I tend to go through phases with my crafting. For a while I'll be on a paint kick. Then I'll move on to paper crafts. Then I'll start using fabric in all of my projects. (As long as I don't have to sew it...) Right now I'm in a Silhouette phase. Man, I love that thing! So imagine my delight, then, when I figured out that I could use it to make the cutest little bunting banners that you ever did see-- yippee!
I love a good bunting banner, but they can be kind of tedious to make. You have to cut all the pieces, then you have to string them all with a needle and thread, which takes forever. I always wished there was a quicker way, and now there is! Here's what I used to make it:
- Scrapbook Paper
- Double Sided Tape
- Silhouette + Cutting Mat (If you don't have a Silhouette-- aka the best crafting tool ever-- yet, you should go enter my giveaway and win one of your very own!)
- Helpful Little Person (Optional; A helpful grown up person would also work; I just happened to have a little person handy. 🙂 )
So I was perusing the Silhouette Design Store the other day when I came upon these Pennant Banner Flags which would become my new secret weapon for making bunting banners.
I just downloaded the design (which was only $0.50 since everything is half off right now...woot!) and opened it up in my Silhouette Studio software.
From there I just placed a piece of card stock on my mat, and my machine started cutting away! (If you are attempting this project, I used the normal card stock settings of speed 3, thickness 33, and blade 4.) Once everything was cut and I had weeded away the excess, I was left with a bunch of these diamond shapes.
So in order to get my little triangles for my bunting, I would have to fold these in half, which happens to be super easy because the Silhouette made little perforation marks for me where I needed to fold them. Mind. Blown. It was so easy, in fact, that I enlisted a little five-year-old helper to do my folding for me. #childlaboratitsfinest 🙂
While Con was working on that, I unwound some of the thread and started attaching my triangles, using a small piece of double sided tape to hold them together.
And that's it! Connor and I whipped these up in just a few minutes, and all without any tedious cutting or threading with a needle. Woohoo! And now I want to make them for every room in my house! 🙂
I'm not the only one getting all crafty for Christmas, though. My Get Your DIY On co-hostesses have been busy creating projects for this month's theme "Hand-made Holly-days!"
Reindeer Noses by The Hankful House
Hand-made Chalkboard Ornaments by House by Hoff
Faux Fresh Greenery Arrangement by Confessions of a Serial DIYer
DIY Two Fabric Custom Table Runner by The Happy Housie
Easy Christmas Bunting by Abby, Just a Girl and Her Blog (You're here!)
We want to see all of YOUR handcrafted holiday projects too! You are cordially invited to come link up your very best stuff this Sunday, December 7th at 7 pm EST. Can't wait to see you there!
Have a great weekend!
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