How to make a pennat flag banner

My little man is turning one very soon, so it gave me an excuse to craft. I love doing anything creative, and this was so easy. Flag banners are so cute and fun. They are extremely versatile, as well. You can use them at wedding showers, baby showers, birthday parties, carnival events, etc. I used card stock for the flags, but you can use fabric or scrapbook paper. I also used ribbon to connect each flag, but you can use twine, jute cord, or whatever inspires you.


My supplies:

  • Multicolored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue dots
  • Peel and stick letters
  • Yarn needle
  • Ribbon (not pictured)
  • Hole punch (not pictured)


  1. Determine how big you want your flags to be. I decided to go with a 5 inch base because I did not want my letters to look tiny.
  2. To make the actual flag stencil:
    1. Use a ruler to draw a 5 inch base.
    2. In the center of the 5 inch line, draw a line perpendicular to the base (to where the point of the triangle would be).
    3. Use a ruler to connect the two points on each side.
    4. Cut out the triangle.
    5. Viola, you now have your stencil.
  3. Use the stencil to trace triangles on your sheets of card-stock or scrapbook paper.trace
  4. Cut out triangles.
  5. Once you have your flags, place letters on each flag. I used peel and stick letters to save time. If some of the sticky was lacking, I added a glue dot to secure the flag.
  6. Preview how it looks before you get ready to string your flags. When I looked at this, I decided that the P’s in happy, colors, should be switched. Neon green on yellow is hard to read. I also decided to have a flag in the middle of the words to act as a space. I’m debating putting a Mickey cutout on the “space” flag, since he’s having a Mickey themed birthday party. Haven’t decided yet….step-3
  7. Once the flags are to your liking, punch holes in the top, so they can be strung. I decided to do two holes on each flag. I didn’t worry about the spacing between holes being perfect. I wanted the banner to look homemade.  To me, homemade equals made with love.  I also didn’t have a single hole punch, so I used a three hole punch.
  8. Once you have your holes punch, string your flags. I used Happy Birthday ribbon and a yarn needle to help the threading. Keep in mind when stringing to always thread the flags the same way. I threaded from back to front because I wanted the ribbon to show.
  9. After your flags are all on, adjust any spacing, and you are done! So easy and fun!




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