Easy Easter Garland Banner

March 28, 2015




It's official. I have become a banner junkie.

It all started last February when I whipped up a Valentine Love Garland from leftover puzzle pieces. It was so pretty and looked so great in my kitchen that when I took it down, it felt like something was missing.

When this Valentine's Day came along, I was so excited to have a reason to adorn my hood again that I got very busy, very quickly. Since I wasn't looking for anything complicated or expensive, my Valentine Note Card Banner was the perfect fit.

Well last week, I finally took it down and once again, my kitchen looked a little empty, especially since the view outside my window still screams winter instead of spring. I decided to make another banner to add a pop of festive color!

I didn't want to spend any money or go shopping, so I looked in my craft bin to see what was lurking inside. Lucky me, I had a bunch of stuff to make a quick banner.

I started with the envelopes that were leftover from the Valentine Note Card Banner ~ nothing goes to waste around here. They are a great tan color, very burlap in tone.


Next, I grabbed some orange and green yarn from my stash and my glue gun. My glue gun is seriously my crafting best friend. 

I started by mocking up a yarn carrot. I snipped yarn in various sizes to create a triangle shape. When I was satisfied with my art, I grabbed the glue gun and made a carrot shape on my paper. Just make sure that when you start working with your envelope it is positioned so the flap opens on top, otherwise it will be hard to string up later.


Hot glue dries very quickly on paper, so I had to be pretty speedy when I dropped my pre-cut pieces of yarn in place.  Once completed, I realized that I wanted it to look a bit more three dimensional, so I added a few random stands on top in odd directions to give the carrot a more rounded appearance. When that was complete and I was satisfied, I added a few green strands to the top. 


I made three carrots to use in my banner.


Time to move on to the bunny!


I picked up the scissors and cut a bunny shape out of a 5 x 7 index card. I liked what I came up with, so I traced it on another card, as I needed two. It is a very basic shape. I included a photo of my cutout below, in case you would like to use it. Just enlarge it or shrink it to fit your envelope. 


I glued the bunnies to the envelopes and added a small yarn tail with hot glue ~ best friends, remember? 

Lastly, I glued each envelope shut around a long strand of orange ribbon. I added the yellow ribbon as an accent. I needed a bit more color to really make it pop. I didn't affix the yellow ribbon to anything. It is just lightly draped over the cards. 


That's it! The banner honestly took me about 20 minutes from conception to completion and now my kitchen is freshly adorned...again!


I absolutely love it. It was super easy to do, completely free as I shopped my own craft bin and super easy to construct! 

It's Exquisitely Unremarkable.

Can believe it's not red? 


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74 comments:

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    1. Thanks so much, Audra. You’re always so kind!

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    1. Thanks Su! It's simple, but I like this one, too!

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  3. Awww, so cute and easy! Looks lovely, Kim!

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  4. Absolutely adorable!!!! I re-used my doily Easter garland from last year, might have to steal this one for next year! :-)

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  5. Wow what a cute banner and so adorable with the bunnies and carrots! Thanks for sharing how to make one!

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    1. Thanks Julie! I am so ready for some spring! :)

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  6. That is just too cute. And great that you were able to shop your craft stash. I have gotten so lazy about decorating for the holidays. Some or all of my bunch will be home for the Easter weekend. You have inspired me to do some decorating.

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    1. I don't usually do much for Easter, but this winter has been so dreary, I needed a little pop! :)

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  7. Well, you were a whiz to make it so fast and it is just adorable!
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks Brenda! When it comes to crafts or decorating projects, I am not a patient girl. If it's not quick, it's not for me! ;)

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  8. I love your colourful spring banner, it looks so pretty there, and that is such an ingenious idea :) I love the bunnies and carrots....and love how you created the carrots (the glue gun is my crafty best friend too!)
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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    1. Gotta love that glue gun, Helen! Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  9. Kim,
    This is really cute. You are amazing with these banners. This one is really sweet love the carrots. Have a wonderful week end.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! They are so easy to do and pack a punch of color, which is needed since it’s still snowing here….ugh!! :)

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  10. Ah ... it's adorable. It'll help you stay happy until this awful "W" is gone.

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    1. Yes...I need the "W" to be gone! ;)

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  11. I loved the 'yarn' carrots. Very creative!

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    1. I’m into simple, Ronda and working with things I have on hand. This fit the bill! Thanks for peeking at my banner! :)

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  12. It's adorable! I think a lot of us will be copying!

