Hello! Welcome to my first blog post. I crafted this "It's A Girl" banner for my cousin's "boho" themed baby shower.
My love for crafting party decor is actually a fairly recent phenomenon. It happened by accident when someone asked me to help them make a party banner. It was pretty elaborate and I struggled with it at first but the finished result turned out … not bad? Haha, I wish I had a photo to compare it to my work now. I find that when you’re feeling a lack of creativity, it's always best to look back to see how far you've come for a little inspiration.
If you're a paper crafter, then you know all too well that feeling at the end of each craft session when you see all of those wasted paper "scraps." I actually used a big 12x12 piece of floral scrapbook paper (the main paper used in the banner above) for another project and had some leftover scraps.
Here is a list of materials I used:
1. Jute Twine
2. Recollections Scalloped Heart Punch
3. Friskars Multi Media Scissors
4. Scrapbook/Card Stock Paper
5. We R Memory Keepers Hole Punch
Instead of a traditional paper flag for the banner, I used a paper punch with a scalloped heart design to make little hearts. I love big, bold banners but I’ve come to find that sometimes you just want something smaller and simple, especially if you’re draping the banner over a board or across a table. So I used the punch with my leftover floral scrapbook paper to start my banner. For some contrast and also because I ran out of floral paper scraps, I used pink card stock for the “A” in the middle.
Did you know I use to cut out letters on gold glitter paper by hand? I would sometimes buy letter stickers. My absolute favorite are the “thickers” brand but I would be super annoyed when I ran out of vowels or when I ended up with 30 extra gold X’s. So I cut them out by hand and that literally took forever.
Luckily I purchased a Cricut machine early last year and I don’t have to spend all my time cutting around little letters. In all the banners I’ve made, I feel using glitter or metallic letters allows for the best contrast against a busy background.
I attached the gold glitter letters from my Cricut to the floral hearts with some glue. Then I used the hole punch and jute twine to string everything together. I really loved the outcome of this banner. It’s a great little project to make with extra scrapbook paper you haven’t used up yet.