I love changing up the mantle with the changing seasons and with summer, Memorial day and 4th of July coming up, I am getting a patriotic type vibe going on. The first place I start with any mantle is a banner, naturally!
It is also helpful that I got some awesome products from Tombow in conjunction with their 100 days of Tombow project! They have been around 100 years this year so they started the #Tombow100 project to celebrate as well as give back to the Council for Arts Education- awesome! The markers I used for this project are fabulous and they also helped it stay in the 30 minute zone as I didn’t have to wait for paint to dry!
It was so simple to put together, and I have to tell you about my new favorite craft fabric. I bought it for a craft class when we were making table runners and it caught my eye because it was super affordable even without a coupon, so with a coupon it was amazing! It is drapery lining fabric and it is awesome stuff because it is thick, has a canvas type texture on one side and it doesn’t fray so you don’t have to hem at all! PLUS it soaks up paint, marker, spray paint so it dries quicker than normal fabric. Wonderful stuff I tell you!
In addition to that, I grabbed some scissors, rotary cutter and mat, and my Tombow markers.
I cut 6×5 inch rectangles with the rotary cutter and mat first, then I used the scissors to cut the triangle out of the bottom to make the pennant shape. Next I cut some zig zags on the Cricut to make a chevron stencil. I was able to work on cutting while the machine was cutting the stencil so multitasking helped save me some time.
Then all I had to do was put the stencil over the fabric pennant piece and use the markers to color it in! Reminded me of my old school elementary days.
After I did 8, I just hung some bakers twine on the mantle and taped the pieces to the string, of course you can hot glue but this was faster, plus I can reuse the pieces later if I wanted!
I can’t wait to show you the finished mantle!!
*Some materials in this post were given to me for free, but all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.