How to Make a High School Graduation Pennant or Banner

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How to Make a High School Graduation Pennant or Banner
Banners and pennants are an inexpensive way to decorate for a high school graduation celebration. (cap on books image by timur1970 from

Graduating from high school is a big milestone in someone's life and reflects all the hard work that has been completed over the past 4 years to achieve this accomplishment. Personalised homemade banners and pennants are a fun and inexpensive way to congratulate a graduate and show how much you care about them. Graduation banners and pennants can be the centrepiece for a graduation party or can just be hung up at home to surprise the graduate when they walk in the door.

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Coloured construction paper
  • Coloured poster board
  • Pair of scissors
  • Coloured markers
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Wall putty
  • Roll of white art paper
  • Balloons
  • Tape
  • 8x10 photos

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    Graduation Pennant

  1. 1

    Use a ruler to help draw a diagonal line from the corner of the construction paper (use a poster board if you want to make a bigger pennant) to the centre of the opposite side. Do this with the other corner so you have a triangle.

  2. 2

    Cut the triangle out.

  3. 3

    Write a message on your pennant, using pencil first and then tracing over it with marker. The message could be as simple as "Congrats," or "Graduations Joe! Washington High School Class of 2010."

  4. 4

    Decorate your banner. Draw graduation caps around the message in black marker. Add glitter to brighten up the pennant. Outline the border of the pennant with a marker to emphasise the triangular shape of it.

  5. 5

    Hang up the pennant with wall putty so it does not damage your wall.

    Graduation Banner

  1. 1

    Unroll the roll of paper until you have the amount that you want for your banner. Cut the paper off of the roll and put something heavy along the sides and corners of the paper to keep it from curling up.

  2. 2

    Write a message on the banner in block letters. Write the letters in pencil first, in case you make a mistake. After you are satisfied with your message, trace the letters over with markers and then colour them in. The message could be as simple as "Congratulations Jane," or could be more complicated like "Congrats Jane! Ridley High Class of 2010!"

  3. 3

    Decorate your banner. Glue glitter on it to add some sparkle. Add balloons to make it more festive. A fun idea would be to add before and after photos of the graduate. Find an 8x10 photo of the graduate as a child and then a recent 8x10 photo of them (a senior photo with a graduation gown and cap works perfectly).

  4. 4

    Hang the banner up using wall putty to prevent leaving marks in the wall from thumbtacks.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the glitter dries before hanging up the banner or pennant.

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