Pretty Paper Pennant Garland DIY

The pennant garland for the vintage travel trailer door hanging you saw on Monday is a mini version of what you’d normally make for a mantel or shelf in your home.

The garland is cut from booklets of pretty decorative papers that mix and match.  You can find them at Wal-Mart, Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby, and others.  This booklet came from Wal-Mart a few years ago.

Pretty Paper Pack

Later, I found the Christmas paper booklet at T. J. Maxx.  This was the perfect opportunity to use them – both booklets..

Pretty Paper Pack

I cut diamond shapes from the Christmas papers and wrapped them over golden metallic thread.  It was too small.  What was I thinking?

Decorative Paper Pennant Garland

The sample trailer has garland painted on it.  I like how the pennants are solid colors in this example, but I didn’t like the permanence of paint.

Vintage Travel Trailer

I wanted an interchangeable pennant between the two sides for Christmas and other seasons.

For the second garland attempt, I increased the size and cut diamonds from both paper packs.  I decided to use a small twine rather than thread.

Decorative Paper Pennant Garland

It helps to fold the paper diamonds in half at this point.

Decorative Paper Pennant Garland

Drape the twine first before gluing the pennants.  Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of the twine draped over the trailer before adding the pennants.

I’d used a larger twine as a hangar and knotted it on the other side.  From this polka-dot side, you can see the garland twine is lifted and wrapped to the other side.

Decorative Paper Pennant Garland

See the twine at the top, hooked over the knot on this other side?

Decorative Paper Pennant Garland

Wrap the twine around to this (my blue) side and drape it over the knot, as well.

Decorative Paper Pennant Garland

When your loop is complete, tie the twine ends together in a knot.

At this point, you can easily slide the folded diamonds over the twine.  Lift the top flap of each one and run hot glue along the twine.  Hold the folded diamond until the hot glue cools.

Decorative Paper Pennant Garland

Write your message on the pennants.  I couldn’t fit enough pennants for “Christmas”, so I settled for double “Merry”.  🙂

I haven’t decided what to write on the other pennant yet.

Decorative Paper Pennant Garland

Any suggestions for a spring or summer message?

Blessings~

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