Simple Halloween Bunting

Simple Halloween Bunting

I was provided free product from Cricut for this post, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

Over the weekend I actually had a few moments to myself in between caring for a sick toddler and a teething baby to work on a simple and fun Halloween bunting for our stairway.  Halloween decor is kind of at a minimum in our house, as most of my seasonal decorations for this time of year are more pumpkin and Fall as opposed to witches and bats.  But after getting to try out Cricut’s new Monster Bash cartridge, I was inspired to create a Halloween bunting that definitely fits in with the rest of our current decor.

Simple #Halloween #Bunting using #Cricut's Monster Bash and a few spools of orange & black ribbon and twine via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Simple Halloween Bunting

orange, black, & white cardstock

jute twine

ribbon and baker’s twine

glue stick

Cricut Mini

Monster Bash cartridge {available through Cricut Craft Room Software}

Simple #Halloween #Bunting using #Cricut's Monster Bash and a few spools of orange & black ribbon and twine via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

To get started, I cut several images from Monster Bash using plain old white cardstock.

Simple #Halloween #Bunting using #Cricut's Monster Bash and a few spools of orange & black ribbon and twine via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

I also browsed the image catalog and found the perfect pennant flags to cut in orange and black cardstock.  Once all of my cuts were made {which took no time at all}, I gathered the rest of the supplies and got to work on assembling the bunting.

Simple #Halloween #Bunting using #Cricut's Monster Bash and a few spools of orange & black ribbon and twine via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

I began attaching the Monster Bash cut outs with a few dabs of glue on the outer circle of each one.  Easy peasy!

Simple #Halloween #Bunting using #Cricut's Monster Bash and a few spools of orange & black ribbon and twine via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Once the cut outs were attached the pennants, I tied each one onto a long string of jute twine using different combinations of black ribbon, orange ribbon, and orange & white baker’s twine.  There wasn’t really any method to the order.

Simple #Halloween #Bunting using #Cricut's Monster Bash and a few spools of orange & black ribbon and twine via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

And now we’ve got a simple Halloween bunting, perfect for our staircase to make our days leading up to Halloween a little spookier!

Simple #Halloween #Bunting using #Cricut's Monster Bash and a few spools of orange & black ribbon and twine via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

Want to check out Cricut and all of their great products for yourself?  Click the Cricut ad in my sidebar to start shopping!

For a limited time, Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Readers can purchase the Monster Bash cartridge for $24.99 and receive Chic and Scary for FREE!  Plus, if you’re not the proud owner of your very own Cricut Mini, go ahead and take the plunge for only $99 and they’ll throw in their latest card cartridge, Simple Holiday Cards for FREE!

Happy Halloween!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{CHQ Blog Hop #11 & Talking Twine & Trim Giveaway}

{CHQ Blog Hop #11 & Talking Twine & Trim Giveaway}

 It’s that time of the week again – Tuesday!  Time for another CHQ Blog Hop.  I can’t believe this is our 11th week together!  How fast time flies.  We have grown very quick, but would love to meet even more friends, so please, invite all of your blogging buddies to come out and join us.  It’s a great chance to network!

This week, we have a sponsor from one of my favorite Etsy stores – Talking Twine & Trim.  Jodi has the best goodies at her store – baker’s twine (which is where I get mine that I use at all of my parties), seam binding (in gorgeous colors), paper straws and treat bags, and more!  She is so nice too and will set up a listing with exactly what you need.  

The awesome selection of twine colours at Talking Twine & Trim
Today, Jodi is offering one lucky winner a party package from her store.  The goodies include 1 dozen purple treat bags, 5 yards of olive and purple seam binding, 1 dozen paper straws, and a spool of charcoal colored bakers twine (each spool is 240 yards!).  Although the colors are flexible, isn’t this the perfect package for a Halloween party?




