Lovely Little Detail DIY: Pretty Pencil Banners {School Theme Wedding}

by jacin on July 11, 2011

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! I hosted a full-blown craft fest over here at the LLD headquarters - we made everything from tissue poms to custom placecards to pretty pencil banners to chalkboard signs to… you name it! Kristy & Danny’s wedding was yesterday and as she is an elementary school teacher, she wanted to incorporate a school theme in to the big day; so we took that theme and made it pretty. The bride and groom were so excited about how everything came out, so that made me happy!

Anyways, as I mentioned on Facebook, this week I will try to post as many DIYs as I can, starting with these simple pencil banners. I wanted to use pencils for one of the details we had on the tables, but wanted to jazz them up a bit. These pencil banners created a lovely little detail that was special and personalized without breaking the bank.

Here’s what you need:
Colored paper
Paper cutter (BEST. INVENTION. EVER)
Pencils & sharpener (thanks Amanda!)
Double sided glue tape (SECOND. BEST. INVENTION. EVER)

Step 1:
Print the wording you want to show up on the pencils. I designed these in illustrator and used the cute handwriting font to emulate 4th graders learning cursive :).

 Step 2:
 Use a paper cutter to cut even strips. I created guidelines in the design so they would be evenly sized.

Step 3:
Apply 2″ of glue tape to center of back of each strip.

Step 4:
Holding ends together forming a loop, affix banner to pencil. If you want to take it a step further, cut a “v” in the end of the banner to add a pretty detailing.

That’s it! You can also use this technique for drink sticks, barber straws, and a million other things that my tired little mind can’t fathom right now.

See you back here tomorrow!

© lovely little details

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie @ henry happened July 11, 2011 at 5:05 AM

That is just the cutest - I can’t wait to see more of the wedding!


Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) July 11, 2011 at 6:58 AM

Can definitely use this banner idea in so many ways! Thanks for the great tutorial (written like a true crafting pro)!


claire July 11, 2011 at 7:05 AM

I absolutely LOVE THIS IDEA!!


Jenny @ Hank + Hunt July 11, 2011 at 7:43 AM

This is uber cute! I loved it even more when you said that she was a teacher…totally awesome!


Shana July 11, 2011 at 7:51 AM

too cute for words! As a teacher I am always sucked in by cute teachery details :)


Kamie July 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Love this! How unique- this school theme idea!!


alicia@Charitywedding July 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM

I can not wait to see all the details from this wedding!! These are too cute !


Paloma July 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

This so, so cute Jacin! It will fit in SO perfectly with the theme :)


Faith July 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

what a fabulous idea!!


Lena July 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

These are so sweet, and I love them tucked into your blue masons-too perfect!


Julie July 11, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Love this idea! My sister would totally love it! She is a pre-k teacher and this would be a great, cheap and simple idea to jazz up some of the goodie bags she gives out during different holidays and events throughout the year.


laura @ saying "i do" July 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

so so so great! I’m about to help my friend make banners for her drinking straws, and we might make these too! thanks!


postcards and pretties July 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

such a cute & simple DIY


Michelle ~ Pocketful of Dreams July 15, 2011 at 5:15 AM

Such a cute DIY and so easy to do as well. Loving these and can’t wait to see more.


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