It’s not too early to whip up a couple of decorations or Christmas gifts. A little chipboard, some design paper and embellishments are all you need to craft a unique Christmas banner for yourself or someone you love. They are sturdy and quick to make.
The design paper I used is the ” Once Upon a Fairy ” paper by sincerelyrina.com (here). The paper is sold separately or you may buy a kit which includes flowers, paper and cutouts. It’s beautiful. If you buy this paper, you won’t be disappointed!
I’ll give you general instructions on the banner triangles, then will include closeups of the embellishments.
- 2 12″x12″ pieces of design paper
- DecoArt Snow-Tex, if desired
- Paper mache’ letters (I used 3 1/2″ paper mache’ letters from Hobby Lobby)
- 2 yards of ribbon or twine to string up the triangles
- About 1 1/2 yds. each of 5-6 different yarns, ribbon or lace to make two bows with long streamers
- Misc: paint, paint brush, paper trimmer (opt.), ink, hole punch
TO MAKE BANNER TRIANGLES:
1.You may buy these already made or you may make your own. To keep the expense down AND get rid of some chipboard I had on hand, I cut my own. I started by cutting the chipboard into 8 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ pieces. Along the 8 1/4″ side, mark a point halfway (4 1/8″). Using a ruler, draw a line from that point to each corner of the top edge. Cut along the two drawn lines to make your first triangle. Repeat to make as many as you need for your word. I cut my edges using a paper trimmer (here). The Fiscars Pro-cision cuts through chipboard like butter.
Ink edges of chipboard triangles. I used black ink.
TO COVER WITH DESIGN PAPER:
I laid my chipboard triangles onto the paper and traced the shape. You will be able to get two triangles out of one 12″x12″ design paper if you wish. After tracing the triangle, I cut the paper down a bit. You don’t need to cut all three edges. Just cut off about 1/2″ from the top straight edge and the piece should fit the chipboard leaving about 1/4″ around all the edges. I actually did this with a solid color and layered the design paper on top. I think this step was unnecessary since the trim I used covered up the edge anyway. Glue onto chipboard.
Punch a hole at each top corner. This may be a bit challenging as chipboard is rather thick. The pieces I had were particularly thick. I have an awl type of tool that I used to punch my holes.
Now is the fun part!
- Paint and glue on the letters. I used regular acrylic paint. Paint the sides first, then the top. I found a glitter paint for my letters at Hobby Lobby which I applied after the regular acrylic paint had dried. After the paint and glitter dried, I used DecoArt’s Snow-Tex to add snowy touches to each letter. I found this in the craft paint section of the store. It’s so cool! Glue on each letter to a triangle, centering.
2. Add trim around outside edge of triangle.
3. Add flowers, snowflakes, tulle, metal embellishments, paper fans, bows, buttons etc. to fill in spaces.
4. From the design paper I used, I had enough fairies for 6 of the 7 triangles. To add the fairies or another cutout, I first fussy cut around figure (if necessary, some are die cut), then inked the edges. Next, I glued the figure on a coordinating cardstock scrap and cut around the figure, leaving a scant 1/8″ around to make the figure stand out a bit and to give it stability. Add dimension tape or whatever you may have to add height to your paper figures.
5. String your 2 1/2 yd. long ribbon over and under through the tops punched holes to create a hanger for your triangles. Let excess hang down evenly on each side.
6. Tie your other pieces of miscellaneous trims into a small bow and glue onto each end of entire project. Let ends hang down loosely.
Here are some closeups to show you what I used on this project.