Tuesday, July 2, 2013

more sneak peeks and a July 4th banner project...

Just in time for the 4th of July....
an Americana inspired banner. 
Easy to make and you probably have everything you need on hand right now! 

Red, white and blue mini patterned or solid papers, buttons, 
felt and fabric scraps...that's all you'll need for this crafty creation. 

This project is SO, super simple...but let me walk you through a quick tutorial to get the basics down.

1. First off you will need a few supplies...

Graphic 45- French Country 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
May Arts ¼” blue silk ribbon
Distress Ink and Distressing Tool
Adhesive and cutting tools
Buttons, felt stars, bingo game pieces, etc...(any embellishments you choose to decorate the star fields of the flags)
Burlap, denim, muslin and lace scraps- torn or cut into strips
Jute rope or twine- cut to the desired length of your banner
Small wooden clothespins

2. Start by cutting the base pieces. I like to cut a good amount & a nice variety of patterns and solids. I pre-cut and distress,  then just go to town designing!  Below you will see the size and amount of pieces needed to create 1 flag piece.

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3. After your pieces are cut...distress them.

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4. Now it's assembly time...start with the blue star field piece. I adhere it with a temporary adhesive just along the top of the blue piece. I then adhere the middle stripe, positioning it along the bottom edge of the blue field piece. Then adhere the other 2 stripes, adjusting as needed to get equal spacing between all the stripes.

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5. Next you can decorate the star field. (use buttons, felt stars, brads, etc....whatever you may have handy!) I used a hand-cut star and bingo game pieces for this one. (you will also see a variety of other ideas below). Adhere desired embellishments into place. Be sure to use a strong adhesive as your banner will be hanging and the weight of items can sometimes cause them to fall off. A liquid glue (PVA, E6000) or hot glue works great. (Elmer’s white glue is a great option when working with kids...just be sure to give your pieces enough dry time before hanging).

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6. Cut a piece of jute or rope to the desired length of your banner. Tie knots 2-3 inches from each end. Gather up some wooden clothespins. Pin on each flag piece, spacing evenly between each one.

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7. Now grab your pile of fabric strips...I used denim, burlap, muslin and lace. I tore and cut them to approx. 1” x 10”-12”. Tie the strips in between each pinned on flag and at the ends of your banner. Add ribbons if desired. I used a few scraps of May Arts blue silk ribbon to add a pop of color here and there.

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8. Voila!! Hang and enjoy!!

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here's the link to video tutorial for this project: YouTube Tutorial

want to see more NEW Graphic 45 releases?? 
Check out the G45 blog today for all the accessory pieces to Mother Goose. Love, loving the colors and images in this collection!!

Mother Goose peeks, a Steampunk project, French Country decor and banner pics too!! (oh and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to WIN a new release prize package!!)
Graphic 45 CHA Sneak Peeks Day 2: Mother Goose

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  1. My one and only grandchild left for bootcamp today. I am so proud of her but my heart is breaking. Your banner is just great. I think I might have to "steal" it for when Sami comes home from bootcamp. If she does. There is talk of schooling in her near future. Thank you for your artistry.
    Sharon L

    1. Sharon,
      My nephew also just left for bootcamp (last Wednesday). Like you, such a heavy heart, but SO PROUD!! (We are already planning the Welcome Home festivities!!)
      Bless you and your grand-daughter's service and sacrifice. xo