It’s been awhile since I’ve done a crafty post. Since my main little crafter hasn’t been as interested in crafting lately (hello, it’s too nice outside, Mommy…) I decided to do a post about crafting for kids instead of crafting with kids 🙂
For the last little while, I’ve been noticing a lot of fabric celebration “banners” popping up all over the internet. Basically, they are reusable banners meant to replace disposable, cheapy paper banners that are so popular at birthday parties, baby showers, weddings etc… They are for sale on Etsy, and are all over the DIY section of Pinterest. So, being the I-can-totally-do-that-myself type of person that I am, I decided to take a crack at a few myself.
Since I am so NOT a sewer, I only tackled the types that require scissors, fabric scraps, string and a glue gun. Even letting me use a glue gun is pushing it, but I managed not to burn myself 😉
The first type I tried was the most time consuming. I used scraps of flannel that I actually bought from the fabric store (clearance bin). It hurt to spend money on this, but I was going for a certain look. I measured and cut out the triangles and glued them, spaced evenly, to the ribbon.
View from the front:
View from the back:
And the final product:
I really liked doing this one. It took me two evenings to make; the first night to cut, and the second night to glue. Difficulty level: 2/10, only because a glue gun is involved. I like the unisex color scheme and plan to use this one at home for birthday parties. It folds up nicely when it’s not being used and can be stored easily in a drawer or a closet.
I think I’ve disclosed to you before that I am a terrible hoarder of craft supplies. By far, my favorite items to collect have always been tape and glue (that’s totally normal, right?) but coming in a close second, is string and ribbon. I just love them.
So for my next type of banner, I decided to only use items that I already had. This included some waxed twine and scraps of fabric leftover from some old clothes, curtains and cushion covers.
Isn’t this string pretty? Ha ha!
For this banner, I cut out some squares of fabric and cut some slits in the top of each square. I threaded the twine through, making loose knots as I went along in order to keep each square in place. I didn’t measure anything with this one, just eyeballed it as I went.
Here is the final banner. I made loops at the ends of the twine so it could be hung easily.
Another view. I liked how this one looked a little more casual, almost like it could be used outside for a backyard type of party. Difficulty level 1/10. Requires knowledge of scissors 🙂 This one only took about 2 hours to make.
And for my final banner, I decided to try more of a “streamer” type of look. You’ll recognize some of the same fabrics in this one. It was by far the easiest one I made, and had a totally different feel to it.
All I did was cut my fabric into long strips, and loop them onto the same waxed twine. My strips were about two inches wide, and as long as the fabric scraps I already had(somewhere in between 2′ and 3′ long), keeping in mind that the fabric strips will be folded in half. The beauty of this type of banner is that you can do anything you want and it is SO easy! Seriously, I can’t stress how easy this was.
Here is a close up of the “knots” on the twine:
I used about 40 strips total to make this one, but it can be as wide as you like:
The final look:
This one was simple enough that you could easily justify making one over buying one, because you can finish it faster than it would take you to drive to the store. It took my about 20 minutes to make this. Difficulty level 1/10, only because scissors are involved.
I think this one would be a great project for older kids who have a bit of patience, because it is so forgiving. It would be an awesome thing they could help make for their own birthday party. Think camouflage colors for an army themed party (like Griffin had last year), or pinks and purples for a princess party – how awesome would that look?!
I totally loved making these. I think they are a great use for leftover fabrics (and I know a lot of you save fabric scraps), and are environmentally friendly. Just say NO to dollar store plastic decorations!! These ones can be used year after year. And OMG, think of the possibilities at Christmas time…. 🙂
Have you ever made celebration banners at home?