How to make a wedding banner, vintage carnival-style

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Scottishbride showed us how she made her vintage carnival Save the Dates, and now she's back to show us how to make a matching vintage carnival wedding banner.

Here are the seven really easy steps to make this vintage carnival wedding banner.

Things you will need:

Print the letters in your favorite vintage font on thick paper. Use teabags to stain the paper. Or use a wash of any colour of watercolour paint to go with your theme.

Use a cookie cutter to trace the heart shape for cutting.

Carefully cut out the letters.

Add glue to the back of the letters and stick them on to the centre of the heart.

Use a Sharpie marker to outline the hearts, just to make them pop.

Use a regular hole punch to punch two holes on the top of each heart.

Thread the hearts on to ribbon of any colour. Tip: Gluing the end of the ribbon together makes threading through the holes WAY easier!

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Comments on How to make a wedding banner, vintage carnival-style

  1. Very nice! I may have to find a way to incorporate this into my reception. I’m already in the middle of making a fabric pennant banner, so this would probably complement it nicely. Thanks!

  2. But how do you actually stain the paper? Do you dip it in water that the teabags have been soaking in? And for how long? I was kinda hoping those instructions would be included too!! Thanks! 🙂

    • Hey Jennifer! I used about 5 teabags, popped them in a bowl with hot water, just enough to cover them and when the water cooled down i used the teabags like a sponge and just wiped the paper until it was covered and dark enough, super easy! x

  3. Seeing this project (and all the work you put into cutting the hearts out), made me think – there are probably lots of people cutting lots of things out for their weddings! If you don’t have hands of steel (or I guess incredible endurance), but still want to craft with paper that needs to be cut out in mass quantities, it might be worth asking your local library children’s department or teacher friends if they have an Ellison die cut machine ( can use. They’re freakin’ expensive, but these sorts of places usually have them and if you provide paper, you might be able to convince them to let you use theirs. One library in my area actually has die cut machines that anyone can go up and just use if they bring their own paper. Just a thought!

  4. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been meaning to incorporate a banner like this into my reception, but haven’t had the time to make it. Seeing your banner inspired me to complete my own =)

  5. I dig the style of these. We’re having a letter press extravaganza wedding, so I’ll have to find a way to incorporate these 🙂

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