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Graduation Banner

Easy to fashion from card stock and felt letters, this festive garland makes a memorable congratulatory banner for a recent graduate. You can hang it in front of a buffet table, from a mantle, or on a window.




  • Olfa circle cutter
  • Card stock (5 standard letter-size sheets)
  • Adhesive-backed felt letters, 1- or 2-inch size
  • 1/16-inch hole punch
  • Craft needle
  • 8 feet of clear elastic


  1. Step 1

    Cut 15 circles (each one 4 3/4 inches in diameter) from the card stock. (Martha uses five letter-size sheets, each in a different color, to yield 15 circles, which will spell out the word "Congratulations.") Stack the circles in fives. Using the 1/16-inch hole punch, make small holes at two positions on one of the stacks, one hole at 11 o'clock and the other at 1 o'clock. Repeat process for remaining stacks.

  2. Step 2

    Affix each letter to the center of a circle. Using a craft needle, string the clear elastic through one circle at a time, tying a knot at the top of each circle to secure its position. Continue until all the letters are strung.

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