Hi all! I am Melissa Cundiff, owner and designer over at Ellison Reed. You can typically find me designing invitations, stationery and printable party designs, so I was super excited when Mariel contacted me to be a regular printables contributor for Or So She Says! I had to jump at the opportunity! I love to create and design for all special occasions in life and each month I will create a free printable that each of you can download and print on your home printers. Lets get started and have some fun!
As a kid I always looked forward to school on Valentine’s Day, and I am sure you know why. Yes! It was because of the parties! I loved how my teacher’s decorated the room and how all the mom’s would bring yummy treats for us kids. I absolutely loved decorating my Valentine’s paper sack for the other kids to put their Valentine’s in. Every detail of that day is still so vivid in my mind, so many years later! So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, I have put together an adorable and fun way to show your loved ones how much you care about them! Drum roll please!… It’s a Valentine’s Day banner that spells out Love! You can use the banner to surprise your children on Valentine’s Day or if you are a teacher, you can use the design to decorate your class room.
Follow along and I will show you how to make the perfect banner for such a special day!
The first thing you will need to do is download the LOVE Printable Banner Design. When you download the banner you will notice there is a pink color option and a blue color option (can’t forget about those boys!). Once you have downloaded the PDF file, you will want to print the files. The files are set up for printing on a home printer.
The following are a few printing tips to help you get the best print from your home desktop printer:
1. I love to print on photo paper. Matte or glossy paper gives the banners a more professional look. Card stock will work great too if you do not have photo paper. Make sure the photo paper or card stock is 8.5″ x 11″ size.
2. Next you will want to set your printer settings to the type of paper you are using and also set the printer to print on a high quality setting. If you are using card stock the plain paper setting on a high quality setting should work fine. If you are using photo paper make sure to set the printer settings for the type you are using because the ink takes to the different photo papers differently.
Side Note: If you only want to print one banner color option, you will want to set the printer to print the page numbers you are wanting.
Now that your banner is printed you will want to gather a few supplies to put together the banner.
2. Ribbon for stringing the banner together.
3. Double sided tape to easily put banner together. ( If you do not have double sided tape you can also use a hole punch in the corner of each banner to string the ribbon through to hang the banner.)
Once you have each of the banner flags trimmed out, it is now time to use ribbon to assemble the banner. Make sure to cut a strip of ribbon longer than the banner so that you have enough on each end to tie the banner up once finished. Now, take the banners and lay them on a flat surface and space them out how you would like them to hang. Line the ribbon up over the top of the banner and take strips of double sided tape and place tape on the back side of the ribbon. Then stick the ribbon to the top of the banner. ( I lined the ribbon up with the top stripe on the banner to keep the banner and ribbon straight.) Continue putting double sided tape on the back side of the ribbon until you have completed the banner. Now that the banner is put together, all you have to do is hang and enjoy!
Thank you so much for letting me share my love for design and party decorating! Stop by Ellison Reed to see more of my creations and say hello. You can also find me on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happy Valentine’s Day and see you next month!