DIY Christmas Banner Using Iron-On Vinyl
This festive Happy Holidays Christmas banner uses a multi-layer design and heat transfer vinyl to make an easy way to decorate for the holidays. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make your own Christmas banner this holiday season.
Make your gathering stand out with this festive “Happy Holidays” pennant banner.
This banner is made using my Holiday Layered Alphabet, some cardstock, and heat transfer vinyl.
Don’t be scared to iron vinyl onto cardstock. I know it can be intimidating at first because you don’t want to burn the house down but the low temperatures and the shorter times make it possible and gorgeous!
This is an inexpensive way to get a professional-looking statement for any celebration.
And be creative, choose your own colors that fit your style or theme. Use different colored cardstock for the pennants and find complementary colors to add using the vinyl.
Let me show you how to make a Happy Holidays Banner in Cricut Design Space.
This can also be made using a Silhouette, Brother Scan n Cut, or another cutting machine. Just choose the file type that works for your machine. You can reference the ‘How to use cut files’ document included in the zip file to learn which file type is needed for your cutting machine.
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Materials & Supplies
- Pennant Banner Cut Files
- Holiday Layered Alphabet Cut Files
- Cricut Cutting Mat – LightGrip or StandardGrip
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (Iron-on Vinyl) – Electric Red and Silver Glitter
- Cardstock – (You’ll need (7) 8.5″x11″ pieces for the pennants)
- Weeding Tool
- Easy Press
You can find a pennant banner you like in Cricut Design Space by selecting Images located on the left of the Canvas in the Design Toolbar and searching for pennant.
Or, you can use the cut files provided in the material list.
Edit the size of the pennant, if necessary, using the Edit Toolbar at the top. My pennants are 7 inches tall and 5 inches wide.
Select the pennant and click Duplicate at the top of the Layers Panel. This will make sure the machine fits two pennants on your paper and cuts two at a time.
I’m also using 8.5″x11″ cardstock so I’ve updated the material size.
If you’re also using 8.5″x11″ paper you’ll notice that Design Space moves the two pennants to separate mats. But you can definitely fit two on one mat to save time and material!
To do this, select the pennant on the first mat and using the rotate button, click and rotate the pennant 90 degrees.
Next, select the pennant on the second mat, click the icon with the three dots and select Move Object.
A box will appear where you can select the pennant to move to the first mat. Click Confirm.
With the second pennant on the first mat, rotate it 90 degrees and move it to the bottom of the paper. Click Continue.
Resize the letters to fit your pennants. I resized my letters to 4″ tall.
Pro Tip: An easy way to resize the letters all at one time is to select them all, head up to the Edit Toolbar at the top, select Align > Center Horizontally and Align > Center Vertically. This will make them all the same height so you can easily resize them.
With all of the letters still selected, resize them using the Edit Toolbar at the top.
If you’d like to use more than one color, select the layers of each letter and change the color using the Edit Toolbar.
Weed the letters using a weeding tool. If you like weeding (I’m sure I’m not the only one) you’ll love wedding the top layer, it’s really fun!
Assembling the Happy Holidays Banner
Since we’re layering the vinyl you won’t use the full time that’s recommended, I’ve set the timer to 15 seconds.
Once you have all of the pennants complete, string the red ribbon through the pennant holes to make the banner.
It’s the perfect background for holiday pictures or to decorate your mantle.
Ready to make your own?
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DIY Holiday Banner Using Iron-On Vinyl