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So Thankful Book Banner

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I guest posted a few weeks ago at Homegrown + Healthy and I'm so excited to now share with you my "So Thankful" thanksgiving banner.   I've been wanting to do a craft with a book forever and this was a great opportunity.  

So head to your local thrift store, grab an old book and let's get started!



One. Tear out pages from your book.  (This was a hard step for me.  I felt like I owed the book to first read it before taking it apart.  I got a 400+ page book, so this just was not going to happen in an evening.)

Two. Using a pencil, sketch out your letters on each page.

Three. Pull out your old watercolor set from high school (Mine was a little dusty) and paint your letters.  I had fun with this part.  I forgot how many layers of color you can use with watercolor!

Four. Trace the book page onto some scrapbook paper.  I wanted the pattern of the paper to show just a little on the bottom, so I made the height just an 1.5" longer than the book page.  I also added a thin line of gold foil paint to the bottom of the scrapbook paper.


Five. Pull out your sewing machine and sew all the letters together in one nice long banner line!



Six. Hang your banner in a spot you will see often and remember all the ways your are "so thankful".



I added a green leaf that I cut out of spare scrapbook paper, to help separate the two words.




Now that you know how to make this easy Thankful Banner, what other sayings will you be using for your banner?

21 comments:

  1. Ahhh this is great! So excited to have found your blog :) I will definitely use this as inspiration for a Christmas banner over our new fireplace
    - V

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  2. This is GORGEOUS! Great job!

    If you're interested in linking it up, check out the Awesome Things blog hop!
    http://vlittlebirds.blogspot.com/2013/11/awesome-things-tuesday-blog-hop_12.html

    -V
    http://vlittlebirds.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for passing along your link party, Victoria. I linked up some of my projects yesterday! Happy Thursday.

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  3. What a great way to decorate for Thanksgiving! I would have to pick the longest book ever, like you, and never read it. I'd feel weird about tearing out pages of a book. But who knows, maybe you'd like it better, tear out the pages you especially like and hang them in your home.
    Thanks,
    Sami

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    1. Sami, Yes it was so hard to rip pages out of an old book… but it got easier as I went, ha. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oh! You managed to captured book pages and watercolor all in one banner! I love it:)

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  5. Such a sweet banner. Love the idea of doing one with watercolors. Visiting from @DearCreatives stop by sometime if you like. Theresa

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Theresa! I just started following you on Bloglovin'.

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  6. Beautiful!! Love, love, love it!
    - Lora @ Craftivity Designs

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  7. I love how this turned out. Great color choices. Thanks so much for linking up to The DIY'ers!

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  8. This is lovely! I have yet to make a "bookpage" craft...I think I might have a hard time pulling the book apart! I might take your suggestion and read it first!! Found you at the DIY'ers.

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    1. It's hard to take the first page out… but it gets easier. Haha.

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  9. Great idea. I love working with old books too.

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  10. Very cute! Charlie @pickledokra.blogspot.com

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  11. This is so cute! What a easy project to do with your kids. Great idea! I'm gonna pin this one to our talent board! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!!

    Shelly
    from MinettesMaze

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  12. Hey there Amy! I absolutely love this banner! It's very unique and I love that you stitched it; so adorable! Love the colors you used for the letters as well! I am definitely pinning this to my crafts board! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up to The PINcentive Blog Hop :o) Hope you are having a fantastic week and HAPPY Friday!

    croppedstories@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much, it was a ton of fun to make, too! Hope you have a good weekend, too.

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  13. This is so amazing and artistic and wonderful and I just love it, Amy!

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  14. I love the colors you picked! Bright blue and orange go so well together and I can't be sad when I look at them! I also love your use of book pages, I have some lying around from altering books and now I have some ideas of what to do with them!

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