No-Sew St. Patrick’s Day Banner

No-Sew St. Patrick’s Day Banner
A DIY guest article by The Lolly Project.
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 I’ve always loved  flag banners. They’re so easy to make, and can add so much personality to any room you decorate. With Valentine’s day checked off the calendar, St. Patrick’s day is the next big holiday to generate excitement within society. So,  wouldn’t the reasonable thing be to combine my love for banners with St. Pat’s day to make a super cute, no-sew, easy-to-make decoration? The answer is yes. So that’s what I did.

 Supplies for the Flags

  • Canvas Fabric
  • Printed Letters
  • Scissors
  • Sponge Brush
  • Xacto Knife
  • Green Paint
  • Tape
  • Flag  Template
  • A Saying, Word, or Phrase (I chose “Lucky”)

 ​Take your template, which you can print and cut out, and trace with a pencil, the flags for your banner. I decided to use a ratio of one letter to one flag. Cut out the flags once all have been traced. To add the letters/words/phrases onto your flags, take the printed letters and xacto knife and cut out the letters to create an outline.

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When the letter outlines are created, tape them down, and with the sponge brush, dab the paint on top of the outline onto the banner. (Note: you will want to test your paper to check for bleed resistance.) I also found that an up-and-down blotting motion works best to deliver the paint to the canvas flags.
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Remove the outline, and let the painted letter dry completely before continuing on to the next steps.
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Supplies for Creating The Banner

  • Painted Flags
  • Green String/Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
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Take your ribbon, and hot glue the flags on, about one inch apart.
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And that’s it! A super easy, cute, and festive St. Patrick’s Day flag banner to hang in any room!
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Winter Blues + Life Lately

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Scarf: gift from a local boutique • Jacket: Amazon
Pants: JCrew • Flats: Express (no longer available online)

How are all of you doing?  Well, I hope.  Ignore the nude socks in the above picture.  How else am I supposed to keep my feet warm when I wear flats in the winter?  Maybe it’s a fashion no-no, but I love these flats and my husband approved this outfit so I’m okay with it! (PS, I totally borrowed his work socks to wear these flats).

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It’s definitely been awhile, but not because I haven’t been thinking about you all!  Motherhood is going really well.  I started back at work a day a week just to get back in the swing of things.  I love my job and I certainly missed it.  Husband has been figuring out how to be the only babysitter and I feel for him because it’s not as easy for him (I mean, he can’t just pop her on his boob if she’s hungry… as he so eloquently puts it.  She has to wait for milk and then she gets even fussier.)  Poor guy, he’ll get the hang of it, right?

A few other personal things has been going on.  My dad hasn’t been doing too well health wise so we’re in the process of figuring out the next steps.  It looks like we have surgery on the horizon very soon (like within a week or two), and for now that’s all we know.  Positive thoughts would be very much appreciated.  As expected, this has thrown us all for a bit of a loop.

Baby girl is growing and so lovely.  We all are very smitten with her and we’re enjoying the routine we have now while it lasts!  Make sure to follow along on Instagram to get a little more of our family updates.

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A Cozy Great Date Night In

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Cozy Date Night In-1Date nights nowadays are located in the comfort of our home.  Fireplace running, homecooked meal, and something on TV.  Though, honestly, this is how most date nights are even without adding a baby to the picture.  After long work weeks, sometimes it’s nice just to be lazy cozy on the couch.

It’s why my husband and I work so well together: in spite of whatever obstacles we face, we always can come home together at the end of the day and plop on the couch with some good food, a bottle of wine, and a movie.  Sometimes we have a fun little debate or talk about our dreams and hopes for the future.

Our formula to a great date night in:

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Everything on this list kind of revolves around a good drink, delicious food, and the Google Chromecast, a USB drive-like device that you can plug in to your television and it will allow you to make your phone/tablet/computer a remote control using the applications you have on those devices.  For $35 it’s an entertainment must-have and it is the key to any date night – or social gathering – we spend at home.  We will cast our favorite music playlist from Songza to the TV and speakers during dinner, then put on a movie from HBO Go, Netflix, or Google Play Store.

If we’re doing wine and cheese night (a favorite of ours and we use that exact cheese board above that we got from our own Wedding Registry!), we are probably on the couch watching something or listening to music while talking about what we want to do next in our life (big or small).  If it’s been a long week and we just want to cuddle up on the couch with a beer (his) or vodka soda (her), we probably turn to a new movie — a recent favorite of both of ours is “The Giver.”

What are your go-to items for your date night in?

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