I’ve been seeing canvas banners all over the internet lately and really loving them. I wanted to create the same look but with my own quotes and sayings. I choose to use a very heavy water color paper which you can find at Hobby Lobby for 14.99 full price, but I bought it with the 40 percent off coupon they offer each week making the entire 30 sheet pad of water color paper just 8.99. Using this heavy paper weight is the key to creating this project. And it costs a lot more to buy it as single sheets. Here is a photo for those of you who like to see the exact product.
(The math problem and scribbles are an extra bonus if you live with an 11 year old boy like me)
Supplies/Cost per Banner- (if you already own the Silhouette)
Water Color Paper 0.29 cents
Pattern Paper- 1.00 for one sheet or 1.99 for gold glitter paper
Needle and Thread- (I’m going to hope you already have these!)
Dowel- 89-1.25 depending on how thick you go. You can get three banners per dowel.
So you can make your own quote banner for as little as 2.18 a banner.
Okay lets get started!
Step 1. Decide on a quote or a saying.
I choose a few different ones. “Shake, shake, shake, shake it off.” from Taylor Swift which I can foresee pointing at often when my boys come to me in the heat of an argument.
“Reading is for Awesome people.” I just made that up. It’s for my sister for her home library. She is getting it as part of a Christmas Gift. Happy early Christmas Steph! Hope you like it.
And finally. “I think you are magic.” Just because I liked it.
Step 2. Choose your pattern paper and cut the letters out on your Silhouette.
It is really just as simple as typing out your quote and hitting cut.
Step 3. Cut out your banner shape on the water color paper. I chose to have mine come to a point in the center. The suggested paper is 11 inches by 15 inches. To cut it to a point, simply mark the center of the bottom of the paper. That is 5.5 inches for those of you who don’t like math. Then I measured three inches up on the right and left hand sides of the paper and with a ruler lined up the center mark and the 3 inch mark and cut on each side.
Step 4. Layout your design. I used a piece of wood to make sure I had straight lines.
Step 5. Adhere it all. I used a glue stick. So far everything is staying in place.
Step 6. Attach the banner to your dowel. I did this two different ways. I like the banners I attached by sewing but I tried one without it just incase sewing isn’t your thing.
To sew it:
Make two small holes on each side of your banner where you want to attach it to the dowel. Make sure you give it a good half and inch from the top so that there is enough paper to hold up the weight.
Then I just went back and forth up and over the dowel making an X shape. After doing that three or four times I then wrapped the thread around the stitches between the dowel and banner to hold it all in place and then I knotted it on the back. It seems super strong and it looks cute.
To attach without sewing:
I just scored the paper 1.5 inches down and then folded it over the dowel and taped. It made the banner smaller and it just doesn’t look as well made, so I do encourage stitching it in place if you can.
Step 7. Attach a string and its good to hang!
Here are the final banners hanging with all the font and supply details.
Font: Full Moon on Mars from www.dafont.com, The floral pattern paper is from Studio Calico, The gold glitter paper (its best if you use fine glitter) is from Michaels.
Fonts: Ondise and Trend Slab. Its just plain black card stock. and a gold glitter sticker from American Crafts.
Fonts: Bebas, but I left in the center of the o’s. The pattern paper is from Basic Grey. The ties on this are Japanese antique shoe laces. My sister lived in Japan so I thought it would be a fun addition.
That is it! These are so easy, and inexpensive and I can see myself making these and switching them out around the house all the time!
What quote would you use on your own banner? We’d love to hear!