4th Of July Freedom Banner

I’ve been meaning to get this craft done for the last two weeks, but life has completely gotten in the way.  We’re having a massive yard sale this weekend, so you can imagine the craziness.  If you hang out with me on Facebook, then you already know that I’ve been cleaning out, organizing, pricing and making yard sale signs!

To deal with stress {i.e. avoid the inevitable yard sale pile} and procrastinate just a little while longer, I made a patriotic banner that is just perfect for the 4th of July!

patriotic craft

My “freedom” banner is hanging above the mantel that I decorated for the 4th! It’s so pretty, but I’ll show you that tomorrow. :)

patriotic craft

Supplies Needed {for a seven pennant banner}:

  • 2 sheets 12×12 striped scrapbook paper
  • 2 sheets 8.5×11 stars scrapbook paper
  • 7 sheets white copy/printer paper
  • 1 sheet 8.5×11 red cardstock
  • 1 sheet 8.5×11 navy cardstock
  • Jute Twine for hanging the banner
  • 42″ silver rickrack trim
  • Glue Gun, Rubber Cement {or your glue of choice}, Scissors, Pen, Hole Punch

*Note: I had everything on hand except the paper items and rickrack trim. I bought the paper and cardstock at Hobby Lobby on sale, so I paid less than $5.00 on supplies for this banner! Yay!

Cut six pennants out of each 12×12 sheet of paper.  You can see how I line it out in the photo above.  For this specific pennant project be sure to cut out the pennants with the stripes running vertically.

For the star section of the pennant, cut the star paper into 2″ widths.  Then glue the striped triangles on top of the star paper strips.

1. Trim the star paper so the pennant is shaped in a lovely triangle.

2. Use hot glue to attach the silver rickrack to the seam between stars and stripes papers.

3. Add a pleated paper rosette to the pennant.  {Don’t freak out, I’ll show you how to make them! :) }

Take one sheet of plain, white copy paper and fold it in half  like you can see above.  Open up the paper and cut down the folded crease.

Then pleat the paper in 1/2″ approximate folds.  Don’t be picky about this, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Fold both pleated sections in half like you can see above.  Then use hot glue to attach the quadrant sections so a complete rosette is formed.  Then hot glue a rosette to each pennant.  I used this same concept in my Spring Banner, so check it out!

I used my Silhouette machine to cut out F-R-E-E-D-O-M from the navy paper, but you can use a stencil, print letters or whatever works for you! Glue the letters down onto red cardstock.

Trim the letters out leaving a small red border around each letter.

Punch a hole on each side of the pennants and thread jute twine through the holes to hang the banner up!

And you’re done! :)

Let Freedom Ring! :)

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  1. Love your banner, following your great instructions…I think I could make it. thanks!
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  2. Wow! That is awesome! And your step by step instructions make it look so easy! It’s beautiful!
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    • Thanks Courtney! I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend! xo

      • Soren is one lucky dude. 1) He had an awesome btirhday banner. 2) He has an awesome mama that made his btirhday banner. 3) He has a rockin’ cool name.Thanks for taking the time to post this. It’s exactly what I need. I’m going to make one just like it for my twins’ first btirhday coming up in a few weeks. I particularly love the font you used (and printing out the letters instead of tracing them). I’m going to put pics of them in the empty spaces. And, thanks for the suggestions of using the leftover triangles. I would have never thought of that!

  3. Super cute! I need to get my 4th of July on here. I only have a couple days!

  4. Oh Myra! That is SUCH a cute banner! I’m saving this in my tutorial file. You did a great job of showing how it’s done! I love it!

    • Awww, Chris! Thanks so much! I hope you are well and enjoying the summer! Happy July 4th weekend!!! xo

  5. I love the banner. I used that same star paper for a project I did for fourth of July also. I also got it on sale. Anyway love the whole mantle it looks great.

  6. This is really cute! I am going to pin this so that I remember to make it as decor for the 4th next year. Thanks for sharing!!
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  7. I’m pinning it too. So cute!
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  8. Your attention to detail really created a wonderful banner! Love that patriotism!

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