Yes, this is happening…don’t judge


Yup, just as promised, here is a basic project from my DIY Type review.  The premise for even doing the project was to make something for the holidays using only what I had on hand-which means there’s no glitter, no unusual materials and minimal prep. So, hang on-here we go and JSYK, as a side note, this is my first and possibly last craft tutorial on the blog….

After fully dismantling DIY Type-which was oddly satisfying and un-nerving at the same time (seemed a bit of a crime to ‘off’ a book)-I gathered up my supplies and pondered what to do. Simplicity and brevity-two things that work in writing, speaking and crafting (I made that up but it works) were the criteria. Did I mention that this will be basic-and, I should warn you that tutorials aren’t my thing so this will be perfectly imperfect and hopefully not too painful.

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The black paper I used is from the book itself-when I took it apart these pages were begging to live on so I obliged. I added brown craft paper and because the world didn’t implode when I took one book apart I decided to take another one apart as well.  I have plans for most of this new book but that’s for another time.  Here is a peek at the finished product and then I’ll show you the in betweens…

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Like I said-not too fancy but it will do!  If you are the listy type this next pic is for you.  Aside from trying to organize the process so I could post, I pretty much winged my way through the project-didn’t measure (didn’t even have a ruler, just used book pages) and didn’t know what I would end up with until I was finished 😉

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OK, here’s the nuts and bolts of the project-and it can’t get much easier than this!

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I settled on my word and outlined the letters in a white chalkboard pen and then embellished using the cool designs from the cover.  I used gold for the design but this would be cool in glitter or another color. Next, I decided how I was going to lay it all out and since I was now comfortable dismantling book I decided to attack the other one!  I threw the craft paper on the back to tie it all together.  Notice that they don’t even line up at the top? No biggie because all I did was sew them together and fold this over so you don’t see it anyway. One thing to remember is to leave a channel when you sew the sections together so that you can run the hanging string through. You can skip this step all together by using a hole punch and simply tying the pieces together-which would be cute but since I don’t have a hole punch on hand I didn’t use one…

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With this part done I thought it needed a little something else and decided to add some tassels to add some pizzazz (I think that’s a crafty word, right?)

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I wrapped the butchers twine about twelve times around my fingers-just until it looked like I would have a nice full little tassel. This takes me back to school big time!

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Next, I ran a piece of the twine through the top of the loop and tied it to secure the top of the tassel as well as serve as a way to tie the tassel to the banner.  I was going to say tie one on but trying to keep it classy…

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Taking another length of twine I tied it close to the top to make the head of the tassel.  The last step is to trim the bottom to the length you want for your finished tassel.

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There! One cute little tassel-I did two but feel free to add as many as you want!  In fact, I think an entire string of these would be pretty darn cute.  Now all that’s left to do is assemble the pieces and you have a banner…

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A little plain but I’m OK with that since we are keeping things pretty bare bones this year.  I will certainly use these stencils for more projects-think birthday banners and posters, other holiday fun and probably in some of my artwork like this oldie-

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Who knows, maybe I’ll even start to post craft projects more often!! Ummm, that would be a no. This was fun but I will leave it to the experts to do that but I still love this book and the potential for some fun stuff down the road!

As always, I was not paid for this project or the previous post-this was done as part of  Blogging for Books . I love all kinds of books and love sharing what I am up to. I have received no other compensation from any organization or person mentioned in this post.

And, I guess you can’t end a craft tutorial without adding ‘happy crafting’…yeah, sorry about that…

 

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