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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

diy christmas bunting

The Christmas art continues, and today's project was extremely easy! It only took me about 15 minutes from start to finish to make this cute Joy bunting for the old window in our kitchen area.
All you need for this project is material (I used a cheap linen fabric that I get from Michaels for $2.40/yd after a coupon, so I only used a few pennies worth here), twine, paint, pen and paper. Start by cutting out each piece of your bunting.  Mine are about 6" x 5", folded over (so actually 12" x 5"), but you can make yours whatever size you want. 

This step is optional, but if you have some stitch witchery lying around, you can create a space for the twine to go through each piece, and they won't fall off.  I did this just because I had it in the craft closet.
 Then, I found the font "Christmas/Flakes" to use for my letters.  You can either print out the word in the size you want, or you can simply trace the letters onto a piece of paper like I do, because my printer doesn't currently have ink.  The font actually has cute little snowflakes in it, but I left those out for this.
Then, I simply cut out each letter to create stencils, and then taped them to each piece to begin painting.
For my color, I mixed two acrylic paints: black and crimson.
I love this red.  It is absolutely the perfect "Christmas Red" in my mind! 
 Using my fingers to press down the sides of the stencil and keeping it close to the fabric, I simply painted inside with a teeny brush.
 I often leave bridges on letters like "o", so I had to touch up a bit.
 But with such tiny touch ups, it comes out pretty perfect!
 A few minutes later, my letters were all done!
 I pushed twine through each of these, and I was all done! This tiny, simple project gave this window just enough decoration to be just perfect! You could do this same project in any space, with any word (Peace, Love, Merry Christmas, Noel, etc)! On your mantel, on a real window, over a picture frame, the possibilities are endless!
Another project is done, and the house is almost finished! You can check out some of my other
Christmas diy projects here:

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