It’s Sarah here from Edea Smith. As the weather here in England has suddenly turned and Autumn is well and truly here (its raining badly as I type this) I have been forced indoors, dug out my winter cardigans, turned on the heating and found myself crafting more than ever… what else is a girl to do, right? 🙂 DIY Rag Banner.
If you want a craft that is quick – check! easy – check! cute – check! and takes just three items to make – check! then this is the one for you. As a Mommy to two girls (1.5yr and 3.5yr) our house is no stranger to the color pink. The girls love it (and so do I – shush!) so when I found some spare scrap material from our Playhouse I knew exactly what to do. I hate to throw away old material, so rather than send the pretty pink print to the rubbish pile a plan was formed. I gathered up a few supplies from our local craft store and off I went.
DIY Rag Banner
WHAT YOU NEED
MATERIAL – you can make your banner as long (or short) as you wish. The more material the bigger the banner. I used three different materials for my banner and alternated them, one was used in our children’s Playhouse and the other two came from a local craft store. Each strip is about 20″ in length and around 2″ in width. You can tailor these to your particular needs. They do not need to be exact.
RIBBON – cut the length of ribbon however long you wish your banner to be. I left a few inches at the end for hanging.
SCISSORS – snip snip
WHAT TO DO
> Cut long thin strips of your material (mine are around 2″ width, 20″ length) Make sure you have roughly the same amount of each design.
> I found it easier to tie my ribbon between two points (in my case, two door handles) it made it much easier to attach the material
> Working from left to right tie your material around the ribbon. I looped my material in the center, held the two ends together, wrapped the two ends over the ribbon and fed them through the loop – which tied them to the ribbon. By pulling the two ends tightly the material was secured.
> Follow this for all the material, you can alternate or not. Its entirely up to you 🙂
> Stand back and admire your work.
I snapped a few pictures of this neat little banner hanging in our Playroom whilst the girls were busy elsewhere with Daddy. He is due back soon to hang it in a more permanent location (well out of way of the children) above the book shelves i’m thinking. As always, safety first.
OTHER RAG BANNER IDEAS
> Orange & Black for a Halloween theme
> Red, Brown & Gold tones for an Autumn/Fall theme
> Green & Red for Christmas theme
Till next time 🙂
Sarah @ EDEA Smith