Friday, October 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Banner With Turkey Tails (Update About Letters)


OK maybe they won't look like turkey tails to you, but they look like turkey tails to me! I know...Halloween's still a couple of days away and I'm already moving on to Thanksgiving decorations. Yup. Once you start making banners, there's no turning back so I can't wait until next week to change out my Halloween banner on my mantle for my Thanksgiving one. Now what does any of this have to do with turkey tails? I kind of had a rough idea of what I wanted to do (which didn't involve turkey tails) It did involve coffee filters but I wasn't sure how until I sat down with them. First I folded like this:
Then I folded it in quarters but got the idea to fold it in thirds. You can fold your half in half to make a line so you know where you will want your points ( which I'm about to show you) to line up. Fold like you're making a paper airplane:
Fold left and right sides into the middle, staple
I made one of these for each of the letters I was going to use. Computer generate letters; trim. I liked these "fan" side up and "point" side down and that's when it struck me they look like turkey tails! Adhere one letter to each "tail":
But wait! We're not done. I sound like an infomercial. "If you call now..."

I cheated on K&CO because I fell in LOVE with DCWV's ( Die Cuts With a View) "The Natural Stack" pad when Jo-Jo's ( JoAnn's) had all of their paper pads 40 or 50% off. OK when don't they?'s got a mix of matte and metallics with lots of copper...perfect for this time of year! Pulled out some coordinating sheets and cut them in approx 6" banner shapes and matted those on black. Then put my "turkey tails" on top and :
My mantle is otherwise occupied so my wall had to do for now
My camera ( OK my photography skills) doesn't capture the brilliance of the colors or the metallics but this paper is almost as yummy as chocolate.

I've had a few inquiries about how I did the letters so I'm posting here since not everyone has their email enabled. I did mine in the graphics program I use the most which is Broderbund's Printshop Deluxe. I'm sure other graphics programs have similar functionality....this has an "initial cap" option which is what I used and chose a circle graphic but would think you could just do large capital letters. The font I used is called Almeria and I did a drop shadow option. Hope that helps!!
I created a PDF file with the letters so if you would like, just email me through my profile and I'll send.
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LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh my come up with the most wonderful ideas! They do look like turkey tails! You are one clever chickadee!

On with Thanksgiving!


Alisa said...

what a neat idea with the coffee filters!! Very cute!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Very cute! And it definitely looks like turkey tails to me!

Alison said...

Hi! This turned out great and I see what you mean by the turkey tails. :) I'll be looking for the naturals paper stack that you mentioned...


Chrissy said...

Wow - what an awesome idea!!! Very clever!!! Lovin' it!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh--you astound me!!! This is gorgeous!!!

Michelle L. said...

Whoa - I LOVE the metallics in combination with the rest. Hooray, let's all move on to thanksgiving, enough with the Halloween, already!

Theresa said...

Thank-you so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog!
I love the colours you chose for your banner...beautiful!

Jami said...

Loving the turkey tail banner! Super cute! Thanks for stopping by!

Netty said...

That is such a terrific idea and it looks fab as well. Annette x

Lori said...

Nice tail. I mean, your banner. lol. I can always count on somethin' really totally creative when I read your it!

sarah said...

Stopped by from tatertots and jello. What a great idea! i love the attention to detail,and this idea is one I cant wait to replicate. I have enjoyed reading about your project, and would love your thoughts on mine.

Tracey said...

Very cute banner! I love it!!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That is beautiful! LOVE the turkey tails!

Noblekatt said...

OMG how beautiful! wandered over from oneprettything thanksgiving roundup! I totally want to make this, can you give any more info on how you did the lettering with the elegant round borders??? would LOVE to do this banner up for my thanksgiving at my mother in laws!
Jenn Post

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

I'm visiting from oneprettything.

Looks great! I'm curious what font you used for the letters. Thanks!

Hope said...

Would love more info about your letters too! I really would like to make this!!!!

Krafty Kat said...

Love the way you used the coffee filters! Looks awesome!

Kristen @ said...

ah love this! I want to make this :) If you have time I'd love for you to come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings!

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Love the idea! Just wish my printer had ink right now. Turkey Tails rule!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Crol, I love everything about this. All the elements look fantastic together! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured thison my first round of showcases; please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

michaela said...

I love this! I would love if you could do a download too for those of us not technologically challenged!
I am now a follower!

Shahbaz said...

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Cassie said...

I am so glad that you found us at Paper Issues!!! This is a fantastic banner!! I love the layers and texture!!! So awesome!!

Amy said...

Hi! I love these. I just happened to find these while looking for Thanksgiving inspiration to post on my blog. I’ll be linking to your idea later today. Thanks so much. This is a killer tutorial.

Amy~Aprons & Ambition