July 30, 2013

Pennant Tutorial and a TPT Sale!

Sandy, over at Kinder-Gardening (cutest blog name EVER!), commented on my last post, asking if I make the pennant banners for my classroom on the computer. The answer, Sandy, is YES! It's easier than you think, I promise. Today, I am going to provide step-by-step instructions for creating a pennant banner; I'm sure there is an easier way to do it than the one I'm about to show you, but this way works for me!

First, you will need to download some cute backgrounds and frames. I love to use Ashley Hughes' creations; they are simple, but adorable, and she offers some amazing freebies!

I use Power Point to create for TPT. I used to use Word when I first started getting crafty, but Power Point is waaaay easier. Start with a blank Power Point document. Click on Insert, then Shape.

The pop-up menu below should appear.

Choose the triangle shape in the second row on the far right.

You will be able to click and drag to create a triangle that looks like this one.

Now, click on Format, then Shape.

Click on Fill.

Click on Picture or Texture. Choose From File: Choose Picture.

Choose the file of the background that you downloaded.

Your triangle should now look like this:
If you're working with polka dots (I LOVE polka dots, so I have to go through this next step all the time!), you may have to do the following:

Be sure that the Tile box is checked (otherwise, your polka dots will look a little crazy!).

Now, click on Format, then Shape (again). This time, instead of clicking on Fill, click on Line.

Change the color of the line to match your background.

For this example, I made the line red to match the red chevron background.

Ta da! Not done yet, though...

Click on Insert, then, Photo, to choose the frame that you downloaded.

I chose a red frame that I nabbed from Ashley Hughes (FREEBIE!). Re-size the frame as necessary to fit on the triangle.

Click on Insert, then Text Box.

Add the text of your choice. Use the green button to rotate the text.

Upside down (depending on how you look at it, I guess!)...

Right side up!

Select the entire pennant that you have just created.

Click on Edit, then Copy, then Paste. Move your new pennant to the right side of your document. Use the green button to rotate it. Change the text as needed.

That was the hard part, I promise. Now, to finish your banner, simply click on Insert, then Duplicate Slide.

Now, all you have to do is edit the text on subsequent slides.

Once you've finished your pennants, simply print on card stock and laminate for durability. You can either hot glue them to ribbon (make sure to have your pennants overlap slightly, or your banner won't curve), or you can hole punch the corners of each pennant and string ribbon through the holes. 

I hope that this tutorial helped! Please leave me comment or email me with any questions or if something is unclear.

Oh, and also...I just sold my 100th product on TPT (not a big deal for some, but it's a HUGE deal for me!)! In celebration, I am having a sale! Everything in my store will be 10% off through Friday, August 2nd!


  1. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your 100th product. I just found your blog and nominated you for an award!! I also just saw that you have already been nominated. If you have time check out my blog anyway!!


    1. Devona,

      Thanks so much for the nomination! I checked out your blog; welcome to the blogging world! I started blogging less than a year ago, and I am obsessed with it! Good luck with your move to fourth grade...change is hard, but I have a feeling that you will end up loving fourth grade!


  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm going to try this soon-I'm still traumatized from my experience! Your method is way cuter than the old-fashioned way!

    1. Aw, Sandy...I hope it helps! Let me know if you need help or have any questions!


  3. Thanks for the tutorial, and I agree that is TOTALLY the best blog name ever!! :)

    1. Mel,

      I am SO glad you stopped by! Your blog was one of the blogs that hooked me on blogging; I am always impressed by your management ideas and creativity!

      Hope you come back!