My wedding reception planning continues this week with DIY banners. The hall we have chosen for our reception, Dayblock Event Center, has tall blank walls that are in need of a pop of color. The colors we have chosen for our reception are inspired from different minerals and rocks. However, these floral patterns add a touch of femininity to the overall theme. We plan on mixing quartz, crystals, geodes, and botanical objects to create a geological themed wedding. Stay tuned for updates on DIY decor and the planning process!
The first step in creating these banners is cutting the paper for the flags. I usually use 8.5″ x 11″ paper. I find that you can get three flags out of this size sheet of paper. You will want to cut each flag so that it measures 6″ vertical and 4″ horizontal. For one banner, twelve flags should be enough. I choose to use six solid color flags and six patterned flags.
Now that we have all of our flags cut to size, we can now cut out the bottom part of the flags. You will want to measure 2″ in on the 4″ side of each flag and draw a small mark. Next, measure 2″ up from that initial mark and draw another mark. You will want to do this on all of your flags.
For the next step, you will want to cut out a triangle from the bottom of the flag. Do this by cutting a line from one of the corners of the flag to the pencil mark that is 2″ above the bottom of the flag.
Using the same technique, cut a line on the other side of the flag. Do this to all of your flags. They should look similar to the ones in the photograph above.
Now that all of our flags are cut out, we can begin preparing them to be strung. Using a hole puncher, punch two holes near the top of the flag. Make sure that your holes are not too close to the top of the flags or else they might tear once we put the string through them.
Now we are ready to move on to the tissue paper tassels. You will want to take a sheet of tissue paper and cut 5″ strips. The strips should be 5″ wide and as tall as you would like. I usually just use the length of the tissue paper. Since we have twelve flags we will need fourteen tassels, this will allow us to put one tassel on the end of each banner.
This next step can get a little bit tricky, so feel free to reference the photographs. You will want to take each of your 5″ strips of tissue paper and cut lines about 1″ apart. The lines should be cut a couple inches below the halfway point of the length of your tissue paper. Each side of the tissue paper should have five cut streamers at the end. We will be folding these in half eventually, so each tassel will have ten streamers total.
After you have cut each of the tassels, we are ready to put them together. You will want to scrunch up the tissue paper in the center of each tassel. This will allow us to twist the tassels into shape a little more easily.
Use your fingers to twist each tassel near the center. You can twist the tassels all the way to where the cuts we made previously begin. If you work too fast, sometimes the tissue paper can tear. Make sure to take extra time here if needed.
Now fold the tassel in half and continue twisting. You will want to continue twisting until you make a little loop at the top of the tassel. This is where we will string the tassels. If you want to secure your tassels a bit more, you can place a dap of hot clue on the loop where the tassels connects with itself.
Now that all of the pieces are created you can begin stringing them together. Try playing around with different textures and patterns on the flags and the tissue paper to make banners for every occasion!