To enter, use the rafflecopter box below.  Good luck – this is one giveaway I really wish I could enter!  And thank you so much to Jodi for allowing us to share this great package with you – please drop by and visit her at her Esty store or on Facebook!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Our blog hop has become popular very quickly, and we have decided to take sponsors. What does that mean? It means we will be hosting an awesome giveaway every week, which you, our loyal bloghoppers, will have a chance to win. If you are interested in sponsoring a week by donating an item for giveaway, please feel free to contact either of us, mentioning your idea for a giveaway. List any info (such as websites and contact info) that you feel is important for us to know. Then, in addition to sponsoring, you will also be given the opportunity to co-host, should you desire.

 Let’s get on to the partying, shall we? Remember, please follow your hosts, and pretty please share our button via your blog, facebook, pinterest or twitter. The more exposure the party gets, the more exposure you get. Plus, you get to meet even more amazing new friends, and that’s truly what it’s all about!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Burlap Fall Banner & Mantel Reveal}

{Burlap Fall Banner & Mantel Reveal}

As mentioned before, burlap is the bomb!  I used it to make a banner for my son’s first birthday party, as a background for my Menu Planner Board, and most recently in my Ruffled Burlap Wreath for the Fall.

I knew I wanted to incorporate it into a fresh new banner for a Fall mantel I had in mind.  To make the banner you’ll need…

Burlap Fall Banner

4 pieces of burlap cut to the same size for F A L L

2 pieces of burlap cut to the same size for Fall embellishments

jute twine

Fall embellishments (leaves, a Fall stem, etc…)

black sharpie

glue gun/hot glue

surface to place under the burlap when you write

Now, if I had a fancy shmancy Silhouette I could have made a super cute banner, maybe using vinyl and some chalkboard paper, but me + Silhouette = no go (for now).  Luckily I’ve got some really nice, teacher handwriting.

I honestly just free-handed the letters, trying to make them look as centered and as even as possible.  I think I did a pretty good job considering.

For the end pieces, I hot glued a couple of leaves that I had in my Fall storage bin and a little wooden pumpkin to each piece of burlap.  I also pulled out a few strands of burlap on each piece, so they’d look a little tattered.

To attach the banner pieces to the jute twine, I didn’t do any measuring.  Who needs that extra step anyway?

I simply laid out the banner in front of my mantel, spaced things out how I felt I wanted them, and hot glued each burlap piece to the twine.  I wrapped the top of the burlap a bit so that it stuck well.

Once I had the banner hung (I just wrapped each end around the item on the mantel that was the furthest on each side), I then added leaves and pieces of a Fall floral stem where I thought it looked good.

Soon I had this beautiful

Burlap Fall Banner & Mantel

I LOVE the simplicity of it.

Those birds were actually from hubby’s grandparent’s house.  We get tons of compliments on them all the time.  I think they’re pretty cool!

I also added my jute twine wrapped beer bottles with some Fall stems I found in my storage bin, a $1.50 grapevine pumpkin from Target that I fancied up with an orange ribbon, our wine cork collection {we’ve been collecting for four years now}, and a vase filled with wine corks and a few Fall stems as well.  In fact, the only item I actually bought was the little grapevine pumpkin from Target.  So this mantel was totally refreshed by only spending $1.50…SCORE!

Are you on the burlap train with me?  Or are you over it?

What have you done with your mantel this Fall season?

Leave a comment or two, I’d love to hear your ideas!

I’ll be partying here all week!

Show & Tell Wednesday @ SNAP!


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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{monthly birthday banner}

It’s been so fun reliving my little guy’s birthday this week!  I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the tutorials so far.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite projects from the party, Jackson’s {Monthly Photo Banner}.

To make the banner you’ll need:

your favorite photo from each month from the past year (4 x 6)

colored cardstock

white cardstock

chip board numbers

jute twine

corner punches

2 inch circle punch

mini clothespins

To get started, I had to choose my favorite photo from each month of the past year (that was DIFFICULT)!  I took so many pictures that it was very hard to choose just one from each month.  He’s just so darn cute ;)

After I chose my pictures, I did some slight photo editing in PicMonkey (fantastic resource if you haven’t tried it yet) and sent them to Wal Mart for one hour photo printing.  I was excited to discover that I had 25 free 4 x 6 prints waiting for me in my online account.  I guess when I ordered his birthday invitations from there I qualified for a coupon!  Thank you Wal Mart!

