I started working on my mantel for Christmas. I’m not ready to show the whole mantel yet, but I wanted to share my “believe” banner.

I started with glitter stickers, pom-pom fringe and small cupcake liners.

I printed this off The Graphics Fairy blog. If you haven’t been there before. Check it out. There’s so many wonderful free things to print off. I wanted to have Christmas text in the background, even though it’s not going to be very readable once it’s finished.

I used a 1 3/4″ punch for the circles. 

Then applied the glitter stickers to the circles.

I simply flattened the cupcake liners using my fingers. They won’t be perfectly flat.

Then I attached the paper to the cupcake liners using a glue stick.

I wanted to add some color to the banner, so I decided to glitter some clothespins red. I used this glitter, because it was the only red I had and I was trying to use things I already had around the house. I actually like the really fine glitter better.

I secured the finished letters to the pom-pom fringe with the clothespins. 

The ends of the banner looked a little blah, so I used wire to twist together some ornaments.

And attached them to the hooks holding the banner.

I’m pleased with how it turned out. You could add more layers to the banner by attaching larger cupcake liners or larger circles to the back. Or you could even cut out large triangles and attach the letters to them. Hmmm, maybe I’ll be adding a little something to my banner later.

Happy decorating!

I’m linking to:

Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Countdown to Christmas Party at Domestically Speaking
DIY Project Parade at The DIY Show Off
Home for the Holidays at It’s a Blog Party
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie
Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog
Holiday Highlights Linky Party at The DIY Showoff
Transformations Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Frugalicious Fridayat Finding Fabulous
Christmas Craft Link Party at Centsational Girl
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KJ@letsgoflyakite November 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Your garland is beautiful, everything about it. You can never go wrong with pompom trim, and with the silver it reminds me of snowballs.

Kori November 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

So cute!! I love the cupcake liner idea…cute for the kitchen (and where you have yours, of course!). I’ve been hemming and hawing over making a banner (don’t ask why, I wouldn’t know what to say) and think I’m gonna try your version!!

Heather November 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I looked for the Christas Carol text and couldn’t find it on the site. I would be grateful if you would point the way.

With gratitude,

Chantel November 28, 2010 at 12:24 am

You always have the best banners! Looks great :-)

Kat November 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I love that you used cupcake liners! What a clever idea!

Sarah November 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I absolutely love this!! What a great blog you have here. Get ready to be bookmarked! :)

The Answer Is Chocolate November 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I love your banner and it caught my eye not only because it’s beautiful but because I just linked up a “Believe” banner at Stephanie Lynn’s too lol.

Madigan at madiganmade November 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Just darling! I love the ornaments on the end. They are a perfect touch.

Samantha November 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm

What an adorable banner! I love it!

Natali November 29, 2010 at 4:38 am

This is SOOOOO cute! I am totally making one for me! :) Love your blog. Check mine out at alottalovely.blogspot.com

Lisa RoomByRoom November 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

I love it! The cupcake liner idea is inspired. Fantastic.

Stephanie Lynn November 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Hi Leanne. This is so pretty! I love that it’s cupcake liners – so clever! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today – stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a fabulous week ~ Stephanie Lynn

Nan York November 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Such a clever idea I love it. I’m for putting glitter on those clothespins perfect touch of color !!

Marie November 30, 2010 at 3:15 am

Hi Leanne,
very pretty and a wonderful idea! TFS. Have a lovely day.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy November 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

This is darling!! I love that you used ball fringe with it, such a great touch! Thanks for linking this up to Brag Monday.

Cindy Adkins December 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Absolutely precious!!! I love your red glitter!!!
So beautiful!!!

Amanda December 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) This will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

If you would like a “featured by” button, you can grab one here!

Haley Davis December 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

Oooo So clean! Fabulous!

Michelle December 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

What a great idea! Very cute…

Melissa December 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm

So pretty! I love anything with text (or music notes) as a background, especially for something like your banner. And the ornaments on the ends add so much!

Suzanne December 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

I love this! No folding paper for hours~and it looks fantastic!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design December 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Very cute! The liners are a great idea!

Rosemarie Diehl December 8, 2010 at 7:22 am

Your banner is beautiful! Love the clever use of the cupcake liners!!

shannon December 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I love your banner! Very creative idea with the cupcake liners too. Fabulous!

Jen December 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

This is super cute & looks really easy to do!
Love it!

Amy March 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I realize that I am just now seeing this after Christmas, but I am sitting her at the beginning of March trying to get my jaw off the counter. Brilliant I tell you!! Thank you so much for your blog. I don’t know how I happened upon it exactly but I have gotten so many ideas from it already. The biggest one being my mantle, so thank you!

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