Friday, October 15, 2010

Homemade Halloween... A Guest Post & Giveaway from Haus of Girls! :)

Our last guest post comes from the fab Marta from Haus of Girls!! :) She is teaching us how to make an adorable Halloween banner. I am thinking I'll need to whip one of these up before Andrew's Halloween party, right? And of course, pop back over at noon for the last giveaway as well! xoxox Holly

Hello to all you Mommy Holly fans! My name is Marta and I am stopping in from Haus of Girls where I can be found documenting my crazy life as a Midwestern Momma of three girls.
I am a fabric stalking, antique loving, diet coke chugging, treadmill running, daycare providing, pig tail making, sporty spice type of girl who has recently tapped into my creative side. I taught myself how to sew and make almost anything I see. I now create, sew, and make things on a daily basis. Today, I am so very excited to share a super fun and easy project that I did a few weeks ago.An easy (no sew option) Halloween Bunting.
Boo! Enjoy and please let me know if you make one of your own.I'd love to see your fabulous creations!
And in honor of Halloween, I would love to give away one of my "Polka Dot Pumpkin" tees that I currently have in my etsy shop. I have a size 12 month onesie all ready to go to a new home! Thank you and good luck!

Last Sunday it was rainy and yucky outside so I decided to make the most of our day stuck inside and create something fun to add to our Halloween decor.


Using random scraps I already had lying around the house, I whipped up a Halloween bunting for our front door.
Nothing fancy.
Just simple and cute.


Our black front door makes for the perfect backdrop for some spooktacular orange fun and I’m sure yours would too.

Take advantage of your next rainy day and make one for yourself.
Here’s what you do.


Grab two different fabrics. One for the “flags” and one for the letters.


Measure out your three triangles for the flags.
I made mine approximately 6 inches across and 7 inches long.
(I am not precise. Ever. I eyeball everything and it always works out fine. Perfection is not the goal, but more of the act of creating!)


Cut out three flags.


Iron them and re-cut any parts that look crazy.


While ironing, glance up at your fave family picture from last year and ponder when you can get them taken again this year.


Next, take your letter fabric and cut out a little bit smaller size of strong heat and bond.


Iron the heat and bond onto the wrong side of your letter fabric.
Easy peasy.


Next, trace your letters.
You can easily do this by printing off your choice of letters, cutting them out and using that as a template.
Trace the letters BACKWARDS onto your heat and bond paper that you ironed onto the fabric.


Cut out your letters.


Then you should have something spooktacular like this.


Lay the letters down onto your flags where you want them.


Then iron.
Remember, I’m all about simplicity.


End result.
No sewing required!


Finally, I pinned the flags reversed and upside down on top of a striped ribbon. I found it worked well to line the flags up with the bottom stripe.
I’m all about finding tricks to make sure I sew in a straight line.


Here it is pinned ready to be sewn.


Start on your first letter, mine was the “b,” and sew your way down towards the last “o” until all three flags are sewn on. (If you don’t sew, just hot glue the flags on! Even easier!)


String your fabulousness across your front door welcoming Halloween with a hint of homemade creativity.




Halloween countdown: 16 days.


Thank you so much Marta!! :)

If you would like to enter to win the adorable 12 month onesie, leave a comment on this post! For an extra entry, follow Marta's blog! Or visit her cute Etsy shop and let me know what you love the most!! :) Winner will be announced tomorrow!

See you all at noon! :) xo!


Christa Terry said...

I live a similar life, even though I just cannot find the time to make everything I see ;-) I'm a huge fan of banners, though, since they're so easy! Next stop, summer dresses for my chick - but I have all winter to get that going and a quilt to finish.

mysteryhistorymom said...

This is too cute! Love the banner and such a cute family! I am now a follower!:) Lori

Janna said...

Love the "Boo" bunting - wish I had a printer (and could sew:) and I'd definitely make this!

All of Marta's stuff is so dang cute!

LMShunk said...

a onesie for my girl who is just waiting to be born anyday now would be perfect for next year!! :-)

visiting from the Blessed Little Nest! love it that you taught yourself to sew. me too.

Dixon Family said...

Love this banner! The front of your house looks great! This onsie is too cute!

Dixon Family said...

My fav is the party favor buckets and the pumpkin onsie-- love the fact that it is long sleeves!

Amy{thosefunnylittlegirls} said...

Marta's banner is too cute

Amy{thosefunnylittlegirls} said...

Oh and I follow Haus Of Girls

Anonymous said...

That is such an adorable bunting. I usually have a wreath of black and orange bells I put up, but I may have to change things up this year...

Anonymous said...

My favorite item in her shop is the J-O-Y shirts, that is too adorable!

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