December 29th, 2014
I decorated my basement mantel with decorations I had lying around from years past. I love bright red for Christmas and definitely feel like it fits in better with the decor downstairs. I did want to freshen it up with a banner, and I had these gorgeous glitter letters from My Mind’s Eye.
I created this banner with the same process I used for my star banner a few weeks ago. This time I used these gorgeous book pages from an old copy of Heidi that my kids had already torn a few pages from.
I especially loved this chapter heading for a christmas banner. I hand-cut the papers into this pocket shape and then hot-glued on the rosettes and glitter letters.
I wanted to sew this banner instead of string it through holes. I have this gorgeous chartreuse ribbon, and I didn’t want it to cover the book pages, so I placed it under instead.
To keep everything in place for sewing, I used just a few little dabs of glue from my glue runner.
On each end, I folded the ribbon over, and tacked it down with more glue.
Once I had all the flags tacked with glue, I ran the whole thing slowly through the sewing machine.
And then placed it on my mantel.
I wanted to finish off the mantel with one more small banner. I grabbed these glittered confetti circles from My Minds Eye, and sewed them down the middle.
Then I folded and glued them with my Ad tech permanent glue runner to create a scallop banner.
I placed that across the whole mantel to finish off the look. The stockings are from Pottery barn, and the garland is one that I have used before from Joanne Fabric & Craft. I wrapped it in some gorgeous burlap ribbon that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year, also from Pottery Barn.
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December 29th, 2014
I just love white on white on white for Christmas this year. I’m also working on keeping things simple. So I created a few simple DIY banners to put the finishing touches on my Christmas Mantel.
This Crepe paper banner is super fast, cheap and easy. I just bought a roll of cream crepe paper (for $.99!), and gathered it by bunching and pushing it through the sewing machine. Easy peasy!
I created a tiny felt flag banner using my Cricut Explore to cut a sheet of white felt. The best way to cut felt with a Cricut Explore is to iron-on Heat n’ Bond to the back. You’ll need to peel the backer paper off, and press the bonded side down on the mat.
I cut a ton of little diamonds out of the mounted felt. These are 1.25″ tall.
I used white thread to string the triangles. A thin white twine would have been a bit easier to work with.
I placed each diamond about 1/2″ apart, and then folded them down into triangles and pressed them with my iron.
I love the sweetness of the final banner.
For the scallop banner, I sewed 2″ circles down the middle, and folded them over. And the ball banner was a super affordable pom pom banner from Michaels.
I also created these super simple doily trees to finish off my little villages houses by cutting a 12″ doily into quarters.
And then used some hot glue and my Ad Tech High Temp large format glue gun (my fav!) to glue it cut-end to cut-end. I do recommend possibly using a low-temp, or using a finger guards when glueing thin paper with holes.
And there you go, doily trees!
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December 29th, 2014
I recently posted about my new Christmas mantel. I just wanted to quickly post about my process and putting up large vinyl graphics.
I prefer to cut vinyl with my Silhouette CAMEO because you don’t need to use a mat, and you can cut big rolls. I also used this great Silhouette roll feeder that helps feed large rolls of vinyl. It’s pretty awesome.
Silhouette Studio makes it super easy to set up your artwork. For this artwork, I used a font and typed out my words and then sized them to fit the width of my vinyl roll (9″). The final length was just under 10 feet.
I set up my matte black 9′ vinyl in the roll feeder, and fed it through the rollers. It’s important to make sure that your rollers are set to the width of your material. I recommend doing a test cut before you start any long cuts.
Once the vinyl is all cut, I removed all the excess vinyl, and then cut up my roll into three pieces.
Then I applied transfer paper over each of the phrases.
I set up a laser level to set up my baseline and centerline, and then, after removing the vinyl backer paper, placed my first (last) phrase up on the wall.
I rubbed the vinyl against the wall with a scraper to make it stick, and then carefully removed the transfer paper.
I repeated this step for the next two lines and ended up with a perfectly level large-scale vinyl graphic.