Y’all, another summer is behind me, and it felt like we did alllll the summer things. Whew! Mamma needs a break, you know what I mean?
I was planning on BUYING some first day of school pennants all ready to go, but school snuck up on me as it does to moms everywhere, and suddenly there was no time for buying anything premade… so here I am making my own back to school pennants!
I’m not super crafty, okay lets just come out and admit- I ran out of hot glue half way through and I’m just winging it here, so trust- if I can make these in 20 minutes and have them turn out half way decent, you can make them even better.
DIY First Day of School Pennants: A 20 Minute Craft!
- felt letters + numbers with adhesive backing – OR alternatively you can cut them out of felt. I ordered mine from Amazon but I also found numbers in the Target dollar spot (these are large colorful letters with an adhesive back , and these are the small white letters + numbers with an adhesive back)
- ribbon, the thicker looks better I found
- hot glue / scissors
Cut a large triangle out of the stiff felt to make the flag. If you are extra cut out two triangles in coordinating colors – make one just slightly larger – and hot glue both triangles together. If you want to be an overachiever, give it a binder on the edge- like a book binder. You can see I made a white binder on the blue Kindergarten pennant. Cut out a 3” wide piece of coordinating felt that will go down the vertical side of the triangle. I wrapped the binder piece around to the back just a bit for a more finished look.
Space out the numbers on the pennant flag so they look even, and stick on. No felt letters/numbers? Just cut them out yourself. You can TOTALLY do this! If you are going this route, the key is making sure all the letters/numbers are around the same size.
3. To make the flag stiff and from hanging down, hot glue a dowel horizontally across the back. You don’t want the pennant flapping in the breeze. Or, cut out a piece of cardstock the same shape as the triangle felt and hot glue it to the back.
4. Attach a dowel down the side of the triangle and secure with hot glue. My flags were so big I needed two dowels slightly staggered next to each other (another one just under the felt, hidden from view).
5. Tassels are fun, for boys too! Trim ribbon strands of coordinating colors to the desired length, and tie it all together in one knot at the bottom of the dowel just under the pennant, and at the top too if you want to be fancy. Dab some hot glue on the knot and dowel for staying power.
6. Picture time!
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