While this blog is primarily about my gluten free life, I never intended that to be its exclusive purpose. Occasionally I will share some other fun stuff too. Like this Halloween banner that I made to decorate our mantle.
Another BIG part of my life is as a papercrafter. While I primarily scrapbook, I also enjoy making cards and decorative items for my home.
I was inspired by a similar banner in the Scrapbook Trends 2009 Holiday Book. You can view the project and download instructions at their blog.
I did my Halloween banner by looking at the picture in the publication. First I started with 6 pennant shaped chipboard shapes that I traced from a stencil made by my very creative friend Kim. I think she got her shape by dissembling a Maya Road chipboard album that is no longer available. You can make one yourself by drawing a triangle and giving it a scalloped edge.
Next I covered each one in Halloween colored paper from various suppliers. I added bling to the edges by running a bead of Stickles around each pennant. I then decorated each one with lots of Halloween stickers, ephemera, embellishments, etc. You might say I over-decorated, but I let myself go and have fun with this project. I wanted it to be a little over the top.
Finally, I took some chipboard letters, painted them black and glittered them with some Martha Stewart Black glitter. I strung the letter pennants together by putting them on a piece of black ric-rac. Halloween ribbons tied between each letter banner added the finishing touch. Very spooky, don't you think?
Here is each letter close up. I apologize for the flash burn-out in some of them. My mantle is poorly lit for good pics without a flash. Also, in real life, they are VERY sparkly. That doesn't come through in these photos. Sigh.