Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Wednesday Extra: Three Banners by Tessa

I have a new favorite color palette, one that I am decorating my home in for Spring: yellow, ivory/white, apple green, and gray.  Gray is my new favorite neutral, and I love the way it offsets yellow.  To freshen up my living room, I created a trio of banners in these pretty colors and I'd like to share them with you today.

First, the pennant banner.  Using papers by Pink Paislee, DCWV, and Lily Bee, I cut out my pennants.  Each one is three inches wide and five inches tall.  An index card makes a great template. Measure three inches down from the top on each side and draw a line.  Then find the center of that line.  Make a mark. Cut from each of the bottom corners to your mark.  Use the template you just made to make the rest of your pennants.

To embellish each space, I began with a doily.  I cut circles of wool felt and glued them to the center of each doily.  Then I added Prima flowers to some, butterfly punches to others.  I added leaves to a few of the doilies and then adhered the doilies to the pennants.

I cut a length of jute twine.  You may want to do this first so that you can measure your banner and determine how many pennants to make - I just winged it :).  I attached each pennant with a mini clothespin.  I love that when I want to put the garland away, I can simply unclip each pennant and safely store the banner.

Next, I made a doily banner.  I cut a length of jute twine then folded several paper doilies in half.  Spacing the doilies evenly as I went, I secured the twine to the inside of each folded doily with glue.  I used hot glue, but any liquid glue should do the trick.

Lastly, I punched circles and sewed them together with a sewing machine.  This delicate little banner is a great way to use up scraps from the pennants and very easy to make.  Just feed each circle into your machine as you sew, trying to space them as evenly as possible.  If you're using double-sided paper, you may want to take into consideration the possibility that both sides could show (note my hot pink circles!).

So there you have it, three banners that freshen up my Spring decor.  If you give a banner a try, I'd love to see it! Upload a photo to the gallery or leave a link in the comments.  Have a wonderful day! Tessa


  1. These are GORGEOUS Tessa! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. Lovely Tessa! They all go so well together, but would look great on their own too :D

  3. Super cute banners! Loving the butterflies with the gems! :)


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