Holiday decorating with a festive home decor mantel banner made by you!
The holidays are here and it’s time to decorate. A few weeks ago, I was at a store doing some early Christmas shopping and I saw this beautiful holiday mantel banner that said “Believe”. It was supposed to resemble a ribbon that you might see in “Christmas town”; so like many creatives do, I took a look at it and thought, hmmmm, I can make this! Creating a holiday banner to use for home decor is a great way to add a touch of handmade to your holidays. This is definitely my favorite time of year.
Mantel Decor ideas:
As you are deciding on decorating your mantel, other popular decorations that you can include along with this holiday mantel banner are:
- Garlands: Add a Garland of greenery, such as pine, cedar, and holly, are a classic way to decorate your mantel. You can also use garlands made of other materials, such as ribbon, beads, or ornaments.
- Wreaths: Wreaths are another popular mantel decoration. You can find wreaths made from a variety of materials, including evergreen boughs, pinecones, berries, and ornaments.
- Stockings: Stockings are a fun and festive way to display gifts for your family members. You can hang stockings from your mantel using stocking holders or simply drape them over the edge.
- Candles: Candles add a warm and inviting glow to your mantel. You can use candles of all shapes and sizes, and in a variety of colors.
- Figurines: Holiday figurines, such as Santa Claus, snowmen, and reindeer, can add a whimsical touch to your mantel.
- Other decorations: Other popular holiday mantel decorations include mistletoe, poinsettias, nutcrackers, and ornaments.
When decorating your mantel, it is important to create a balanced and visually appealing display. Try to vary the heights and textures of your decorations, and use a variety of colors. Group similar items together and make this Holiday mantel banner the focal point.
Let’s make it!
Brother Scan n Cut and Roller Feeder Accessory
(2) pieces of coordinating fabric 55″ x 6″
Heat transfer vinyl
Paper Scissors and Fabric Scissors
Oliso Smart Iron
As a Brother Sews Ambassador I get to create all kinds of sewing projects using the best sewing and embroidery machines on the market. This post was originally created for my work with Brother Sews.
Using your Brother Canvas Workspace, create your personalized design. If you are using a word like “Believe” be sure the design is inverted so it will end up the right way after you press it to the fabric.
Transfer the design to your Brother Scan n Cut and attach the roll feeder accessory. Load the heat transfer vinyl, set the Scan n Cut to cut your design and let the machine do the work!
When the cut is complete, use a weeding tool to help remove the excess vinyl.
To prepare the fabric, cut two pieces of fabric 55 inches long by 6 inches wide. You can adjust the length to fit the location.
Add the rolled hem foot to your serger, adjust the settings, and with the right sides of the fabric pieces facing out finish the edges with a rolled hem.
Next, fold the banner in half lengthwise and cut diagonally across the ribbon at 45 degree angle starting from the top corner of your fabric to the inside fold. This will create a V-shape to give your banner a finished ribbon look.
Using one of the many decorative stitches on your Brother sewing machine, top stitch the V-shape ends of the banner.
With the banner laying face up, place the heat transfer vinyl design on the center of the banner, cover it with parchment paper and press the vinyl onto the banner.
Allow it to properly cool then peel away the protective paper to reveal the design.
And your project is complete, a holiday home décor banner! Tie the ends with decorative ribbon and add it to your mantle garland or leave it flat and use it as a table runner.
Here are a few other tips for decorating to incorporate a mantel banner for different holidays:
- Christmas: For Christmas, you can use a traditional red and green color scheme, or opt for a more modern look with metallic accents. You can also include religious symbols, such as a nativity scene, in your display.
- Hanukkah: For Hanukkah, you can use a traditional blue and white color scheme. You can also include Hanukkah symbols, such as menorahs and dreidels, in your display.
- Kwanzaa: For Kwanzaa, you can use the traditional colors of black, red, and green. You can also include Kwanzaa symbols, such as kinara, mishumaa saba, and kikombe cha umoja, in your display.
No matter what holiday you are celebrating, holiday mantel decorations are a great way to add some festive cheer to your home.
This custom-made banner is also great to use as a table runner for the perfect tablescape!
Jane Clauss is a 2-time Emmy Award winning television host for the Creative Living Show. She is is inventive and creative when it comes to sustainability in fashion, home decor, and tablescaping.
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