I’ve always been intrigued by how Miss Lynn from Create Breathe designs with so many layers and textures and colors.
Like this banner for her home.
Or these gorgeous planers. I always like how free she is with her stitching and the texture that adds to her designs.
My holiday banners were inspired by Miss Lynn’s work. . . I think I could have added a few more layers of texture but am really really loving how they turned out! And they go so well with the yarn wreath I posted about recently. The big frame used to be an old screen door I got for free at the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store. I cut out all the old screen and painted/stained it. It now hangs above my couch, fun to decorate with wreaths and banners.
I cut out triangles from thick watercolor paper I had in my stash, I actually had all the supplies in my stash!
A little mock-up design.
Then I used the paper triangles as templates, cut out red canvas triangles and glued one on top of the paper.
Then I took to my sewing machine! I chose white thread so it would contrast against the green rick rack and red canvas and lace.
Next I sewed on the white pom trim which secured the red lace as well.
I mocked up the banner in InDesign so I could pick a fun font and get the size right.
I printed out all the necessary letters and cut them out.
Placing them exactly where I want them.
I ended up having to cut them out and trace around the letters with a soft pencil because transfer paper didn’t work well on the canvas.
And then I painted in the outline with white acrylic, and I forgot to take a photo!
Such a beautiful mess of paint and trim and lace and coffee and pencils and tape, I love my old drafting table! I lined the banner pieces up, ready to string them together.
I used a little hole punch typically used in book making and strung some yarn through.
As you can see, I glued a second canvas triangle to the back of the banner after I had everything stitched. I also used one continuous piece of yarn so that as I use decorate with this in different places I can adjust the width of it.
I used hot glue to attach the buttons. I love the different button designs.
And there you have it!
Here’s a mock-up for the second one. Again, all items I had in my stash. This time I just used green Canson paper. It has a little texture to it.
Cut them out and stitched them up. I thought the lighting was kind of cool coming through the mini-blinds.
I picked out a font and printed them out again from InDesign but because this was paper I was able to use transfer paper to trace the letter on the banner.
I used prisma colors to fill in the letters.
Hot-glued the buttons on and strung it with yarn.
And there you go!
Such a fun project that didn’t take a lot of time or pre-prep.
What hand-made decorations have you created this season? Leave a link below, I’d love to see!