The other day, on my Fallified House Tour, I gave y’all a peek at my book page banner. I thought I’d show you how I put together this super simple project.
I had everything on hand I needed to make this banner. I love those kinds of crafts, don’t you?
*an old book
*computer & printer
*scrap of tassel fringe
*scrap of paper to make edge template
The paperback book came from my kids’ discard pile of required reading back when they were in high school. I really hate to tear up a book, but I knew I wouldn’t be hitting this one again.
I measured the pages in the book. They were (approximately 4×6). Then I carefully ripped out a pile of pages, one by one, so the edges wouldn’t get too mangled.
From there I got on the computer, just the regular old Microsoft Word Document program.
For the set up, I first set my page size to 4×6. You’ll find that under the page layout tab.
Then I chose a font and fiddled around with the size until it filled the better part of the page.
For my project I used Baskerville Old Face in the 225 size.
Then I simply typed up my saying. My banner reads: IT’S FALL Y’ALL. Make sure you have your text “centered” button clicked. (You can see it highlighted in the photo above).
For your margins you may just have to play around with it. Mine were: top 2.5, bottom 1.5, left 1, right 1. I knew I needed my top margin larger because that part would be folded over.
If you want to be fancy you could even add some clip art to your banner. I added some acorns & oak leaves to mine, just for the ends.
To print this up I had to feed each page into the printer individually. If I put more than one sheet into the stack to go in it would get jammed up. Still it was a quick and easy task. Much easier and neater than hand lettering each page.
Once I had the pages all printed up, it was off to the craft room. I folded back the top of each book page 1.5″. I marked the bottom side of the book pages with my edge template & a pencil alternating the up/down peak on each. I cut along my marked edges. Then I spaced the pages out on my twine and glued them in place.
To zjuzsh up my banner a little bit I stitched some tassels onto the twine between each word & on each end.
Not bad for a “free” project. I’ve been wanting to do something with book pages for awhile and project was the easy introduction I needed.
…in under an hour and for no addition outlay of $$$. That’s my kind of craft!
Once you know how to do it, the banner possibilities are endless. You could do your favorite quote, birthday or holiday greetings, names or monograms, even just a cherished inspirational word. I think it would be neat to do a little bit of glitter along that bottom edge too.
If you give this project a try, I’d love to see it.
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