I spent some time last week looking up information on how to create great blog photos since I’m not determined to start using my real camera. The best tip I took away: use natural light. So naturally the first weekend I choose to start focusing on photography is gray and dreary, not to mention the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. And to top it off, the final project ended up in the basement which has essentially zero lights. Go me!
I debated saving the project for a brighter day but 1) I thought my husband might stab me if I left my supplies out for another week and 2) I really really REALLY wanted to make this banner. So I took photos in the dark. I made a promise and I was going to keep it, dang it.
So without further adieu, here is my festive sequins banner tutorial (slightly adapted from A BeautifulMess).
Elastic sequins in gold; 4 yards wide (approx. 1 1/2 inch), 2 yards thin (approx. 7/8 inch). Ideally I would have used 5 thick and 1 thin but things didn’t quite work out
Scissors and Exacto knife
Jute, twine, ribbon or string of some kind
1. Start by printing out the letters you want to use to make your banner. I should have measured my sequins to make the letters double the size (to fit two strips evenly) but I printed before I bought the ribbon. Thankfully I made it work.
2. Trace your letters onto your cardboard and cut them out. I used an Exacto knife, but scissors might work depending how thick your cardboard is.
3. Decide how you want your sequins to lay. I ended up using smaller cuts, especially with the round letters like c and s, so that I could have the sequins lay the same way as much as possible. I did change it up on the e’s because it worked out better, and I don’t think you can see much of a difference between the vertical or the horizontal strips.
4. Start gluing your pieces to your letters. Make sure to leave a little on the top and bottom to fold over the letter. This will give a nicer finish to each letter. I used a combination of wide sequins (approx 1 1/2 inches) and thin (7/8 inch) and it worked really well to fill out the letters.
5. Once the front of the letter has sequins glued on, turn the letter over and glue down the ends onto the back. I was able to manipulate mine a bit to better see the curvature of the c and s.
6. Space your letters out evenly and measure a length of string or cording to use to hang your banner. I just eyeballed mine, but I’d say I used about 3 feet of jute. I started with the middle letters, so the two e’s, and centered them. Flip the letters over and hot glue them to your rope or cording.
7. Finish gluing each of your letters to your cord and let your glue set completely. I cut the jute between the posts of the h, but feel free to leave it. Then decide where to hang your fabulous sequins banner!
I’m really proud of this project. Not only did I do it in time for the holidays (my goal was to have it for New Years, so I’m actually early), but it was easier than I thought and turned out great. That’s a rarity in my life.
I hope you like my festive banner. I promise I’m going to take a photo in the daylight and throw open the basement curtains to give you an awesome picture as soon as I can!