“GO HAWKS” Banner

Banners are our favorite decor for every occasion so we just had to make one to celebrate the Seahawks! We’re pretty sure you’re going to want one of these if you’re throwing a party this Sunday, so we whipped a little tutorial. Our amazing die cut center makes all the cutting this project requires fast and easy so come in and take advantage of this great resource!

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All you’ll need for this fun banner is three sheets each of blue and green 12×12 cardstock, one sheet silver or white paper, your choice of ribbon or twine, and glue. We kept it simple with ours, but there are so many fun options. Try glitter, dots, whatever you like!

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Once you select and purchase your paper, head over to our die cut center. If you’ve never die cut before, don’t worry! Our helpful staff will teach you everything you need to know.

For this banner, you will use J152, #140, and the 3″ Happy Day letters. Cut four pennant shapes of each color (you can fit two on each page), eight silver or white stars, and letters to spell out “GO HAWKS”.

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Because you will have a blank pennant between “GO” and “HAWKS”, the “O” and “H” should actually be the same color, but otherwise alternate colors for each letter.

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Glue your stars onto the pennants and the letters onto the stars. To put the banner together, you can choose to tie a bow or knot between each pennant, or simply string it together with one long piece of ribbon or twine. Hang in a window or above a buffet table and your party guests will know you have the most team spirit!

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And since we know that you’re busy, we made up some kits so you can skip the die-cutting! All the pieces are included, but you’ll need some adhesive and you get to choose the ribbon or twine you like best to string them all together.

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Seahawks Superbowl Party Decor – Tissue Poms!

We’re SO EXCITED about the Seahawks, and we’re betting you are too! So we whipped up some fun, easy, QUICK projects you can do to get ready for your Superbowl party. First up are these adorable tissue paper pom poms! Of course you can do these in any color and many of you may know how to make single color ones already, but did you know you can do striped poms too?? Of course we had to try it in Seahawks colors.

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You’ll need blue, white, and green tissue paper, a pipe cleaner, and scissors. That’s it!

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Select one sheet of each color, layer them in your chosen pattern, and fold in half. For our poms we wanted the striping to go green, white, blue, white, green so we put down a piece of green tissue, then white, with blue on top and then folded the whole lot in half. This gives a double layer of blue in the middle.

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Accordion pleat the length of tissue paper, starting on one of the two short ends. One long end will be a folded edge and the other will be free. We generally make our pleats about one inch wide but don’t stress, it doesn’t need to be perfect!

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Cinch a pipe cleaner around the middle of your stack of accordion pleated tissue paper and form a hanging loop out of the ends of the pipe cleaner. (The hanging loop is not necessary but makes them easier to hang, of course.)

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Now, cut the ends into a rounded, petal shape. It is a little hard to cut through all the layers of tissue paper so you may do it in stages. This step cuts off the fold edge, so now both ends should be free.

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Fan out the accordion pleats and carefully separate each layer. Pull gently so as not to tear the fragile tissue paper.

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Fluff all the layers into a nice round ball and you have a completed pom pom! Try a cluster of larger solid colored poms and our striped ones together. We think that would be extra cute!

Stay tuned in the next couple days for more Seahawks project ideas. Here’s a little sneak peak!

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Halloween “Trick-or-Treat” Banner

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This super cute and spooky Halloween banner was made with Pebbles “Thirty One” paper. The banner shapes are pre-cut and sold in a cute little pad which includes black hanging string, making it a quick project to whip up to add a little Halloween charm to your home. We simply punched some scalloped circles of coordinating paper from the line, added a little black striped washi tape (obsessed!), and some glittery gothic Thickers letter stickers to spell out our message.

Fabric Covered Memo Board

We just love making these cute memo boards! Such a perfect place to display photos, notes, reminders, anything you might need. Better than a cork board because you don’t get holes in all your lovely photos! And now, during our canvas sale (lasts through March 7), is a great time to pick up the supplies. It’s a super fun and easy project that you can customize to exactly your tastes. Change up the size, fabric, ribbon, and embellishments to make it your own!

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Fabric Covered Memo Board

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Materials:
16″x20″ stretched canvas (14″x18″)
2/3 yard fabric (fat quarter)
6 yards ribbon (4 yards)
decorative brads or buttons
staple gun
optional: batting

Instructions:
1. Fabric should have at least a 2” clearance to wrap the canvas board.
2. Lay on top of canvas board face down wrong side of fabric.
3. Bring both fabric up over the sides and tuck underneath or use a staple gun to secure. Fold the corners as though wrapping a box.
4. If using batting sheet for a puffy look apply first then lay fabric on top.

Adding ribbon:
Ribbon is applied like a basket weave pattern. Start at one corner and work across to the opposite corner. Space the ribbon equally apart — approx. 5-1/2″ for 16”x20” board. Spacing will vary on other size canvas boards. Cut the ribbon after attaching it to the board. Helpful Hint: Use thumbtacks to temporarily secure ribbon and adjust for appropriate spacing before stapling,
Secure to backside of the canvas board using staple gun. Repeat the same procedure with the opposite corner.
Finish by punching a little hole with a sharp awl in canvas and insert brads at the intersections of the ribbon for the criss-cross board or different areas on the ribbon on the memo board. Dab a little glue on top of brad to add embellishment.

getting started.

Yep, We’re doing it! BEN FRANKLIN in REDMOND, WA has started a blog. A place MORE than Facebook where we can go more in depth about our projects that we do in the store, more in depth about the going-ons of this wonderful place, and more in depth about WHO we are!! We hope you’ll join us and get to know us! And since we’re new to this whole thing, forgive us if we try on a few blog templates in the next month or so, so we can really see which fits the best. We’d love your feedback and suggestions. See you soon!