Thursday, December 30, 2010

Banner Up!

The Christmas mantel is redone with a New Year's banner made on the cheap. 
 The only thing I bought was glitter and tacky glue.

  • I started by typing "happy new year" in large black letters, printing it and cutting out the letters. (this may sound tedious, but this is actually relaxing for me. freaky.)   You could paint them or buy large sticker or vinyl letters too. 
  • I googled "auld lang syne" old sheet music, then printed 7 pages.
  • While I was at it I printed cool 'auld lang syne' designs and vintage new year's post cards too.
  • I googled 'black gingham" then printed 7 pages. (didn't have the actual stuff handy)
  • I pasted the letters to the printed sheets making a point NOT to have them centered.
  • I cut down the sheets then glued them to card board pieces ( i.e.- old box, cut up)
  • I cut the card boards into 4 and 1/2 inch squares.  Then I cut them smaller if I wanted too.
  • I distressed each piece with ink. (rubbed 'distress ink' on the edges and front lightly)
  • Here's where the glue and glitter comes in. I found the glitter I liked in the kids crafty section at Michael's, it's not super fine and has some bulk to it, which has a cool vintage-y effect, an unexpected bonus. 
  • One paper plate for tacky glue, one for glitter - then dip.  
  • Lay them out to dry.

  • I layed out a roll of burlap (Michael's $3.99, I had it from a previous project) then put down the letters.
  • I attached them with clothes pins. Purposely crooked.  I've had the clothespins waiting for a project for years.

{Sadly the fabulous bulb wreath has been packed away.} 
 But it's a new year, the banner is up and we're ready to toast.

I have a collection of enamelware coffee pots. Here's a few. 
I put them away for a bit, but I'm glad I hung on to them.
The wordy fireplace likes having them around.

So there's the banner. My first foray into glitter since I was 10. 
Messy, yes and I did it without my seven year old around. (mean mother).
I think it's a pretty darn fabulous use of an old box and a few odds and ends.


xo jeanne.


  1. Hi. Visiting from French Country Cottage. Love your sign and the tutorial. It turned out great!
    Happy New Year!
    ~ Julie

  2. Fun banner! Thanks for the tutorial! Hopped over from Feathered Nest Friday...I am a new follower!

  3. What a great banner~ It is so darling!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday- Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks to all. The New Year's party is tonight. I'll let you know how the banner went over.

    xo Jeanne.

  5. I will definitely use your NYE banner idea next year - awesome! Can't wait for your next photos if you know what I mean - hugs CATHY

  6. Great lookin' banner there, Crafty Lady! How cool that you printed off all those supplies.

    Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  7. Hi!
    New follower from Catherine Elizabeth Creations. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I may have to try something like this for our decor this new year! I love the burlap touch too....probably bc that is one of my obsessions! You're so creative I love it!:)


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