It's almost fall and even though I have been fighting it, looks like it's showing up anyway. So I decided to whip up a super, super simple fall book page leaf banner to welcome the season. It's my attempt at "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em". Plus, I figure, if I'm going to be cold, I should at least have something pretty to look at.
I decorated my living room last week, but to be honest with you, the wood block HARVEST letters on my mantle belong in the basement family room. I needed to put them back there, but that left my mantle looking bare.
I have always liked the idea of those book page banners, so I decided to create my own to fill the void.
In addition to my computer and printer, these are the supplies I used. Since I had everything on hand, this craft was totally free.
I started by taking a picture of a book page. I grabbed Runaway Ralph off of my kids' shelf and snapped one shot. Then I went to my computer and started creating. I used PicMonkey, which is a free site. You can probably do this in any photo editing program.
I opened up the tab that said design and got to work. I chose a blank background and sized it to 5x7. Then I went to the overlays tab and I added my own photo, which was my book page picture. That became my new background.
Then, I scrolled down to the "leaves" tab, still in overlays, and chose a few leaves and placed them over the book print. I changed the colors of the leaves from black to red, orange and yellow. Next, I went to the text tab and added one letter on each page. Again, I changed the color of the letters, the font and I also sized them to fill my 5x7 space.
I printed them out on regular computer paper, you could use card stock if you want something a bit sturdier. I like the whimsical feel of the lighter paper...like leaves blowing in the wind.
I wanted to add some sparkle to my banner to brighten the darkness of the coming fall days. I painted on a thin coat of glitter.
I used a brush and went easy on my application, because I didn't want my pages to wrinkle too much or tear. The sparkle gel also deepened the color of the ink a bit which was a bonus.
I like drama in my decor.
Once dry, I cut the rectangles out. I used a straight scissor, because I wanted my banner pieces to look like they were pages torn straight out of a book. However, you could use a scalloped scissor, if you want to add a little more detail.
Now, I am a very visual girl and when I am designing something, I like to see what I am creating in the way it will be used. Naturally, a banner hangs. Constructing it on a flat table doesn't work. To facilitate this, I ran a string across my kitchen, from cabinet door to cabinet door and laid out my letters. I moved them around, saw what colors looked good against the others, etc.
Once satisfied with the the design, I simply taped the letters/ leaves on the twine.
I removed my HARVEST sign, put it in the basement, and hung up my new fall banner on the mantle.
It's very festive and very colorful. It was bright in this room when I took the photos so the book page detail fades away, but you get the idea.
In real life, the text stands out so well, I can actually read all about what Runaway Ralph is up to. I'm excited to get cozy...cuddled up with my new pillow, reading by the fire. Of course, I should probably get a book. That banner is only going to take me so far.
Now, I am ready to welcome fall.
Ok. Not really, but at least I look like I am.
Fake it till you make it!
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