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DIY Personalized Name Pennant Fun

Working with my hands is food for my soul. I often get asked how I get so much done & the truth is, you should really be worried about me if I don’t have five zillion projects lined up and in progress. I just need to make stuff to function. There is something about the quiet time that soothes me. & I need it. This is a product of that need for mindless relaxation. A quick, easy & cheap little project that can be made for any scale–large for a party, or small to top a cake. Mine is just a little part of a fun wall going up in Everett’s room. So here’s how to make a personalized name pennant!


  • paper
  • alphabet stickers
  • cutting mat (I have a creative memories mat from over 10 years ago that still works great!)
  • stick pin
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • bakers twine


  1. Slice the paper in to strips of your desired width and length.
  2. Use the stick pin to punch a hole through the center of the first strip, paying attention to how long you want your two ribbon tails to be. (Now I am sure there are a ton of ways to make perfect little ribbon edges, but this is the one I came up with while I was standing at the counter in search of a way to make them all the same.) I then stacked all the strips on top of each other and poked them all through the original poke hole.
  3. Cut towards the hole from each corner.
  4. Place the letter stickers.
  5. Cut the strip to the desired length.
  6. Fold each strip, making sure you fold them at about the same spot so they are the same length.
  7. Use the hot glue to attach them to the baker’s twine. HINT: Start in the middle of your word and space them all the same distance apart from the middle.

& there you have it! One beautiful personalized name pennant!

I picked my paper with Everett’s nursery colors in mind, choosing to stick to our exact color palette so they blend well in his space. I love adding elements that combine all the colors in the palette to make the space cohesive.

& this pinboard will serve as my instagram display–as it’s my main camera right now!! & I have so many images I love. But right now it is holding the birth announcements I FINALLY got around to getting out. Oh, I love them. I was unable to get anything of E sleeping, well, mostly because he doesn’t do it all that often. So bright eyes, it was for his debut! :) Since they were so late I added a few recent pictures. I think it’s a great reason to wait….right?!

This is the wall that this project is going to be a part of (caroline helped me pick the art!):

& what? You wanted to see my baby again? My big five month old baby??! Oh, ok.

I love him. And my iPhone.

Happy Pennant Making!!

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  • lindsay - very cute! i just adore e’s room!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - What did you use for the frame that you pinned it on?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Shawna – this is awesome!! I love all of your creative ideas :) And this looks pretty simple too…especially since you break it down for those of us who are (sadly) crating-impared. Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Love the art idea! Expecting first baby in December and love everything on your site. Also, where did you get the gray and white chair?ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I found the chair at the pottery barn outlet & sewed a slip cover myself. :)ReplyCancel

  • Shea - Where Did you get E’s adorable knit hat? I love it and would be so happy to find something similar! Love all of you’re ideas too!ReplyCancel

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