Showing posts with label Thanksgiving Banner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving Banner. Show all posts

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 Banner: Cornhusks are Back!


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Sharing my Thanksgiving mantel for this year. You might recall my Cornhusk Wreath shared here.  I had some cornhusks left over and couldn't wait to play with them some more. 

Life is always challenging. This year has been no exception. Yet despite challenges, we have much to be thankful for. So it seemed an obvious choice for a banner.  The banner was pretty simple. I cut the letters THANKFUL from metallic brown paper using my Cricut ( Expression...not Explore...trying to win one of those or if anyone wants to hook me up with the Cricut people!) and matted as shown on cream and gold card stock . 



I have a container full of punches I haven't used in a while and found this one that looks like acorns so punched the bottom corners of the cream cardstock. Used gold glitter washi tape to edge the top of each panel. 


I decided to make some cornhusk leaves and  feathers. Feathers are really popular right now and they fit right in with my idea.  


I cut leaf / feather shapes from cornhusks, coated them with Mod Podge to make them less brittle and edged the tips with gold glitter paint. I used Martha Stewart gold. 


I attached my leaves / feathers to the bottom of each letter using my glue gun and added a punched maple leaf to a couple of the  letters 


For some of the letters I did leaves. For others I did feathers. Same shape as the leaves but I notched the edges and cut some additional feathers from kraft cardstock. 


I'm happy with the mix of rustic and glitz. I also had fun re-mixing pieces from prior years.  Some of my favorite pieces from my mantel this year: 


Script Tissue Paper Pumpkin from 2012 and turkeys I found at JoAnn's for 75% off a few years ago and painted. 


Dollar Tree glass candles ( wrapped in Dollar Tree tissue paper) that I did for New Year's 2014 and ended up keeping out all year. More JoAnn's turkeys. My white pumpkins from Halloween are still holding on. Just a little longer little guys. 



And this year's Cornhusk Wreath

Less than two weeks to T-Day! 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Embossed and Glittered Oak Leaf Banner

Today I'm sharing a project I did for a guest post over at A Glimpse Inside last week. It was actually this project that started me off on my glittery Thanksgiving frenzy!

In case I haven't mentioned that it's exactly ONE WEEK til my son comes home from college, I want to make this year extra special since it will be a first Thanksgiving of sorts. It finally hit me that it's been almost four months since we've seen him. I know. I'm a WIMP.  He won’t care about the decorations but I think he will care that I wanted to make it extra special. Today I’m sharing a banner I made for our dining room.
Oak Leaf Banner

Oak Leaf Banner (2)
I love all things paper ( OK really, what craft supply don't I love?!) and got the idea to do an oak leaf banner.  I cut the leaves on my Cricut Expression but decided they needed some texture. I grabbed a textured stamp from my stamp supply, inked it up with clear embossing ink and  covered them with detailed silver embossing powder:
Embossed Oak Leaves
I also knew I wanted this to have some sparkle and needed an excuse, er um a compelling reason to play with tinsel glitter. The beginning of the end! I'm hooked.
Tinsel Glitter Oak Leaves
I cut out more leaf shapes, and covered them with champagne tinsel glitter. I used Recollections brand from Michaels.

But what are oak leaves without acorns? Using the same Cricut cartridge ( Doodlecharms) , I cut acorns from metallic gold paper and then went over the caps with copper glitter glue:
Glittered Acorns
The final piece of my banner was this organza tulle I found at JoAnn’s in their 2 for $5 section. Oh my they have got several gorgeous colors, many of  which I may or may not have bought. Just sayin'
Copper Organza Tulle
To put it all together, I took a couple of the embossed leaves, a plain leaf, and a tinsel glittered leaf and formed a “clump” of leaves. I covered clothes pins ( my favorite way to hang banners) with some glittered paper scraps and then put my acorns on top using a foam dot.
Oak Leaf Banner Closeup
I twisted two colors of the organza tulle together and draped over two framed prints in our dining room and then clipped my oak clusters on. Photos aren't great. One of my 2012 goals is to get better at photographing things where glare is involved. 
Oak Leaf Clusters
I think this will really twinkle in the candlelight of our Thanksgiving meal, along with some of the other glittery Thanksgiving decor.

One week. From TODAY! Not that I'm counting.
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