I decided to use a rounded corner punch on each of the photos to soften them up a bit.

I then used my circle punch to cut 12 white circles and attached a black chip board sticker to each for every month.

Since my photos were 4 x 6, I trimmed my red and blue cardstock down to 5 x 7 sheets and used a decorative punch on each of the corners.  Soon I was ready to assemble the banner.  All I did was cut a piece of jute twine and attached each photo with a mini clothespin.

Seriously, how cute is that little smile?!

I loved that nothing was too permanent as far as the banner went.  I had the ability to adjust the distance between each photo after I hung it up since I didn’t use glue or anything!

I received a lot of compliments on the banner at the party.  I think the guests liked to see just how much Jackson has changed in his first year!  It’s kind of unbelievable when you think about it!

After the party, I took the banner apart and intend to put each photo in his baby book!

Check back each day this week for tutorials/recipes on:

autographed baseball “guest book”

burlap & twine name banner

monthly banner

handmade star topiary

cupcakes and firecracker cookies

Enjoy!

Please leave a comment, I love to hear from my readers!

I’ll be linking up to these fabulous parties!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{round one: one crafty contest}

{round one: one crafty contest}

If you follow me on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve noticed all of my pleas for votes in the One Crafty Contest that Amy, the mama of One Artsy Mama, is hosting.  Last week I made the Top 20 with this beaut…

For a full tutorial on how to make your own Mad Planter click here.

Yesterday voting came to an end for Round 1 of the Contest.  All participants were asked to create a project that incorporated beads (and any other materials we needed).  There were some amazing entries, and luckily all of you thought mine was worthy of the Top 15!  I’m honored to be continuing on in the contest after having created these…

To make your own {twine & bead wrapped patriotic jars} you’ll need:

  • jute twine
  • glass jars (recycled spaghetti jars)
  • beading wire
  • seed beads (in your desired colors)
  • other decorative beads (I had stars and larger circular beads)
  • glue gun
  • items to put in the jars

I already owned most of the items, but did have to go out and buy the beads, buttons, and felt stars.  The seed beads, buttons, and patriotic bracelets were all purchased at JoAnn’s and were part of their Memorial Day Sale (50% off).  I found the felt stars in the $1.00 bins by the registers.

{red, white, and blue beads used in the project}

{some other materials used}

To get started, I cleaned all the “stickiness” left behind by the food labels on the jars using first warm water and Dawn, then Goo Gone.  Looking back, I really didn’t have to do this since they were all getting covered in jute twine.  I wrapped the bottles in jute twine using the same method I did here.  Make sure you have some extra sticks of hot glue on hand for this!  I covered three jars, putting a dot every few inches to secure the twine as I wrapped them and probably used almost 10 sticks of glue.  Keep in mind that I have a mini glue gun!

I like them just wrapped in the jute, but this was not a jute round, it was a bead round.  So to the wire and beads I went.  I’m not going to lie.  This part was tedious (and probably why I usually don’t work with beads).  I wove the wire through the jute and wrapped it a few times so it stayed securely in place.  Then I slid on between 20-30 beads at a time, randomly, before weaving the wire through the twine once again.  This way, the beads and wire were connected to the jars and not just wrapped around the surface.

After a couple of naps (sadly, not for me), I had three wrapped jars.  I’m planning to use them as decor during my son’s 1st birthday on July 3rd (now you understand the red, white, and blue).  I’ll either keep the stars in them or use them to hold utensils…I don’t quite know yet!  I do know that I love how they turned out!  Here’s a closeup…

Thanks to Amy for hosting this awesome (and super fun) contest and thanks again to all of you for voting (even though you didn’t know which entry was mine)!  I’m so excited to start working on my entry for Round 2, The Mod Podge Round!

Enjoy!

Please leave a comment, I love to hear from my readers!

I’m linking up at these great parties!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.