I was inspired by my “From Sea To Shining Sea” July 4th Wreath to create this new nautical-themed patriotic banner. I love the encouraging words and the festive Fourth of July colors.
- DCWV DIY Stencil, Seaside Yacht, and Chick Chat Stacks
- Xyron 3-inch Sticker Maker
- Xyron Mega Runner
- Ruler, craft knife, self-healing mat
- Permanent metallic pens
- Craft foam
- Corner rounding punch
- Jute twine
- Hole punch
- Hot glue
- Letter stamps and stamp pad
Cut out four rectangles as the base for each pennant. I used the linen papers from the Seaside Yacht stack, and one of the aqua burlap sheet from the Chick Chat stack. I cut them about 4.5×7 inches. Then, I used metallic pen to stencil on three of them. Here I’m stenciling with the polka dot circle.
I also stenciled frames on two of the other pieces. I stenciled them towards the bottom edge of the rectangles to allow room for more embellishments plus folding the top edge over the hanging twine, which we will do later.
Speaking of embellishments! I got most of these from the Seaside Yacht stack, using the pre-printed ones as well as cutting out shapes on my own. I used a tag-shaped stencil to cut out a tag that is under the “be free” embellishment. I cut little pennants from the burlap.
Now that all of my paper embellishments are assembled, I can start adhering them. I used my 3-inch Xyron to adhere almost everything. First the large piece, which I centered in the middle of my stenciled frames (then I lined up the other two pennants to be even with those). I then added a strip along the top of each pennant, also using my 3-inch Xyron.
I made foam stickers to add dimension for my smaller embellishments. Here’s how to make double-sided foam stickers with a Xyron Sticker Maker. Sometimes I stacked two foam stickers to make them stick out more, and sometimes I just used one layer.
I adhered the little scallop piece (which I drew out and cut on my own) with my Xyron Mega Runner. I added adhesive just to the top edge, as the scallop edge will dangle off the bottom.
I wanted to add some softer elements to my pennants. First, I added some jute twine detail to some of the pennants, adhering them with a dollop of hot glue. I also ran some red twill ribbon through my 3-inch Xyron and adhered that to the top edge of each scallop piece.
I folded the top of each pennant over and used hot glue to adhere them to the hanging twine. I also cut some little tag pieces (either free-handed or using embellishments from the stack) and made some additional elements to hang from the string. I used a little bit of Mega Runner adhesive to keep them in a fanned position, and tied them to the hanging string.
Also in the above pic: I added an additional “Love” to the pennant with the mini pennants on it, and I used letter stamps to add my own saying. In the pic below you can see the other two pennants close up, with their sayings.
So my pennant says, “Be free. Follow your dreams. Love. And pursue your happiness.” Just what I would love for my girls to do.
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Linking: Carolyn’s Homework