and the newly printed letter up on a window or on a lightbox. Trace around the outline with a pencil and cut out with scissors.
Glue and Decorate your Banner
5 Glue the fronts on to the backs. Use a brayer if you have one to get a smooth finish.
CAUTION: Be sure to test your paper glue with scrap paper scraps first! We found many glues made the papers curl, including Elmers’ Paper Glue.
My favorite of 4 that I tried was Scotch Glue Stick HERE. Nice and flat, good hold, and NO curling! Yay! But test first anyway to be safe and do NOT put too much glue on because it can cause bumps.
6 Now the fun really starts! String together your banner and decorate it! Punch holes in the top or to the upper sides. Consider ribbon, raffia, or burlap string to link the letters together.
Embellish with buttons, scrapbooking tapes, trinkets, flowers, or charms. Tie ribbons to a letter or at each end of your banner. You can also go clean and simple, and skip all of the razzle-dazzle. You, be you!
More DIY Banner Ideas
Want more ideas? Browse all of the project inspiration HERE. Remember to use #bebraveandbloominspired when sharing photos of your DIY projects. I can’t wait to see what you create!
I hope you will gather with your favorite people and make a DIY craft banner! If you have any questions, just leave them in the comment box below. I am happy to help.
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