Having a Simple Holiday
Crafts, traditions

Having a Simple Holiday

I don’t know about all of you, but I am starting to get in the holiday spirit. With Thanksgiving so early this year it was throwing me off, but now I realize that means we have an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

My family is coming up to Seattle for Thanksgiving, which means we are headed to California for Christmas time. Having the extra week between the holidays will help us feel like we aren’t missing out on our favorite Christmas stuff in Seattle. Traveling over the holiday also requires me to be that much more organized for Christmas. So my theme for the holidays this year is “Simple and Lovely.”

To help with the organization part of the holiday I am participating in Amy Volk’s (who I met at Bloggy Boot Camp Chicago) “6 Weeks to a Simple Holiday.” This is week 1 so don’t worry, you aren’t behind if you want to participate too. I am hopeful that it will help me be even more organized and have less stress this holiday season.

Each year I like to create a craft or two for the holidays. Some years it is simple like paper snowflakes. Other years it is more work, like a hanging advent calendar. To keep with my Simple and Lovely theme I am going to create a holiday banner. It doesn’t take long to complete and has a great impact. Below are the instructions.

“Believe” Triangle Banner

Supplies – 12×12 scrapbook paper (the heavier the better) in various patterns, coordinating ribbon, glue, white paper, vellum or colored to print on, complementary colored paper, scissors and template

1. Print template and cut out along lines. There are three pages, a triangle designed for 8.5” x 14” paper, the letters and larger background oval

believe banner (1 of 8)

2. Trace triangles on scrapbook paper and cut out. I use an exacto knife and ruler to get a straight edge.

believe banner (2 of 8)

3. Fold over top 1” to form pocket for ribbon and trim extra paper on edges. If you have wider ribbon, make a bigger pocket.

believe banner (5 of 8)

4. Trace large oval on complementary color paper and cut out. You could punch this or use decorative scissors.

believe banner (3 of 8)

5. Glue letter oval to larger colored oval. If you are using vellum, be sure to use vellum glue.

believe banner (4 of 8)

6. Place ribbon on back of triangle and glue 1” of paper down over ribbon creating a pocket. Cut the ribbon to the desired length.

believe banner (6 of 8)

7. Attach letters to triangles.

believe banner (7 of 8)

8. Hang and enjoy.

believe banner (8 of 8)


Hope you are able to have a Simple and Lovely holiday season.


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  1. Paul Charkiewicz says:

    Nice scissors!

  2. So. Stinkin’. Cute. You are crafty, lady!

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