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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Bunting Banner

Hello everyone!
We are in the middle of traveling right now but...

Happy Halloween!!

I shared this tutorial a week or so ago as a guest post and thought today would be a great day to share it with all of you since it is Halloween.


Halloween Bunting Banner



Would you like to know how to make it?
Here ya go!

Supplies:
-Black and Orange Burlap
-Bias Tape
-Hot Glue Gun
-Paint
- Stencils (optional)
-Cutting machine (optional)


How to make it:
I created a template with my Silhouette of the two sizes of my bunting flags but you can easily draw and cut it out by hand as well.

I created a template 4 x 4.5 to use to cut out the orange burlap.
I also cut out a 3 x 3.5 to use to cut the black burlap.

I then doubled the the burlap and laid the template on top to cut around.
Cut the number you need for whatever saying you are putting on your banner.
I needed 11 triangles of each.

Take a stencil or you can free hand it, and lay it on top of the smaller triangle.
Take your paint and paint it in.

I used a light gray paint.

Continue until your saying is complete.

To make the actual banner, lay the smaller triangle on the larger one. Open up the bias tape, I used a double folded bias tape, and put the flag inside. Make sure the edge of the flags are up against the center fold.

Add hot glue on top of the flags.

Then fold down and press smooth.

I also put a super small dot of glue at the tip of the black burlap to prevent it from flapping up.

Here is the "Fright" banner.

And here is my "Night" banner.

I think they look great around the Halloween art I created!

Hope you like them as well!



Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest Post: The Diary of Dave's Wife

guestblogger


Hello Everyone!

I am {REALLY} excited to be Guest Posting here today!

My name is Kristy from




If you are Curious How I became DavesWife


You can read my Story Here


{it's NOT what you think!}


I don't know about you, but I have been spending most of my week

getting ready for Halloween!


Buying Candy, Sewing a Costume, & Making Treats!

And since there are only a few days until it's actually here,

Have you remembered to get your kiddos something to carry their treats in?


Instead of buying them a cheap plastic pumpkin or pulling out an old pillowcase why not make them
an adorable bag that they can use every year!

Because if you kiddo is anything like mine, I will be the one carrying it around for him!

And If I am going to be carrying it, it better be CUTE!


So Today I am going to show you a quick Tutorial on My


Last Minute {Trick or Treat} Bag




For this little project you will need to purchase a cheap canvas bag

&

Some Iron Transfer Paper from your local craft store


Here is the bag I started with.



Next, I created the lettering in Photoshop and printed it out on Iron Transfer Paper in Mirror Image.
it looked a little something like this:




If you would like to use this same lettering simply click on the above image to download!


Once your image is printed, You will want to cut out around all of your letters

to eliminate any excess white areas.


This would be an excellent time to get caught up on any shows hanging out in your DVR

Currently I am loving all the re-runs of the old school 90210.



But whatever you do, {DO NOT} skip this step.

If you try to Iron the whole page onto your bag

You will have excess clear transfer all over the front of you bag and it won't look very pretty
{trust Me}!

Once your letters are cut out. {they don't have to be perfect}

Get out your trusty Iron and get it nice and Hot

&

Iron out any wrinkles or fold lines out of your bag!

Next turn off the steam on your iron and place your letters face down on your bag like this:


Next, Iron down your letters per the instructions on your Iron Transfer Paper .
{Not ALL Iron Transfer Paper is created equal}


Once it has cooled off you should be able to peel off the backing really EASY!


Doesn't it look Sharp?

Once it is all peeled, Embellish with some Cute ribbon or Pom-Pom Fringe


Or a Plastic Skeleton from the Dollar Store.

And your kid will have the CA-UTEST
Trick or Treat Bag in the Neighborhood!




That is a super cute bag Kristy!!
Thanks so much for sharing!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guest Post: A Girl and a Glue Gun

guestblogger


hi! i'm kim. I blog over at a girl and a glue
gun
and i'm super excited to be here today! I'm letting the
glue gun cool and making these paper lanterns...



all you need is a sheet of black posterboard and some tissue paper.
and some tape...

and a pair of scissors..

and your time.

and effort.

oh. and a ruler.
and pencil.


but the only thing you need to buy is the posterboard and tissue paper.
I actually bought the posterboard to make a witch silhouette for my
window...but decided to make these instead....

i took the length of the posterboard and divided it by 4....(squint
and you can see the lines?)


and then i added a frame around each one....




then i doodled and came up with some halloweeny things and cut them out.
(you want to make sure that parts of it attaches to the border and
don't accidentally cut it or you are going to be doing a lot of tape
repairs.)


these are the pumpkin ones...


i took the ruler and a pen and scored down the middle to make the fold
nice and crisp


then i got this 30..oh wait..BONUS 40 sheet gift tissue
assortment from the dollar store.


i just cut a piece to size and taped it to the back...(or inside)




then i folded them and taped them into a box...


and put one over my scentsy.....


and one over some orange lights...



if you are feeling the need to tell me that the candy corn is in the
wrong color

don'tevengothere.


i'm aware.


did it on purpose matteroffact.






they make a perfect party centerpiece...












you could add an additional black posterboard to the top and
hang them....

and the best part..

they store flat!


thanks for having me....

if you want to come by and see what other crap i'm up to


feel free!








Those are adorable Kim!
Thanks for sharing!