December 3, 2012

'Tis the Season Banner & Printable

Banners.  How do you feel about them?  Do you like them?  Are you sick of them?  Do you have a million of them?  Well, last Halloween I finally got around to making one.  It took a bit of time, but I really like how it turned out.  I was even able to keep it up for Thanksgiving and Christmas because I switched out the colors and lettering.  

The collage directly below is made up of the pictures I took this year (I have learned a thing or two about photography lately).  I don't have the banner put together this year due to the fact that half of it is in storage packed away nice and safely.  I did manage to round up the parts you see below, but not all of it (why was it not all in the same box?  I need to work on my packing skills).  I do have to say I like the new look the wreath gives it.  

Disclaimer #2:
The sad picture below is the only one I could round up of the banner put together in all of its blinds-opened-and-bright-sunshine-behind glory.  At least you can get an idea of what it looked like fully assembled.

Each letter of the banner is made of four layers.
Layer 1: accordion folded circles (6" in diameter)
Layer 2:  red card stock ruffled circles (4" in diameter)
Layer 3:  white paper circles (3" in diameter)
Layer 4:  red card stock letters (2" tall)

First, I made the accordion folded circles.   I used old pages from a book to make them.  Katie over at Katie Stories has a great tutorial on how to make accordion circles.  She uses a scoring board (on my Christmas list this year) for hers, but  you don't need one.  I just eyeballed my folds.  All your folds may not be exactly the same, but it's pretty forgiving.  I also used ink to distress the edges a bit.

Layers 2, 3, & 4

Next, I used red card stock to cut out ruffled circles from my Cricut Preserves Cartridge.  After they were cut out, I spayed them with Cherry Bomb Krylon Glitter Blast.  The glitter blast is amazing!  If you've had trouble with spray glitter in the past, you have to try this.  I promise you won't be disappointed.  I found it at Michaels.  It is a bit pricey, so look for a 40% off coupon to use.
By the way, spraying the card stock ruffled circles proved to be a bit tricky.  I laid them on a big piece of cardboard to spray, but the force of the spray made the card stock blow around.  I found that a rolled piece of tape on the back of the card stock helped keep it in place on the cardboard while I sprayed.

I then cut circles out of white paper and put the lettering on last.  I used my Cricut Storybook Cartridge to make the letters.  

I glued each layer together with a dot of hot glue (Velcro would be even better) and it was easy to remove the layers when I changed the banner for Thanksgiving and Halloween.  Then I punched holes in the top of the accordion circles to thread the ribbon through 

Layers 1, 2, & 3 with extra green ruffled circle behind

The 'Tis the Season' part was made just the same as the 'SEASON' letters.  I did print out 'Tis the Season' on my computer, then cut it out.  I also added a green ruffled circle (7" in diameter) behind the accordion circle.  Then I put red glittered sprigs (from Michaels) behind the 'Tis the Season to add a bit of depth and texture.

 Now, I realize not everyone has a Cricut, so I thought I'd make up a printable for the lettering on my banner.  You can print them out on white paper and then cut them into circles.  If you don't have a paper punch to cut out the circles you can always use a clear glass to trace a circle around the letter and then cut it out with scissors.

  Once you've made this banner you can use the accordion circles for any other banner.  Just use a different color of ruffled circles and change the letters.  I did black and 'SPOOKY' for Halloween, then brown and 'GATHER' for Thanksgiving.  Happy bannering!


P.S.  Did you know Better Homes and Gardens has really cute and festive desktop wallpapers?  They have them for every season.  Go check them out and find one for your computer.  I love adding bits of Christmas (or any holiday) anywhere I can- it helps me enjoy the season to the fullest.  I use my computer ALL the time, so it's fun to have a holiday reminder every time I turn it on.  The only problem is choosing just one.  I may have to change it weekly (or maybe even daily) throughout the month. 

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