Annabelle Banner

This is another one of those UFOs found while cleaning last week. It’s a name banner that I’d hoped to use as decoration for my youngest daughter’s first birthday, but I lost steam when I found my white school glue was warping my paper and pressing between books wasn’t helping.

Thankfully now, a year later, I’m seeing it with new eyes. Why didn’t I use something like, oh, spray-on adhesive? Or even simpler, glue dots? Yes, glue dots were the answer! So that’s how I finished it.

I’ve seen these types of banners/pennants/garlands/whatever-you-want-to-call-them all over party planning blogs, Etsy, etc. Loved them, didn’t want to fork over the cash for them, so I started out to make one myself. I don’t have any fancy punches or cutters, I did the circles the old fashioned way. I used a bowl from my kitchen to trace circles onto scrapbook paper, then I cut them out using scalloped shears.

The letters are from Martha Stewart, they came precut in bags and I found them on a clearance end cap at W*lmart. Stuck the first few on with glue, that was a no, so this morning stuck the rest of the letters on with glue dots, this was a yes! Punched holes in the tops of the circles, strung them with white satin ribbon and I’m done!

My youngest daughter has her 2nd birthday coming up next week, I’m not sure I’ll use the banner for that occasion or not, so I went ahead and hung it over her bed this morning. She Ooohs and Aaahs when she sees it, I think it’s a WIN!

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