Thrifty Thursday & a GIVEAWAY!! :)

Posted in Digital Download Art Projects, giveaways!, Main, Sharing the Handmade Love, Thrifty Thursday! at 5:54 pm by carrie

So… what’s more thrifty than FREE? :)

I finished the “CURIOUS” Halloween pennant banner, and you can make one, too! :) The floral designs on each little triangle were originally hand-painted by me and were inspired by vintage fabric and wallpaper designs.

I made this in a few easy steps… and if you like this idea, the pattern is available to download for FREE… just click on the two images below to download the PDF’s!

Here’s how you do it!

First, you’ll need…

1. a printer and a computer (and they should talk to each other… hehe)
2. cardstock to print the pennant on
3. Scissors
4. 3 different colors of glitter (I used one Art Glitter Institute vintage glass glitter and 2 Martha Stewart mylar glitters in black and orange)
5. 7 large rhinestones & 7 medium rhinestones (I used clear)
6. a hole punch
7. A grommet punch-clamp thing
8. 14 grommets (1/8″ is ideal)
9. Hot glue gun
10. A thin ribbon in black, gray or orange

Let’s get started!

1. Download the free pennant art by clicking on the two images below:

Click here to download page 1

Click here to download page 2

2. Cut out your little triangles, leaving an 1/8″ border around them.
Optional: Cut out the C-U-R-I-O-U-S letters, too, also leaving an 1/8″ border around the edges. You don’t have to cut them out, but I did so in this demonstration because I wanted the letters to look 3 dimensional. I added the “Curious” letters on each triangle, too, in case you wanted to decorate them directly on the triangles instead of having an extra layer and an extra step.

3. We’re getting ready to add the grommets. You don’t have to add grommets, but I did :) I punched holes first (and you can stick to this step if you want to keep it easy and string your ribbon through punched grommet-less holes). Punch two holes at the top, about 1/2″ from each side and 1/2″ from the top.

4. This is what the grommets and the grommet punch thing looks like. You can get them at Michaels or AC Moore or another craft or sewing supply store. I used the cheapie silver but they come in every color you can think of :)

5. I then added the grommets…

6. Then, I added silver glass glitter to the borders of all the pennants… Make sure to tap off any excess glitter really well. The glass glitter is heavy and sparkly and looks sort of old-timey. I think they sell it at Michaels, but I got mine online at www.artglitter.com. (Be careful, it’s addicting!!!)

7. Next, I added glitter and one rhinestone to the inside outlined area of each letter… Make sure to tap off any excess glitter really well.

8. I then added large rhinestones to the bottom of each triangle. Then all the little triangles got a break to dry for about 30 minutes.

9. I then came in with the black glitter on the letters, outlining the silver that I did earlier. I used Martha Stewart’s mylar glitter from Michaels for this. This stuff is really lightweight and gets everywhere, so be careful! It was so much easier dumping the glitter in these little plastic dishes (see below). That way, any glue over spill didn’t stick to the table or anything I was working on, all wet glue touched glitter becoming not-wet glue AND it’s easier to clean up because it’s in a dish with a deep lip. I left the letters in the glitter for a bit to dry. About 30-45 minutes later, I fished them out and used a small paintbrush to gently brush off the excess glitter back into the dish.

10. The final glitter step is in the orange glitter. Again, this is Martha Stewart’s mylar glitter. I used the orange to add a thin outline around all the letters… it sort of finished off the whole look :)

11. These guys sat in the glitter overnight… but I think you would only need to leave them for about an hour. I wanted to make sure they were good and dry!

12. So, here they are… ready to be assembled!

13. Plug in your glue gun…

14. While that’s heating up, I strung some thin black and white polka-dot ribbon through the grommets… like so…

15. Then, I put little gobs of hot glue on each little arm or area of each letter… and glued it down to each triangle. You could use regular white glue, but the hot glue added some bulk so the letters “popped” up a little bit.

And voila… you have a little Halloween pennant garland :)

This is our first download… so if you decide to do it, please let me know how it went :) And if you send me pictures of your finished project, I will post them on here for all the world to see ;) (If you want!) :)

And… the other news-of-the-day….

