The end of summer is near. It’s time to start thinking about projects that make it fun to go back to school!
In this intermediate project, we will use White Siser EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl to press a design onto a wool school pennant. We will use Silhouette Studio ® Business Edition V4 and a workaround using MS Word ® Word Art for the angled lettering on this pennant since Silhouette doesn’t have a Word Art feature, yet (Wink wink: there’s a rumor that feature will be coming soon). We will cut the design using Silhouette Cameo 3 ® cutting machine and heat press using the MAXX Clam Heat Press
Microsoft Word ® and PowerPoint ®
Magic Weed Edge weeding tool
- Decide what words and images you want to use. We will be using the name of the school, the mascot name, and the mascot image.
- Measure your blank pennant in order to draw a triangle to scale on your design page to ensure that your design will fit. This pennant is 23” long x 8.5” high on the left side. The school name will surround the mascot image in a circular shape. It will start approx. 3/4” from the left side and will be approx. 5” wide. The mascot name will end approx. 3” from the right tip of the pennant. That means the mascot name should be approx. 9”-11” long.
- Open the Page Setup Panel to change the size of your work area to 24” wide. This will automatically turn your page orientation to landscape.
- Create a triangle to replicate your actual pennant by inserting 3 straight lines using the line tool in the Basic Drawing Tools Panel and adjusting their size to match your pennant using the Scale Menu. One line is 8.5” and the other two are 23”. Draw the lines so the short line (left side of the pennant) starts in the upper left-hand corner of your design page area. Draw the other 2 longer lines so they come together half way (approx. 4.25” on the right ruler guide)
*Note: you won’t really cut this triangle shape so be sure to delete it before sending to your Cameo later.
Create a triangle to replicate your actual pennant by inserting 3 straight lines using the line tool in the Basic Drawing Tools Panel and adjusting their size to match your pennant using the Scale Menu. One line is 8.5” and the other two are 23”. Draw the lines so the short line (left side of the pennant) starts in the upper left-hand corner of your design page area. Draw the other 2 longer lines so they come together half way (approx. 4.25” on the right ruler guide)
- In Silhouette Studio V4, Business Edition, insert an image of the school mascot and trace it. We used a pirate here. Change the size of the mascot to 5” wide. Here are some videos about tracing:
- Click Insert Text tool, type “Braden River”, Insert Text again and type “High School”.
- Open Text Style Panel, change fonts in both text boxes to College Black font.
- Open Fill Panel, change color to black.
- Create a perfect circle by selecting the Insert Shape tool, click on the circle. When the little crosshair appears when rolling over the design page, click Shift while clicking with left mouse button wherever you want the circle. Change the size of the circle to 5.2” diameter.
- Double click on the Braden River words until a small circle appears in the bottom left corner of the text box. Click on that little circle to drag it into the circle. Don’t release the left mouse button until it “snaps” into the shape of the circle and reads clearly at the top of the circle.
- Click on the little slider to move the words on the bottom of the circle farther down which also increases their spacing.
- Select the words that are now curved around the circle and click Ctrl + e in order to make it a compound path. This will allow you to drag the words over to surround the mascot without the words reverting back to a straight line of text.
- Open Microsft Word ®, click Insert Word Art. Type name of school mascot when prompted to enter your text and Change Font to Aachen. Double click on the box surrounding the word art in order to edit the angle of the word art. Under Text Effects, choose Transform, then choose Cascade Up. Use the yellow dot that appears with the Word Art box to change the angle of the text.
- Now copy and paste this WordArt into an MS PowerPoint slide and click Save As. In the Save As box, under Save, a type, choose “JPEG File Interchange Format”. Now go back to Silhouette and click the Open File icon and choose that .jpg file, copy it, move back to the tab for your current project and paste it. Trace it, color it, and resize it to fit your pennant.
- Delete the 3 lines that formed the triangle used for reference then select all of your design (Ctrl + A or select it all with your left mouse button) and Flip Horizontally.
Material Cost: $4.86 total ($2.26 for pennant and $2.60 for vinyl (not including tax and shipping)
It’s worth mentioning that when you order custom pennants online, they usually have a minimum quantity of around 100 pennants but you can also find blank pennants online that you can buy individually like this one from www.woolytownpennant.com.
Sell it For: $8-$15
Total Time Estimate: 30 min
Tips and Ideas
- Change the Cut Settings for each different type of vinyl used. Use The Rhinestone World’s Recommended Cut Settings guide to find cutting specs.
- Use The Rhinestone World’s Rhinestone and Vinyl Pressing Specs guide to find heat press settings and hot or cold peel directions.
- Siser EasyWeed HTV can also be used on blank pennants for “First Day” signs to caption those back-to-school pics on the “First Day of Kindergarten”, etc.
- No blank pennants handy? You can also use paper cut into a pennant shape and FDC Decal Vinyl.
- Pennants can be used to decorate kids’ rooms, a classroom, the school lobby, and graduation parties.