Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pretty Spring Garland and Banner

I'm itching for spring.  How about you?  To hasten the season, I decided to create a couple of lovely spring decor items, namely a butterfly garland and a banner.  I used some pretty papers I found at Scrapdoodles (the most awesomest scrapbook store!).  The papers are double-sided  from We R Memory Keepers.  The line is called "Cotton Tail" and features an adorable bunny on the coordinating border sheet and stickers.  You can see the whole line here on their website, or just go to Scrapdoodles and get some :)
For my butterfly garland, I chose a butterfly cut from the Cricut Sentimentals cartridge and cut out several, all the same size, from the various papers.  It was really easy to put together.  I used some twine, some irridescent pony beads (which I looped to hold in place) and some glue dots.  The twine is sandwiched between two butterflies.  I then folded out the wings of the butterflies.  The photos do not do this garland justice as it takes on a life of its own with any gentle breeze.  The butterflies twirl and the beads sparkle.  I thought they also looked pretty cute piled up in one of my sun-purpled glass plates.

I used the same line to create this easy spring banner.  The base is a cut from Cricut's Something to Celebrate cartridge.  I cut slits in the tops and wove my ribbon through to link all the pieces.  I think the brown kraft paper really allows the patterns to shine.  My letters are the font from the Sophisticated cartridge.  The flowers, about 24 total, are from Walk in My Garden.  These were really easy to do, too.  After cutting the flowers I just used my hands to crinkle and fold them in to give them shape.  I simply used hot glue to attach them to the base and then added a sparkly gem in the middle of each flower.
Since I had several butterflies left over from the garland project, I added a few onto the banner, adorning them with more crystals.  Then, I added a few extra sparkly brads to complete the project.  It's adorable!

Hope you're able to craft some spring around you!

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