What do you get when back-to-school supplies and a brand new Silhouette machine collide? A pencil-inspired paper banner!
This was a lot of fun to make. I designed the pencil in Photoshop then broke the design into individual pieces, one piece for each color. A little fiddling in Silhouette Studio and, ta-da!
This went together a little like jigsaw puzzle. I used pink card stock for the eraser portion and the banner background, then added the other pieces on top one at a time, starting with the “lead” and working my way up. I loved using the Silhouette for this – every piece was exactly the same size and they all fit together perfectly.
I used a double-sided tape runner to glue all the pieces in place, then used a round pencil like a rolling pin and rolled over the assembled pennants to make sure all the cut edges were nice and flat. Once that was done, I strung them together on 1/4″ grossgrain ribbon.
I’m new to designing my own Silhouette files and can’t quite wrap my head around sharing the SVG file just yet, but I did put together a PNG version that you can download here. If you’re familiar with how to import and outline files in Silhouette Studio, you can use this to cut out your own banner. Just make sure you resize it to 8-1/2″ x 11″ if it doesn’t automatically import at that size. (If you’re not familiar with importing and editing, this is a great tutorial. I’ve learned so much from Silhouette School already!)
In the meantime, the banner is hanging in my craft room and taunting my son as a reminder that the first day of school is just around the corner!