DIY It! Festive Circle Banners

Circle banners are a clean, modern take on the traditional triangle banner. Decorations make parties celebratory and bright! While I'm not a fan of disposable decorations because of eco-friendly issues, reusable streamers like this one get a big thumbs up. Armed with scissors and your favorite paper, this project will be done faster than the time it takes to watch Mad Men. Use bold colors or prints for the best effect. Also, to boost the eco-friendly quality of this project, save and reuse this banner time and again, and use recycled supplies in constructing it.

Difficulty rating: beginner

Supplies:
• Large circle craft punch in 2.5 - 3.0 inches (Alternatively, a large jar lid for tracing circles onto paper. This is slower, but will get the job done.)
• Bold paper in solid or print
• Ribbon (or yarn.)
• Craft knife (a.k.a. Exacto knife)
• Scissors

Directions:
1. Punch circles using craft punch (Or, if using a jar lid, trace and cut out circles.)
2. If words are desired, like "happy birthday," use a dark thick marker to write text onto circles. (Or, if you're not fond of handwriting, print text onto paper in advance.)
3. To string circles together, use a craft knife to cut a vertical slit about the width of the ribbon at the three o'clock and nine o'clock positions on each circle. (See Photo 5.)
4. Alternatively, for a different look, use a craft knife to cut two vertical slits near the top of each circle at the eleven o'clock and one o'clock positions. (See Photo 3.) An advantage to this look is that circles always lie flat, rather than spinning.

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(Images: 1. My Creative Vision; 2. Studio 5; 3. Clip-Art Craft: Festive Garland by Martha Stewart; 4. Shimmering New Year's Streamers by Martha Stewart; 5. Classroom DIY)

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