Autumn Blessings

Hello World!!!  I figured I needed an extra reminder to count my blessings, so I decided to make a little fall decor!  I call them banners, I think I’ve heard it called bunting?  I don’t know, by all means let me in on the secrets if you know them!  LOL.

I started by stopping on the side of the road and snagging some old branches that fell down.  My Monkey thought I was crazy, but had fun helping me snag them before other traffic came!  Then, when I got home Chief REALLY thought I was a nut!  So, he just rolled his eyes and said “it’s for your craft stuff, huh?”  I just smiled and told him to help us get it out of our van!  Love that my hubby knows when to shut up!  No complaints necessary!  They sat in my garage for a bit before I decided to do this:

If you don’t have a Cricut, no worries!  I have directions for you too!  Before I finally got mine, I hated that all these projects assumed everyone had them!  Grr!!!  SO, I’ve got your back!!!

I cut the leaves from old paint samples.  They had to be cut using the blade on 6 and the hardest pressure, but it worked just fine.  I cut them at real dial size 3 inches because that is what would fit on the sample!
When I was little, my Granny and Grandpa led caravans.  Fall Foliage was the title I remember!  So, me and Granny would sit at the table and cut out paper leaves and put a number on each of them for all the caravans to put in their window.  That being said, if you don’t have a Cricut, you can find a leaf online then trace it on the back of the sample or paper and cut it out.  You can add fine lines if you like, I will admit the lines don’t show up unless you are close up anyway!  No one will notice except you!  😀   Also, you aren’t limited if you trace it, you can do different shapes and sizes of leaves!  Hold it up to a window or on a lighted table to help make it easier!  I still do that!  😀  My favorite trick!

I cut the banner from Everyday Paper Dolls chearleader at real dial size 4 inches, the letters were cut at 3 inches from the Millionaire Lite cartridge.  Don’t forget to adjust your settings on your blade, otherwise you’ll scratch the heck out of your mat!  Of course, I would NEVER make this mistake!!!  *ZooKeeper says, turning to run!*  I hung it with the decor that was tied around some mums that was given to my Mum.  LOL.  I know, corny, but by now you should have expected corny!
Missing the Cricut, simply cut out your own!  2 1/2-3 inches on the top then 4 inches down each side!  Simple!  As for the letters, I’m betting you’ve got that figured out!  Trace, print, use pre-cut, skies the limit!

I posted two pictures of the backing so that you can get a clear shot.  To hang them, I taped paper clips on the back after bending the top part out.  After I was finished, I used liquid laminate to go over the whole thing so that I can put them all up for next year.  I didn’t do the stick, I figure there will be more next year!  Surely I can find a couple of sticks I like!!!  LOL

You could laminate it before you tape the paperclip on, I did some both ways.  It really doesn’t matter except that you end up sealing the paperclips on when you laminate after.  I don’t really see a problem with that, but that’s just me!

Blessings Jar
Re-doing a Gift Bag

As a side note, this would make a great gift for a hostess, friend, or whomever!  We all need to be reminded of blessings!!!

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  1. Fabulous! I love how you used a real stick and the leaves make it look great. Like the tips if you don’t have a craft cutter – I still don’t have one, but dying to get one!
    Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

  2. Your banner turned out great and I LOVE the natural look of it! Thanks so much for sharing your post at Freshmen Friday!

  3. Love this. I’ve wanted to make a fall banner & just haven’t had time to do it. There are so many pretty ideas for them online. I really like using the tree branches.

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