Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Book Page Banner

I recently saw this darling banner made from book pages on Heather Bullard's site. She has a beautiful blog filled with tons of eye candy. I love decorating or doing projects with book pages, so I really wanted to make a banner for my mantle. It was quick, easy, and my daughter was able to join in the fun too!

Supplies needed: old book pages, pencil, scissors, watercolors & brush, letters, twine, glue, and leaf cookie cutter.

First, I used old book pages and drew a large leaf free hand. Then cut them out. For the smaller leaf I used a leaf cookie cutter I had in my stash and used it for tracing. After cutting out all my leaves, I laid them down on some paper ready to be painting.

With my daughter's help, we painted the leaves different fall shades and let them dry.

After drying for a bit, we stacked one leaf on top of another in pretty color combinations. I just glued the top of the smaller leaf down so the banner had some movement. Earlier, I had chosen the word blessed and searched through my collection of ABCs for the letters I needed. (I seriously hoard Maybe it's the elementary teacher in me. I don't know. The scrapbook aisle at Michaels with all the letters...hold me back. Thank goodness they are not too pricey!)

The letters were glued to the top leaf, then turned upside down so I could hot glue the twine along the top of each leaf. Just a bit of advice...make sure the word is going the right direction when you turn it around. Yep. I did it. I glued the whole thing down, turned it around...smiles & happiness. Until I saw that I had glued the entire word backwards. My little assistant thought that was the funniest thing ever. :)

But, in the is how it turned out. Super cute! It dresses up the mirror on my mantle just enough and reminds us of all the many blessings we have this season. 

I am joining the craftiness with Jaime over at Crafty, Scrappy, Happy. 
I love handmade things, don't you? :)


  1. lovely banner, thanks for the share hugs Jennibellie xxx

  2. Oh my! I LOVE this!! You are so sweet...and talented!

  3. How fun is this... It looks so pretty against the mirror. I will need to do this with my son Owen. Thank-you for sharing such a lovely project. I hope you have a wonderful weekend dear one. xox

  4. Fab banner Jen...looks great hanging on the mirror along with your gorgeous pumpkins!
    Jan x

  5. I absolutely love this banner! Going to have to pin this for future reference!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  6. Love it. I love letters, too. I taught K and 1st grade, too. I would accidentally glue everything backwards, too. Glad to know I'm not the only one.


  7. I adore what you did with this. The book pages add warmth (I feel at home with books). And the word "Blessed" fits the season perfectly.
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  8. A great banner! Simple, but elegant!

  9. Hey, I love this book page banner and the tutorial to make it. Now I need to check my cookie cutters. Thanks

  10. Fab idea and so well done - thank you for sharing!! xoxo

  11. Love these leaves, so simple, so pretty. Thanks for visiting. artist's in blogland is fun isn't it, all the connections. xox Corrine

  12. Blessed is for sure. Great banner and so easy. I'm glad to connect with an artist who is also a believer. Sadie, I'm following you now and hope you'll follow on my blog too. We are American missionaries in Ukraine. I do crafts with kids and ladies here.
    Hope your Sunday is blessed.


  13. Love this banner, Jen! So, so cute.