Stars and Stripes Pennant Banner
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
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
- Ruler and pencil or paper trimmer
- Optional: Star paper punch, blunt yarn needle
- 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
- 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
- Step 5: String the Pennants
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
(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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