Monday, November 16, 2009

Crafting a Thanksgiving Banner

I kept seeing all these cute Thanksgiving banners all over blogland. I can't remember which blogs had them, but there are several of them out there and they were all so pretty that I just had to have one too. After some cutting and pasting while watching "America's Funniest Home Videos" I managed to complete my banner and my favor cones both in under an hour with the TV on.

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I think it's pretty self explanatory on how to make one, but who doesn't like a good tutorial which photos and tips?

First I used my Cricut to cut out the letters "Give Thanks." I used the Storybook cartridge and I think I cut out 3" letters. (They are the same style of letters I used on my revamped wall plaque and corkboards.)

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I then dug through my stash of scrapbook paper to find some designs I liked. I decided to stick with a fairly neutral color scheme so that I can reuse it year and year and it won't clash with my decor. I ended up using 4 different papers to cut out the 10 flags. I just drew a basic template the size I wanted and then used my paper trimmer to cut the edges in the straight line.

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Once I had all the banner flags cut out, I lined them up to come up with the best arrangement of the papers. and glued the letters on.

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I decided to add a little more interest by creating a scalloped edge. I did this using a paper corner rounder that I purchases several years ago at Wal-Mart in the scrapbooking section. If you remove the plastic guide around the gadget, you can then flip it over and run it along the edge to punch out a scalloped edge. (I can show a more detailed how-to on that if anyone's interested.)

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Finally, I simply punched holes in each corner of each flag and threaded a ribbon through the holes. It's now hanging up on my fireplace, but I might move it to the dining room for Thanksgiving day.

It was dark when I was finished so I had to use the dreaded flash to get the picture to not look so awful. The lighting and coloring looks pretty bad in the first photo I posted.

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Linking up to DIY Day on A Soft Place to Land.



  1. Just the font you used!


  2. Turned out adorable! I have GOT to get a cricket!

  3. I love the colors you chose with the papers... it's very cute!

  4. Hey- Sweet Banner! Thanks for telling me about it. It looks terrific!

  5. It turned out great! Looks very nice on your mantel.


  6. soooo cute! i'm posting a link later today b/c i've been featuring cute thanksgiving decor all month. thanks for the tutorial!

  7. great tutorial.I really need to make a banner.It is on my to do list! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.Much appreciated!

  8. Very pretty and thanks for the tutorial.

  9. i love your mantel ... that was the first thing that caught my eye! the banner is nice jewerly for it too...looking forward to seeing it decked out for christmas!

  10. Looks great! I keep telling my hubby I NEED a cricut!

  11. Lovely banner. But that key on the mantle really got my attention. Love that oversized skeleton key!

  12. What a beautiful addition to your mantle!! Very pretty! :)

  13. I am totally making one of these-NOW!!!

  14. Thanks everyone! The oversized key on the mantle was a Hobby Lobby 90% off find.

  15. I love this idea! I need to make one, I only have one Thanksgiving decoration. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  16. Adorable! I NEED one of those Cricuts!!! I love it.


  17. Wow I love that idea - and love the look of yours. I think I might give this a try if I can find some time (or maybe I should just skip right to making an Easter one, I might have better luck getting it done on time!) Thank you for the nice comments on my bedroom redo on my blog!

  18. I love the harlequin paper--I have a party every week- Its So Very Creative (mondays)--would love to have you be an inspiration to other gals.

    A new follower

  19. Oooh another linky party, I'll have to check it out Cheri!

  20. Love this Idea, Thanks for sharing...


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