Thursday, January 12, 2012

DIY: Paper Chain Banner

I thought using paper circles and jump rings together could create a cute banner that could be hung on the wall for any event (e.g. birthday, baby shower, congratulations, etc.).

  • Cardstock
  • Circle punch (mine is 2 inches in diameter)
  • Scalloped circle punch (mine is 1 inch in diameter)
  • Hole punch (1/16 inch size)
  • 10mm jump rings
  • 6mm jump rings
  • Pliers
  • Removable double-sided tape (or glue for permanent stick)
  • Pen/Marker
  • Letter stencil (optional)


— 1 —
Punch the number of circles you need for your word(s) with the circle punch. (For me, I punched 14 circles for “Happy Birthday”.) Repeat the same number of punched circles with the scalloped punch.

— 2 —
With the stencil and pen, draw an individual letter of your word(s) on each scalloped circle. (Alternatively, you can just write a letter freehand on the circles or use letter stamps to stamp each letter.)

— 3 —
Adhere each scalloped circle to each circle with removable double-sided tape. (Note: If you want to reuse the circle chain in the future, then using double-sided removable tape allows you to change the letters without having to break apart the chain. If this is only a one-time use banner, then use glue to keep the letters in place.) 

— 4 —
Punch 1/16 inch holes on either side of the circle.

— 5 —
With an open 10mm jump ring, put it through a circle’s hole (that’s the first letter in your word) and thread a closed 6mm jump ring onto it as well. Close 10mm jump ring.

With a second open 10mm jump ring, thread through the 6mm jump ring and a second circle’s hole (make sure it’s the next letter in your word). Close 10mm jump ring.

(Note: Make sure that the jump rings are tightly closed so that they don’t slide out of the cardstock.)

— 6 —
Continue joining each circle with jump rings and making sure the order of the letters are correct as you go. Paper Chain Banner complete. Hang on wall.

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