Saturday, December 5, 2009

~Winter Dreams~

To create this simple lettered garland, I began with wood shapes from Hobby Lobby.  They came in packages of four.

Then I spray painted them with Rust-oleum American Accents Heirloom White.

I used stencils to make the letters and painted them with a stenciling brush, dabbing off most of the paint.

I sanded the edges and wiped stain on the entire board and then wiped it off for an aging effect.

Finally I drilled a hole in the top of the wood and used jewelry beading wire to string them together.  After I put the wire through the hole, I just twisted a couple of times to hold in place.  I also added a couple of red checked fabric bows to the ends. 

There are lots of variations you could do with this project.  For a dressier look you could use gold paint and maybe some glitter and drill holes in both corners and string with a pretty ribbon.  I'm sure you could think of many more.  Have fun.

I am also having a giveaway.  You can go here to enter.

Parties I am joining-



  1. This is such a beautiful display and your banner is so cute. I must say I also love your cake stand holding the baubles-very festive!

    Best wishes, Natasha.

  2. I love your banner. It's perfect for your hutch!! I love everything you have displayed on the hutch. I used those same wood shapes for some ornaments I posted about yesterday. I love how inexpensive they are.
    Have a great week.

  3. How cute!! It looks great where you have it hanging too.

  4. Very sweet! I can think of lots of ideas for those wood letters- including making a whole alphabet plus some to have on hand for an ever changing banner.

  5. Oh how darling is that!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  6. love 'em! Thanks for showing the steps! I'm not very good at stenciling. :)

  7. They look great. I'm going to have to make some of these. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love the idea. It works so well with your hutch. Hope you don't mind, but I started following your blog. Rosie

  9. This turned out lovely! What a great idea!

  10. Love this garland! So pretty and so easy! Might make some for gifts next year! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea!

  11. Awesome! I love simple projects! And your chippy cabinet too!

  12. The whole display is just so pretty. I love banners so this is a project that I'd enjoy doing.

  13. this banner. I agree with others...the entire display is so pretty.

  14. Hello Janet~I've just strolled in for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek at your past posts. You've got so many wonderful ideas. Your blog is so beautifully inviting.
    We share similar taste for so many of the same creative design elements.

    As fall came to a close I looked forward to winter (that's fast approaching), bringing a festive inspiration for a few DIY decorations and gifts, with a little baking in between.
    Don't you love the aroma that fills the air during this season?
    My cat also appreciates the evergreens and an occasional ping pong toss of my (newly created and not yet dried) ornaments...

    I've bookmarked you in my favs and joined your Followers too.
    I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
    Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

    Sweet holiday wishes,

  15. Gorgeous....great tutorial too! I just love your style. I could sit and stare at your pictures all the live long day :)

    Thanks for linking to Mi4M~

  16. Beautiful display of your talent!

  17. Those are really cute!! You'll have to tell me about your paint color behind the hutch (on the wall) it looks like the same paint treatment I did....parchment paper?


  18. Wonderful idea! I might have to borrow that one!

  19. Love your pretty cupboard and the banner is just precious!! I bet you get your home in a magazine one of these days and I am going to follow you to be able to say YOOHOOO when you do!!