January 26, 2011
hello, lovelies! today’s guest post comes to you from one of the sweetest gals, jes from oh, buckets! she found ghtr in it’s early (early) days, and we’ve been friends ever since. whether it’s a diy project or a new item for her shop, she’s always up to something new and whimsically beautiful. i hope you enjoy getting to know her and learning about this great project! xo, bonnie
My little Sofia turned 5 this past weekend and we celebrated with her requested butterfly and heart party – what a sweet combination! I was able to use a table cloth that once belonged to my great, great grandma. It was made from an old flour sack and beautifully embellished with none other than butterflies and blue embroidery! I also made an adorable cake topper for Sofia’s little flourless chocolate heart cake, and a party pom out of cupcake liners! But, the stars of the show were the book page buntings proudly announcing Sofia and her brand new age! Read on for a super simple how-to:
What you’ll need:
An old book – I found mine at a thrift store for $0.50!
A hole puncher
Ribbon – I used 3 yards
A sharp blade and scissors
Glue or decoupage – I used the latter
Paper to make your letters/numbers/shapes or pre-cut options
Begin by cutting out the number of book pages you will need. I used a sharp blade, but scissors would work just fine. Since my little lady was turning five I chose to (mostly) use pages containing the number 5. You can cut out whatever pages you like! Then, punch two holes in the top of each page (this is where the ribbon will run thru). Because old book pages are fragile, you will want to line the back of each punched hole with reinforcement circles.
Next, cut out your letters and/or pictures. I used a Slice machine, but any similar tool would work! You could also print the letters on the computer and cut them out or purchase pre-cut letters and/or pictures from a craft store. I chose to adhere my letters with decoupage, but you could use glue. Allow the letters to dry before adding the ribbon – about 20 minutes should do.
Finally, lay your pages out in the order you want them to hang. Begin running your ribbon thru the holes – starting from the underside of each page, coming out the top, and then back down thru. Make sure to leave enough ribbon at each end for hanging. And, wa-la you’re done!