Thursday, March 7, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Banner

As part of my 101 in 1001, I want to change out my decor with each changing season. Last month I put up some Valentine's Day Decor so this month since St. Patrick's Day is coming up, I needed some new decor. So I decided to make a banner. I wanted to make mine similar to this one:

  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Letters fro tracing that spell out Lucky
  • Sharpie
  • Shamrock shape
  • Fabric
Step One:
Figure out the shape you want each piece of burlap to be. I decided to make mine rectangle-ish with a little triangle towards the bottom. This shape worked best with the burlap I was using. Since my burlap comes in a roll, I first cut out rectangle pieces, where the width was what came standard for the roll and the height was about 7 inches. I cut out 7 pieces. Then I cut the triangle pattern on the bottom of the burlap and I used my first piece as a template for all the other pieces. 

Step Two:
I then put a line of hot glue around all the edges so that my burlap wouldn't fray.

Step Three:
I then cut out my letters using my trusty Cricut. I love my cricut! I am a big scrapbooker so I use it all the time. You can't really see the letters in this picture, but they are there. I put cardstock on the Cricut mat and then the machine cuts out the letters for me. You could also print letters on regular paper and cut those out as well.

Step Four:
I traced my letters using a sharpie onto my burlap. I made my letter about 6 inches tall so that they sat just above the triangle on the bottom. Then I removed my letter template and colored in the outline of the letter so that it was solid.

Step Five:
I printed out a shamrock from my computer so that I could trace it. I then traces the shamrock onto some green fabric and cut two of them out, one for each side of my word, Lucky. I then hot glued the fabric onto my burlap.

Step 6:
I then glued all of my pieces onto a string of twine. I measure out the twine by holding it up where I wanted it to hang on my mantel. I put an inch spacing in between each piece of burlap. 

Step 7:
I then hung up my creation where I wanted it. I just used tape and it seems to be holding up pretty well. 

I also put out some decoration on my table using the same containers as before. I filled them with split green peas and then placed the candle on top. I also printed out the Kiss Me Sign and put it in an extra frame. 

So that is my easy St. Patrick's day decor. I really like the banner because its was quick and it won't take up a lot of room in storage. So it is a nice little pop of decor.

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