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>> Sunday, March 7, 2010

Feature: A shabby banner

Good Sunday morning to all of you!! I'm guest posting over at Tatertots & Jello today. Head on over there & check it out! 

This is the same post that is over at Jen's.
But be sure & head on over there and check it out! 
Jen is SUCH a wonderful girl! 
And such a good friend!

{wearing my sweet necklace from Jen!}

My name is Amber from {a.e. filkins}! I'm so excited to be guesting over here at Jen's. Jen & I started blogging around the same time, and we've pretty much followed each other and been friends since then! I just ♥♥♥ Jen. I think she is the sweetest! I'm sure you all do too. :)

I've seen this idea floating around blogland for the last couple weeks, and I was so excited to see it. I've always wanted to make a cute, shabby chic banner like this. When it comes to certain crafting, I can be a little timid. Seeing the tutorials and pictures gave me the push I needed to finally get in gear and make my own.

Original inspiration came from here and here

Taking bits & pieces from each of these blogs, and adding my own, here is my tutorial:

1}Go to the Martha Stewart website and print out these really cute monogram letters. Or click right here to go right to it.

2} Print out the letters you need. There are 6 different variations of the letter on each page.

Be careful to inspect your paper if you have children that like to get all the copy paper out, color on it, and then put it back. Otherwise it might turn out like this:

3} Cut out all of the letters. You can even take them into the car & do them.

4} I wanted to back my letters with super cute paper, to bulk them up and dress them up. I found something that was considerably bigger than the letter circle, and used it to trace a larger circle. The paper I used is scrapbook paper.

After gluing the pieces together with a glue stick, it was time for the next step.

5} I fired up my glue gun, and started figuring it out. I glued a line about 2 inches long around the backside of the circle. I started pleating the crepe paper into the glue. Make sure that you unwind a lot of slack before you lay the glue out. It dries pretty quickly.You'll only need a small part of the roll of crepe paper.

6} After letting everything dry, I went back and put on the glitter. I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. And some silver glitter.I let the glitter set overnight. I wanted to make sure that everything was super dry.

7} Adding the ribbon for the banner. This was the part I wasn't quite sure about. I knew that if I put the letters onto the ribbon incorrectly, that there would be a good chance it would hang all wonky. I found the ribbon I liked, and had on  hand. it is a really pretty black & white striped ribbon. It's also pretty thick.

I grabbed some double sided foam tape, just to position it and try to figure out how it would hang.

It worked so well that I just decided to use that. One important thing to know in order for it to hang correctly. You need to hang it at the top of the letter, as you can see in the above picture.


Here are a ton of pictures of the finished product. I'm happy with how it turned out. In case you were wondering, "Silver Lining" is the name of my new Etsy shop. You can find it on my sidebar if you're interested in checking it out. All of the things in the white armoire are, or will be, available in my shop.


Annie March 7, 2010 at 5:41 AM  

Great tutorial, I'm going to make one for my little guy's birthday next month! Super cute stuff for your shop, too!

Kelli @ RTSM March 7, 2010 at 6:05 AM  

I hopped over from Jen's to tell you that I love your banner! I love the glitter, it makes it look so fancy:) Now I just need a reason to try and make one myself!

Jen March 7, 2010 at 6:49 AM  

your's turned out SO well Amber! good job friend! i love that you used ribbon & the foam double sided tape is another great idea. i was COVERED in hot glue. we hot glued EVERYTHING!

it was fun to see something i did on someone else's blog! thanks for the shout out!

happy sunday <3

{with grace & lace}

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations March 7, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

This is beautiful, Amber! I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it to Joanns and Michaels this week. I have been craving a good crafting day, and I'm out of materials! :)

*And yay for being able to open an Etsy shop. It can be difficult to make certain items fit under their guidelines, but it looks like you've made it work! Woohoo!

Tina March 7, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

I LOVE this and your tutorial makes it look really easy and doable!! I may try this for the birthday I have coming up next Friday! I need something for the mantle, and this may be it!!

Jenn March 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

I love your project! Thanks for sharing!
Have a great day!

Staci March 7, 2010 at 4:06 PM  

Amber, I am DYING over your milk glass vases.... A few were given to me from my grandmom before she passed and I have been anting to get more! Let me know when you list them... I <3 them!

Rhonda March 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM  

So cute Amber! It looks great and happy you have an Etsy store now! Good luck!

(un)Deniably Domestic March 7, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

Oh my, your banner is so pretty and just perfect. Sometimes it is nice to have a reminder that we should look for that silver lining. I will post this on my fave tutorials and put it on my to do list. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

J.J. March 7, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

Love it...love the blue AND the glotter!!!

heidi March 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

I love it! You crafty people, I swear. ;-)

Froggylady March 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

Awesome tutorial! I am planning on making a couple of these for our units "Teas for the Moms to be"! We're having baby showers for all the women who will give birth while their hubby's are deployed. I think these banners will be fun, and thoughtful. I can't wait to get started! :)

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