Monday, January 31, 2011

[Party Planning] St.Patrick's Day Scrapbook Paper Pennant

say that 7 times fast!

I mentioned last week that we are going to be hosting a St.Patrick's Day Beer Tasting Party.  I stole the Beer Tasting idea from Ashley at Decorating Obsessed, and I picked St. Patrick's Day well, 1. because we are Irish (duh) and 2. because we always have annual get togethers with some of our friends - 4th of July BBQ at one couple's, Halloween Party at another's, and of course the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.   So aside from the sporadic bridal/baby shower, fantasy football draft, and weddings (which are all over now), we only see each other the second half of the year.  I think I finally found our holiday party niche and it's perfect for us. 

As soon as I decided I wanted to throw a St. Patty's Day party, I knew I wanted to copy some of Ashley's great details and make it a beer tasting party (since not every one can down Guinness all afternoon and wine on St.Pat's just doesn't work)... I'll get to those details in another post, but for now I thought I'd share some of the craft projects I'm starting for party decor.

First up, a homemade paper pennant.  I see a lot of these for party or even wedding decor on all the style/event blogs.  I thought I'd take a stab at making my own.  (I used this tutorial here for some guidance)

On Saturday, I hit up Michael's and bought a sheet of all the green scrapbook paper I could find...  For $10 or so I came home with a huge haul.

To start this project, I picked 5 different sheets that I thought coordinated well and would look cute on a pennant.  Then I cut each of those 5 12"square sheets in half.

Then, I turned the paper over so I could mark my template, and marked the paper at 1", 6", and 11" at the top and 3 1/2" and 8 1/2" at the bottom. 

I then took my "template" piece and traced the lines I wanted to cut with my paper cutter.  The first round I tried to cut from dot to dot and each one was smaller than the one before.  Using the template to trace lines helped keep the triangles all the same size.

Each full sheet of scrapbook paper will yield 6 flags, 3 per each half. I only used 1 half of 5 sheets (15 flags in all) to make this pennant.

I then used twine instead of ribbon to string them together because I like the homemade-y feel and vintage touch it adds.  I punched holes about 1/2" in on both sides at the top of the triangles.   I then worked "backwards" stringing my flags from right to left.  I did this since the paper flags don't easily glide along the twine, by stringing each flag (and decorative shamrock punch out) through to the end it was easier than pulling the twine through multiple flags at once.

Voila! A cute and crafy paper pennant.  I have a feeling I'll be making a few more of these...


  1. I love it! I've been thinking about making a Valentine's Day themed one, but was kind of afraid as to how it might turn out. With this post, I think I have no more excuses! You did a fantastic job. :)

  2. Leslie - def make a valentine's one! It was so easy :)

    Rosa - thanks!!

  3. very cute! I love it!

  4. This is so cute!! I love the idea of a beer tasting party. I don't know if we have that weekend free, but we'll need to have this theme at least once this year!!

    I'll be making that pennant for my Valentine's Day party. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. MJ - make sure to check out Ashley's link, she really has a great set up and ideas on how to pull it all together... If you can't do one for St.Pat's, the summer is always great for enjoying a few cold ones... or Oktoberfest in the fall ;)

  6. aahh i love! adorable. we did a beer tasting last summer for our anniversary party. so much fun.


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