9 More Days and 9 More Quotes

9 More Days and 9 More Quotes

Counting Down to V-Day I found this great post on BuzzFeed.com called 39 Best Things Ever Said About Love. I decided it would be fun to countdown to Singles Awareness Day (aka Valentine’s Day to all the lovebirds out there) … Continue reading

It’s Been A While…

Me and my dog Ruby

My Blogging Lull It’s been over a week since I last blogged. I have to admit, my blogs have been mostly daily gratitude journal entries and quotes of the day, which isn’t the most exciting stuff on the planet. I … Continue reading

Counting My Blessings

I’m currently laying in bed in my temporary dream room (more to come on that) next to my mini pink christmas tree falling asleep to the movie, White Christmas. If you haven’t seen this movie and you’re a fan of musicals, you MUST. It’s one of my favorite holiday movies.

The song, “Count Your Blessings” just came on and it really hit home, especially since I just wrote my gratitude journal entry for the day.

So I guess I have one more “blessing” to count in my gratitude journal tonight:

7. White Christmas being on Netflix.

Thanksgiving Banner

In my last post, I talked about using bunting and banners as holiday decoration. Now I can show you how easy and fun they are, because I made my own!

Thanksgiving Banner

This banner was super quick and easy to make. I think it took me less than 15 minutes.

I had some extra scrapbooking paper on hand, so I picked out a few patterns that reminded me of fall. Then, I cut the same size triangle out of all of them.

Scrapbook paper cut into flags

(A good tip: figure out how big you want each flag – or triangle – to be with your first piece of paper and then use that as a stencil for the rest.)

Then, I wrote out each letter on a separate flag with metallic gold acrylic paint.

This paint is great for fall. I’ve been using it in all of my crafts in the past few weeks because I love it so much!

Folkart Metallic Gold Acrylic PaintGold "E"

After the paint dried, I outlined each letter with a brown sharpie to make the letters stand out against the busy patterns.

Then, I punched a hole in each corner of the flag and threaded yarn through each hole.

Its so simple and it was a free and festive decoration since I had everything on hand!

What do you have in your craft stash that you could transform into fun holiday decoration?



It’s That Time of Year!

Happy Halloween! It is officially the holiday season, which means lots of festive decorations and gift ideas to come from Martha: The College Years.

Paper Halloween Banner

Photo by Karina Bunches and Bits (Flickr.com)

Decorating for all of the festivities in the next few months is a blast (especially for those of us with DIY addictions), but “decking the halls” for each holiday can get a bit pricey.

Banners and buntings are a great way to decorate your home on a budget. They’re easy to make and can easily be interchanged for different upcoming celebrations.

“A banner alone can make a whole room look festive.”

  – Katie Combs, Cal Poly Physics Student    

Banners can be made out of a variety of materials. The Halloween banner in the picture above is simply made out of basic construction paper in various colors and shapes.

Bunting can also be made of fabric. How adorable is this floral bunting? These colors would be great for Easter or spring.

Colorful Fabric Bunting

Photo by sweetjessie (Flickr.com)

A recently popular material in the DIY world is burlap.

The rustic and utilitarian look of burlap adds texture to decorations. Many decorators use this to contrast soft elements in their decor.

“There has been a huge increase in the popularity of burlap lately. Once people realized what a universal and inexpensive material burlap is, they found ways to incorporate it into their design aesthetics.”

– Sara Arroyo, Cal Poly  RPTA Student

Burlap Heart

Burlap is a great fabric to use for banners because:

  • it’s fairly inexpensive
  • it compliments many different colors
  • it can be used for almost any holiday or event decor
  • it’s trendy
  • it’s easy to work with (you don’t have to hem the edges)

(click here for more DIY ideas that use burlap)

Banners are also a fun way to display messages. Kelsey Soderstrom is a floral and decor assistant designer at Adornments Flowers & Finery. She says,

“There is an endless amount of ways one could incorporate bunting/banners in an event or household decor. I think my favorite way is with sweet words or sayings. They can really add a sentimental feel to any decor.”

Because bunting can be made with diverse materials and customized in so many ways, they are a perfect holiday decoration. Just string a holiday banner across a bare wall and feel the room come to life with festivity!

(Click here to read an article about the bunting & banner trend on HGTV.com)

What materials are you making your holiday banner out of?

Check back on Martha: The College Years to see my holiday banner along with a ton of upcoming DIY gift ideas.