I am bursting at the seams with news today! There is probably no need for me to go into how much I adore summertime (since I already have here, here, and here.) But needless to say when I was asked to participate in two Summer Blog Hops with some of my most favorite bloggers, I was pumped. Join with a bunch of other bloggers all sharing favorite summer projects? Yes, please!
Today I’ve got an awesome summer project to share plus projects from other some other fabulous bloggers and an amazing giveaway to the best store on Earth. That’s right folks: time for some Target shopping! Plus, this Thursday, June 12th, you are most definitely going to want to come back to link up your own favorite summer projects.
As much as I love, love, love summer, I did not want to spend a lot of time making something that can only be used for a few months of the year. So I decided to tackle a project that can be reused over and over for pretty much any occasion or season. And this little reusable wooden banner just happens to be the perfect reminder of what summer is all about.
I have been eyeing this stack of scrap wood left over from my foyer plank wall for the past couple of months just waiting for the right opportunity to use it and this was definitely it! If you don’t happen to have a convenient little stack of painted wood scraps, don’t worry, this is still really easy and inexpensive to make.
plywood scraps or a small 2’ x 2’ sheet of plywood
jigsaw or other saw
The first thing you need to do is cut your wood into triangles. This is definitely the most intimidating part of the project but it is really not difficult. First, decide how big you want your triangles to be; mine are four inches wide and around eight inches long. Just measure to make sure your bottom point is centered and then use a straight edge to draw lines from that center point to the top corners. Once you have cut your first triangle, you can simply use it as a pattern to trace onto your other pieces of wood.
(And, seriously, do not be intimidated by the jigsaw. They are really simple to use and only cost around $30 and can be used for so many different projects).
Once you have your wooden triangles cut, use the drill to drill two holes into the top of each triangle. Again, once you do the first one, you can use it as a pattern to mark where the holes on all of the other pieces should go.
Lightly sand the edges of your wooden pieces to remove any rough edges. This is a good time to paint your triangles (if they weren’t already painted like mine). You can use one color, different colors for each one, or a layered approach like I did. For more info on the colors I use, check out this post on my plank wall.
I chose to use twine to hang my banners because I like the rustic look it gives, but it turns out there is an added bonus to using twine. When you string the plywood onto the rough twine the two materials grip each other and stay in place. I didn’t have to tie anything and can easily adjust my banner pieces or add and remove triangles.
Then add your letters. I chose to use chipboard letters attached with simple double-sided tape. This keeps everything 100% reusable. The letters can easily be switched or just removed altogether.
And since the triangles are just loosely strung on the twine, they can be removed and rearranged however you want to make a whole new message. And that is what makes this wooden banner so awesome. To be honest, even though it was pretty easy to make, it would be way too much work for a one season craft. But I am already imaging all of the occasions it can be used for and all of the places it can go.
Right now my banner says Adventure Awaits. This is my summer message; it’s a reminder that summer is short and it is meant to be embraced. And to make sure I really take advantage of that reminder, I hung it very purposefully right under the TV. Because summer is not for watching bad reruns – it is for hiking to waterfalls, swimming at the lake, taking impromptu road trips. (Ok, and maybe just the teeny-tiniest little bit of trashy TV.)
Of course, in between adventures, summer is also for DIY and my blogger friends have some more awesome summer projects for you!
Here are even more ideas to kick off your summer in style
And to kick this summer off with an even bigger bang, I’m also joining up with another group of 30 amazing bloggers in a Patriotic Summer Blog Hop. The challenge is to create a patriotic project without using red, white, and blue. I’m really looking forward to this – this is going to be a tough one for me since I don’t really decorate for holidays but I love a good challenge!
For the next four weeks, all 30+ projects will be shared on some of the most awesome blogs around. I can’t wait to see all of the inspirational projects and I know you will find some inspiration as well. To celebrate summer and the 4th of July holiday, we want to give one lucky reader a $310 Target Gift Card! The giveaway will end on July 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm.
Now, before you head out, be sure to head over to Addicted 2 DIY to check out our first inspiring project from the amazing Katie! And the line-up for the rest of the week includes Life on Virginia Street, Southern State of Mind, Paper & Fox and Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body. Be sure to check their blogs throughout the week to see their amazing projects.
Sharing this project at Made by you Monday, Monday Funday, The Makers, Hit me with Your Best Shot, Inspiration Gallery, Caffeinated Crafters, Motivational Monday, Link Party Palooza, The Creative Collection, Fun in the Sun.