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Remember that wreath I knocked up earlier this month to welcome a little early springtime goodness?

Well, it’s had a bit of a facelift.

As well you know by now, we at OneandSeventy observe the seasons and their corresponding holidays astronomically. So, in celebration of yesterday’s Spring Equinox, it was time to refresh our early spring decor with a few Ostara (Easter) touches.

Like a new banner for my wreath.

For the last couple of years, I’ve been using a banner I made by hand to decorate my Ostara mantel.

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Ostara (Easter) Mantel 2014

 

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Ostara / Easter Mantel 2015

Despite being a couple of years old, it’s still in really good nick, but I had a hankering to create something new, something a little smaller to update my wreath.

Although not many specifically for Ostara, there are hundreds of Easter banner DIYs out there. And I’ve probably pinned most of them.

Shocker.

So I took all that inspiration and created something similar for my needs.

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What I used:

  • Various papers in spring colours
  • White cardstock
  • Foam craft squares
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Floristry wire to attach ribbon to wreath (or you could use glue, if you don’t mind making it permanent)
  • White paper daisy with crystal embellishments (optional)

Cricut Files:

  • Pennants – Scallop Pennant – #M3D64A (I ended up removing the scallop layer)
  • Label – photo frame label – #M43D19
  • Font – Layered Monogram

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How to make a banner on the Cricut

The Cricut Explore Air made light work of cutting the pennants and labels, as well as drawing all the letters and a second label layer, which I used to create silver border. All I had to do was assemble the pieces.

Of course, you don’t need a Cricut; you can do what I did with my old banner and design and cut everything by hand, but a cutting machine does make life much easier (and a lot more fun!)

I attached each letter to its pennant using foam squares, glued the completed pennants to ribbon, then fixed the whole thing to the wreath using florist wire.

Hands up if you can guess where the ribbon originally came from.

No?

I’ll give you a clue.

Think clothing.

Give up?

They actually came from a blouse!

Yep. I joined together two of those irritating ribbons that seem to poke out of ladies’ garments at every opportunity. You know, the ones sewn into EVERY new top or pair of trousers?

Like many women, I cut those babies out as soon as I get my purchases home (after the fashion show, obvs.) but rather than throw them away, they become part of my craft stash.

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To hang a banner.

Or decorate a card.

It seems those ribbons come in handy after all!

So, here’s my refreshed spring wreath, complete with its new Ostara banner. As an afterthought, I added some white paper daisies that I had to hand. I especially like them for their crystal centres and tend to use them a lot when making greetings cards. I feel they add the finishing touch, don’t you?

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Just to remind you what it was like before, here’s the spring version. I’ll be safely storing this banner with the rest of my Ostara decor, ready for next year.

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There’s still plenty of time to give this project a go yourself. You’ll find the rest of the supplies I used for the wreath here. Simply swap “Ostara” for “Easter”, or even “Spring”.

If you do try it, please let me know how you get on. As always, I’d love to hear what you think, so drop a comment below and let me know, or tag me in your pictures on Instagram or Twitter!

Stay tuned for another easy Easter craft project coming up soon.

A hui hou,

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