Hello friends. Does winter weather have you down and do you find yourself longing for spring flowering bulbs, sunshine, and light-sweater weather? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Here in Northwest Washington, we just emerged from the coldest February on record, and I am borderline crazy lady. I can only think it’s because I’m the age I am, but I get much colder than I used to. I am desperately longing for a trip to warmer climes.
So in an effort to cheer myself and my home, I made a very simple photo banner using pictures from this past year that I really love. If you are mired in a blue funk, you might like to create something similar. The creative process at any level is really therapeutic.
You don’t need much, in fact in addition to the photos, you only need about 3 things (all of which you probably have around the house!).
I really like this jute twine when I make simple banners. I think Larry bought this for me at an estate sale, but I also found it on Walmart’s website. Check it out here. It has a wire center and it is fun to work with because it has more body and doesn’t droop. Really, though, you can use any string or twine that you like and/or have on hand.
You will need as many clothes pins as you have photos. And you will need two push pins, preferably clear or gray, such as stainless steel.
Okay, about the photos. After choosing my desired photos from a file on my computer, I uploaded them to Fox Print to be printed in a square, 3×3. You will find them here. I love Fox Print and have used them several times. I suggest choosing the “with border” option, because the border gives them a vintage look. 3x3s come in a minimum of 10, that is to say, 10 total prints, not 10 of one shot. Fox Print will not process an order of less than 10. However, they are very reasonably priced, and in actuality, you can’t really make a banner with a smaller number of prints.
I take pictures all the time; outdoor, indoor, people, vignettes, interesting finds. I used a really random collection for this banner, as you can see. Mostly disparate shots with no real connection. But I love the look. It feels like a hanging photo journal of special times.
After you get your photos, in whatever size you like and from any print source, you will be ready to assemble your banner. I just stuck the twine to my wooden ledge using the thumbtacks, and then clipped my photos up with the clothespins. Not rocket science.
You get the idea here~
Adding some text photos is fun too! Make your banner an expression of yourself!
Most of my photos are travel pictures, so I feel as if I have a cute little travelogue that I can gaze upon each time I pass through the front mudroom. So go on and give this a try. Just the very process of creating will cheer you, and what is more peaceful than looking through fond memories of the months-gone-by?
Thank you for dropping by. As always, it’s a pleasure to have you.
Remember, less than a week until daylight savings begins, and only 17 days until the vernal equinox. Hang in there!
Linking to a few lovely parties this week~
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