Saturday, November 12, 2011

thanksgiving banner tutorial

Have you heard of Pinterest?  O. M. G.!!!!  I promise to do a post on it soon but warning...It's totally addicting!  While surfing around on Pinterest, I found so many adorable ideas for cute banners.  I felt so inspired that I decided to make my own but I needed to come up with something super cute, easy and fast.  I have realized over the years that I don't have the patience anymore for long, drawn out, tedious crafts.  It has to be quick and simple.  This is what I came up with.

There is a short list of items you need to make this.  Short and cheap!
  •  twine
  • mini clothespins
  • scrapbook paper
Seriously, that's it.  I started by making a stencil of a maple leaf.  You can do any type of leaf or use several types mixed together but as I said, I like simple and fast.

I made my stencil out of paper first and then transferred it onto cardboard.  Then, select the papers that you would like to use and trace your leaf stencil onto the paper.

Rather than purchasing individual scrapbook papers, I purchased one big pack that had various fall designs including Halloween patterns.  Great value and next year I can make another banner! When creating my stencil, I sized it so it would fit two leaves per page.

Cut the leaves out, clip them onto the twine and that's it.  I strung my twine across my fireplace but you could also put this on a staircase bannister, across a window frame, anywhere.

And the final result.

 After cutting out the leaves, there were scraps left of these paper designs and they won't go to waste.  Details to come.

I would love to see your fall crafts!  Please post with links! 

I'm linking up over at Skip to my Lou and Home Stories A to Z and Today's Creative Blog.


Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Hi Christine! Love the banner-- super super cute and so simple. Check out my latest:

welcome back!

Miss Slick One said...

Found out about Pinterest this last week myself, by a totally random comment from a stranger on a friend's post LOL
I haven't gotten addicted yet, but Lord knows how easy it is for me to be that way! LOL