LAYERED THANKFUL BANNER

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Ready to decorate for Thanksgiving? This weekend, the Halloween decorations will come down so I thought what fun it would be to have a new banner for my entryway.

This five-layered mandala banner was so fun to make and would also look beautiful across a fireplace. Decorating for the holidays is one of the few times I wish I had a fireplace, but living in Houston, it’s really not necessary. lol

I did not have enough time this week to create an assembly video for the banner, but you will find brief directions below. The banner can be assembled in the same manner as my Layered Mandala Alphabet and I do have a process video in that post if you’re new to this type of project.

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MATERIALS TO MAKE A LAYERED THANKFUL BANNER

  • 65 lb Cardstock – I used 4 sheets (per color) of 8.5×11 Recollections Cardstock from the Spiced Market pack.
  • Twine
  • Wood Beads
  • Foam tabs – These foam tabs from Tombow are my absolute favorite. They’re thick enough to provide a good dimension to each project.
  • Light grip mat (blue light grip)
  • Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine.
  • Design #103 – Layered Thankful Banner SVG – The free cut file (available in my freebie vault —get the password at the bottom of this post).

HOW TO CUT AND ASSEMBLE THE LAYERED THANKFUL BANNER

Download the free SVG from my Freebie Vault. Unzip the download folder, then upload the SVG to Design Space. If you need help with how to upload, click here.

I’ve saved the banner so that two letters will fit on each piece of 8.5×11 paper for all layers. Design Space may need a bit of manipulation as sometimes it doesn’t place the cut pieces as close as they could be to save materials.

Once you’ve clicked “Make It”. Make sure to go through the mats and set the correct material size. If you’re using 8.5″x11″ paper as I did, you may need to move some of the pieces.

To consolidate, click once on the cut piece (on mat). That will show the 3 little dots in the top left corner and you can the choose move object.

Move the piece to the next mat of the same color.

Now that you have to cut pieces on one mat, use the round arrow button in the top right corner to rotate the pieces so that they’re not overlapping.

Repeat the process for all necessary pieces. Once you’ve consolidated the mats, click continue. You’ll then choose your materials. For the Recollections brand paper, I use a blue mat with the light cardstock setting.

Using a brayer to adhere the cardstock to the mat will help reduce tears while cutting.

To remove the paper from the mat without tearing or curling, turn the mat upside down on your work surface and gently bend the mat away from the paper while keeping the paper as flat as possible on your table.

Just a tip, don’t throw out the middle of the A! (Ask me how I know to suggest the tip).

To assemble my banner, I used a spray glue for the top layer.

For all layers below the top, Tombow foam tabs were my choice of adhesive. I then strung the banner pieces together using twine and wood beads for dividers.

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DOWNLOAD MY LAYERED THANKFUL BANNER BY SUBSCRIBING (FREE) BELOW TO GET THE PASSWORD TO MY FREEBIE VAULT

DOWNLOAD my Layered Thankful Cut file by entering the password to my Freebie Vault. Click HERE to go to the freebie vault, my library of free downIoads. To sign up for a password to my free designs, enter your name and email address below. ⬇️

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11 Comments

  1. This turned out amazing. And I learned a lot as well, both tips for Design Space and paper crafts. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent and project!

  2. I tried to download, but something went wrong with my computer. I only got the T H then all the other letters were cut off! Can I try and download again?

    1. Absolutely! Try downloading again. Or, the size of this (on-screen) is big, I wonder if the other letters are off to the side and you just can’t see them. That could be the case if you’re looking on a viewer and not in your cutting software.

  3. How large are your letters? When I placed in Design Space they were all only 1 3/8” wide.
    I had a hard time finding the color pad,most Michael’s were out of them, but I managed to find one farther away that had a few left. I AM THANKFUL for that! And your SVG!

    1. The design uploads to the desktop version of DS (while still grouped) at 21.675″ x 16.662″. Each individual letter is 4.986″ x 7.245″

      Hope this helps!

    1. I feel it looks better if you keep the middle of the A on the top layer as shown in the photo I’m holding. I accidentally threw it away and had to recut.

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