Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to pull out the Christmas decorations! Every year I tell myself I’m going to have a system. Everything will have its place and it will all be organized. I’ll take out my Christmas totes and away I’ll go.
And every year, I remember that’s just not my style.
I can be organized in a lot of things, but for some reason I can’t get my Christmas stuff together. A box of ornaments here, a garland there, and where did those Christmas lights end up last year anyway? I think I just get excited to change things up when the seasons change and just hastily put the old stuff away wherever it fits.
This year is no exception. For the life of me, I can’t find a garland I could have sworn I had for the mantle. So I decided to make something new.
These banners are always so cute. I’ve seen them around for all seasons and for all kinds of occasions, and they just work with everything!
For this one, I started by choosing some scrapbook paper sheets in coordinating colors and a mix of patterns. I like the look of mixing patterns in the same color palette – I think it gives the finished product texture and depth.
Then the paper is cut into triangles. This post has amazing instructions for cutting the perfect triangles.
The next step is to add some embellishments to make these extra festive. For this banner I’m using gold trim and paper rosettes.
I found this gold trim at Target for $1! Isn’t it cute? It’s perfect for the top edges of the triangles.
Now for the rosettes. These are so easy to make with the right tools. First you need a strip of paper. I did two sizes of rosettes to layer them on the banner – 1.5″ by 12″ strips of paper for the larger rosettes and 1″ by 8″ strips for the smaller ones.
Score the paper every 1/4 inch with a scoring board. Then fold at the scores into an accordion shape.
Form a ring and glue the two ends together. Let it dry completely.
Bunch the folds on one end together and press in to flatten the paper and form the rosette. This is tough to explain in writing, but I promise it works!
Now glue a paper round to the back to hold it all together. It helps to weigh them down as they dry so they don’t pop apart. I tried 3 different kinds of glue on these, and tacky glue seemed to work the best for this step. (But next time I think I’ll use hot glue.)
Glue the finished rosettes to your paper triangles! I thought they needed a little something more, so I added glitter to the edges and more paper rounds to the fronts. To add the glitter, I rolled the rosettes in mod podge and then rolled them in glitter.
Everything’s better with a little glitter.
Once everything is nice and dry, just add the string to finish it off and hang it. I hung the triangles over the string and then used a little glue to seal the front and back together. I want to be able to move the triangles closer together or farther apart depending on where I hang the banner, so I made sure to leave the 1/4 inch from the string glue-free.