Last updated on March 5th, 2019 at 02:25 pm
Use your Cricut or other electronic cutting machine to make this DIY paper banner with adorable woodland creatures!
I was provided a Cricut Explore for the Cricut Design Space Star challenge. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Hey Let’s Make Stuff!
This month, our Cricut Design Space Star theme is Weddings and Celebrations, and the talented ladies of Team Ten chose “Into the Woods” as our theme. I had an idea to make some woodland cutout paper pennants, but when I started I had no idea how much I would LOVE the final product! You can now buy the downloadable SVG file in my shop!
One of the things I love about this challenge with my Cricut Explore, is that it’s helping me stretch my graphic design skills. I have been able to putter about Illustrator for a while now, but I have really enjoyed learning new skills — how to put shapes together to create new shapes, how to use the pen tool effectively, and how to use the Pathfinder tool to mash everything together. It’s been really fun!
If you want to know more about Illustrator for the Cricut, I have a whole module in my Hey, Let’s Cut Stuff eCourse! Learn all about making files in Illustrator for cutting on your Cricut, plus SO much more. Check it out!
I originally wanted to cut the pennants on white paper to contrast with the darker fireplace, but I found some woodsy paper in my stash, so I decided to use it. I think it really works! I especially like the gold flecks in the lightest paper — it catches the light in a way that’s hard to capture in photos.
As I was cutting my files, I was blown away by the small details that the Cricut Explore can cut without issue. I used the green StandardGrip mat and the Fine Point blade along with the “light cardstock” setting and it cut like butter. Those little dots on the center feather? Perfection.
I used a thin cream-colored bakers twine to string them together. I built the circles at the top of the pennants into my files, so that it would be easy to thread and hang them.
And lo and behold, I realized I could just flip them over and get a fabulous white version, just like I’d thought of in the first place. Love this look too!
For the white pennants, I used simple 1/8″ white ribbon to connect them.
I was chatting with Ryan about my project, and I asked him what woodland creature I was missing. Without skipping a beat, he said “Sasquatch.”
Boom. He might be my favorite. Hi there, little guy! Roar!
Team Ten’s Woodland Party
Check out the other adorable projects from the ladies of Team Ten!
Hedgehog Place Cards by Crafting in the Rain
What Does the Fox Say Party by Sweet Rose Studio
Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece by Popper and Mimi
Woodland Cupcake Wrappers by Sugar Bee Crafts
Woodland Drink Charms by Albion Gould
Into the Woods Cut Out Paper Pennants by Let’s East Grandpa
S’mores Cupcakes with Woodland themed Cupcake Decor by One Krieger Chick
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