Monday, May 20, 2013

star banner tutorial…

Hi there!  I thought it was time to add this step-by-step tutorial here on my personal blog.  I created it almost a year ago for Doodlebug and I shared a little peek on my personal blog – but I have been getting dozens of clicks from Pinterest and I’m sure they are from my fellow crafty peeps looking for the tutorial – so here it is!  Let me know if you have any questions – and please come back again for more fun paper crafting projects!

I am excited to share this fun (and easy) project you can whip up in an hour or less and it will make your home feel extra festive.  I made my banner for the 4th of July, but it would work for many occasions depending on which papers you choose to use.

  Here are the papers I used:

I used the "b" side of pretty poinsettias, baby boy alphababies, and cool camo.  I also pulled out some ladybug, gray, and bubble blue glittered candy dots paper.  You can mix & match whichever papers you like best. 
I used a Silhouette Cameo to cut my stars. 
You could, of course, hand-cut large stars, but I’d definitely recommend investing in a Silhouette Cameo if you don’t already have one. I use mine ALL. THE. TIME!  Go ahead and cut stars from each paper:

Repeat this process for however many stars you want to create.  (I did six)

The next super useful tool you want to use is a scoring board.  My favorite is this basic large unit by Scor-Pal.  You can see it HERE.

After your stars are cut out, score them all from point to valley:

It's easier to score the stars with a score board, but you can simply fold each star if you don't have access to a score board or tool.

Now you need to fold the stars - the points are the hills and the valleys are the valleys.

   Repeat for all of the stars:

And here's the trick to keep the stars from folding down flat - squirt a puddle of hot glue right in the middle of each star on the back.

Now punch holes in all of the stars - make sure one of the points is straight UP and punch the left and right points.

My favorite tool for hole punching is the Crop-a-Dile (available here).

Decide on a pattern.  I wanted red, gray, blue, red, gray, blue - with the glitter dots divided by the other papers:

Now grab your doodle twine in coordinating colors and start tying the stars together.


Once everything is tied together, go ahead and hang up your super patriotic star banner!

If you're looking even more inspiring 4th of July projects, please check out my inspiration board on Pinterest (here)! 

Enjoy making your own banner and thanks again for stopping by! :)

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