I have finally started putting up my Easter decorations over the weekend and our house is feeling ready for spring! When I realized I didn’t have an Easter banner for our mantel, I created this paper banner using some of the pretty papers I had in my stash. I am a big fan of banners! They have the ability to quickly and easily add seasonal decor to any space and they are usually inexpensive. This banner is made from just paper and ribbon – two things I already have plenty of!
Below is the tutorial and the free PDF pattern – as well as an SVG cut file! You definitely don’t need a cutting machine to make this banner, but it will go quicker. I always find round shapes a bit tricky with my X-Acto knife so it was nice to use my Cricut to do all the cutting.
Last week I went crazy making Easter projects so I’ll be posting a few projects to the blog before Easter. Now, if the rain would stop, it would really feel like spring!! :)
Supplies Needed for DIY Paper Easter Egg Banner
- Free PDF and SVG patterns – located at the end of this post
- White cardstock – I used 110 lb printing paper
- Patterned cardstock
- Cutting machine or X-Acto Knife and paper trimmer
- Cutting mat
- Glue or a tape runner
- Stylus or another tool to poke holes
** This past week has been all clouds and rain so these step-by-step pictures are a bit grainy! **
Step One: Use the free pattern to cut out the banner. Each pattern, both the PDF and the SVG, come with a template guide. Cut out the dark grey center, careful to keep the outer edge of the pattern intact. The dark grey piece will be your pattern for the patterned cardstock, and the light grey border will be your template for poking the holes.
Step Two: Use the light grey border guide to poke holes for lacing the banner. Layer both sheets of white paper on your cutting mat and poke the holes through both at the same time. I made little pokes with my stylus then lifted my banner pieces up and poked through the holes again to make them large enough for my needle to get through. *If you choose to not lace these with ribbon, skip to Step Five :)
Step Three: Cut the patterned paper using the dark grey pattern piece . This layer will be sandwiched in between the two white layers. You can use multiple pieces of patterned cardstock or just one piece. When this layer is finished, center it on the white back piece and adhere it using glue or a tape runner.
Step Four: Lace the ribbon through each banner piece. I used an embroidery needle with a large eye and 1/8″ ribbon. You can tape down the ends of the ribbon on the back side and use a simple backstitch. This step took the longest because I had to make sure my ribbon wasn’t twisting. On a few of them, I ignored what the back looked like and just focused on the front since I knew my banner would be against our mantel or a wall!
Step Five: String the banner pieces together! You can do this simply by punching holes with a hole-punch and using ribbon, yarn or twine. I chose to lace the ribbon through the top with a small bow on each banner piece. If you do it this way, you will be using small lengths of ribbon instead of one long strand.
This banner is so sweet and full of springtime cheer. It felt so good to take down my winter decorations! Along with this banner, I put up the Easter pillow wreath my mom made me and this fun bunny welcome sign I crafted up a couple years ago. I am working on a bunch of Easter projects this week, including finishing up Easter basket liners for my kids’ baskets! This is the first year we are really doing Easter baskets and I’m so excited. I always loved searching our house for my basket on Easter – it is such a fun tradition :)
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