How to: DIY Typographic No-Sew Holiday Banner

Yep, the season is here and I'm ready to deck. those. halls. Each year, I lean more and more towards minimal Christmas decorations and I love simple black and white with splashes of metallics. I'm a huge fan of a banner or pendent. They are easy to hang and roll up small and compact to pack away for the rest of the year. Banners add a relaxed, informal vibe to a space. This no-sew, narrow NOEL banner is perfect for a tight space. I'm hanging mine on a tiny space on my wall between the door and window. 

Felt is one of my favorite materials to work with.  It's inexpensive and requires no sewing.             



  • fabric scissors ($20 on Amazon)
  • felt glue
  • black and white felt
  • NOEL letter templates
  • 12″ piece of narrow dowel
  • yarn, string or twine


Begin by printing out the N-O-E-L letters. Trim them, but don't cut all the way to the edge of the letters. When you cut out the letter, it helps to stabalize the fabric if you are cutting through both the paper and fabric together.



Pin the letters to the white felt in a few places. Cut out the letters with good sharp fabric scissors.



Using scissors to cut out a 10″ by 36″ rectangle of the black felt. Or, if you have one, a rotary cutter and cutting mat works even better to get nice straight even sides.

Fold down the top on the black felt about 2″ to make a sleeve for the dowel.  Use felt glue to adhere the felt together.  



Lay out the letters so that the are centered and evenly space.  Glue down the letters with more felt glue.




When the glue has dried, you can fold the bottom edge of the banner in half and cut a diagonal line from the center out to the sides to create the V shape.

Tie some twine or string to the dowel for hanging the banner.


And that's it!

This would be an easy project to customize the colors and message.  How cute would a JOY banner in red and white be?