Your Cricut Explore: How to Make a Wedding Reception Banner

Add a personalised touch to your big day with a helping hand from the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Design Space App to create this stunning wedding reception banner, perfect for welcoming your guests as they arrive; it can also be easily transported and displayed in your ceremony venue too!

Cut the happy couples names and key wedding details in your choice of iron-on vinyl and font, and then use the nifty Cricut Easy Press to secure the cut words into place on the fabric banner.

We’ve kept things simple for our rustic, English garden themed banner, using calico to create the banner, however you could use any colour or patterned fabric you like to fit in with your wedding’s theme.

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make
  1. Take a piece of calico and trim to your desired size, making sure to include an extra 2cm on each long side and the bottom edge, and 5cm to the top edge to allow for seam allowance – the banner can be made any size you like dependent on how much text you want to include on your banner. Trim a piece of fusible interfacing to the same size as your calico. Take a piece of scrap fabric, or an old tea towel, and place over the top of the interfacing. With your iron on the highest setting, iron over the top of the fabrics until the fusible interfacing is adhered to the calico.

2. With the fabric panel positioned in a portrait orientation, fold both long sides over by 2cm to create a neat edge, pin in place, then use an iron to press the fabric. 

3. Load your sewing machine with a cream thread and select a running stitch to secure the folded over fabric in place using a 1cm seam allowance.

4. Repeat the process with the top edge of the panel, this time folding over the fabric by 5cm, pin in place and press with an iron.

5. With the right-side of the fabric facing down, use a running stitch to sew 4cm and 5cm down from the folded top edge.

6. On the reverse of the banner, along the bottom edge, measure and mark the centre point with a ruler and pencil. Fold both bottom edges up diagonally to form a “V” shape, making sure these are at the same height on both sides. Pin the fabric, then press into place with an iron. Use a 1cm seam allowance to secure.

8. Using a laptop/Mac/iPad/iPhone, log on to your Design Space account and make sure you are connected to your Explore machine. Open up a new canvas, and insert a text box, type the first name into the box and then select your preferred font from the drop down in the toolbar at the top of the screen – we went for Babette.

9. To create a joined up, flowing font, select ‘Advanced’ from the top toolbar, then select ‘Ungroup To Letters’. 

10. Each of the letters will then become individually repositionable. Overlap and position the letters closer together so that they are connected. 

11. Once happy with their positioning of the letters, select ‘Select All’ from the top toolbar then ‘Group’ and ‘Weld’ the letters together.

12. Re-size the word to your desired size by either dragging the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner of the selection box, or alternatively you can type your preferred dimensions into the size fields in the toolbar at the top of the screen. 

Top Tip: Ensure the text will fit on your banner you created earlier and, most importantly, will fit on your Cricut cutting mat!

 
13. Repeat the process for the remaining text that you want to include on the banner.

14. Once the design is complete, select the green ‘Make It’ button. You’ll then be taken through to a screen to prep your mats for cutting. The text needs to be cut from Iron-on Vinyl, which means that the design will need to be mirrored, so that once the design is cut it will read from left to right once adhered to the banner.

15. Set the dial on your machine to ‘Iron-on’, then follow the on-screen instructions to cut your design,

16. Once cut, place the vinyl on top of the Bright Pad and use the Weeding Toolkit to remove the excess vinyl so that you’re just left with the text.

17. Use a sharp pair of scissors to separate each word; this will make it easier when it comes to positioning them on the calico banner.

18. Position the words on your banner, once happy with the positioning use an Easy Press or iron to secure the vinyl in place following the instructions included with the vinyl.

19. To complete the design cut and create a selection of blooms and foliage from Design Space, to adorn the top of the banner. Use a glue gun to secure these in place.

20. Place the dowel through the channel at the top of the banner and add twine either side to hang.

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