Tuesday Tutorial: Paper Banner

 

Another party happened recently around here and I realized that I haven’t ever done tutorials on how to make your own party decor.  Banners are super easy (although not the quickest project) and can easily be saved for use again.  You can hang them for holidays, birthdays, showers, or really anything you want!

Paper Banner Tutorial

Finished Paper Banner

Materials:

- cardstock (bottom layer, second layer, and one or two papers for the lettering)

- Cricut (or something else for cutting the desired shapes)

- glue or Mod Podge

- tiny hole punch

- brads or ribbon

Gather materials - cardstock

Above you will see the papers I picked out for my son’s Avengers banner.  I wanted to use the red and blue cardstock for the back layer.  Then the red and white polka dots for the smaller layer on top of that.  Finally I just used black for the lettering. Quite often I use a shadow behind my lettering to make the words POP more but in this case I didn’t.  My paper stash is HUGE from all the scrapbooking I do used to do, so most of the time I don’t have to buy paper for my banners unless I am planning an entire party from invites to water bottle wraps.  Then everything needs to match!

To clarify here is what I gather when I am beginning to work on a banner:

-Bottom layer – 4-5 pieces of cardstock in 1 or 2 colors.  I like to alternate colors sometimes, other times I do all one color.  For this banner I grabbed 2 sheets of red and 2 sheets of blue to give me 20 circles (5 per page).

-Second layer – this is mostly decoration so for this I always use a patterned paper that matches the theme. I used 3 sheets of paper and cut 6 circles per page.

- lettering – 1 or 2 colors depending on whether or not you cut a shadow. Here I didn’t.

Cut out all pieces

Once all the pieces are cut out, I like to lay out my banner and arrange it before I start putting it together.  That way if I am alternating the back layer colors I don’t mess up!

begin to layer

I center the layer on the back circle. At this point I am not gluing anything together.

add lettering

Then add the lettering on top to get that all arranged correctly.  You don’t want any misspellings!

arrange entire banner

So here is what my desk usually looks like when a banner is in progress.  From here I start gluing it all together.  I was low on my craft glue sticks and didn’t want to mess with Mod Podge since my boys were all upstairs with me doing school.  Honestly I really love using Tacky Glue Spray Adhesive but it makes a mess and I didn’t have a box to spray onto.  But it makes banners come together SO very fast without the bubbles of Mod Podge.

add decorations

 

To add some color and decorations to the banner I found the Avengers colors that I was using for everything else and cut 4 circles in each color (the extras were used for other party decor and labeling).  Then using some vinyl (because I really didn’t want to have to glue so many pieces of cardstock down!).  The vinyl is already sticky backed so it was like putting on a large sticker.

Punching holes for brads

Next to put the banner together I use a cool tool that I received from my friend, Aimee (she loves handing me down all the scrapbooking supplies she doesn’t need anymore and she has given me LOTS of cool things, this tool being one of the best!)  You can get yourself some at JoAnn’s if you are lucky or you can just order some HERE.
assembling the banner
Now just start assembling your banner.  I like to use brads to put mine together for a couple reasons: they are a bit quicker than stringing the banner on ribbon and they are then able to be saved since they fold up so easily! (see the picture below)
Back view
To make sure they are going to fold nicely (great if you are taking the banner to another location to use or if you want to reuse them in the future) you will need to hook them together in the right way.  One side of the banner needs to be on top for all the circles while the other side is on the bottom.  See the picture below – the right side of the circle is always on TOP of the next circle and then the left side is always on the BOTTOM of the circle right before it.
Banner -right side under, left side on top
See how nicely this folds up!  Now it is time to fold it up and put it away for the next superhero party!
Folded up banner
What are you going to make a banner for first???

 

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Christmas Canvas

OK, So this will NOT be the best tutorial ever!  I didn’t take very good step by step pictures along the way.  1) I just was really excited to get this done and 2) It was around 11pm in the evening when I STARTED working on this!

So here you go!  I’m going to give you the run down of what I did.

 

Christmas Canvas Tutorial

Materials:

- artist canvas – mine was a 22″ x 28″ canvas from JoAnn’s that I snagged for 60% off!

- black acrylic paint

- foam brush

- white indoor vinyl (I get ALL my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)

I started by painting my entire canvas with my black.

Wait for it to try and then paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paint.  A pin on Pinterest said that this would help the vinyl to adhere to the canvas easier.  This was NOT the case for me.  It *might* have had something to do with the fact that I was dying to get this project finished and didn’t allow it to dry overnight!

While the paint was drying, I cut the vinyl on my Cricut.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and that was the inspiration for this project.  For the vinyl, I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge for the stable, the Opposites Attract cartridge for the ADORE, and then Lyrical Letters for all the other lettering.  I can’t remember which cartridge I found the star on.

