Saturday, October 24, 2009

Accordion Fold Welcome Banner Tutorial

To make this easy Welcome banner for your mantle, you will need card stock.  A cricut machine to cut out letters is nice or you can cut your letters using a template or free hand. Using the  cricut machine, I cut my letters to measure 3-1/2 inches. To connect all the cut pieces of card stock you can glue using a glue stick or double stick tape.  Cut each length of the card stock at 4-1/4 inches.  You will get two pieces that measure 4-1/4" by 11".  Using a scoring blade or a bone folder, score the cut pieces at 4 inches 2 times and an additional 1/2 inch at the end. Scoring is done to make folding the cardstock easier. If you don't have a scoring blade or bone folder you can use a credit card or the pampered chef scraper also works well. Line up a ruler at the 4 inch mark and run the bone folder or other scoring element. Discard the left over.  You will connect all the pieces using this 1/2 inch measure.  For this welcome sign I used 9 and a half 8-1/2" by 11" inch cardstock.

Leave a space between each letter and decorate with flowers, stars or even with pictures.

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