We’re having a giveaway!!

I’m giving away the following:

1. That little set of three Halloween guys I glittered up the other day:

2. A black ruffled scarf:

3. A hand-glittered Halloween cupcake rosette:

Here’s how this works…
Leave a comment on this blog post and you will be put in the drawing. One entry per person, please :) I will draw three names using our random number generator next week on Tuesday, October 19th at 3pm EST. Winners will be notified via email that they have won, so please be sure to add your current email into the “E-mail” field in your comment.



  1. Eleanor said,

    October 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I love how you can take anything plain and make is fancy and cute and special!!! It’s so cool to have a friend who is as creative as you are! I especially love the little Halloween guys…so cute and sparkly! :)

  2. Graycee said,

    October 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Love the pennant! Very cool!

  3. Rachael said,

    October 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for the free downloadable project! I have used the backgrounds I bought from you a bazillion times and always gotten “curious” questions about where I got such pretty handpainted designs– so this banner is a perfect addition to my VAB collection!

  4. Lauren said,

    October 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Ooh everything is so cute! I really like the 3 little glittery guys… and all that glitters in general :) I’m not sure if my comment counts for the giveaway since it’s technically Friday – I keep odd hours. Either way- very awesome stuff – keep it coming! xoxo

  5. Nita@ModVintageLife said,

    October 15, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Oh…I love that banner. I really need to make one. So glad you left me a comment so that I could find you. I’m adding you to my blog roll.

    I totally would love that black ruffle scarf!

  6. Leanne said,

    October 15, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Carrie, that is adorable! Good Job! I am so glad to see you busting out the projects again…I bet it feels good,Huh!

  7. deb said,

    October 15, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I LOVE the banner Carrie!! So happy to hear from you. I just posted about the banner and giveaway on my blog. :) Hope you’re doing well.

  8. Alicia said,

    October 15, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Glittery awesomeness! I love the banner!

  9. Amy Baldwin said,

    October 15, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Wow! What a great giveaway, and the banner you made is so adorable and festive! Love all the glitter!

  10. Mom said,

    October 15, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I want that.

  11. michelle said,

    October 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    thanks for stopping by and entering my giveaway! And, just in time as the winner will be announced tomorrow! nice to meet you. will be back to look around! Bonne Chance!

  12. jocelan said,

    October 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    great tutorial i am going to link you to my blog too!

  13. Laurie Star said,

    October 16, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Wow! Such pretties you are giving away! Deb from SIWL sent me over so here I am checking out your blog. Thanks for a chance to win!

  14. Suzie Button said,

    October 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I love your banner and the glitter on everything is just fantastic! thanks for a sweet giveaway! Suzie

  15. Kristina Lynch said,

    October 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Love your pennant project!!! So so cute “) You should be in magazines!
    If I find time on my psuedo days off I’m a gonna make one “)
    Nice to see tons of comments too! Don’t put me in the contest though, I’ve won
    before, it’s someone elses turn  Love ya!

  16. Roeshel@ The DIY Show Off said,

    October 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I LOVE IT! It’s so nice to “meet” you! I know I’m too late for the giveaway (darn it!) but I wanted to thank you for sharing your creativity and great tutorial in the DIY Show Off Fall Festival. I’m going to post a picture and link in this week’s highlights. Please feel free to grab an “I’m Featured” button from my blog if you’d like. Thanks again – it’s gorgeous!

    Now, off to check out more of your blog. :)

    Happy fall!

  17. Mary Feagley said,

    October 29, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Looks great! Love your pumpkins in the compotes, too!


  18. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said,

    October 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Your “curious” banner is really cute, I like the letters on top of the printed paper. However, I really, really like how you set your pumpkins in the top of your pedestal bowls, simple yet elegant.

  19. art tea life said,

    January 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I didn’t know you had done this ! THIS IS REALLY COOL

    Its soo pretty !

    love the tutorial – SO WELL DONE !!

    brava brava (clapppppinggggg)

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