Wap’n Around the Christmas Tree Banner with Cricut

Last week my friend asked me to make her a banner with tinsel that says “Wap’n Around the Christmas Tree.” How could I turn that down?!

Wapping Around the Christmas Tree

My only regret is that I didn’t use glitter paper! My local craft store didn’t have enough sheets of the same color of glitter paper and I didn’t want to go galivanting all over town. We’re in a pandemic for chrissakes! I also didn’t want to order something and make my friend wait because I’m not sure how shipping times are going to be affected this year.

DIY word party banner with tinsel

I used my Cricut Maker for this project. Another option for cutting out letters that look polished is the We R Memory Keepers Letter Punch Board.

I used Bazzill Red 12x 12 textured cardstock. A medium to heavy weight paper like this works best for this project. I used the Segoe font and made my letters 4″ tall.

DIY word party banner with tinsel

In retrospect I should have tried punching holes in the letters in the Design Space program by welding tiny circles to the corners of the letters. Since I didn’t have that revelation until after I cut out my letters, I used my vinyl weeding tool to punch a hole in the corners of each letter and widened each hole gently with a toothpick.

I’ve only made word banners with string before so I had to come up with a way to get them attached to the tinsel without tearing the paper. I decided to treat them like pendants on a chain and use jump rings.

OOPS I ended up with an eight foot long banner. I shortened it to two roughly 4′ long banners. I also abbreviated “Christmas” to “Xmas” to conserve paper and wall space.

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