Candy Cane Lane Banner

candy cane lane banner

I’m excited to share my first project using the silhouette machine. Although I forgot to take pictures of my actual machine in action (oops!).

This project is pretty basic, but for me it was a fun one. With all of the paper crafting tools at my fingertips, it was fun to not be limited by size. So the first thing I wanted to make was a banner with BIG letters. I have a thing for banners
…for every holiday. Arbor Day?! You betcha! :)

I love candy cane strips with pink. If fact I’m crazy for it this year. Just the other day at Macy’s I saw a big Christmas sign with pink in it and I loved it. I would love to do a whole dessert table for Christmas in these colors.

So here is the HOW-TO:

To start I used candy cane striped wrapping paper that I found at Target for $5. I had to search for this, you think something so basic would be easy to find. Because the wrapping paper is so thin, you have to glue it down to cardstock before cutting out the letters with the silhouette machine.

I then cut out white cardstock letters in a larger font, glued them together and glittered the heck out of them. I am all about the glitter this time of year. :)

Next up: lots of mini clothes pins. I found a bunch at Hobby Lobby (YAY – we have Hobby Lobby now!) I then took them all a part and painted them pink(!) DecoArt makes a darling Bubblegum Pink.
Then I once again glittered the heck out of them (YAY glitter!)

Once back assembled again, I used this little holly & berries cutting die from Lifestyle Crafts to make a bunch of hollyberries. After I inked up the edges a bit with brown ink (why is it that all paper looks a bit better with an inked up edge?), I glued them onto the mini clothes pins.

With a bit of red & white baker’s twine…there you have it!  A fun and festive banner to go high up on our wall to welcome the Christmas cards that I will hang up below. Aren’t Christmas cards the best?! Probably one of my most favorite things this time of year.

*Thank you DecoArt for keeping me stocked up on all my bubble gum pink, chalk-chalky-chalkboard paint needs.


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