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.
- 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
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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