How To Make A Portrait Banner

Showcase your favorite memories across a Portrait Banner!  Great for draping your  treasured decorated moments at your next celebration for everyone to see– and to enjoy!

How To Make A Portrait #Banner by SimplyGloria.comIt’s been awhile since I’ve posted something crafty.  (Chevron Burlap & Printable… in case you missed it!)  

So, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make a Portrait Banner for a loved one.

As you know, I enjoy adventuring in the kitchen most of all.   And since my craft room is under construction… I haven’t quite been so crafty.  I’d have to gather my craft supplies from one direction of my house to another and loosing half of them in between!  Does that ever happen to you?

But…. I decided to take some time and make my little man a banner for his (7th!!) birthday celebration!  Along with making his birthday cake!

All of the pictures I picked out of Easton were from birth till now.  It really makes me realize how fast he has grown!  

This banner is sturdy enough that it will be hung up in his room for the rest of the year!  

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You really do not need to be a crafty kind of person to make a Portrait Banner.  

Trust me.  This is simple.

You can customize it any way and for any one! 

*Note:  This is a 3 foot banner and will hold 16 pictures.  You may customize your own size and shape of banner.
Materials you’ll need for the banner:
  •  16 pictures, 4 inches by 5.3 inches (Walgreens had cut mine to online Internet length.  But you may choose a true 4×6 cut.  You may have to make adjustments on the black paper for that size of picture to fit.)
  • 3 yards of ribbon
  • 1 painted letter (4 inches by 5 inches, or your choice of size) placed in center
  • 16 gray cardstock paper cut to 4 and 3/4 inches by 8 inches
  • 16 black cardstock paper, cut 4 and a half inches by 5 and a half inches
  • acid free glue (for pictures onto the black paper)
  • hole puncher (to weave the ribbon through the gray paper)
  • black ink pad (optional)
  • heated glue gun, to glue the letter on the ribbon (and black paper onto the gray paper, optional)
  • scissors
  • paper slicer (optional)
  • Fold the ribbon in half and find your center.  Lay out flat and use the hot glue to attach the letter on the ribbon.
  • Use scissors or a paper slicer to cut the black and gray papers. 
  • Use the acid free glue to attach the pictures to the black paper.  
  • Glue (may use hot glue or the acid free glue) the back of the black paper to the front of the gray paper up and position to 1 and a half inches from the top edge of the gray paper.  And, 1 inch from the bottom.
  • On the bottom (only) of the gray paper, cut with scissors at a 45 degrees angle on the left and right side.  
  • Optional step:  Take ink pad and lightly scrap up against the edges of the gray paper, by causing a shadowed edge.
  • Using the hole puncher, punch in two separate holes up at the top of the large gray paper to weave the ribbon through.  
  • Weave the ribbon through and space all the pictures out evenly on each side of your centered letter.
  • Leave about 5 inches on the ends of the ribbon.  Finish by tying a knot on each loose end.
  • Hang the banner and celebrate!
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This is so much fun for birthdays!  

Have a blast creating, my friends!  

For all of you chocolate lovers… a recipe is coming for you this week!

*****On YOUR birthday, what is your favorite way to celebrate?*****


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    • says

      Marcie, that’s exactly how I used to be. I used to go out on scrapbooking adventures with the girls and stay up all night putting pages together. Now, I do them all online. So, it felt good to get out the pictures and make something to hang up on the wall. Have a great rest of your week, my friend!

  1. says

    Oh my goodness Gloria, I love this portrait banner! It’s beautiful and what a special way to showcase the memories of your lil man from birth – I’ll bet Easton will love this hanging in his room 🙂 Pinning, thanks so much for sharing and the inspiration – I would love to make this for my lil guy some day too 🙂

    • says

      Thank you so much, Kelly! Easton looks at it every night before he goes to bed. (Makes me happy he likes it.) Enjoy the rest of your day! (=

    • says

      Ashley, I think I have a letter addiction. Every time I’m at a craft store, I walk over to the letter isle… and grab one. I have some that I’ve forgotten about and have bought the same ones! I’m so bad! Enjoy the rest of your week!

    • says

      Thank you so much, my friend! It was really fun to make. I love doing things like this for my nieces and nephews for their birthdays, too. They just looking at themselves while they’re hanging out in their bedrooms…hehe. Have a great rest of your week, Anne! (=

    • says

      Great idea to do in the hallway, Brandi. That would look really great with down a long, bare wall… now I’m going to have to do that! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

    • says

      I used about a half inch width ribbon. That would be a great idea for graduation… guess I had better get one ready for my middle son graduating in a few months, too! (Time goes by so fast!) 🙂

  2. Gael says

    This is a wonderful idea for high school graduation which is what I am doing. I wanted to incorporate pictures and fun printables. This gives me some ideas, thanks!


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