How to Make a Patriotic Banner

by Gloria Stengel

Create a quick and easy patriotic banner to decorate your home for the 4th of July. Or, change up the paper and colors to create a birthday, graduation, or retirement party banner!


  • 1 Silver Glitter Cardstock
  • 1 Curious Metallic Red Lacquer Cardstock
  • 1 Curious Metallic Ink (Navy) Cardstock
  • 1 Core'dinations Kraft Star Print Cardstock
  • 2 Patriotic themed paper
  • Die cut shapes:
  • Star, Lacy Pennant, Nested Pennant
  • Mini Paper Rosettes, Go Slim Alphabet
  • Circle punches (3/4", 1/2")
  • 6 Canvas Corp Brands mini clothes pins
  • Twine
  • Scraps of chipboard
  • Glue, Scor-tape, Foam adhesive
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Use Lacy Pennant die to cut three pennants from Ink Curious Metallic Cardstock. Repeat with Nested Pennant die and star print kraft cardstock.

    Step 2

    Use double-sided adhesive to attach one star-print pennant to each lacy pennant. Each pennant is approximately 4 1/2" long and 3" wide.

    Step 3

    Use a star die to cut three stars from silver glitter cardstock. Each star is approximately 3 1/4" at the widest point.

    Step 4

    Use foam adhesive to attach a silver star to each pennant.

    Step 5

    Use a Mini Rosette die to cut three strips of patriotic paper. Cut six, 3/4" circles from kraft and blue cardstock. Cut "USA" from chipboard and again from red cardstock.

    Step 6

    If you do not have access to a rosette die, cut a strip of paper 12" x 1 1/4". Use a scallop punch to trim one long edge so that the strip is 1" wide. Score every 1/4" from the short end. Fold.

    Step 7

    Fold the paper strip into rosette shapes and glue. Glue kraft circles to the back and blue circles to the front of each rosette. Punch three 1/2" circles from patriotic paper and glue in place.

    Step 8

    Glue the red cardstock letter to the top of each chipboard letter.

    Step 9

    Glue one completed rosette to the center of each star.

    Step 10

    Glue one letter to the center of each rosette.

    Step 11

    String the pennants together with twine. Use tape to secure twine to the back of each pennant. Glue mini clothes pins to each pennant corner.

    Step 12

    Add red clothespins to the "U" pennant. Tie a tiny bow with twine and glue it to the left corner of the pennant.

    Step 13

    Add white clothespins to the "S" pennant. The twine is one strand of natural burlap and one strand of red/white/blue baker's twine.

    Step 14

    Add blue clothespins to the "A" pennant. Tie a tiny bow with twine and glue it to the right corner of the pennant.

    Step 15

    The banner stretches approximately 24" wide and is 4 1/2" tall. Enjoy!