Pinterest: Hit or Miss? Thanksgiving Banner

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This week on Pinterest: Hit or Miss, we try our hand at making a banner for Thanksgiving. I have banners that I hang up in our dining room for my daughter’s birthday, Christmas and Halloween. The birthday and Christmas banner I bought on etsy (one of my favorite sites for hand made goodies!) and the Halloween banner I scored at Target of all places!  I wanted a Thanksgiving banner as well so I decided to hit up Pinterest for some inspiration.

To make my banner, I looked at a few different pins and kind of made it my own. First I gathered my supplies: a paper cutter, some ribbon,  glue dots, scrapbook paper, card stock, pinking shears and some sticker embellishments. At this point I am wondering if I should even take this project on.. or if it would be a better bet to order from some crafters who know what they are doing on etsy!
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First, I used my printer to print out my letters on scrapbook paper.  I chose the largest font possible (288).  I chose to use the phrase “be thankful”; some other options might be “give thanks”, “Thanksgiving”, “Happy Thanksgiving” or simply “thankful”.  There are so many options when it comes to paper! I loved browsing all the available papers  but ended up selecting paper with a burlap pattern. I cut around the letters with pinking shears. You could also use the cutter to do this; I liked the rustic feel the pinking scissors gave the letters.

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Then I used the paper cutter to cut out the background colors for the letters. I made these slightly larger than my letters to give them a nice border. The colors I chose reminded me of fall and Thanksgiving. But, again, plenty of options are available.

banner4_edited-1I centered the letters and used glue dots to adhere them to the card stock. You could also use double stick tape, spray adhesive, a glue stick or Mod Podge. I just eyeballed the centering; one of the beautiful things about handmade projects is they don’t have to be “perfect”. I wanted this banner to look a little rustic.

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I wanted to add an extra panel to separate the words in my banner. For that, I used some pretty leaf sticker embellishments I bought at Michael’s.

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Next, I used a round hole punch to punch two holes in each card.

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Lastly, I wove some brown ribbon through the holes. I left some length on the end and tied a small loop on each side so I could hang the banner up.

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I am pleased with how the banner turned out! I think we will use it every year to make our house more festive for the fall and Thanksgiving season.

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It will brighten up our Thanksgiving table! What I love about this project is that it can be tailored to make it unique for every household.

This was a Pinterest hit!

What are you doing to decorate your house for Thanksgiving? Have you tried any fun projects from Pinterest lately? Please let us know in the comments.

Wishing all of our readers a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoyable time with family.

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Eileen has been married to her husband, Eric, an Air Force officer, since 1998. A pharmacist by trade, she worked that gig for ten years until her promotion to full time stay-at-home mom in 2009. Eileen and Eric have one daughter, Little E, who is a feisty little girl obsessed with Octonauts. As a military family, they move every 3-4 years, most recently from Southern Virginia to Arizona. They have lived in the Phoenix area since July 2012 and love the southwest! Hopefully they have found their “forever” home. Eileen’s passions and hobbies include photography, reading, travel, cooking, doing creative projects with her daughter, hiking and working out. She can often be found sipping a latte at Starbucks, looking for the next great read at Barnes and Noble, or browsing Ulta for the latest beauty find.

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