In my daily blog-reading, KIM'S, ALICE'S, and JENN'S posts inspired me to create a Valentine banner. I decided to use a roll of wide burlap "ribbon" that I had leftover from Autumn decorating. I also knew that I had some Valentine scrapbook paper on-hand, so the basic idea was to create a banner from supplies that I already had. I purchased nothing for this project.
I knew that I wanted to use the burlap ribbon for the individual banner-flags. I started by cutting a small length of the burlap, folding it in half, and notching out the bottom. Once I was certain that I liked the size, I cut 11 more of the same, making 12 little "banner-flags" in all.
I cut a way-too-long piece of red and white twine, so that I knew I had more than enough. I stretched it out on my counter, and started folding the banners over it.
I cut 12 hearts out of decorative scrapbook paper, laid them on the banners, and stapled them in place. I wasn't too worried about the look of the staples. I knew that when I hung the banner, the staples would be too far away to really be noticed. Also - the staples are the only way this is held together. I stapled through the heart and both layers of the folded banner.
Once all of that was done, it looked kind of plain and in need of a bit more dimension. I went searching for, and found some ribbon to tie in between each banner.
That was all it took, and I was happy with the results. It's simple, and it cost me nothing.
As you can see, this is no "rocket-science" project. Maybe it will inspire YOU to create something fabulously simple.
You'll notice that my wreath isn't exactly like any of my inspirations. Instead, there are elements of each in it, making it completely my own. My favorite part is that I didn't spend a dime, and I ended up using up some crafty odds and ends. Win-win!
It's amazing how a little sunshine streaming through the window can inspire you! It sure inspired me this week!
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