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Birthday Banner

My nephew is turning 1!  Since my family is coming from all over the place and has all sorts of different time commitments, we celebrated his birthday a few weeks early.  I saw this super fun confetti garland from Increasingly Domestic and had to make one for the party!  I decided to add letters to mine to personalize it for the kid (not that he can read, but he did like the fun colors!).  I also made the birthday hat, so be sure to look for that in an upcoming post!

Materials needed:

  • Felt sheets in several different colors (one sheet of each color should be sufficient for a banner of this size)
  • Ribbon scraps
  • Letter templates (I printed my from a word processor)
  • Circle template (I used the bottom of a candle jar – about 3-1/2″ diameter)
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Trace several circles onto your felt using your circle template and felt marker.  I traced 4 circles onto each color of felt.  Since I found 8 different colors of felt, I had a total of 32 circles to create 2 separate chains.  Cut the circles out.
  2. Sew a line through the center of each circle so the circles are just touching at the edges.  Do not cut the threads in between the circles.  Increasingly Domestic provides an excellent photo tutorial for this process.
  3. If you need to create your letter templates, follow these directions.  If not, skip to the next step.  I used Microsoft Word to print out huge letters, but you can use any word processor.  Open the program and type out one of each letter that you will need on your banner.  Highlight the letters and try out different fonts until you find one you like.  Make sure it is thick enough to easily cut out.  I stopped at a font called Marker Felt.  Increase the font size until it is large enough for your banner.  My font size is 250.  Print out the letters and cut them out.
  4. Choose which circle will hold which letter and trace that letter onto a contrasting color of felt.  You might want to trace the letter upside down so any marker lines do not show on the finished product.  Cut the letters out.
  5. Time for the hot glue gun!  Use the glue gun to adhere the letters to the circles.  Make sure the letters are where you want them before attaching them to the circles.  Hot glue is not a very forgiving material when used with felt.
  6. Glue a loop of ribbon to the backside of the end circles.
  7. Hang up your banner and celebrate!  These circles have a tendency to twist on the chain (which is part of the charm), so you may want to hang the chain against a flat wall to keep the letters facing forward.

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Word Art – wall decoration

This fun project allows you to “paint” a meaningful word on your wall without …um… paint!  The materials are also recycled!

Materials needed:

  • Cardboard (I used cereal boxes,  but you can use a thicker cardboard if you prefer)
  • Magazines
  • Glue (I used tacky glue, but any sort of paper glue should work)
  • Mod Podge (or your sealer of choice)
  • Hangers and nails (I made hangers out of pieces of index cards with holes punched in them)

Instructions:

  1. The first thing you need to do is choose a word!  You can pick an inspirational word, name, monogram, letter, or even a whole phrase if you’re feeling ambitious!  Now you need to decide what you want your word to look like.  Try typing your selection into a word processor and testing different fonts to see if one strikes your fancy.  Be sure to choose a font with wide enough letters to be able to glue color to them.
  2. Once you have chosen your font, it is time to draw your lettering on the cardboard.  If you chose a cursive font like I did, don’t worry about fitting the entire word on one piece of cardboard.  You can glue the pieces together before moving on to the next step.  Feel free to print your letters and glue them to the cardboard if you do not want to draw them.  Now you need to cut the letters out.  A box cutter or utility knife can be helpful (but not necessary) at this point.
  3. Time to gather your color!  Flip through old magazines and cut out any clips of color you may like.  Glue the clippings onto the cardboard letters in a pattern you find appealing.  It is ok if some of the clippings overlap the cardboard.  You can trim these or fold them around the back.
  4. When you have thoroughly covered the cardboard, allow the glue to dry.  Coat the entire front of the word with a layer of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry before moving on to the next step.
  5. Now its time to affix the hangers.  I cut out strips index cards about 2″ x 1″ and punched a hole in the top half of it.  I then glued the strips to the back of my letters with the hole at the top.  When the project is complete, you can hammer nails through these holes to hang it!  Coat the entire back (including the hangers) with Mod Podge and allow to dry.
  6. Repeat layers of Mod Podge on each side until satisfied.  I have 3 layers on each side.
  7. Hang your word and enjoy!

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