Monday, July 23, 2012

{DIY fringed tissue "sweets" banner}

Our entire wedding took place outdoors which meant that our only option for hanging things was suspending it between palm trees or building backdrops (like this or this).  For the dessert table, we decided rather than build another backdrop, we would add all the interest to the front of the table with a statement sign.  I choose to make a huge "sweets" sign using foam core and fringed tissue after seeing this party a while back. Other than picking which direction to go with this project I actually cant take any credit because my amazing bridesmaids crafted this a few months before the wedding when we all got together for a wedding related craft session.

what you need:

  • tissue paper in various colors (at least three different colors will give you a good variation in the design)
  • box cutter or exacto knife
  • fringe scissors (not necessary but will make your life significantly easier)
  • glue runner or double sided tape
  • foam core boards (one per letter)
  • ribbon
  1. trace letters on foam core- my sweets banner was about as tall as the table so we used one piece of foam core per letter. You will not need to worry about being neat with the pen marks of the tracing since you will be covering them later
  2. cut letters out using a box cutter or exacto knife
  3. cut out fringed tissue pieces by cutting strips of tissue about an inch wide then fringe the entire length of your strips making sure to leave about 1/4 inch at the top un-fringed. 
  4. starting at the bottom of your letter place your first color of tissue strip down.  Cut pieces from your long strips of fringed tissue so that they are long enough to hang off the edge of the letter a little bit. 
  5. Secure each layer of fringe with a strip of glue runner or double stick tape.  
  6. Place the next layer of fringed tissue over the last overlapping the previous layer by about 1/2 inch.  
  7. Continue placing and securing layers.  Once you have covered the entire letter you can go back and trim the edges of fringe strips off. 
  8. Hot glue the finished foam core letters to a piece of ribbon to use for hanging. 

 {foam core letters}

 {tracing remnants}

 {placing first layer of fringe at bottom of letter}

 {strip of glue for each layer of fringe}

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