I love Valentines Day and I love banners, so why not mix the two and come up with something really fabulous?! I made this banner in about an hour and I've got some tips so you can do the same.
First, I cut the hearts on my Silhouette Cameo. The hearts were part of this file (on sale right now!), where I ungrouped the shapes, deleted everything but the large heart, then resized it to just over 3 inches. I cut four of these from vellum, then four from patterned paper. If you don't have a Cameo or other die cutting machine, cutting the hearts by hand can really be just as fast. You can either cut one and trace it several times like a stencil, or just cut them all individually- each one slightly different makes a fun and unique banner!
Resizing file and cutting hearts: 10 minutes
Next, I gathered supplies. This is the most fun part! Just go through your supplies, pull out anything Valentine related- red, pink, hearts, ribbon, lace, doilies, flowers- you name it! When starting a project, whether it be a craft project or scrapbook layout, I like to gather up the supplies that coordinate with what I'm doing- whether I use them or not is another thing, but I find that if I have them all together it helps me see what I have, which is easier than digging through drawers looking for things as I am working. This way is a time-saver for me and also I don't get to the end of the project and think "oh, I should have used xxx, but I forgot I had it!" I put my supplies in a basket, then took it over to my table to get to work.
Supply gathering: 10 minutes
Once I was ready to get to work, I punched holes at the top of both sides of my hearts, then layered the vellum over the patterned paper. I then laid all four hearts out in a row and started to decide how I wanted my banner to look. I decided to make small layered areas of embellishments on the bottom right side of every heart. I laid it all out first, not adhering anything until I was completely sure that's where I wanted it. I had fun layering buttons, die cuts, cabochon flowers and some flair. If you're crafting with your kids, give everyone a heart or two to be in charge of- a banner the whole family has contributed to is always fun! I did not adhere the paper and vellum together, but instead left them as separate, but layered, pieces.
Designing the hearts: 30 minutes
The last step is to decide how you're going to hang the banner and hold it all together. I first decided on baker's twine, as you can see in my picture with the gathered products, but then decided on some pretty Snug Hug seam binding I got from Paper Issues. It is pretty and can be a bit ruffly, so it adds the perfect amount of pretty and shabby chic Valentine vibe! I used about 5 inches of pink binding between each heart and attached them by tying small knots at the back of each heart. I had more red binding than pink, so I used longer pieces of that on either side of the banner to hang it with- the length will just depend on how long you need to hang it.
Stringing banner together: 10 minutes
So there is your one hour Valentine banner! All the little bits and pieces and layers make these really fun to make- each heart is like a little art piece all it's own. If you make a banner, I'd love to see it- leave a link in the comments!
paper, vellum and die cuts: Crate Paper
Buttons: Fancy Pants, Jenni Bowlin
Cabochon flowers: Studio Calico
Flair: Hello Forever (SC kit)
Seam Binding: Snug Hug from Paper Issues