Disclosure: As a member of the Laura Kelly Design Team, I received product from Sizzix/Ellison for use in my blog posts. The opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.
Thanksgiving is upon us. And I’m feeling really thankful this season. I’m thankful for my family and my friends. I’m thankful for a house to live in, food to put on the table and a bed to sleep in. I’m thankful for a car to drive. I’m thankful for my husband’s job and for my job. I’m thankful for my church and church family. I’m thankful that my children go to a great school. And I’m thankful to be healthy! My list of thankfulness could go on and on and on.
Lately I’m obsessed with banners! I love to make them as much as I love hang them in my house! They are easy to make and you can make them any ways that you want! They can really make a difference in your home, even if it’s just for a little color!
Just recently Sizzix sent me this amazing banner die designed by Lori Whitlock. I used it, along with some of my favorite dies by Laura Kelly, to create this amazing Thankful banner! This banner die might be one of my favorite dies ever!
It’s time for Craft Lightning again and I had the chance to join in the fun! For the Halloween 2016 Craft Lightning, I made this quick Accordion Circle Pumpkin Banner! I love making Accordion circles! They are so fun, easy and are perfect for decorating!
Using scrapbook paper that I got at A.C.Moore, I cut my paper down to 3 inch strips. Then, using my paper scoring kit, I scored both sides, alternating every half inch. After the scoring was done, I created the accordion fold.
Because you need a way to hold the accordion fold down and together, I cut circles from the same paper. I also cut my pumpkin face pieces from black paper. To put together the accordion circle, I first glued the ends of paper together, creating a circle. A hot glue gun works best for this. Once the ends were glued together, I laid it on its side and pressed down, causing the middle opening to close and the paper to lay flat. Using my hot glue gun, I glued a circle in the center of the front and the back of my accordion circle. Then I glued the eyes, nose and mouth to each accordion circle!
Once all of my pumpkins were created, I added a piece of green paper for the stem and clipped it to a piece of burlap string using little black clothespins! It’s perfect for my mantel. You could create different faces for each one or you could make more accordion circles and add letters. You could make them bigger or smaller, depending on what you want to do with them!
I hope you like my Accordion Circle Pumpkin Banner!
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Laura Kelly Design Team and received product to provide product reviews and to write about in blog posts.
If your children aren’t in year round school like mine, it’s time for yours to go back to school! I am excited to share this Teacher’s Name Banner that would be perfect for a teacher to hang in their classroom or right outside of the classroom. It’s super simple and is a no sew project! Your children could even help with cutting out the pieces! I love making homemade crafts for my children’s teachers.
1. First, I use the Sizzix Big Shot, Cutting Pads, Felt and Apple Die to cut out all of my pieces. I did a full cut for the apple and then for the stem and leaf, I just placed my felt over the steel blade and ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot.
2. Then, I used Laura’s Lemonade Alphabet Die and Long Cutting Pads to cut the letters (Mrs. Winter, one of our favorite teachers!!)3. Once everything was cut out, I used my Ad-tech Hot glue gun and glue sticks to glue the stem and leaves down to the apples.
4. I then glued them to a long piece of ribbon.
I hope you like my Teacher’s Name Banner featuring Laura Kelly’s Apple Die #2. I had so much fun making it.
Halloween is right around the corner! It’s one of my favorite times of year. I made this super cute Scotch Tape Pumpkin Banner to hang in my house! The good thing is…..it can stay up until Thanksgiving!
Scrap pieces of paper (at least 6″x6″)
Scotch Expressions Masking Tape and Washi Tape Laura Kelly’s Pumpkin die from Ellison/Sizzix Sizzix Big Shot
Placing my 6″x6″ pieces of paper, I put them on top of the pumpkin die to gauge where the stem of the pumpkin was and how much tape I needed to place on the paper. Once I got the tape down, I used the Sizzix Big Shot and the pumpkin die to cut out my pumpkins.
Using small clothes pins, I added them to a piece of ribbon to make this cute little pumpkin banner!
Hope you like my adorable Scotch Tape Pumpkin Banner! It was super easy and super fun!
National Watermelon Day is here! I love that Watermelon has its own special day of celebration each year! We will be celebrating at our house! My friend Laura Kelly is an amazing artist and has designed these awesome Wacky Watermelon Printables with some of her adorable watermelon art. I cut them up and used them to decorate my party table! While I was at the store today, I saw that Pillsbury now has a Funfetti Gluten Free Sugar Cookie mix! OMG, they are delicious! How cute are these watermelon cookies?! I baked them, cut the tops off of some to make them look like a watermelon half, and then cut two sides off to make angles for a wedge! Not realizing it, I picked up the Pillbury Sugar Free Vanilla frosting! The kids had no clue and there were no complaints!!! I love how they came out! Using Kunin felts, I made this adorable Watermelon Banner! Click the photo below to see how I made it! Did you see those adorable lollipops in the photo? Those are from Lollipics, with Laura Kelly designs on them. You can get your own with custom designs! They are great for parties , weddings, or gifts! Hope you like what we have in store for National Watermelon Day! And I hope you have a wonderful Yummy Watermelon filled day!
In honor of National Watermelon Day on Monday, August 3rd, I made this adorable Watermelon Banner with Kunin Felt!
Using eCals2, I designed a half and a wedge watermelon slice. I made three different layers, one for the rind, one for the white part and one for the red part. Using my Sizzix Eclips2, I cut the pieces out to use as a template.
Instead of sewing my watermelons together, I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion. Super and easy and quick.
Once all of my watermelons were glued together and dried, I used mini clothes pins and red baker twine to hang the watermelon pieces.
The watermelon banner is perfect for a watermelon party for any summer fun get together! My boys will be celebrating National Watermelon Day 2015 with some yummy watermelon, Watermelon Sugar Cookies, Laura Kelly’s Wacky Watermelon Printables and some awesome Lollipops from Lollipics! Click on the photo below to learn about these goodies! Hope you like my Kunin Felt Watermelon Banner! And Happy National Watermelon Day!
Now that Christmas and New Years are out of the way, it’s time to get ready for Valentine’s Day! And this is one of my favorite days of the year simply because it’s all about LOVE!!! To pretty up my mantel, I made this adorable Sculpey Valentine’s Day Heart Banner to hang up! It was super easy and even the little ones can help! Using my sampler pack of Sculpey III, I picked out red, pink, white and purple. I also gathered my heart cookie cutter and a coffee stirrer straw to make the holes for my string.
First, I needed to condition the clay using my clay conditioning machine. I ran it through the machine several times to get the air pockets out. It’s great for rolling out sheets of clay too! I cut the hearts using the cookie cutter and then made two holes at the top of each heart using the straw. Using my fingers, I rolled out thin strings of clay to decorate my hearts with! Then, it was time to bake these adorable hearts! Intentionally I left six hearts without any decorations. After they were baked and cooled, I used Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint to write BE MINE on the six hearts and let them dry. Once my lettered hearts were dry, I used Sculpey Gloss Glaze to add a little shine to my hearts! Once they were completely dry, I used this Baker’s Twine that I got out of the Target $1 section to make the banner. Using a large needle, I threaded each heart, spacing them out a little.
Then, I hung it on my mantel!
Who doesn’t love a cute banner to spruce up the fireplace mantel?!?!
It was just the right size to fit my mantel! And it makes me think of love, hugs and kisses! Hope you like this cute banner!