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Recycled Backyard Banner

Pennant banners are popping up in parties everywhere. Here is a quick way to make one of your own for your next party.

These little flags look so festive fluttering in a summer breeze, but look great indoors too if you get rained out!

Plus, you won't bust your budget making these decorations -- using supplies you probably have around the house, you won't even spend a dime.


old magazines
scissors - pattered or standard
twine or thin ribbon
cardboard (for pattern) - cereal boxes work well
ruler or straight edge


Step 1: Design your pattern. I made a traditional triangular flag, but you could use a rectangle, half circle, or any shape that you enjoy.

For a triangle, find and mark the midpoint on the bottom of one side of your cardboard, then extend the line out to the sides, stopping about 1 inch down from the top.

Measure the sides to make sure they are even, and cut away the excess cardboard.

Go through your magazines and rip out pages that appeal to you. Select ads or artwork that fill most of the page without too much text or white space.

You can choose pages that fit in with your party theme, in a certain color palette, or whatever you like.

Newspaper or leftover gift wrap works as an alternative.

Step 2: Place your pattern on a page and trace around it with a marker. Cut out on the lines, using either regular or patterned scissors.

Repeat with each page until you have enough to extend the length of your desired banner.

Step 3: Arrange your flags in a line on the floor in the order you would like them to be on the banner.

Take your first flag and flip it over, right side down. Fold over the top half inch of the flag. Place a line of glue inside the crease.

Leaving approximately one foot of lead space with your ribbon or twine on one side, place the ribbon or twine in the crease on top of the glue.

Fold the flap over, sealing in the twine and glue. Press across the flap and fold to smooth out excess glue and ensure a secure seal.

Continue with your next flag, leaving one inch of twine/ribbon between each flag.

Remember to leave a foot of extra twine before your first flag and after your last flag. Set aside to dry.

When you're ready to party, hang it up outside and let the fun begin!

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