Monday, November 14, 2011

vintage thanksgiving book banner

I wanted to share with y'all a super fun and easy vintage-inspired craft that you can make for your home. (You might remember I made one similar to this for Ruth and Joseph's room last spring).

I love that this project can be customized for whatever occasion you want.  All you have to do is find the right book! (I found mine at a thrift store for about 50 cents!)

materials needed:
vintage book, hole punch, scissors or rotary cutter, twine/yarn/ribbon

the fantastic little vintage book I used, "Thanksgiving Time" by Esther Mary Schenk (circa 1954), was not in the greatest condition as you can see in the photo, but that was not a problem for this project. I just used the pages that had not been damaged.

I ripped out all the pages of the book

Then, I trimmed up the pages I wanted to use and cut them all the same size

I then decided which side of each page I wanted to use and laid them all out in order

I stacked them together and punched two holes at the top with a hole punch

Then, the stringing together of the pages began.

(I love how the twine looks, but it was quite time consuming to use because the vintage pages were so fragile. Several of the holes ripped and I had to stop and tape them together. I think if I had to do over again, I might have used yarn... Just a thought.)

And oila!! Isn't it cute?!
I tacked up two pushpins on the wall on either end of the banner. Then, I just knotted the ends of the twine around the push pins.  Easy as pie! (pumpkin pie, that is. ;) )

And the page reads,
"Daddy said, 'We give thanks for all we have.'"

I also really love that other page with Grandpa eating a turkey leg! :)

(And do you see Leo and Benjamin at the bottom of the photo. So sweet!)

so many wonderful vintage illustrations from the 50's!

it definitely makes my dining room (aka work/craft studio) more festive now!

So, what do you think?!

If you decide to make one, too, I'd love to see photos!
So many possibilities with this easy and fun craft project...

here's a little heads up: I am doing a GIVEAWAY on Wednesday! 
(It involves jewelry, so make sure you come and enter! :) )

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  1. Love your banner ! ! ! Those were the days ! ! Let's see.....I was 11 years old in 1954 when that book was probably the yellowed pages...does that make me old ? :)

  2. what do I think? I LOVE IT! such a great idea lora, love love love it, and it turned out darling!!! The possibilities are endless here!

  3. Your whole corner looks sweet and cozy! What a great idea- I love the book you found :)

  4. This is wonderful Lora!! It looks beautiful! Your home looks so very cozy and warm!

  5. Hi Lora, that book banner for Thanksgiving is adorable. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris



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