i should be mopping the floor: DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner

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I went a little out of the box with this DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner, but I'm super happy with the way it came out. I did use the sewing machine for mine, but if you're from the no-sew camp, you can totally use glue. Check out the tutorial below.

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
This living room of ours has been a weird challenge...but I totally did it to myself. I want to keep just cooler-toned colors in here, so it's my one room I don't use any red in. That presents a bit of a challenge for both Christmas and Valentine's decor. To keep it fairly neutral, I tend to gravitate to whites. This wax paper Valentine's banner works well for the space, though...it started out as something else, but I'm really happy with the end result.


DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
This banner took on a life of its own. I was trying to create faux capiz shells for a chandelier, but then grabbed my heart punch and thought a banner would be even more fun! I think it turned out like vellum...but for a fraction of the cost. It looks really delicate and lovely, but is actually quite durable. It worked great for this room without red! ;) 

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
 I used about a quarter of a 75 square foot roll of a wax paper for this and thread. If you prefer not to sew this (it's lickity split to sew this, y'all), you'll also need some glue. And a heart punch is the last item you'll need (I'm a punch addict, y'all). 

Grab this heart punch I used here on Amazon.

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
Use two sheets of wax paper and adhere them together with an iron on medium (I tore off 12" squares). Layering them together makes them stiff, instead of the "floppy" quality the wax paper naturally has. It makes the end piece shiny, too...which, in turn, is fun to see it bounce off the lighting in a space.

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
Once your sheets are ironed together, cut them into 3" strips. Punch hearts out of the strips. If you get a little wax build-up on your punch, use a piece of aluminum foil and punch a few hearts on it. It will sharpen and clean your blade. 

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
Once your hearts are cut, use the basic stitch and feed them through the sewing machine, layering them on the ends of each other. If you prefer, you can glue them one at a time to your thread with small dots of glue. Again, using the sewing machine makes this go so fast...it's truly the way to go here.

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
 Isn't it fun? 
My favorite part is the translucent aspect.

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
I draped it onto my mantel for some simple Valentine's decor. 

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
I tried to just use simple metals and whites on the mantel...
with the woods of the frames and mantel thrown in for some texture. 

DIY Wax Paper Valentine's Banner | This simple banner is translucent, shimmery, and a fun touch for Valentine's decor.
Happy Valentine's, y'all!




7 comments:

  1. Cute, I like your mantle arrangement and your hearts!

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  2. So pretty... I love it!
    Thank you so much for partying with us!
    Have a beautiful weekend!
    XO
    Desiree

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  3. That is super cool! I would never have thought to use wax paper for anything other than wrapping up a sandwich. ;-) Love this!

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  4. This is very cute. Question - doesn't the wax get on the iron?

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  5. Very cute!! i would never think to use that as decorations but I love the look!

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  6. How creative! I love how neutral and fun this is :)

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  7. That is a clever and cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

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