When I posted about my fireplace mantel here, it was decked out for Halloween. With Halloween over, it was time to transition to more of a harvest tone. I wanted to hang the fabric rag wreath I made here over my mantel, but I couldn't locate my brick clips. So what could I hang that would be light enough to hang without clips? How about a paper banner? We've been seeing them all over blogland and it was time I tried my hand at one. I wanted my banner to read "Give Thanks."
First I assembled my tools: paper, paper cutter, glue, ribbon, and diecut letters.
I wanted to maximize the number of triangles that I could get from 1 piece of paper. I cut 6 from each piece of paper by cutting each sheet in half horizontally, then cutting 3 triangles from each half. Here's some lines and measurements for a typical 8.5x11 sheet of paper.
After cutting out my triangles and popping out my diecuts, I glued the triangles together, partially offset, like this.
After assembling each of the triangles, I measured out how much ribbon I would need for the banners to hang from. I applied glue to the backside flap of the triangle.
I sandwiched the ribbon between the flap and the base triangle
and cut off the excess corners.
After completing the banners, I hung them over my mantel just draped over the bricks. The bricks are rough enough and the ribbon textured enough to grab the ribbon without any fasteners whatsoever.
I completed my mantel with mums & coneflowers from the garden and produce from the kitchen.