Make This: Christmas Banner

christmas banner

I made this banner originally for a Christmas card photo shoot. But it makes a nice decoration piece for your home, too. It is really easy to make, the only thing that took a little time was hand stitching the triangles to the cord. Had I glued them it would have been much faster and I could have done it in one afternoon. I am not much of a seamstress and not a super crafty person. So if I can make this, so can you. IMG_8457 IMG_8458 IMG_8460 IMG_8464 IMG_8467

Here is what I used: a roll of Jute twine (got it real cheap at Hobby Lobby). A yard of muslin for the letters and a fat quarter of red material to separate the words. I cut the triangles free hand, but Hobby Lobby sells packets of them if you need a template.


I bought a red fabric marker and wrote the letters on the triangles. Make sure you have an old magazine under your muslin when you write on it with the marker. The marker will bleed through the material and stain whatever is under it.


I used the blanket stitch to sew the triangles onto the twine. I thought it would look classy. But gluing them with fabric glue would have been faster and easier. IMG_8169 IMG_8172Here is what I would do differently next time. I would not leave any spaces between the letters. The banner is quite long and this would shorten it considerably.

Materials needed:

Jute twine

1 yard of muslin

1 fat quarter of red material

1 fabric marker

red thread or fabric glue

fabric scissors


rotary cutter

cutting mat

If you just buy the essentials I would estimate this project to cost less than $15.

Happy crafting,



Make This: Christmas Banner

Making Coasters

Here is a fun activity for a rainy day, or for us New Mexicans, a hot summer day.

My kids love making these bead designs.

We bought the tub with about 6,000 beads and several shades at Target or Walmart for under $10.


The funnest part is making the designs. I recommend it for ages 4 and up.

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Once the designs are finished you iron them. It’s best to have a sheet of parchment paper between the iron and the shape. Once the shape is fused together you take the bottom off and let it cool.


If you have missed a spot you can iron the beads again.IMG_6106 IMG_6110

And voila, there are your coasters.

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This can be done in as little as one hour, but it can also take longer if you like. You don’t have to iron the shapes. You can just do the shapes to make fun designs and then put them back for another time. It is a great way to keep little hands busy and encourage play with geometric designs.

Pretty easy, and not messy, except for when the tub of beads gets spilled. 🙂

Have a crafty day,



Making Coasters

What to do with Vacation Mementos

As I mentioned yesterday I am in serious vacation mode. I’m a sucker for foreign train ticket stubs, park entrance tickets, etc. Really anything they hand to me, I have a hard time letting go of. Maybe some of you are like that, too. In that case  the ideas above might be useful to you. I used to be an avid scrapbook-er, so the first  ones appeal to me. However over time, as I got more and more behind, I switched to going all digital . Now, if I want to remember special visits with my kids and their cousins I use Shutterfly to lay out my book, and get it printed. The last one is a book I made for my nephew after he visited us 5 years ago.

Who knows, when I come back from Germany with a gazillion train tickets I might ask my crafty 11 year old to make me cute book like the one pictured on the very top.

How about you, what do you with your vacation memories? Do you fill a jar with sand to remember a certain beach? Or do you fill shadow boxes with European pub coasters? I’d love to hear.

What to do with Vacation Mementos

Crafty Ideas

My 11 year old Esther loves crafts. Dear friends of mine have taught her crocheting, and beading. She spends a few hours getting instructions, and then she takes off creating all kinds of fantastic scarves, doll clothes, and coasters. To keep her busy and occupied with new ideas I have started a board on Pinterest where I pin all things crafty for her.

Here are some of my pins. You might find you have some extra time this summer to create new things.

For the T-shirt: Use foil underneath, draw with bleach pen, wait 30 minutes then wash. Oh the possibilities!

For the foot print: 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup (give or take) water. Knead until dough forms. Make impression. Bake at 200 for 3 hours.

The washcloth is just a simple crocheting project, but so pretty. This might give you a head-start on Christmas or the next baby shower. You can find the tutorial here.

You can find the playdoh recipe and tutorial here.

Happy crafting!

Crafty Ideas