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    1. Copying is the best compliment there is...thanks so much!! :)

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  13. You are so clever, Kim. You always make everything look so easy yet beautiful.
    I love this.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. You are very kind! :)

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  14. So cute! Such a great idea for Easter. :)

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    1. Thanks Jody. It was really easy and free! ;)

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  15. Cute! and fun. I can see using different banners throughout the year.

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    1. Thanks Mary. It is an easy way to decorate for sure.

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  16. What an adorable banner! Pinning!

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    1. Wow ~ thanks! I love getting pinned! ;)

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  17. Oh my how cute! Love the way you created the carrots!

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    1. Thanks Liz. That was a quick brainstorm as I was standing over my bucket of craft supplies! :)

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  18. That really is so cute. :) Thanks for sharing it. I love the look and the simplicity. ~ Pam

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    1. Thanks Pam. I like this one, too...very easy to do!

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  19. I love this! What a great idea for the carrots.

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    1. Thank you, Cari. I like the look of them, too.

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  20. Cutest banner ever! LOVE the carrots! Brilliant!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! They are so easy to whip up...just snip and glue.

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  21. Toooooooo cute!!!! I love the little bunnies, and the carrots are genius!
    Have a blessed week and Happy Easter!
    J

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    1. Genius, huh? I’ll take it ~ thanks, J! ;)

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  22. Love, love your banner! How pretty! Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks so much, Maria Elena! It was super simple to do!

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    1. Thank you, Amalia! I love that comment!! :)

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  24. Your banner is my favorite of all I've seen. It's so easy and completely adorable! I've pinned it, too. Easter blessings~
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

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    1. Wow, Kim. That is just so nice! I really appreciate the comment and I love getting pinned! ;)

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  25. Instant creativity is best! Love it when an idea pops and falls into place... and its great how you used things you had in your craft bin too! So fun! Your banners are kind of infectious, and maybe I'll talk myself into making one myself! :)

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    1. I’m glad you like it! I am all about easy and these banners seem to fit the bill! :)

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  26. That turned out really cute!

    I'm not even going to get into what happened when I tried to make a banner about 5 years ago or the hot glue gun issues I have :p

    xo

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    1. I'm a big glue gun mess, trust me, Rue...burned fingers and spider webs everywhere. We have a very dysfunctional relationship, but it gets the job done.

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  27. So cute and creative! :) I like this idea for crafting with the grands...just some elmer's glue and little yarn pieces...

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    1. It's super easy, Deb! Right up their alley! :)

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  28. Kim, you are the garland queen, really, no matter the season or holiday or occasion, you always come up with the most adorable ideas, which are quick and easy, too! Your cutie pie bunny and carrot garland banner is beautiful!

    Happy Easter, my friend!

    Poppy

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    1. Banners are so easy for me, Poppy. I don't know why, but they are easy for me to create, so I am sold!!

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  29. So cute! Those carrots are just too darling! Really adds a lot to your hood. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann! I'm going to have a hard time taking that one down!

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  30. How adorable!! I know Easter is over but I may have to try those carrots (not real ones, the ones you made). :-) I love those!!

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    1. Thank you, Benita! Those carrots were so easy to make, you could whip them up in a jiffy!

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  31. This is just too stinking' cute! Thanks for the how-to's!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Lisa! It's always great to get some feedback! :)

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  32. There you go again making something adorable out of practically nothing! I love how your brain works!

    Thanks for joining at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. :)

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    1. Thank you Stacey!! You just made me smile! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! I really like this one! :)

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  34. I knew the minute I saw "banner" in the title that it had to be yours, Kim.....you are the "Banner Queen" as opposed to the "Dancing Queen," or maybe you're that, too! Sorry, I just feel goofy -- too much radiation, maybe! Anyway, I truly adore that Easter Banner and that is the perfect spot to display one!

    Warm hugs,
    Carol

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    1. Haha! Carol you have made me smile! I love being called the Banner Queen…and in high school I was a ballerina and on my school’s dance team. We performed during football and basketball games. Of course, that was many, many years ago. I’m happy to just be crafting banners now. I’m sure my kids are pretty happy about that now, too!! ;)

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  35. I'm a banner junkie too! Love your carrots. You post was truly a joy to read and I hope that you will continue adding your ray of sunshine every week on Thoughts of Home on Thursdays.

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    1. Thanks Laura! It was fun to make!

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