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Tuesday
Mar182014

Tuesday Tips and Recipes #11

I'm getting back on track and posting a TTR on a Tuesday!  (I hope no one fell out of their seat...;)

My husband and I are in a couple's small group that meets on Monday night.  Last night we hosted a St. Patrick's Day dinner for our group.  Another family was going to host the dinner, but due to illness, the dinner was moved to our house last minute.  And, me being me, I couldn't have my friends over for a party without some decorations, so I made two St. Patty's Day "buntings" in less than 20 minutes.  Literally, less than 20 minutes. I timed myself!

For this project, I used:

scrap book paper

twine

a paper cutter

hot glue

Tip #1: If you do not have a glue gun stand, I recommend this one. I bought it at Hobby Lobby for $2.99, and it is a HUGE help, especially for this project!

Tip #2: Do not measure, just "eyeball" your triangles and start cutting.  It's okay if they aren't perfect. (Gasp!) This is a quick project. Just go!

 

I used 10 sheets of 12x12 scrap book paper, and I cut out all of these triangles (I had several left over) in eight minutes. BAM! (The ones on the left are just scraps, but I save them for my mixed media art pieces, or for my kiddos to use on their projects. Waste not, want not and all...)

Tip #3: Hang your twine where you want your finished product to go.  Trust me.  You only have a few minutes and don't have time to fuss with twisting!

Tip #4: Hot glue the paper triangles directly to the twine, WHILE IT IS HANGING ON THE WALL. This ensures exact placement and no twisting.  Maybe twisting isn't a problem for you, but every.single.time I make a bunting/banner, I lay it all nice and neat, and when I go to hang it, the pieces are all sticking the wrong directions!  By hanging the twine first and then gluing the pieces directly to the in-place twine, I eliminated all twisting.  And I was able to complete both the buntings in under 20 minutes.  (I set a timer for 20 minutes, and I literally finished with 27 seconds left, so it was close, but still under 20 minutes! clean up took about two more minutes.)

I just lined up my triangles and quickly glued them on.  This step only took a couple of minutes for each bunting.

This is not a great pic, but it is the only one I have of this bunting, and I am too lazy to go take another one. (I am actually a bit under the weather, but lazy nonetheless.)

 

Here are just a few fun shots of the "green" mantle.

 

 

And a pretty little green wreath.  The ground FINALLY thawed enough for me to pull the sled (from Christmas!) out of the ground.  I had taken the wreath and berries off of it, but it still felt Christmas-y to me! 

And here is one of my little leprechaun, all dressed up for school.  And yes, she dressed herself.  She wanted to wear every shade of green she had, and I think she rocked it! (And she LOVES doing her own hair--ponytails and headbands!) 

I hope you find some of these tips useful!  Have a great day, friends!  Enjoy the Son!

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