Materials you will need: Plain white paper on which to print letters; card stock paper in colors of your choosing; three 8 x 10 photos (I printed on regular ol’ paper, on a regular ol’ printer – I liked how it gave it a softer look than glossy, bright photo paper); paper punch; glue stick; scissors and twine.
Cut the card stock and the pictures into triangles (I did pretty close to an even cut from the top corners of the 8 x 10 photo, which made for large flags – although, see reality check below). Print letters using a font of your choice (I used Cooper Black, 350 pt.), cut out, and glue one on each flag. Cut the pictures a shade smaller than the card stock triangles, and glue on as well. I used a one of the kids’ craft scissors to finish the bottom edges of the triangles with a scallop design.
Punch two holes at the top of each triangle, and string the twine through the back to make the banner. Don’t forget (like I did!) to leave extra twine at both ends, so you are able to hang the banner.
Reality Check. Hanging the banner outdoors looks pretty great, huh? Good light, a fun way for guests to spot the location of the party, etc. It is a terrible idea. Unless you make the flags out of, say, lead, or live in a bubble with no wind or other elements of the, uh, outdoors, you will have endless amounts of frustration keeping it untangled and having it hang nicely. I didn’t have much of a choice for location since the banner ended up being quite a bit larger than I anticipated. Stay tuned on if I’m able to find a spot in the house to hang this puppy on the day of the party – I may need to get creative. So before you start the project, think of where you would like to place the banner, and judge accordingly for the size of the flags.