I loved this Thanksgiving banner I saw recently in Pottery Barn Kids, but at a whopping $79, let's just say it was way out of my price range! So, I decided to make my own.
I had a goal of using only things I had already on hand, but I did need some of the felt pieces to make the banner - so I spent about $1 on this project. Here are the details:
* First of all, since I was making my own - I decided I wanted it to say "Give Thanks", so I needed eleven pieces of felt. Each of these pieces is one half of the craft-size pieces available at Wal-Mart or a craft supply store for about 20 cents.
* Then I pulled out scraps of fabric, ribbon, my button jar, etc... and planned out each letter.
* G: cut the letter out of a scrap of khaki fabric and made a maple leaf using a cookie cutter and some scraps of fleece orange fabric.
* I: used the idea from the PBK banner to make a tree - used scraps of felt and little snips of felt for leaves around the bottom. I cut these with pinking shears to make them look leaf-like.
* V: ribbon scrap
* E: button jar - these are buttons saved from clothes that were worn out or from new buttons that came with clothing items I have had. I have also been known to pick up a stray button in a parking lot and add it to my jar!
* Space: I needed a space between these two words, so took this idea from my pumpkin pillow and made a primitive looking pumpkin from leftover fabric and felt scrap.
* T: felt scraps - cut out with pinking shears; little acorns made of scraps
* H: fabric scrap from a dog bed with tin rusty stars glued on
* A: same as G for fabric, then I made a little turkey out of scraps of felt for the top
* N: fabric scrap
* K: ribbon scrap
* S: button jar
* Then I hung a length of twine across our dining room window and used these mini clothespins to attach them. You could also just glue the twine to the felt to attach if you don't have the clothespins. I used tacky glue to attach everything together - though hot glue may work as well.