What's one of the hottest trends in crafting right now? Banners!

What's one of the hottest trends in crafting right now? Banners!

A butterfly banner is an easy, festive project that parents and children can work on together. Switch out the butterflies for pumpkins, cornucopias, or candy canes to make banners for every holiday season!

HOW YOU DO IT

1. Cut your ribbon or string as long as you want your garland to be, plus 18 inches on each end for ties. Allow for a little drooping to get the full effect.
2. Use the butterfly template provided (or make your own) to trace at least 10 butterflies onto stiff felt.
3. Cut out butterflies using pointed scissors. Kids and adults can do this together - be sure to supervise use of scissors. (Tip: Use leftover felt to cut out circles or flowers to go in between the butterflies on the banner.)
4. Lay out fabric scraps and embellishments in containers on the work table. Give each child a pair of scissors and container of glue and let them decorate individual butterflies as they wish.
5. Use a hole punch to punch two holes at the top of each butterfly wing. (Adults are best suited for this task - younger children may not be strong enough to punch through the felt.)
6. Starting from the back, lace the string through each hole in the wings. (Tip: Wrap a bit of clear tape around the end of the string to make it pointed and stronger.)
7. Hang the banner in a prominent place in your home!

Olivera Bratich owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home decor and more. For more information, visit whollycraft.net.
AmyD is a full-time crafter and mother of three. Her clothing is flattering and functional, designed for busy women with a sense of fun and humor. Her aprons, skirts, and dresses are available at Wholly Craft and madebyamyd.com.