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas materials

Since I didn’t wait for the Mod Podge to fully dry I had to fight with the vinyl a lot to make it get onto the canvas.  Almost wished I hadn’t put the layer of Mod Podge on.

Here is the final product, all lit up by my Christmas tree.  I am in LOVE with how it turned out!

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas close up

Tuesday Tutorial: Magnetic Board with Vinyl

Before I was blessed to be a stay at home mama, I was a 6th grade teacher.  Let me just say that if Pinterest had been around when I was teaching, my classroom would have ROCKED!  Not that it wasn’t pretty darn cute or very organized (because it totally was) but there are just so many great ideas to steal emm, copy on there.

Well my dear friend (and practically family) Stacy asked me to help her get ready for the upcoming school year with some Pinterest inspired projects.  She got on Pinterest over the summer and started pinning away.  After texting me several times to ask for help on certain projects she finally just created an entire board called “Things Allison Can Help Me Make : )“.  LOVE IT!  I always feel so honored and special when people ask me to help them and I just love doing it.  So after several conversations via text message on what supplies to bring and what I already had on hand, our crafting day was set.

One of the classroom items Stacy wanted to make for her class was a Where Am I? board.  Using that same type of style we also made a magnetic board for her students to use as the take Accelerated Reader tests (online reading comprehension tests that are done once a book is completed).  Below are the finished projects.  Since I still don’t have a cable for my camera, I can’t show you the step by step pictures I took of the project. I know that you guys are really smart though so this tutorial is a breeze ;)

 

Magnetic Board Tutorial

Supplies:

  • cookie sheets (Dollar Store $1 for 2)
  • spray paint
  • Cricut or similar vinyl cutting machine
  • vinyl
Begin by spray painting the cookie sheets in the desired color.  After it has dried completely, apply the vinyl you cut to the cookie sheet where you want it.
Mom's Busy Crafting: Where Are You? Board
(note: originally the words were all going to be on the cookie sheet like bathroom in the picture above but after I put the vinyl on I realized it wasn’t going to fit that way.  So that is when I turned the other words.  I went back and took bathroom off, recut it and applied it so the words were all going the same direction.)

Mom's Busy Crafting: Teaching Tool

From there you can drill small holes in the top or corners of the cookie sheet to thread ribbon or wire through as a hanger or you can display your new magnetic board using a decorative plate stand.  There are SO many uses for these boards that go beyond the classroom:
  • Chore charts
  • Menu board
  • Calendar
  • and more…

To dress it up even more you can add ribbon to divide each section of your board or even put decorative scrapbook paper over the spray painted cookie sheet to make it even more adorable. Just use Mod Podge to stick the paper on and as a sealer over the top so your paper doesn’t get all scratched up.

What kind of magnetic board will you make???

 

Home is…

About a year ago my sister in law married a young man that is a modern day hero.  He is a solider in the Army.  Now as a mom of 4 boys, when my older boys learned they were going to have an uncle in the Army (that got to shoot real guns!) they were over the moon.  I was more blessed to know that there are still amazing young men and women willing to sacrifice to serve their country.  Within a few weeks of Ashley and Stephen’s wedding, he was deployed to Iraq.  After a year long deployment he is finally back home.

My sister in law has really taken to being an Army wife and when I saw this sign on Pinterest, I just knew I had to make one for them as a thank you for their sacrifice to keep my family and our country safe.  So off to the local craft store I went to purchase the necessary materials.  I slapped some paint and some vinyl on there and this was the result…

Then I painted the plaques in alternating white and reds, slapped some vinyl on there and covered the entire thing with a layer of Mod Podge.

Then it was time get the power tools out! haha  I drilled some 1/16th inch holes an 1 1/2 from the edges of the plaques and put some   eye screws in.  The ones on top were opened into a hook so the plaques could be hung together.  Then with a couple staple gun shots and some twine – the sign was complete!

This could be adapted for so many things – vacations, places you have lived, important dates- the possibilities are endless!

Mother’s Day Gifts 2011

It was that time of year again. Time to create presents for the mom’s in my life. This year TWO of my sister in laws were mommies so I made these frames for them.
I didn’t take pictures of the presents I made for my mom and my mother in law. They actually aren’t fully finished yet for a couple of reasons. 1. Bryan needs to drill holes in the frames and 2. they are just adding on to the picture frames of all their grandkids from this post. My mom had one new grandson born this past year and my mother in law gained 2 new grandsons. Needless to say, they needed more frames added to their gift from last year :)

Mother’s Day Gift with Tutorial!

