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How to Make a DIY Souvenir Pennant

Last summer my son started a pennant collection after buying 2 at a garage sale. The pennants were for the Toronto Zoo and Cedar Point – two places he’s never been. So we started poking around Ebay and Etsy for pennants of places he had been, which proved to be difficult. It seems that the available pennants are sports teams or vintage pennants from the 50s & 60s (therefore, no prob finding pennants for places like Niagara Falls!)

In October we visited the Adirondacks, hoping to score a souvenir pennant in one of the many shops in Old Forge, but no luck. My son was really disappointed!

So, our planned summer vacation this year was to Seattle, WA (Now we’re going to Chicago instead, oh well). In preparation, we researched the history and attractions of Seattle and created our own Seattle pennant. It was such a fun project to do together and my son is so proud of the newest addition to his collection. For me, it was all about the quality time – and there were some good leaning opportunities along the way.

See the below instructions for making your own commemorative vacation pennant.

Wool felt
Spray starch/iron
fabric or tacky glue
foam paper
White glue

Step one:
Cut a triangular shape out of a large piece of wool felt.
Tip: for best results, spray it with starch and run an iron over it.

Step two:
Cut a strip of felt (can be a different color) about an inch wide. Cut 4 more strips of felt about 3/4″ x 5″ each. Using fabric or tacky glue, glue 2 of the smaller strips to make a V shape. Repeat with the other 2 small strips. Glue one V about an inch from the top of the left, vertical side of the triangle. Glue the other V about an inch from the bottom of the same side. Then glue the longer, thicker strip down that vertical edge, covering over the tips of the Vs.

Step three:
Design your pennant using research and tour books of your destination. Sketch it out on paper first.

Step four:
Print type and images off the computer or use stencils or freehand drawings to transfer onto the foam paper.

Step five:
Cut letters and shapes out of foam paper and glue them in reverse onto a piece of cardboard. Each design element should get a separate section of cardboard.
Tip: After you’ve glued the foam shapes and letters to the cardboard, hold it up in front of a mirror to make sure everything looks the way you want it to.

Step six:
Paint foam designs and stamp them down onto the felt one by one. Be sure paint doesn’t dry in areas before you’re finished painting the whole piece. If areas appear to be missing paint, you can always touch them up with the paintbrush directly onto the felt.
Tip: trim the cardboard closely around the foam image. This will make it easier to see where you are placing the image.

Now show it off!!
You can also make pennants for your sports team or birthday Party theme…

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."


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