Just over 3 months left to get our May the Fourth be with You Party crafts done. Time to get started! Good thing I have my new best friend: my Silhouette Cameo 2 Die-cutting Machine. I sound like an infomercial, I do, but I have to say I am in awe of its almost unlimited possibilities… If only my available time was unlimited as well.
I do a lot of label designs, and high-end card designs (Weddings, Christmas, Birth Announcements etc) as part of my day job. Having hand-cut thousands of labels and cards in my days, I almost flipped when I found out this thing existed. (THANKS CHRISSY!)
After a successful test run of labels for a client, I started trying to figure what to do for fun. If you remember from our last garland/banner/flag post, M4P Mom had suggested that I make Star Wars banners, and what better project than that to try the machine out. We made a bunch at the time, and this a our second post with downloadable patterns for y’all!
For full disclosure, I do have a love-hate relationship with the Silhouette. I pushed it to its limits for our 2015 Star Wars Christmas cards, and I have to admit it is pretty finicky. But we will get to that in another post.
- Thick paper like card stock or scrap booking paper
- String (we used Jute String)
- Glue (Yes! Craft Glue with a foam brush is my favorite)
- X-acto Knife or Silhouette Cameo 2 Die-cutting Machine (waaaaaay easier)
- Patterns (go to end of post for downloads)
- Figure out which and how many designs you need.
- Cut the silhouettes out.
- Fold the top of each.
- Measure the window/area the banner will hang.
- Cut the string a to size (add a bit extra, for good measure).
- Fold the string in half to get the middle.
- Starting there, going out to the edges, lay out the flags/designs.
- Starting with the middle one, carefully glue flap and press closed.
- Hang up!
Tips & Notes:
If you are cutting by hand you can use either a jpeg or a pdf. If you are using a cutting machine you will need a vector file. Download the pdf, and convert to the format you need in Illustrator .
And as always, feel free to use the patterns for any and all personal uses, but do not sell any items made with them. We love people sharing, but do not share them off your own site, instead, link to this post. And if you post pictures (anywhere), you need to write “Pattern ® Anette Nam Design” and include the URL maythefourthbewithyouparty.com.
The Stormtrooper and Darth Vader designs are based on designs by Jory Raphael, which can be downloaded for free for personal use at https://www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/star-wars. Check it out, there are some really nice vector images!