Monday, August 16, 2010

last minute "moving-in" diy

We spent the weekend moving into our apartment.  In the process, I focused on cleaning our sub-lease while Jeremy focused on moving the contents of our storage unit into the apartment.  So, on Friday, while picking up cleaning supplies and such at Target, I picked up a cute front doormat.  I sent the doormat with Jeremy early Saturday morning, along with a quick Welcome Home banner constructed late Friday night. He was able to hang the banner and set out the doormat before he left to come "move" us over to the new apartment. And there they sat waiting for our arrival.

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I think the doormat and the banner were just the thing the girls needed to make the entrance into their new home a little bit more exciting and special.  When they asked who made the banner I told them, "I did" and I was immediately smothered with a big hug and a heartfelt "thank you" from the girls.  I tell ya, it's the little things that matter most sometimes.

So, in honor of this week of blogging my 200th post, I thought I would share this simple DIY with you.

The late-night-constructed banner was made with what few things I could find on hand that were not already packed in boxes. I had a sharpie (for marking the contents of the boxes), yarn  (waiting to be returned to a neighbor from a brief knitting phase, and by brief I mean 20 minutes), ledger paper (found at my new favorite local thrift shop and set out last minute with high hope of making a banner) and scissors (for opening up boxes and cutting shelf liner) and finally packing tape (for taping closed the boxes at the sub-lease).

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First, I folded my ledger paper in thirds.

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Next, I cut out a scallop shape.  Then, I did this four more times. 

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Then I wrote the letters on each piece.

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Finally, I taped them to the yarn. So Easy!

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This would really make a cute going away present too. Pick up a cute doormat and then make this simple banner.

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Keep checking back this week for more fun and my giveaway coming up on my 200th post (l love it, by the way!).  Become a follower over in the left-hand sidebar so you can find out when I post the giveaway. I'll be back soon!

-diane

7 comments:

Laura said...

cute idea:).

Kimber-Leigh said...

super cute (and easy!) idea! and i love your red door!

The Morginskys said...

sad day....but cute sign!

Suzanne said...

So...what's your new favorite local thrift shop? And super cute post, by the way :)

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

so cute!!

diane said...

Suzanne, my new favorite thrift store is Unique Thrift. near our "summer home." The last time I went with Jeremy we found lots of cool stuff.

Gussy said...

your blog is so fun! :] thanks for stopping by mine so I can stop by YOURS! xoxo.