Last night, I cleaned out my art cabinet and came across a bag of red and pink puzzle pieces leftover from my preschool teaching days. I didn't want to throw them away and it is almost Valentine's Day, so....can you stand just one more craft made from stray puzzle pieces?
I really like this one, it is very festive and RED ~ my favorite decorating color! Of course, you could whip this sweet banner up for a wedding and use whatever colors coordinate with the bride's chosen palette. It is very simple to make, although a bit different from the method I have used in the past.
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I already had painted pieces on hand, so I was able to skip this step. If you do not, just grab an old puzzle or pick one up and start painting the pieces with regular craft paint, in red and pink.
I printed out my letters in Times New Roman and changed the font size to 450. Then I mapped out my puzzle pieces on the letters to make sure I liked the look.
Generally, I glue my pieces to a cardboard shape. However, this time, I wanted the garland to appear airy and light, so I just hot glued the pieces to one another, without a backing. In order to make sure that they did not stick to the paper, I slipped a piece of wax paper over my template so the glue would peel away much easier if stuck.
I gave my finished word a quick coat of decoupage gel when assembled.
While I was waiting for the letters to dry, I grabbed a spool of red thread and some buttons I had leftover from my Christmas Yarn Tree project and started threading. I added the buttons to a doubled up line in no particular order. I simply looped each button, without knotting them on the string until I was happy with the look.
Lastly, I glued my letters to a few buttons on the garland and hung it up with two tacks.
Love banner or garland for your home or event.
I know that I am very partial to red and while I don't generally decorate for Valentine's Day, I'm really happy with the way this one turned out!
Clearly, I have a problem.
I guess it's true what they say, you can take the girl out of the classroom, but...well, you know! ;-)
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