DIY Easy Watercolor Fall Banner



Let’s make a simple and festive fall banner to decorate with using your Cricut! This banner is colorful, fun, and easy to customize to your liking! We loved using it to decorate for the Fall season. This is a beginner-level Cricut project.

It’s easy to make a paper banner with the Cricut Maker, and you can use twine or string to hang it, making it easy to hang and reusable. We added a fun touch to this project by doing this on watercolor paper and then painting it after cutting the design. If you enjoy making banners you may also like this paper banner.

Fall Leaves Banner Supplies

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint and brush
  • glue sticks and glue gun
  • Cricut cutting machine
  • string of your choice ( to the length you would like your banner)
  • yarn or your choice
  • a fork and scissors

You can make any kind of banner you’d like – this project is found in the DesignSpace of Cricut. The project is called Leaf Banner and will cut out beautiful fall leaves onto your watercolor paper. I used the fine point cutting blade and used the light grip sheet. This banner design will become a project favorite! Every detail you need to do this cut out design is also in the DesignSpace project description. To go to DesignSpace go here.

It is important to line up your adhesive sheet and paper well and pull it into the machine using the feed button.

Push the button and let the Cricut cut these beautiful leaf banner designs into your paper. Once the design is complete you can paint the leaves to your liking. We like to use a wet on wet method of water coloring to allow the varied colors to bleed into each other a bit. Wet on wet water color painting is a technique of painting that results in wonderfully soft and spontaneous appearance of the color.  You apply water on the paper then add colors to the wet paper. Let your leaves dry fully before popping them out of the paper to avoid any ripping. This could take 30-60 minutes.

While your leaves are drying you can make your pompoms from your yarn. Simply wrap your yarn 20 times around your fork, slowly pull off your fork, and insert a 2-3 inch cut piece of yarn through the bundle, and double knot this tightly. (Please review the video for further visual instruction.) You will have created what looks like a bow. Cut the loops on either side, fluff out your pom pom then trim it around to create a nice uniform pom pom ball.

This banner design creates 10 leaves and the amount of pom poms you want to create depends on the pattern and spacing you would like for your fall banner. 

Our banner was about 30″ so we created accordingly and cut our string in 7  4 inch pieces as once leaves are popped out and pom poms are made you will hot glue the ends of the string to the inside tie of the pom poms to create a connected banner. Then you will hot glue the paper leaves onto the string in between the pom poms.

Once all pieces are glued you can decorate your home with it. What is nice about this fall banner project is if you would like it longer you can always add more string, pom poms and leaves as you desire.

We hope you enjoy making this Easy Watercolor Fall Banner with your Cricut! If you are in the mood for all things Fall you may also enjoy this Fall Leaves Zentangle project, this Watercolor Zentangle Jack-o-Lantern or these 24 Best Fall Art Projects for Kids. 

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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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