DIY Chevron Streamer

Hi Flights of Fancy bloggies!

My name is Aimee, and I have been with the Betsywhite team since March. I started out as an intern, and have been quite excited to transition into more of a part-time role as a designer and I help out with whatever needs to be done here in the studio. I am a recent graduate of SCAD here in Atlanta, and I love being part of the Betsywhite team. I am thrilled to be introducing an idea I’ve had for a while, and will hopefully be the first of many posts to come in the DIY series.

Remember this post that Candice did a couple weeks ago? It inspired me to put my own twist on the traditional streamers for a holiday party and create your own chevron streamer!

Here’s a list of the tools you will need (shown below): a pencil, bone folder, ruler, scissors, stencil paper (I used Matte Stencil Film by Grafix from Dick Blick), a sheet of graph paper and crepe paper streamers (color of your choice).

Step 1: Draw your chevrons. This is where the graph paper becomes super handy. Instead of griding out your paper by hand, you can use the squares to measure how long and how high you would like your chevrons to be. I measured six squares across and four squares tall for the size of each chevron. I measured this based on the size of the streamer so that I could utilize as much of the streamer as possible.

Step 2: Cut out your stencil design using either a scissors or an Exacto knife (to ensure straight edges). I cut out the chevron from my stencil paper to use as a template.

Step 3: Now that you have your chevron template and your roll of crepe paper, decide how long you want your streamer to be and cut your crepe paper to that length. Using an accordion-style fold, fold the crepe paper to the same length as the chevron template – keep folding back and forth until you’ve used the entire length. You want the folds to meet the ends of each side of the stencil to ensure a neat streamer.

Step 4: Once you have the desired length, secure the template to the streamer (I used small binder clips at each end of my folded streamer). Using your stencil as a guide, cut the folded crepe paper into the chevron shape. Cut only the middle portion of the streamer and not the ends (where the binder clips are). Keep the folds of the streamer so that once you cut it, it will unfold to the length that you measured.

Step 5: Once you have finished cutting your streamer, hang and enjoy! Multiple colors twisted together or hung vertically can make for a fun installation and add a festive touch to any holiday party!

– aimee

  • Seriously Sassy Mama

    December 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I love this! It would be awesome with ribbon too.

  • Jamie Wyckoff | Julia's Poppies Design

    December 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Well done Aimee! Soooo cute!! :)

  • candice at betsywhite

    December 14, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Glad I could inspire you! haha
    Love it!

  • JoyHey

    January 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Lovely colors and wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing! Trackback: http://joyhey.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/inspiration-chevron-party/

  • B

    April 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Hey! Great work i must say. I have a question, what was the thickness of this Grafix stencil sheet?

  • aimee at betsywhite

    April 12, 2013 at 11:59 am

    The stencil sheet that I used was the Grafix Matte Stencil Film, in medium weight. They came in a package of 4 sheets sized at 9″ x 12″. I’m sure you could find more details on their website, http://www.grafixarts.com. Thank you so much for the kind words!

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