I wanted something cute and playful without harsh patriotism attached to it.
So, I headed to home depot and took a paint sample of EVERY color (I'm going to make a banner for Cupcake's birthday too).
After cutting out each letter, I laid them out flat and measured how much ribbon I needed I added a few feet on each end because of the knotting method I used and for hanging.
Simple stars since the white samples were so small.
For knotting, I punched holes at the top of each letter. The wide letters got two holes. The ones like "A" and "L" got one hole. I threaded the ribbon through the first letter's hole, leaving about a foot on the end, I tied it into a knot and pushed it BACK through the hole, this would NOT work with a thin ribbon. I repeated this with each hole, starting from behind, tying a knot in the front and pushing it back through the hole. This process worked really well for keeping the letters in place. If these directions are confusing try it with a test letter and practice it once.
Happy Banner Making!