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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22 comments:

  1. Just adorable...love the font you used!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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

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

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

    www.joybeadworks.blogspot.com

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

    Nancy

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  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!

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  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!

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  8. Very pretty and thanks for the tutorial.

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  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    XOOX
    Jen

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  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!

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  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
    Cheri

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

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

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