From April 19, 2014:
Well friends, it seems that Spring just might possibly be here…FINALLY! We actually had to turn our air conditioner on the other day, so that’s a good sign, right? Ashley even started to comment about how hot it was. I stopped her short though and told her with the never-ending winter we just had, she wasn’t allowed to complain about it being hot until, oh, at least July.
With it finally warming up, I felt it was safe to start decorating for Easter. It just felt wrong to put Easter eggs and bunnies out while it was still snowing outside!!!
In true “Doptimism” style (Tom’s coin phrase for me about how I’m always a little too overly optimistic for my own good), I decided to start decorating for Easter the day before vacation. Yes, I know, that probably sounds insane to you, however, I really do have a good reason. You see, we get back home from vacation the day before Easter, so crazy me wanted the house to be decorated for Easter when we got back. I’ve also been working on a DIY Easter banner throughout the week so I was anxious to display the finished product!
Here’s a peek at the mantel with the banner I made:
Below is a tutorial on the banner in case you get struck with Easter Bunny Fever and would like to make one too. All you need is a color printer, paper, scissors, tape, and a good show to watch while you do a little cutting and taping!
“Happy Easter” letters (make your own with your computer, or you can download these from our Etsy shop)
8 1/2″ x 11″ inch white card stock paper
Scrapbook paper of your choice
Double sided tape
Ribbon, Jute, Twine, or Yarn
First thing I did was design some “Happy Easter” letters in an oval-shaped to look like Easter eggs. The “Happy” letters are smaller to hang across the small white frame on the mantel and the”Easter” letters are larger to hang across the mirror above the mantel. I printed the letters on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white card stock paper:
Then I cut all the “eggs”/ letters out. I got as close as I could to the edge of the outside printed oval:
After cutting out the “eggs”, I wanted to add a scrapbook backing to them for contrast, so the following steps are about how I did that….
To do the scrapbook backings, I made another oval template on the computer slightly larger than the printed eggs. Then I printed it and cut around it.
Then I taped the oval templates to scrapbook paper, traced around them, and cut the scrapbook ovals:
After cutting out all the scrapbook paper oval backings, I taped on all the letters to the backings using double sided tape. Then I punched two holes in the top of the oval backings. The holes are about 1/4 inch from the top and about 1 inch apart:
After you punch your first oval, you can use it as a guide to place and punch the holes on all the others:
Then it was time to string the yarn through the holes. I went from the front to the back on the first hole and then from the back to the front on the second hole:
Finally in the home stretch! I continued to thread the yarn through all the other “eggs” and then hung up my banners!:
Yes, there was a fair amount of cutting involved with this project, but it was nice to have a pretty, personalized Happy Easter banner at the end of it all.
If you decide to make your own banner too, I hope you get a little help to make yours, like I did:
Have a banner Easter everyone!!!