Is it just me, or do you breathe a sigh of relief when all the Christmas decorations are finally put away…and then decide the house looks too bare and start thinking about Valentine’s Day decorations? As soon as I took the stockings and garland off our mantel, all that white woodwork started bugging me. Snow outside, white mantel, white curtains – I needed some color and a pretty paper bunting seemed to be just the thing to brighten up the room.
Once I started playing around with ideas, I couldn’t decide if I wanted a banner made from colored paper or one that could BE colored, so I made both. One is now hanging on my mantel, the other is gracing a shelf in my craft room and I’m sharing super-easy directions so you can make a few, too. All you need is paper, a hole punch, 1/4″ ribbon and the templates.
For the print and color version, download the coloring page here. Print out as many copies as you’d like and let your kids go to town decorating them. If they’re going to color them with crayons, printer paper will work just fine. If they want to use markers, glitter or paint, you may want to print everything on lightweight cardstock to keep it from warping.
Side note: See the twistable crayons in that last photo? I LOVE these things. They color like a crayon but stay reasonably sharp like a colored pencil, so they’re great for details. I bought the Boy a package, tried them out and promptly bought a package for myself.
Cut out the shapes and punch holes for the ribbon. I knew I didn’t want the ribbon to show between the bumps at the top of the heart, so I flipped one over and drew a line just below the “v,” then used this as a guide to punch holes.
Once I had punched the first heart, I used it as a template for the rest so all the holes would be at the same height. I followed the same process to mark and punch holes in the pennants, then alternated hearts and pennants and threaded them onto the ribbon.
For the colored paper version, you can either use the same template as the coloring page, which will have the heart outline in the center of the banner, or you can download a plain template with just the pennant and separate heart shapes here. I also made a template that’s just the extra heart shapes for stringing between the pennants. Get that one here.
If your paper is thin enough to run through your printer, you can print the template right onto the back of colored paper or scrapbook paper and cut out the shapes. Mine wasn’t, so I printed out the plain template once, cut out the shapes and then traced them onto the back of colored card stock. For the hearts in between the pennants, I used one sheet of cardstock with a fancy glitter design and traced the hearts with the design in the center.
To get the hearts centered and in the same location on every pennant, I made a little placement guide. I folded one of my template pennants and marked the center line, cut it in half, lined up one of the heart shapes and traced around it, then cut out the heart.
I used double-sided tape on the back of the hearts, lined up the placement guide with the edge of each pennant and then taped the hearts down. I marked a line on the back of one of the hearts and one of the pennants to keep the holes level and punched them, then used those as the guide for punching the rest of the pieces.
String the banner together on the ribbon, alternating hearts and pennants.