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Stars and Stripes Pennant Banner

Stars and stripes pennant banner hanging in a tree
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What you will make:

Make red, white and blue pennants with stars and stripes, then string them together to create a banner. The banner can be used to decorate inside or outside for the 4th of July, or anytime you have a patriotic theme party.

This project requires few materials and is great for family, classroom or group craft time. With a little advance preparation by the adult or teen leaders, this project is easy, fast and fun.

Related craft: Make a garland of red, white and blue stars! See the Patriotic Star Garland project for complete instructions.

Here's what you need:
  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and pencil or paper trimmer
  • Optional: Star paper punch, blunt yarn needle
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • String or twine for hanging pennants

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make a Stars and Stripes Pennant Banner

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Pre-cut paper blanks from standard-size (9" by 12") sheets of construction paper.

  • Cut a red sheet of construction paper in half lengthwise (4½" by 12")—this makes two pennants.
  • Cut the blue construction paper in half lengthwise, then cut each piece into thirds. You will have six 4½" by 4" pieces. These are the backgrounds for the stars.
  • For the stripes and stars, cut the white construction paper in half the other direction to create two 6" by 9" pieces. If you like, go ahead and cut a 1½" by 9" strip and a 3" by 4" rectangle for the star. Or give the children the half sheet of white construction paper and let them cut their own pieces.

Tip: If you want larger or smaller pennants, cut larger or smaller blanks, maintaining similar proportions.

Step 2: Make Pennants

The pennant banners can have as many pennants as you like. For each pennant, fold a red pennant blank in half lengthwise. Cut on a diagonal from one corner toward the fold. Open the pennant and smooth the paper flat.

Step 3: Cut Stars

Cut a star for each pennant (or two if both sides of the banner will be seen.) Cut the star from a 3" by 4" white rectangle, following the instructions for cutting stars in the Patriotic Star Garland project. Open the stars and smooth them flat.

Tip: For young children or faster crafting, precut the stars or provide a traceable star template.

Step 4: Glue

Glue the white 1½" by 9" strip in the center of the pennant and trim ends that extend beyond the end of the pennant. Glue the blue 4½" by 4" rectangle at the top of the pennant and glue the star in the center of the blue.

Tip: For a two-sided pennant, repeat on the other side.

Step 5: String the Pennants String the pennants on a length of string and hang the banner

Punch four holes near the top of each pennant—two on each side. Cut a length of string or twine long enough for the number of pennants and where it will be hung—usually 4 to 8 feet (1 to 2 meters). Weave the string through the punched holes on the pennants (children may need help here). A blunt yarn needle can make the job go faster.

Step 6: Hang the Pennant Banner

Hang the banner using tape, tacks or whatever is appropriate for the place/surface being decorated with the banner.

That's it! Stand back and enjoy your creation.
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  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Three and five stripes pennants

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Tip: Make more stripes by cutting 1"-wide white strips and gluing them in place to create five alternating red and white stripes.

Pennants with one or three stars

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Tip: Make smaller stars by cutting stars from rectangles that are 1½" by 2" or use a star paper punch.

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