How to create a paper Purim banner
Posted 28 February, 2015on:
Purim is fast approaching, and I wanted to put something colourful on the pinboard in the hall we use for Hebrew school. The easiest thing I could think of was a banner – or (time was running short) a bunch of letters arranged like a banner. Or indeed just a bunch of letters pinned to the board. [NB: the picture above is a not so great photo of the finished letters on the floor of my home. They look much better on the pinboard!)
Of course these letters needed to convey the joyful, party mood of Purim, so I decided to make them out of scrapbooking paper in a variety of colours and patterns.
These are simple to make if you have access to a printer. Make a template for the letters in Publisher or Word (or other text based software) by inserting a text box onto a blank page so that it fills almost the entire page. (It’s easier in Publisher, but if using Word, you will probably need to specify narrow margins in the Page Layout tab). Set the font to something which is going to be easy enough to cut out when very large. I used a font called Berlin Sans FB Demi, size 750pt. Into this box, type one letter. Use the formatting tools to set Font fill to “no fill” but keep Font outline as black (or any other colour).
Now you can print out this letter onto coloured paper. I like to buy packs of fancy scrapbooking paper when they are on special. I don’t actually scrapbook, I use the paper for papercuts, card making etc. The paper tends to be square (unlike your printer), but it’s not difficult to fold each piece and cut it to fit your printer tray, or trace around a piece of cardboard the size you need (A4 in my case). It doesn’t matter if the edges of these pieces are not perfect, because you will be cutting out the printed letter in the centre of the page.
Once you have the letters you need, attach each of them to a contrasting backing sheet. The letters I made would have looked fantastic on 12 inch square backing sheets, but I cut mine down to slightly smaller than A4 because I wanted to laminate them, and I only have A4 laminating pouches.
Well that looks great, I hear you say, but I don’t have time to faff around making a template and cutting up bits of coloured paper. No problem! After I made my letters, I scanned them. You can download individual letters from this page, or PDF files from here – (almost) no cutting or sticking involved.