For my mom and mother-in-law I decided to create these adorable linked hanging frames that I saw on HowDoesShe? I LOVE this blog! The ideas are so cute and I am storing a bunch of them for future use! So here is what I did to make this project my own :)

While we were in San Diego on our anniversary trip, my hubby took me to IKEA! He sure knows the way to his woman’s heart. Anyway… I saw these frames and knew they would be perfect for some kind of craft project, so we grabbed 3 packs (that is 9 frames). At the time I just wasn’t sure what. Fast forward a few weeks and now it is time for Mother’s Day crafting. These frames turned out to be just the perfect project. I had exactly the amount I needed since my mom has 4 grandbabies and my mother-in-law has 5.
I began by having my sweet hubby drill small holes in each of the corners. This is where the eye screws would be placed to link the frames. His drill was already out since he was hanging all my shelves and rods in the SCOR.

I painted the frames with a cream colored paint to go with the papers I had selected for use.
I traced the frames onto the back of my paper (I had taken the plastic from the center where the picture would sit).
My paper choices. My boys have “colors” that I have assigned to them so I used those. The purple was for my niece and the yellow was for my nephew (because that is his favorite color!).
Here are the cut out frames for my mother-in-law’s gift.
Using Mod Podge (which I LOVE) I glued the paper to the frame. I also cut out each grandchild’s name on white paper using my Cricut. Those were then applied to the corresponding frame. This one was for my newest nephew!
Next, I screwed the eye screws into the predrilled holes. I did that on all four corners.

Using cream colored ribbon, I tied the eye hooks together to link the frames. Lowe’s didn’t have any eye hooks or I would have used those (although the ribbon junkie in me LOVES how the ribbon looks).
To hang the frames, I just tied another long ribbon. Wish I had a nice metal handle like the one on HowDoesShe? but no biggie!
There you have it! You can totally add to these as well (although 5 was pretty heavy so I might would just start another one!). Since only 2 of the 6 kiddos on my hubby’s side have had kids, I am sure I will be making another one of these somewhere down the road!

Cowboy Party Decorations

Howdy folks! For my son’s 3rd bday, he wanted a cowboy party. I was thrilled this was his pick since I had a few Cricut cartridges with adorable cowboy themed designs! For the sign on the front door, I used the Old West cartridge to cut out a large sherrif badge and then the Howdy shadow and word. First, I was going to just put it on a solid background, but I found that to be too plain. As I was working on the banner (see below) I had some scrap patterned paper so I used that to create a “patchwork” quilt look behind the sherrif badge. I LOVE the way it turned out. (NOTE: please excuse the bubbling of the Mod Podge! I was in a BIG hurry trying to get all the decorations done so there was some bubbling and lifting)
This is my favorite banner I have created so far. I used 2 shades of brown and cut out (using the Old West cartrdge) a rustic, western poster. Then found several papers that looked western to add some color. The font is also from the Old West cartridge. On the ends, I took a left over barn and sun and cowboy from the invitations to embellish the banner a bit more.
At Michael’s they have wooden unfinished frames for $1. I purchased two and created menus for the food and drink. These can be reused for a Old West BBQ by just changing out the paper in the frame.
For goodie bags, each child had a brown lunch sack with their initial on a sherrif badge. I tied it with some rustic rope and that was it! So simple. Inside was a water gun, a foam sherrif badge the kids made when they arrived, and some gummie worms. The children also received a bandana (red for boy and pink for girls) as they entered so they looked the part! So easy and yet so wonderful!

Mother’s Day Presents

I made these blocks for my mother in law for Mother’s Day.  The whole project probably took me an hour.  A few months ago, the idea was posted on Little Birdie Secrets and I saved it knowing I would one day tackle this project.  The great thing is that these 7 blocks can make a total of 16 words.  So that my mother in law would know what words can be spelled out, I wrote them on the bottom of the blocks.  The best thing is: these are very inexpensive!  Each block at Michael’s cost $1.29.  I already had the antique white paint and mod podge.  Using my Cricut and a piece of patterned black paper, the letters were cut out in no time.  Now I just have to find a way to wrap them so that the blocks can say “mothers” when the package is opened!

Teacher Appreciation Day Gifts!!!

Teacher appreciation day is coming up so I decided to start working on gifts for CB’s teachers.  File folder organizers seemed like a cute idea for a teacher so I headed to Michael’s for some adorable paper!  To personalize them a bit I added their first initial on the front.  In order to make them a bit more durable, the entire organizer in Mod Podge.  It added a nice sheen to them too!



File Folder Menu Planner

For my sister-in-law’s bridal shower, I decided to put together a “basket” of cooking items.  She got dish towels, pot holders, a cookie cookbook, and it was all put into a cute lime green colander that I found at Marshalls.  She really likes to cook and so that got me thinking.  A file folder organizer doesn’t just need to be used for a Christmas Planner or an organizer.  I decided to make it into a menu planner.  The four pockets became holders for various recipes: appetizers, main dish, side dish, and dessert.  The look on her face when she opened it was great!  She loved it.  This is something I can continue to add to for her as well by typing up more recipes and giving them to her!