Yep - I am still working on tie items for my friends baby shower. But, I am on the home stretch. I have only a few more key chains and coffee cozy's to make. In the meantime while I am watching TV with the hubby in the evening I have been making some decorations for the shower. Initially I wanted to use real ties to make all of the decorations, but alas I don't think I will have enough ties, time or energy to make that happen. So, I had to improvise. Here's a fun fact for you, back in the day I was an avid scrapbooker and card maker. I have fallen off that train a bit and moved onto other things but of course I still have a huge stash of supplies! I love printed paper almost as much as I love ties. If you haven't guessed yet, prints and patterns are a definite weak point of mine. So, back to my love of printed paper. Upon pondering what decorations to make and considering the time frame I had to work with I decided that I had enough printed paper in my stash to make decorations. I love etsy and have noticed these adorable banners that people have been making for parties etc. well, a shower is a form of a party so why can't I make one?
Beautiful, colored and patterned paper
Yarn or String
Of course I couldn't make just a plain banner! Oh no, mine had to be tie themed! So, I went to one of my favorite places on the web, Google images. I found this awesome tie image by "googling" tie outline tie template. I printed it onto a piece of card stock since I knew I would be using it a bunch and wanted to make sure it was relatively sturdy.
Next, I went through my collection of paper and picked out the pieces I wanted to use. My friend didn't want "baby" colors at her shower, she prefers bolder, manlier colors (she is having a boy so manly colors are appropriate.)
After selecting my paper, I traced the tie onto the back of the paper. I fit four ties on each 12x12 piece. I tried really hard to fit a fifth on one but I could not make it happen.
Next, I punched a whole on each side of the tie.
Then, I strung all of the ties onto a doubled up piece of yarn. I doubled it so that the ties would stay in place without adding knots to keep the ties in place.
I left a long tail on each side of the banner so that I could tie it into place easily on windows etc. For a patio door I ended up using 12 ties.
You may be sad (or happy) to find out that I only have two more tie tutorials to share with you before the shower. And, of course I will share some pics of the shower with you so you can see how fab everything turned out. My friend Nicole (who had the original idea for a tie themed shower) and the brains behind the blog More Beets Please is cooking up most of the food and I can't wait to taste her amazing dishes. She is a MARVELOUS cook.