Happy Monday, y’all!! Matt & I had a great weekend – spent Saturday morning together, I got my hair done (which was so far overdue, it’s embarrassing) & then we relaxed the rest of the day, rented a movie & I ended up crafting this banner I’m about to share with you! Sunday was full of the same – church & then FOOTBALL! Duh. We always head to my in-laws house for football games & we love it!
Okay, about the banner! Valentine’s Day is less than a month away & it was time to get crackin’ on some décor. I decided to go with something that was Valentine-y without being too cheesy since I love simple pieces that make a statement. I started tossing around some ideas and this is what I came up with! It’s super easy to make and cost me less than $10 total! My gracious mother-in-law let me use her mantle for the display (since we don’t have a mantle yet – that’s a whole other story for another time!), so other than the bunting, the beautiful décor is hers! Thanks Momma B for putting up with all of our rearranging! ;)
DIY VALENTINE’S BANNER
- Twine (I used probably 6-8 yds)
- 3 pieces red cardstock (I got all paper at Hobby Lobby)
- 3 pieces white cardstock
- 1 piece pink cardstock
- 1 piece gray cardstock
- Burlap (I used probably 2 ft)
- Hot glue gun
- Triangle puncher (I got mine with a coupon at Hobby Lobby for $6. Saved soo much time!)
(Disclaimer – sorry for the quality of the pictures here – I was crafting while I watched a movie & that’s just how it went down!)
First, cut out a buttload of triangles with your puncher from the red, white, pink and gray paper. Make sure you leave enough paper for the circles and letters, though! I was able to get at least 40 triangles from each sheet of paper.
Next, I made a template for the burlap bunting and traced it onto the burlap with a sharpie. I cut the shapes out, trimmed the edges and set ’em aside. (PS These photos were taken in my husband’s classroom while I kept him company as he did lesson plans. Crafting on the go, y’all. It’s real.)
I ended up just purchasing this stencil because I figured I’d use it for a bunch of stuff in the future, too. but you can absolutely just use a cup or some other circle form to trace your circles with!
Once I cut everything out it was time to decide how exactly I wanted it to look. If you’re like me, this is the agonizing part. I am such a perfectionist and so indecisive (terrible combo, in case you were wondering), so it took foreverrr for me to finally nail down a pattern. I laid everything out on the floor, changed it multiple times & each time my gracious husband would pause his movie, look at what I’d done and give me an opinion every time I asked. He didn’t even really get annoyed (and I was annoyed with myself, which tells ya something!). My hero!
After I decided which direction to go, I started gluing things down. I used a line of glue at the bottom of each triangle and attached it to the twine. The great thing about hot glue is that it dries quickly, so I was able to get a lot of triangles on there in a short amount of time.
I moved my way down the line, gluing in a pattern on this one, spacing out only reds on another string & then attaching the letters to the burlap on yet another.
I didn’t manage to grab pics of the letter tracing & cutting process, so I’ll just quickly explain how I did it. If you have a Silhouette Cameo, it would prob make your life a lot easier, but I don’t have one (yet!), so for now, I just have to suffer through hand-cutting things out for my various projects. First world problems like you wouldn’t even believe.
I found a font I liked on Pinterest (just search free fonts) & downloaded it to my computer. I blew it up to about 400 size, traced it onto a piece of paper, cut the letters out & traced them backwards on the sheet of red paper I was using for the letters. I cut THOSE out (carefully!) and then glued them onto the white circles. I LOVE this font and I think it’s perfect for V-day!
After a couple of hours of crafting my little heart out, it was finally done. And I LOVE it! I hope you do too :) Yay for simple, easy and CHEAP crafts that brighten up a room & make my heart happy!
I’d love to hear from you!! You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest (search “The Cultured Cavewoman”) and Instagram (search “theculturedcavewoman”). Have a beautiful day, my friends!! :)