Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Autumn Leaf Paper Banner

Middle of the week already!!  Goes time flies when you work full-time and raise 3 kids!

Tonight my daughter Afton and I fit in some crafting time in between homework and piano-practise time.  I had made these darling little paper pumpkins with my kindergarten class in the past and I knew they'd be a cute thing to make together with only the simplest supplies needed!
Craftin' Afton did most of the work - I just told her where to put the glue!

After bed time, I did some of my own paper crafting, too.....

I recently bought this Cricut cartridge - and let me tell you - it gets used A LOT!!  You might remember my Welcome Back Pennants that I made for school - everyday I get compliments on them.  
But I was yet to make something to hang in my home, so tonight was the night...

Using the cartridge and my Cricut, I cut out the very detailed leaf pennants in a pale green colour and the matching scalloped border in cream.  These two shades work perfectly in my dining room where I am using a softer pastel palette in autumn decor this year. 

Once a placed the layers together I felt that there needed to be more contrast between the colours so I used my scrapbooking ink to age the edges.  

In keeping with the aged look, I hung my seven pennants across a string of twine.  

To add a little more interest I dug out my antique button collection and applied a few to either side of each pennant.  

What a simple project but it adds a little "something" to my dining room window.  

I can hardly wait to get to work on a Halloween banner - perhaps with spiders and their lacey webs.  And  I bet Craftin' Afton will join in on that fun, too.   
Heck - I bet her brothers would be into it, too - after all, it does involves SPIDERS!!! 


  1. You did that with a cricket?? I didn't even know you could do such gorgeous things on them! That is beautiful! I also loved the pumpkins, I'm so glad I found your blog! ~Tammy

  2. I love this! I'm hoping Santa brings me a Cricut or Silhouette this year so I can do things like this. :) Thanks for linking up!

  3. I love the banner!! You can't go wrong with green and the buttons are the perfect touch!! Thanks for sharing and so nice to meet you via the blog world!!


  4. I do love those paper pumpkins and the paper leaf banner is very effective.

    Nina x

  5. I love it! I was thinking about getting one but I need to look more into it. I want to know all it can do before I purchase it. Aww, your daughter is cute holding her little pumpkins.

    I'd live it if you'd add this link to my blog hop. If your interested swing by!


  6. I love the look of this banner. Usually I just go to the craft store and buy different decorative garlands to match the season. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi Bronwyn. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. I adore the paper pumpkins you made with your daughter. My daughter is 5 and I think she would love this activity, I will try it out with her. I also loved your "alternative" autumn porch with blues and yellows, very attractive.

    Gillian x

    ps. My kids haven't pulled my felt garland down...yet. There is still time though!

  8. I think that is the prettiest detail I have seen on a banner! I agree that there just aren't enough hours in the day. Thanks for stopping by and yes we must be in neighbouring towns.

  9. Lovely banner! Glad to see that you're getting more use out of your Cricket. Have you heard about the new Silhouette Portrait? Your daughter's paper pumpkins are so cute (but you know how I feel about paper pumpkins!)

  10. Very pretty! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  11. wow! i can't believe how intricate those are! so gorgeous! thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!


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