How-to: Mini Paper Pennant Flag

Friday, October 1, 2010 15:30
Posted by Kelly Rand in category Projects & Tutorials

Bunting seems to be all the rage right now, but I kinda like pennant flags, so here’s a tutorial using that Silhouette cutting machine we’re giving away on how-to make mini-pennant flags.

Hello Craft mini-pennant

Step 1

I created a simple triangle design in Illustrator with the Hello Craft logo and repeated the design to fit as many flags on a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper.

Step 2

In Silhouette software

I exported the file from Illustrator and saved it as a .jpg. I then opened the file in the Silhouette software and scaled the file to fit on the page within the cutting guides.

Step 3


I then traced a simple triangle with the line tool in the Silhouette software and duplicated the shape to fit over each flag.

Step 4

cutting guides

I opened the cut style window to make sure that the cut lines were where they needed to be on the paper.

Step 5

Send to printer

I then sent the saved file to my inkjet printer directly from the Silhouette software.


Excuse the color, as my printer is running out of color ink, but: Printed!

Step 6

Place on cutting mat

I then lined up the printed sheet on the adhesive cutting mat and loaded it into the machine.

Step 7

Loaded into the machine

I lined up the mat with the guides found in the machine. Make sure you really pay attention to these lines to get the cut as close to where is should be as possible. I hit cut in the software, which sends the file to the Silhouette.

Step 8

Little flag pieces

After the machine was done cutting, I unloaded the cutting mat and pealed the little cut flags off of the adhesive cutting mat. Then using white glue, I attached two pieces together and glued them to a match that had it’s flammable head removed.

Ta Dah! Mini-Pennant Flag
Mini paper pennant flag


Don’t forget, we’re giving away one of these bad boys. For a chance to win, all’s you have to do is:

  • Leave us a comment here.
  • Follow us on Twitter and mention this contest in a mention with @hellocraft
  • Friend us on Facebook and leave a comment about the contest for us there
  • Stop by the Hello Craft booth (#57!) at Crafty Bastards and join our email list there for a chance to win.

That’s right! You have four chances to win! So hop to and good luck. The winner will be announced right here next week!

Only U.S. residents and only one winner per household

Here’s what your playing for:

  • A Silhouette machine (a $299.99 value)
  • Software for Windows XP/Vista, Mac
  • Power cable, USB cable
  • Two Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)
  • One cutting blade
  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store

If you decide to purchase a machine before October 4, use the discount code: WORLD to receive:

  • $50 off (receive for $249.99)
  • Two rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
  • $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store(Comes in the Box)
  • Cutting Blade (Comes in the Box)
  • Two Cutting Mats(Comes in the Box)

All for $249.99 (A savings of $79.98)

Photo: Kelly Rand

About Kelly Rand

Kelly Rand is the author of Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz and co-founder and Executive Director of Hello Craft, a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly believes that handmade will save the world.

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