I was brainstorming a holiday wreath this past weekend, and kept thinking of the last time I made a wreath, it looked great but there was dead greenery on the floor every time I opened the door. Then I remembered seeing a wall hanging with some lettering and thought a front door banner would look nice. I wanted something festive but not too in your face holiday. Then the word joy came to my head and it seemed like the perfect fit. Joy was the energy I wanted to bring to our home this holiday season.
Here is the best part, I used all my crafting scraps! This project cost $0!
Step 1: Materials – Gather what you have and assess!
What do you have? Think of the crafts you’ve made over the past year and all the bits and bobs leftover. I had the following:
Step 2: Pick a font and cut out the lettering.
Yes I could have freehanded this lettering, but I wasn’t in the mood and I wanted to make this quick and easy! Plus I love tracing.
Step 3: Trace your word backwards
No one likes to see trace lines so remember to place your word backwards when tracing!
Step 4: Create a banner template.
Once you have your word cut out, figure out the shape and size of your banner. I wanted the banner to be quite large, so I measured out 19 inches and went from there!
Step 5: Trace your banner template.
Again we could free hand, but I wanted the banner to be symmetrical. I used the clamps to keep it in one place while tracing.
Step 6: Cut out the banner.
This part is easy since you already know your banner is perfectly measured!
Step 7: Assemble.
You have both pieces cut out. Lay out the word on the felt or whatever material you are using to see what placement works.
Step 8: Glue
I love my hot glue gun! It’s easy and saves a lot of time.
Step 9: Glue some more!
Again gluing was the easiest option for me.
Step 10: Add the dowel.
Since my banner ended up being quite large I crazy glued two pieces together.
Step 11: Add the ribbon.
Whatever you have whether it’s sequins or ribbons or yarn, anything that can easily be tied onto the dowel.
Step 12: Add pom poms
The banner needed an extra something to finish it off! I added these pom poms I had from another project!
There we are, an simple and easy holiday DIY. It only took about 30 minutes to create and I didn’t spend any money!
What do you have in your craft stash that you could turn into holiday décor?