Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On the 1st Day of Christmas

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas event!  We have so many fun things planned for you!  You will definitely want to be sure to check back here every day between now and December 12th to enjoy all of the festivities!  And send all your friends in to become followers and enjoy our festivities too.

Today I want to show you a really fast project.  Banners really make such a statement.  And of course there are a million different ways to make them.  Let me show you how I made my banner.

The first step is to measure the ribbon for your banner.  I used a thick wired ribbon for my banner.  Take the ribbon to your fireplace or wherever you want to hang the banner.  
(This banner would also look beautiful in a doorway)
.  Measure out the ribbon by holding it across your mantle or wall.  Remember to leave some ribbon on each end to hang down.

I chose gold paper for the base of each letter.  I cut my gold paper at 6 inches wide by 8 inches high.
I chose Aspen Bazzill for the inner color of the base of each letter.  My inner color measures 5 1/2 inches wide by 7 1/2 inches high.

Cut out your letters to fit on each of your bases.  I used my Cricut and the BaseCamp cartridge.
I cut the shadow of each letter in off white and each letter in gold vellum.
Then I decorated the vellum part of the letter with crystal stickers.
Now adhere the letters to the shadow of the letter.  Since I used vellum paper I am using the Glue Dots that are made for vellum.  This is a wonderful adhesive for vellum since it is absolutely invisible behind the vellum.
Now color and cut out your Pine and Holly to decorate the letters. Use adhesive to glue the gold and green base colors together.  Use adhesive to glue the letters to the base.  Now attach the pine and holly to the letters using adhesive and pop up glue dots.  I also added stickles to the holly and pine to give it a little more sparkle.
Now we are ready to attach our letters to the ribbon.  I used my fastenator with gold staples for this job.  The best way to start is to find the middle of your ribbon.  Since I want my letters to be 6 inches apart I started by stapling my "E" 3 inches to the right of the center of the ribbon.  Staple the "O" about 3 inches to the left of the center of the ribbon.  Then finish stapling by measuring about 6 inches between the remaining letters.

This banner is now hanging in my Grandma's room.  She lives in a manor and I thought it would be really pretty to decorate her room.

I hope you enjoyed our 1st Day of Christmas!
Please leave us a comment to let us know that you dropped in to enjoy this tutorial.  Be sure to drop in tomorrow for more Christmas fun!


  1. Oh my, what a stunning creation!
    I know what I'm going to make this weekend!
    Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I am sure this must look really festive in your Grandma's room. I should maybe give it a try, will see how it goes. Thanks for the inspiration

  3. Be sure you send us a picture if you make one. I would love to see your creations.

  4. Oh wow, Shelly, this is gorgeous! I love it!!

  5. FABULOUS Banner and I'm sure Grandma just LOVES IT!!! :) Can't wait to see the beautiful creations everyone comes up with! :D
    Hugs & Happy Days!

  6. This is just beautiful! I like how well you explained how it can be to find time to make one~hehehe

  7. That is my problem too. So many fun things to make and so little time.

  8. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial Shelly!

  9. I love this! Thanks for a great tutorial. The gold and green look great with the pine and holly images!

  10. It's a beautiful banner Shelley and I lkove the added touch of the holly and pine leaves. Pauline L

  11. Gorgeous Banner Shelly, I too love the added touch of the holly and pine leaves. I am sure your Grandma loves it, pride of place no doubt, thanks for the tutorial, take careX:)

  12. Beautiful banner! Great tutorial.

  13. That is one fantastic banner Shelly. Great tutorial.

  14. Wow, great banner and very easy tutorial to follow

  15. Great tute, will have to try it, stunning !!!

  16. What a lovely creation!!
    I bet your Grandma and everyone who comes to her room love to see this beautiful banner.

  17. This is gorgeous, Shelly!!! What a wonderful idea to put it in your grandma's room. I used to decorate my grandma's room for her. I know your grandma will treasure it.

  18. LOVE IT! What a great idea! I am new to your site and I'm enjoying going through your posts. Such wonderful ideas. TFS!

  19. Thanks for all of the wonderful comments. Our random winner from this post is comment 18 - Shelly.

    Congratulations Shelly!