Easy DIY Fall Banner.

Last month I was invited by a friend to lead a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in a fall craft.  I’ve never done anything like that before… there were going to be about 45-50 women attending.  I was pretty sure they would be excited about any kind of project.  If you have or have ever had a preschooler you know how it is, you’re just happy to be out of the house!  So I didn’t feel TOO much pressure, but I still wanted to bring them a project that they would be proud to take home with them at the end of the meeting.  I wanted it to be something that they would actually display, so I brought the supplies to make this DIY Fall Banner.

DIY Fall Banner from The Southern Institute

This was an idea that was inspired by a banner that I saw at Whole Foods, of all places.  They had done one for Halloween, a bit bigger, with different stencils and different colors, but the same thing pretty much.  I just made it “fallish” for the season.  I thought I’d share the quick tutorial with you.

There are just a few supplies that you’ll need for this project:

  • 12×12 patterned paper, cut longways into halves.
  • book pages that will fit the width of the patterned paper, leaving a little bit of margin on the sides and a good bit of a margin on the top.
  • fall themed stencils
  • dark brown craft paint
  • paint brushes or spouncers
  • glue stick
  • twine

 

Step One:

Divide each 12×12 paper into two, directly down the middle from top to bottom.

Step Two:

Use your gluestick to adhere a book page to each piece of patterned paper.  Allow more room at the top than the bottom, leaving room to fold over the top edge for hanging.

 

Fall Banner Tutorial at The Southern Institute

 

Step three:

Grab a stencil, your brown paint, and a spouncer stencil brush.  Get to painting.  It only takes a little bit of paint.  Allow to dry.

I created my own stencils with my Silhouette machine.  I searched the shapes I wanted at the Silhouette store and purchased them.  I did this mainly because I needed about 36 stencils cut for the MOPS group and I wanted to keep costs down as much as possible.  You could easily draw your own on card stock or trace a shape from any kind of source.

DIY Fall Banner from The Southern Institute.

DIY Fall Banner from The Southern Institute.

Step four:

Turn your paper over.  Fold the top edge of the paper over to the back to create a crease.  Open it up and line the crease with glue, then put some glue on the inside top edge of the paper as well.  Fold it over, making sure that it sticks well.  If not, add more glue.  Repeat with the rest of the panels, spacing them out as you wish.

DIY Fall Banner from The Southern Institute

Here’s photo of a few of the moms crafting and sharing.  They totally LOVED this project!  It was quick and easy… even for those who professed to be “uncrafty”.  I beg to differ.

DIY Fall Banner from The Southern Institute

Your banner is done!  

All that is left to do is decide where to hang it in your home.  Our mantle was the perfect place.

DIY Fall Banner from The Southern Institute

 What do you think?  Could you find a place for a cute little fall banner in your home?  What stencil shapes would you choose?

Thanks so much for coming by and spending some time with me.  Check out some other fun fall crafts while your here!  The tutorials tab at the top of the page has a seasonal section full of great seasonal crafts!

Faux Peter Pan Collar with Sumo from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t even remember where I first saw today’s guest.  I believe it was one of her guest posts on another blog, but I can’t quite be sure!  What I am sure of is that Sumo is one sweet lady, and creative as all get out!  I’m so excited to have her as my guest today at The Southern Institute.  Please welcome, Sumo from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff! (Insert wild applause here)

Hello!

I’m Sumo, and I blog over at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

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Sumo's Sweet Stuff

I do a little bit of crafting, and a lot of sewing. With three little girls to sew for, I’ve always got plenty of projects to work on! Besides sewing and fabric shopping, I’m a big fan of historical fiction, diet coke, chips and salsa, and most treats.

I’m so excited to be visiting over here today!

The Peter Pan collar seems to be super trendy right now, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon by turning some plain shirts into something a bit cuter.

Here’s what you need to get started:

- t-shirt(s)
- iron on vinyl
- iron
- pen/pencil

- scissors

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Start off by taking a plain piece of paper (even tissue paper would be great since it’s a little bit see through) and trace the neckline of the shirt.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

You can probably find a template online somewhere for the collar part, which is totally great – but you do need to make sure your neckline will fit the shirt you have. Find the middle of the neckline. I just hand drew the collar part to the middle of the neckline next. I love the little scalloped edge!

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Cut out your template.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

If you’re like me and like to match your girlies, you might have to take time to draw a couple of other templates as well. I did three different variations for my three girls’ shirts.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Now take the template and trace it on to the back of the iron on vinyl. The iron on vinyl will have a clear sheet over the top of the side that will be displayed on the shirt. Flip the template and trace again so that you will have both sides of the collar.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Cut the templates out and make sure the curve of the neckline is going to work with the shirt before you start ironing.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Iron the templates on to the shirt, and peel up the clear backing.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

And you’re done! Can you believe how easy that was?

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

I made all three shirts for my girls in an hour; talk about productive!

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

I hope you enjoy making your own iron on vinyl shirts; there are so many fun things you can do with iron on vinyl!

Come visit me at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff anytime!

 

Thank you so much for being my guest today, Sumo!  These are just adorable and perfect for pairing with spring and summer dresses!

PEEPS Headband Tutorial.

With all of the PEEPS that I keep seeing around town I couldn’t help but make this cute little PEEPS headband for Abby.  It’s another simple project that takes absolutely no skill at all and hardly any time, and the result is just too cute.  Here is how to make your own PEEPS headband.

What You’ll Need:

  • yellow felt with adhesive backing
  • brown Tulip fabric paint with skinny applicator tip
  • cheap, skinny headband in a color of your choice
  • marker
  • scissors

Draw a PEEPS Bunny on a piece of white paper and cut it out.  I Googled “PEEPS Bunny” and found one to trace.

Lightly trace four bunnies onto your felt with a light colored marker.

Cut out the bunnies.

Use the brown fabric paint to apply three small dots of paint to two of the bunnies, for the eyes and the nose.  You will have two bunnies with faces and two without.

Peel the backing from one of the front bunny pieces and stick it to the outside of the headband.  Next, peel the backing from one of the back bunny pieces, carefully match it to the back of the front piece (sticky sides together) and press it on.  They will really stick together so be careful to get them straight the first time (don’t ask me how I know this).

Repeat that on the opposite side of the headband.

There you go!  A cute little headband to wear this spring!

The only things better than eating PEEPS is wearing them on your head, right?