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DIY Shower Decor Project: Fabric Tassel Banner

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To prepare for my brother-in-law and soon to be sister-in-law’s upcoming nuptials, Nick and I hosted a couples shower towards the end of summer. I love all the crafty projects that come along with hosting events, and the fabric tassel banner is one of my new favorites. See below for supplies and step by step instructions on how to make your own!

Tassle Banner Supplies

The supply list for this project is fairly short, which I love. All you need are a few different fabric patterns, scissors, twine or string, and something to use to hang it (tape, pins, etc.). I got a 1/4 yard of fabric for each fabric, except the burlap which I got a 1/2 a yard of. I ended up using burlap elsewhere for decor, so I estimate I used around a 1/4 of it for this project.

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When I host bridal showers, I always try to align with the wedding colors. Sarah and Dan had a neutral color palette for their wedding, so I went with neutral colors for their fabric tassels. Rather than getting larger quantities of 1 or 2 fabrics, I got small quantities of 5 different fabric patterns. I wanted somewhat of a color scale, going from light to dark, white to gray to brown. I chose subtle colors and patterns, which fit with the rest of the shower decor and their wedding decor.

Before I started making the tassels I cut each piece of fabric into four equals parts. I ended it up cutting the burlap into slightly smaller parts, and ended up with five. I wanted to start and end with the burlap, and I liked having an odd number mixed in with all the even number tassels. Because the burlap is so thick, you can easily cut less of it and get an equally full looking fabric tassel.

After I cut the fabric up, I laid out the patterns and planned out the sequence of them.

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Once I had the fabric ready to go, I began cutting them as if I were making fringe. First, I folded each piece of fabric in half. Next, I cut vertical strips, almost all the way to the fold line, but stopping about an inch before I hit it. DSC_2846

“Fringe” all your sections of fabric, then un-fold them and lay them flat.

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Next, starting from one edge of the fabric, start rolling the fabric. If you have a pattern, make sure the pattern ends up on the outside.

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After the fabric is rolled up, fold it in half, and tie the top with a piece of string or twine to hold it in place. Leave a loop at the top big enough to put string through it in order to hang it.

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Continue rolling, folding, tying off, and stringing your fabric tassels until they are all finished. As you thread them onto the twine or string, make sure you maintain the fabric sequence, if you planned one.

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If you want your fabric tassels spread out from one another when it is hung, use the excess string from tying off the loop of the tassel to tie the tassel to the string it is hung on. I placed about an inch of space between each of my fabric tassels. If you skip this step, you may have to make more tassels to create a full look. They tend to bunch together when the string is hung up.

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Here is another recent fabric tassel banner I made for a friend’s bridal shower. Rather than keeping it all neutral, I introduced a dark navy color to match her wedding colors. The fireplace was polished off with tea lights in mason jars and their initials, found for just a few dollars each at Hobby Lobby, painted gold.

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Hang your fabric tassel banner up and enjoy the fruits of your labor! I love the vintage feel it creates. I think it automatically gives any room a sense of festivity after it’s hung.

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DIY Shower Craft Project: Personalized Photo Banners

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It has been a summer of showers. Really, it has been a few years of showers, but I don’t mind because I love hosting them and having the opportunity to celebrate my nearest and dearest. Most recently, I threw a shower for my newest sister-in-law, a couples shower cook out. It was non-traditional, filled with grilled meats, yard games, and a lot of booze, one of the more fun showers I have hosted. Although it was non-traditional, I still wanted a shower feel with sweet decorations and personal touches. These photo banners are one of the many crafts I completed for the big day, find out how I did it below!

