Easter Pennant Banner
What you will make:
In this project, you will make colorful pennant flags, then string them together to make a banner for Easter.
Use these banners to decorate your home or the classroom. The pennant flags can also be tied to
an Easter basket as tags.
Making pennant flag banners requires no patterns and uses simple materials. It is
great for families or groups, and with a little preparation by the adults or teen leaders, this project
is fast and fun.
Related project: See the
Valentine Flag Banner craft project for
another easy way to make pennants.
Here's what you need:
- Colored construction or craft paper
- Crayons or markers
- Hole punch
- Yarn or cord
- Ruler or paper trimmer
- Optional: Stickers and glue
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Easter Pennant Flag Banners
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Select paper colors and pre-cut paper blanks. The blanks for
pennant flags need to be approximately 4" by 9" for
smaller flags, or 6" by 9" for larger flags (10cm by 23cm,
or 15cm by 23cm). The smaller blank makes 7 flags, while the larger
blank makes 3 flags.
For best results, the blanks need to have straight sides and square corners. The sizes
can vary a bit. If you want larger or smaller flags, just keep similar proportions.
Tip: For younger children, you may want to
complete the cutting of the flags and have them help with decorating
- Step 2: Make Flags
The pennant flag banners can have from 3 flags to 14 flags. For a
banner that reads HAPPY EASTER, you will need 11 to 14
flags. For the smaller flags, fold a flag blank in eighths
accordion-style. To do this, first fold the blank in half, matching the short
ends, then in half again and in half again. Unfold and refold back
and forth accordion-style. For the larger flags, fold the blank in
fourths accordion-style. Neatness counts!
Cut on a diagonal from one corner to the other. You may want to use a
ruler to draw a line before cutting. Unfold the pennant flags. You
should have either 7 small flags or 3 larger flags and two half-flags. Punch two
holes at the top of each flag—one in each corner.
- Step 3: Color or Decorate Pennant Flags
To make a banner that reads HAPPY EASTER, layout
at least 11 flags—one for each letter. You can add 3
additional flags for decoration—one at the front, one between
the words and one at the end. Alternating colors of pennant flags
look very nice.
Color a block letter on each flag, spelling out HAPPY
EASTER. Stenciled letters look very nice, or just draw the
letters by hand, making very thick lines. If you like, decorate the
reverse sides of the flags and any extra flags you have added to the
banner. Gluing the punched holes on the flags is a great way to go!
Tip: Crayons work best with construction paper
flags. Markers have a tendency to bleed through to the opposite
- Step 4: String the Flags
Cut a length of yarn long enough for the number of flags and where
it will be hung—usually 4 to 6 feet (1 to 2 meters.) Weave the yarn
through the punched holes on the flags.
Tip: Children may need help here.
A blunt yarn needle can make the job go faster.
- Step 5: Hang the Flag Banner
Hang the banner using tape, tacks or whatever is appropriate for the
surface being decorated with the banner.
That's it! Stand back and enjoy your creation.
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