Saturday, August 13, 2016

How To Make A Lettered Banner

 Do you like camping? 
My idea of camping includes toilet paper and a potty. 
If the toilet paper don't fit, the dealership you must hit. 
Did I ever tell you about the time that we went on a family Scout trip? 
There were five of us in a five passenger car. 
We packed up the car and headed to the camp ground.
We were squeezed in that sedan like sardines on a cracker. 

Several hours later, Rebekah and I had to use the scary, spider infested facilities. 
"Honey. Where is the toilet paper?" 
"In one of the blue totes."
"Which one?"
"The one that is at home because it wouldn't fit in the car." 
I had a new van before you could flush.
It was that time that I got a new car because of a roll of toilet paper. 

Rebekah and I finally found a roll in the bathroom by the canoeing station.
It was old. 
It had been rained on but
it was toilet paper!

A few weeks ago, Dave and I did our four day junking expedition.

 I saw a darling banner at one of the antique malls. 
 It wasn't for sale but I thought one like it would be adorable in my classroom.  
Our theme this year is Explore, Experience, Exclaim. 
The whole school will be decorated with an outdoors, cabin, and camping theme. 
The school already looks adorable. 

I decided to make my own version of the camp banner using my Cricut Explorer.

Banner that spells camp.

I know the Cricut can cut fabric but it wasn't cutting my fabric. 
I'd just replaced the cutting tool but maybe I didn't replace it with a fabric cutting tool. 
So I downloaded the letter templates, cut them out of cardstock and used them to trace the letters onto the two layers of fabric. 

The cuts aren't as crisp as I would have liked but they will do. The denim pennants came in a package from Michael's. 
This is no sew project because I used glue to affix the letters. 

Camp Banner, Spell Camp Nature Trail Sign

Creating is so much fun.

I love old camping decor.

Wouldn't this be cute decor at Christmas?

Plaid reminds me of the jumpers little girls wear to school.

Coleman Lantern, Plaid throw.

 I have a few pictures of my classroom. 
I'll get some of the halls.
The lighting is pretty horrendous in there but you can get an idea of where I spend part of my week and there is always plenty of toilet paper. 
 Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I love the banner...great post..

  2. The banner and all of your accessories are wonnderful.
    We are all ready for fall, aren't we?
    Have a great weekend!


  3. Katie,
    I'm with you.... toilet paper is a MUST as is a shower and a bed. hahaha Not a camping girl, but I do like the idea and look of camping. I think I might have made a wonderful Victorian lady who traveled to Africa with her china tea service and sterling silver spoons.


  4. I'm sure I'd flunk camping! I need my creature comforts! Love the camp banner, and looking forward to seeing your school pics!

  5. Such a cute banner and so creative. I have been looking at the Cricut Explorer. Do you love it?

    1. I also wanted to say thank you for sharing this cute camping banner at DI&DI.

  6. Your banner is really great, am a banner/garland person. If I need a decoration I whip up a banner to add some wow. Good idea cutting out fabric letters after making them on your Cricut.
    I have a Cricut Air but am half afraid of doing something to mess it up, silly huh?, but I am digitally challenged, groan. Need to have hubs help me get It going. The person who didn't know how to do anything on his laptop when he got it. It's embarrassing how good he is with, computer, printer and whatever, duh.
    Your banner is very nice and love your plaid camping accessories. Sounds so fun your school going with camping theme. Keep that tp handy.

  7. This is so cute! And I love that it's a no sew project. Can't wait to see pics of your classroom. I know it's adorable!