Photo Banner Supplies

In order to create the banner you have to pick up a few supplies:

  1. Either cut out a banner shape from cardboard or thick card stock or purchase a pre-made set from your local arts and crafts store. I opted for option B, it saved me time, and at 50% off, it only cost a few extra dollars.
  2. Scissors to cut out your pictures and trim the string.
  3. A paintbrush to use to apply Mod Podge
  4. Picture print outs. Since the photo banners were going to hang in doorways I printed enough to do them front and back. I highly recommend printing on heavier paper. I had issues with the standard printer paper bubbling and trying to rip when I painted them with Mod Podge.
  5. Mod Podge or some type of adhesive.
  6. String, twine, yarn, hemp, whatever look you likes best to string the banner sections together.

HOW TO:

Step one: First thing you have to do is pick up the supplies. All of these items can be found at your local arts and crafts store.

Step two: Print out your pictures. size them all to the backing size, mine were 5″x8″ and 4″x6.” As I mentioned above, I recommend using a heavier paper and a high quality printer if you have access to one. I used my standard printer and standard printer paper, and had a few issues come up. Despite some bubbled images, once hung, they looked great.
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Step three: Trace the banner shape onto the picture print out, and trim as needed. Typically, I recommend doing this on the back of the image, to prevent pencil marks showing up on the front, but with this project I needed to see if any part of their faces were caught in the triangle cut out. Erase visible pencil marks when you are finished.

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Step four: Lay the image on top of the banner section, and make sure everything lines up. Use a pencil, pen, or sharp tool to punch holes through the picture, and the banner piece if holes aren’t already punched. Since mine were pre-made, the holes were pre-punched.

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Step five: Coat the back of the picture with Mod Podge (or a type of adhesive) and press it to the banner backing. I chose to coat the front with Mod Podge to give it a more polished look. This picture shows first hand the bubbling I experienced with a few images. Be as gentle as you can when applying the Mod Podge. If a section does bubble, lightly press it down. It is better to leave it alone, once it dries, you couldn’t tell unless you were close up.

Step six: Allow all the pieces to dry.

Step seven: Add string to connect all the sections together, leave extra on either side to hang them up.

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Tie your completed banners up, use tape to tack them to walls, or place the ends under heavy objects. I completed four in total, and hung them in the doorways of my front and back door as well as the opening between my kitchen, living room, and dining room. Every banner was double sided, allowing me to include a wide range of pictures of the couple, from formal engagement pictures to Instagram snapshots.

This project didn’t take longer than an hour and it added a personal touch to the shower.

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Personalized Banner

This is such a quick, easy project and a great way to decorate for a bridal or baby shower! I was inspired by a cloth banner a friend of mine made for another shower. Unfortunately the sewing needle on my sewing machine recently broke, so I decided to make it out of paper. It only took me an hour and a half to make this, and it was so easy I ended up making another one for another shower I hosted.

All you need in order to make this is a spool of ribbon, patterned and solid colored paper, a hot glue gun, glue sticks, and rubber cement. I cut out a triangle template, then traced it on the paper I wanted to use for the base. The template I used is 7 1/2 inches long (both sides are 7 1/2 inches) and it is 7 inches across the top. The template I used for the letters is 6 inches long on both sides, 6 inches across the top.

                   

I also used a triangle template to help me determine the size the letters needed to be. This template is slightly smaller than the base to allow space for the ribbon to be attached. This allowed me to make sure the letters would fit on the base perfectly. After I drew the letter, I cut it out, then glued it to a contrasting color to help it stand out. I then cut the letter out again, leaving a little bit of the other color showing behind the letter cut out.

Before gluing the letters to the base I attached the ribbon. I spread the triangles on the table, making sure they were evenly spaced. I taped the end of the ribbon to the table to allow me to pull it tight across the triangles. I hot glued the ribbon to the front of the triangles, I lined the ribbon up so that it was touching the top edge of the triangle, and allowed extra on both ends to hang it up.

After I hot glued the ribbon I used rubber cement to glue the letters to the triangle bases. I love this project, it’s cheap, quick, easy, and so personal!

This is a banner I made for a bridal shower. If you are a bride it is also an easy way to decorate for you wedding/reception!