Hey all, it’s Terhi here! Easter is nearly here! For me, it represents warmth of the upcoming spring and summer months and the end of the dark and cold period of a year. This is why I love celebrating Easter with a capital E and decorate our home to honor it.
My family and I live in rather new house with white walls that are still too empty for my taste. I love minimalistic decor, but it doesn’t feel like home without something colorful and handmade on the walls. Missing handmade decor, I grabbed my scissors and decided to create a banner for our Easter celebrations.
Banners are easy and quick to create. For a spring banner like this one, all you need is cardstock, patterned papers and a couple of stickers.
You can cut simple geometrical shapes for each letter if you would like. But instead of cutting by hand, I tried out American Crafts new Precision Cardstocks. These cardstocks are invented for all cutting machines and they come in so many pretty colors.
I used my electronic cutting machine to cut six shapes in six colors, making sure they are all about four inches tall. I also cut the white letters, leaving them over one inch smaller than the base cards and using a font easy to back with patterned papers.
First, I cut holes in the corners of each base card to make sure I can hang the banner to where I want. I strengthened the holes with matching eyelets and started adhering a couple pieces of patterned papers on top of the bases. Again, I made sure the colors were matching.
I must mention Amy Tangerine’s Picnic in the Park and Precision Cardstocks from the Bright selection go together like coffee and hot milk!
The second thing to do is to back the letters. I left wide edges for the letters, so the backing was an easy task. My favorite tip for backing is to use liquid glue and letting them dry before adhering them. For adhering the letters on the base cards, I used foam dots, so the banner got the dimension and thickness it needed.
I saved the best for last! I love leaving decorating as the last task. I could spend hours choosing the perfect sticker or the perfect die cut. Picnic in the Park has a great range of ephemera, stickers, thickers, washi tapes and more, so you can believe I really enjoyed this part!
Once everything was dry, I added matching ribbons between the cards and hung it to our wall. Now it reminds me about the upcoming Easter celebrations and traditions, and about the wonderful spring we are already enjoying. Such a great way to come home after a rainy Monday at work, right?
Thank you for visiting the American Crafts blog today, hope you are inspired! And have a happy Easter!
Products used: Picnic in the Park patterned papers Life’s A Picnic (355348), Feel the Love (355354), All the Way Up (355355), Lovely Lass (355357), Pretty Peace (355364), Whole Lotta Love (355370), Photo Shoot (355360), Blossom Bouquet (355358), Aloha Leilani (355366), Soft Serve (355367), Petaluma Petunia (355369), Picnic in the Park 6×12 Cardstock Stickers (355377), Picnic in the Park Sticker Book (355378), Picnic in the Park Paper Bow Stickers (355381), Picnic in the Park Phrase Thickers (355383), American Crafts Precision Cardstock White (354131), American Crafts Precision Cardstock Bright (354130), Sticky Thumb Dots (340272), Sticky Thumb Runner (342039), WRMK Crop-A-Dile and Eyelets (wr-70908-4).