Saturday, March 3, 2012

How To Create a Paint Chip Banner

Paint Chip Banner How To

Banners, buntings and pennants are very popular right now and it is easy to see why. Look at how cute seven paint chips threaded onto a piece of twine can be when you cut them into a fancy shape!

Not only are they cute, they are SO easy to make, and, if you use paint chips, almost free!

I have provided two versions of my tutorial – one for readers with a die cut machine (I used my Silhouette Cameo) and one for readers who will be cutting out their pennants by hand. Either way, read on to find out how easy it is to create a unique paint chip banner for ANY occasion!

Materials Needed
  • a selection of large-sized paint chips – the bigger the better! (I used Behr chips for this project)
  • a selection of small paint chips (if you want to fill the cut shape in the middle of your banner)
  • a die cut machine OR scissors and a hole punch
  • string, ribbon, twine for hanging your banner
  • tape or another adhesive to mount your second paint chip to each pennant

    How To Create A Banner: Die Cut Machine Users
    • Design your pennant in Silhouette Studio or the software of your choice.
    • Add a seasonal shape, letter etc. to the center of your pennant.
    • Send it to cut.
    Here is what my screen looked like . . .

    Shamrock Banner Screenshot With Info

    Your cut pennant will look something like this:

    Shamrock Paint Chip Banner Tutorial Step 1

    You could stop here, but, if you wish to emphasize the shape in the center, attach a second paint chip in a coordinating (or contrasting) colour behind your pennant to fill the hole.

    Shamrock Paint Chip Banner Tutorial Step 2

    For this part, I had fun choosing paint chips with colour names that were appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day. There is even a colour named Shamrock!

    Shamrock Paint Chip Banner Tutorial Step 3
    • Thread your pennants onto string, twine, ribbon etc. and hang your banner for all to admire!

    How To Create A Banner: By Hand
    • Create a pennant shape and trace it onto the back of your paint chips.
    *** If you want the colour names to appear on your banner, pay close attention to where you trace your shape.
    • Cut out your banner and punch holes in the corners.
    • If you wish to have an additional shape in the center of the banner, trace and cut this shape from another paint chip or use a decorative punch.
    • Attach your shape to the front of your pennant. If you want this shape to stand out, attach it with foam dots so that it appears raised.
    • Thread your pennants onto string, twine, ribbon etc. and hang your banner for all to admire!

    Shamrock Paint Chip Banner

    For Silhouette users, the banner shape I used is 6_banner_set_C01130_20509.

    I would love to see what you create with paint chips of your own!

    Thanks for visiting,

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    1. This is AWESOME! I love using Paint Chips for crafting. Way to go.

      I hope you'll stop by and link up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade!

    2. This is SO cute! Great tutorial :)

    3. Great idea! I love paint chip crafts :)

    4. These are absolutely adorable. I love the idea. :-) Jodi @

    5. So inventive...awesome idea...glad I stopped by!


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