This month has gone by crazy fast so far…and I don’t think things will slow down until after the Holidays! Today I am sharing a Merry Christmas banner I made to hang from my mantle next month (and I made a Thankful banner to hang now, which I will share on the blog soon).
It can be hard to photograph really sparkly things sometimes, and that is why the words are hard to read in the above photo. Don’t worry though, I have more photos from different angles and close up to show all the details.
Here is how I made the banner:
I used the card bases from the October 2017 Paper Pumpkin, Pining for Plaid kit, as the base of the banner. (If you do not have this kit, you can get a similar look by using paper from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack, just cut your banner bases to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.) I cut 7 of the card bases in half along the score line.
To get the banner look, I made a little pencil mark 1″ up from the bottom on the left and right sides, and another mark in the middle of the bottom edge (at 2-1/8″). Cut from the mark on one side down to the bottom center mark, and repeat with the other side. The red lines in the photo below show where to mark and cut your paper.
Next, I cut out 14 Real Red cardstock circles with the largest scalloped circle die from the Layering Circle Framelits and 14 Designer Series Paper circles with the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I used a sheet with the black snowflakes from the Merry Little Christmas DSP. I cut out all the letters from the Gold Glimmer paper and from the inside of the red circles (as shown below).
This is a great way to save on paper because you don’t have to use any more sheets and no will see the missing portion of the red circle since it will be covered up with the other circle.
Once everything is cut out, it is time to adhere pieces together. Use the Liquid Multipurpose Glue to attach the DSP circle to the red circle, and then to the banner base. Match up all the letters and glue the gold one on top of the red one, with it slightly offset to give the appearance of a shadow. Add the letters to the circles with Dimensionals.
To finish it off, punch a hole in the top corners and thread a length of Jute Twine through (I used about 40″ for the “Merry” part and about 60″ for the “Christmas” part). Depending on where you hang your banner will determine your length and if you keep it as one long banner or split it into two banners.
I hope this has inspired you to get crafty with your holiday decor! If you share your creations on social media, please tag me (@mackenziemakes) or use hashtags #makewithPaperPumpkin or #makewithDSP so I can see what you made.
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