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Graduation is a day to celebrate! Photos are one of our favorite things to use in party decor. Using school photos we created a DIY graduation banner that makes a fun and beautiful statement. – Updated 05/2021
DIY Graduation Banner with photos!
Celebrating three graduates in the same family and the same school was so exciting! We loved celebrating Lakley, Amelia, and Balyey’s graduation this past June.
My sisters and I really wanted to celebrate each girl individually and came up with a DIY graduation banner using their class photos from every year.
My sisters and I had 3 girls within a 6 month period. We all live in the same town and love spending time with family so our girls’ childhood has been spent together.
Using school photos in a graduation banner
Do you have a file folder filled with all those adorable class photos from the past 13 years? We all know that you can’t really purchase just one class photo. These days we’re more likely to send a picture of the photo to family and friends than mailing the actual photo.
When we thought of using our old photos for their DIY graduation banner we had no idea the memories that would come flooding back. We laughed so hard remembering some of the silly things they used to do and say. We also got teary a time or two at how fast time has gone by.
Graduation Party Supplies
Have you ever searched for graduation party supplies? There are a lot of really cute options out there but because they are mass produced they are generic. Sure you can usually find your school colors and the year they’re graduating but personalized decor isn’t easy to come by.
That was one of the main reasons we wanted to use photos. What is more personalized than their individual photos?!
To get around using too many generic party supplies we used photos everywhere we could. As you can see in the photo above along with the photo graduation banners we included individual and group photos of the girls from years past.
Don’t forget to show off their Senior photos. I don’t know about you but senior photos around here are an investment! Printing some out and using them around the graduation party was a great way for people to see the different photos that were taken that didn’t make the announcement.
How to make a DIY Graduation Banner with photos?
The first thing you’re going to want to do if you’re making a DIY graduation banner like ours is make sure you have a large space to work. We were shocked at how much space we needed as we were getting these laid out.
We planned these to be a surprise for our daughters so we would meet in the evenings at our church building to work on them. Having the gym floor to lay things out ended up being a big bonus!
Gather your supplies.
You need to decide if you have want to try to match school colors or a different color scheme. We didn’t really have a color scheme in mind but did have some items we wanted to use.
We knew we wanted to use their school photos. Then we decided to use chalk board pennants to write their names and grades on. We went through our scrapbook paper collections and made sure we used colors and patterns that would look good together.
Using scrapbook paper to create triangle pennants is a great way to break up the photos and add some color.
Then we used ribbon as the string to hang the banners from and then used different ribbons for detail and texture. Deciding to sew the banner pieces together might have been the best decision we made. It helped make the banners nice and sturdy which was a blessing since they’re so long and a bit heavy.
Can you sew paper?
You can see in the photo above how we used layered pieces of patterned cardstock sewn together to create a pennant. Sewing on paper was new to me but it definitely works and looks so good! We also sewed the banner pieces to the ribbon so they wouldn’t fall off.
Sewing the photos to a piece of cardstock gives it a nice matted look and I love the white contrast of the stitching.
In the photo above you can see the chalkboard banner piece. It was nice to be able to customize each chalkboard piece without having to print anything out. And chalk is easily erased of we messed up or decided we wanted to change something.
There are so many different little details it would be impossible to list them all. I hope the photos help you see some of the different things you can do.
Tiny banners, rolled flowers, lace, quotes, ribbons, the year of the photos. There are so many things you can use for your banner. Think about your graduate and what reminds you of them.
I love the way these banners turned out. They were exactly what we were hoping to create for our girls. Each banner turned out unique and beautiful just like our girls.
Graduation is such a fun time in life. It’s worth celebrating in a big way. We hope our DIY Graduation Banner helps inspire you as you’re planning your child’s graduation party.