- 2-sided cardstock- I used K & Company Cut and Paste
- Chipboard Letters
- White Tissue Paper
- Gold Glitter Glue
- Gesso ( I used spray Gesso)
- Red Glitter spray, optional (I like the Krylon glitter spray. It rocks!)
- Gold Eyelets and setter
- Craft Glue
- Glue Dots
- Ribbon for hanging
- Fancy-Edge Scissors
- Paper Trimmer
- 1/8th inch hole punch
Start off by choosing the letters for fiesta and placing them in a box lid to catch the over spray. Using the spray gesso, coat the fronts of the chip board letters with 2-3 light coats of primer. Follow with 2-3 coats of glitter spray, if you like. (Alternatively, paint them with white paint.) After mine were dry, I used the gold glitter glue to outline the letters to make them pop.
Now let’s get our little flags ready. You’ll need 2 pieces of coordinating paper- I chose red and green for the traditional Mexican colors. You’ll need 3 of each, so cut the paper into 4X6 inch pieces using the paper trimmer. Using the fancy-edge scissors, trim off the 4 inches of the end just a tad.
Now fold over that fancy edge about a 1/2 inch. (See? Isn’t this two-sided paper great?) Staying close to the bottom of the fancy edge, use the hole punch and punch 3 holes per flag. I just eyeball this, and I start with one in the middle and then space the other two out. What we’re doing is creating a sleeve for the hanging ribbon and adding a detail all at the same time.
Next, make a tissue-paper fringe. Cut 2 inches tissue paper (I just cut it from a single sheet on the short end). Glue the tissue to the back of the flag using craft glue, about 1/4 inch away from the edge. Just go back and forth until you’ve used the entire length of the tissue.
By the time I got done finished gluing the last flag, the glue had dried enough that I could start cutting the fringe of the first one I’d done. Just using my plain ol’ scissors, I cut little fringes into the tissue, about 1/8 inch apart:
Lay out your flags, alternating colors. Using your pop-up Glue Dots, attach your chipboard letters to the front of flags. I also added a little scallop trim on the bottom of the flag, just above the fringe, using more glitter glue. (What can I say, I’m a fool for sparkle.)
Now, be patient, and let your glues dry. Once the are, string your ribbon through the top sleeves, and, if you like, add some tissue paper flowers to jazz it up. (See the Tissue-Paper Flower tutorial HERE.) I just added a few rosettes to mine.
Now you are ready for your Cinco de Mayo party, or any other opportunity to party down. And here’s another hint for you: because this paper is two-sided, you can actually dismantle your banner and make another version using the back side. How about one that says Party or Summer or even Mom. With just a few tweaks you’d have a second banner in no time!
Have fun at YOUR fiesta!!
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