Monday, February 1, 2016

DIY Valentine Bunting

February 1st means one thing...Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Last year I made this cute bunting to hang on my mantel.  I don't like to go overboard with decorating for Valentine's Day since I'm just coming off the Christmas cleanup, but I do like to do a little something and this bunting adds just a touch of sweetness.  I see all kinds of  ideas for these on PINTEREST and if I had to guess I'm sure my inspiration came from there.

I have a friend that I like to make things for so over the weekend I put one together for names so she'll be surprised. I took pictures just using my phone since my camera battery was dead, so they aren't stellar quality, but you can get a pretty good idea.

First I gathered my supplies.
All of these items came from my favorite craft store, Hobby Lobby.  I can wander around in there forever.  So much so my family now hates to go with me. (Insert eye rolls here) They have great sales and those have a definite rhythm/rotation to them so once you watch you will learn when things will be 1/2 off and know to stock up.  Now that I know I like to make these buntings (I also have a Christmas themed one) I buy a couple of packages of the ready made burlap triangles and keep them on hand for when I'm hit with an idea. I treat my craft supplies much like my pantry because when the notion strikes I don't want to run out and get everything together. Unfortunately crafting goes hand in hand with hoarding. #savethosescraps

I covered my work surface with paper and laid out all of my triangles.  I didn't have the light pink paint I needed so I mixed my own with white and a dot of red (go easy on the red, you can always add more)
I started by mixing only a small amount but ended up using almost the entire bottle of white.
Covering the burlap takes a lot of paint.  I'll warn you, it doesn't go on evenly but dries fine.

Once the pink has had a while to dry you can stencil on the red letters.  This pack of stencils didn't come with shapes so I made the heart out of a piece of poster board.  The tricky part here is holding down the stencils so you don't get "bleed" under and around your letters.  I also learned this time I needed to use a lighter touch when stenciling.  My letters on the bunting came out much bolder than the previous one I'd made so I went back and used a piece of 220 grit sandpaper to "distress" them a little and was happier with the look. I used a round sponge "pouncer" to make the white dots.  These come in a package of multiple sizes and are usually found near the acrylic paint.

Once everything's had a chance to dry (I left mine over night) it's time to add the ribbon.  I used my trusty glue gun and attached one triangle at a time leaving a small space in between.  You can get creative here and use whatever you like. This time I used a cute little polka dot ribbon, but I've also used Ric-Rac trim. (The picture below shows the difference in the vibrancy of the letters after sanding them. It's subtle, but more to my liking.)

And finally, the finished CUTE!!!

 Here's a little tip on how I hang mine. I LOVE Command hooks.  I use them all over the place. These are tiny ones and you can just tie a knot in your ribbon and use it to stop it from sliding out.

The options for banners like this are endless.  All you need is a little imagination.

Happy Monday!!!!

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