Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sparkly Valentine Banner


When I showed you my Chalkboard Christmas Card Display last month you knew it would be appearing again, didn't you? If so, right you were! My new favorite item in my kitchen couldn't be neglected for long, especially when there is another sweet holiday around the corner. So I made this beautiful sparkly Valentine's day banner.

I started off with some creamy white burlap, a little flag template, and one of my favorite new tools, my Silhouette Cutting Machine, to make the stencil.
Before I had my Silhouette, I was a big fan of the pencil transfer method of getting letters and numbers onto my projects. But obviously that doesn't work for something like this, I am DREADFUL at doing such things free hand, and it is such a time (and sanity) saver to let the Silhouette cut out my stencils for me. I need all of the time and sanity that I can get, so purchasing this machine was a small price to pay! :)
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I picked out a basic font in the Silhouette Software, adjusted the size of the letters to fit my flags perfectly, and a few minutes later I had these great stencils! But you could easily cut these stencils out by hand or use any store bought letters to get the same effect.

I made sure to use a piece of card stock for my stencils that had a glossy finish so that it didn't get soggy in the middle of my stenciling. I soaked my foam brush in Elmer's glue, and stenciled the glue onto the burlap.

Keeping the stencil in place, I covered the glue in a small pile of fine red glitter, shook of the excess and set each flag aside to dry.
A few times I put on too thin of a layer of glue, but if you do this, don't worry!
I used a toothpick to apply a little more glue to the gap on the letter, added some more glitter...
and it was perfect!
Once you have a fun pile of sparkly lettered flags, hang a string and clip them on! I'm using mine on my chalkboard, but they would look gorgeous across a mantle, window, or just along the wall!
I was originally thinking that I would glue my flags to the string, but since Valentines Day is still almost a month away, I know I'll switch it up and rearrange it a bit in the meantime. More than likely I will add a few photos of my valentines in between the x's and o's.
Look how perfectly the letters came out thanks to my Silhouette stencil!
Sharp lines and fun little detailed fonts, with swoops and tails. Just what I like!
I put one of these Valentine banners in my Etsy shop, so click here if you'd like one just like this.

I'll be linking my banner to these fun parties, so swing by for some more fun Valentine's Day ideas!

And I'll be back on Monday as usual. Have a great week!

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Lelan @ Good Gravy! January 18, 2011 at 7:50 AM  

What a darling banner!!

Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

Perfect!!! I love your clean design!

Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 4:06 PM  

That is stinkin' cute!!

Unknown January 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM  

I love the simplicity! Now I just need a silhouette so i don't have to cut it out myself!

Mirinda January 18, 2011 at 10:25 PM  

I want one of these so badly!!! I am a follower of Lemon Tree :)

Melissa N. January 19, 2011 at 8:20 AM  

So cute....Thanks for showing us how easy this is.... peace!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} January 19, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

Too, too cute! I love the sparklies on the burlap. Fabulous!

junkgarden January 19, 2011 at 10:49 AM  

Super cute. I love the mix of glitter and burlap.

The Magill Family January 19, 2011 at 5:23 PM  

Would love to get my hands one of these! The possibilities are endless!! I just became a Lemon Tree follower and love all your creative ideas!

Unknown January 19, 2011 at 8:23 PM  

Love how yours turned out! Fun huh! I love my sparkly burlap "I'm Yours" banner. Great job! jen

FineArtPainting January 20, 2011 at 5:08 AM  

Great burlap banner. I typically use white copy paper for my banners, however, I have to say that I like the effect you created with simple red lettering.

Thank you so much for your tutorial and your contribution to our DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL linky party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com .

We love featuring great articles like yours and appreciate people following the party 'rules' and linking back to us so we can all share in the fun.

Look forward to seeing you again next week!


Patrice January 20, 2011 at 6:48 AM  

So simple and sweet. I love the glitter!

Unknown January 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

That is so stinkin' cute!!!!! I cannot put enough exclamations points with with, and I mean that:)


PS Newest follower:)

Tammy @ she wears flowers January 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

This is beautiful! Love the contrast of glitter with burlap.

Unknown January 21, 2011 at 8:55 AM  

I love this banner so much that I featured it today. You can grab my button if you would like:)


Sue January 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM  

LOVE both of your banners! Just darling:)

Jess (hellowifeonline.com) January 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM  

Such a cute idea for valentine's day! Thanks for posting!

Lori Deming January 21, 2011 at 2:43 PM  


Such a cute and inexpensive way to decorate for a party! I am in charge of a Valentine's Day party at my church and this will be so cute to make for it.


jacqueline January 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM  

Love it!!!! Can't wait to make one of my own.

Emily Kate January 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM  


TidyMom January 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

I LOVE this!!

I featured your post in the I'm Lovin' It wrap up post! http://tidymom.net/2011/great-valentines-day-ideas/ Thanks for linking up!

Valerie January 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

Mmmmm... sparkly! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jaime Costiglio January 25, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

burlap and glitter - meant for each other! So perfect I'm putting in my favorites for all holidays.

Renee January 25, 2011 at 8:24 AM  

Hi! Visiting from CSI Project. This is so sweet! I guess I'm going to have to get a silhouette one of these days!

Jennifer January 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM  

This is so cute! I need to get a silhouette, like yesterday! I love the different textures you used. Great job!!

Anonymous January 25, 2011 at 8:38 AM  

Lovely & whimsical - great job!

April January 25, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

So sweet! Those itty bitty clothes pins are too cute!

chris January 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

I love the contrast of glitter and burlap. Best part, you could change these out easily depending on your mood. :)

{Peppermint Plum} January 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM  

Ahh! This is SO CUTE! Love love love it. :)

-Annie @ {PeppermintPlum}

Candace January 26, 2011 at 3:00 PM  

I featured this lovely banner on my blog post today! Have a great day!


Lisa January 26, 2011 at 6:46 PM  

that's a fantastic banner!!! great job and thanks for sharing!!

Deanna February 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

SUPER cute! I love burlap and this is a great new way to use it! Thanks for sharing.

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