Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spring Banner

spring banner Joy embroidered letters

"Spring is sprung, the grass is ris, I wonder where the boidie is... "

There's still time to make a spring banner to brighten your home! Even though meteorological spring started at the first of March... Spring doesn't officially begin until March 20th. This spring banner will also work as an Easter decoration - just add eggs!

To make the banner, you'll need the following supplies:

  • Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters - S P R I N G
  • 12" x 12" chipboard
  • Corrugated cardboard (roll)
  • Piece of light green chalk (or pastel)
  • 24"  yellow ric-rac
  • 6 small flower embellishments (or make your own with a flower punch)
  • Adhesive embellishments - silver rings and pink or yellow jewels
  • Glue, scissors
NOTE:  I had most of these in my stash of craft supplies, so always improvise and use what you have before heading to the store.

Joy embroidered iron-on letters
how to make a spring banner

1.  Cut six 4" x 5" pieces of chipboard and six 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces of corrugated cardboard.

2.  Adhere a corrugated piece to the center of each cardboard rectangle.

3.  Lightly swipe chalk across the top of the corrugated cardboard to color.  Remove the backing from each letter then press in place at the center of each rectangle.  NOTE: Chalk is very dusty, so wash your hands thoroughly before handling the letters.

4.  Cut and glue a piece of ric-rac to the top and bottom of each piece.

5.  Place an adhesive silver ring at each end of the ric-rac at the top and a small flower at the bottom. You can make your own flower by layering 2 punched flower shapes then adding a sparkly jewel (pink or yellow) at the center. Gently fold up the top layer of petals to create dimension.

6.  Using the point of small, sharp scissors, poke a hole through the center of each ring at the top.

I usually thread baker's twine, yarn or jute through the holes at the top of each piece to create a banner, but this time I used paper clip hooks. Unbend one paper clip for each hole, then hook the large end through the hole at the top of each rectangle. Hook the opposite end of the paper clip to a garland.

Joy iron-on letters can be found at your local craft store. Enjoy!

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