When you purchase a printable collection, you get so much. But have you ever thought about how to stretch those printables? I’m challenging myself to do that with this weekend’s Night Owl Sleepover and the printables I’m working with from Love the Day.
Lindi’s collection includes a door sign that reads, “Welcome Little Owls” as well as patterned papers. I thought it would be fun to turn the patterned papers into loops to create a border around the sign.
- Paper cutter
- Coordinating ribbon
- USPS Priority Mail box (they call this the 7x7x6 box)
- Thick glue dots
- Clear packing tape
1 – Print out your welcome sign and 10 of the patterned papers. Trim the white borders off your welcome sign and patterned papers. The size will be around 8″ x 10″.
2 – Cut each of the patterned papers into 1″ wide x 8″ long strips.
3 – Choose the order in which you want your loops to appear.
4 – Place your welcome sign in the center of the flat USPS box and trace around it with a pencil.
5 – Turn your box over and place the ribbon that will be your hanging loop on the center top. Use four glue dots to secure the ribbon to the back, then cover that with packing tape.
6 – Turn your box back over and make your first loop. Place this at the top left corner of your box, about half way above your line. Open your stapler flat and staple the bottom of the loop in place. The double thickness of the box will keep the staples from poking out the backside.
Add the next loop directly below the first and put it about 1/2″ below the line you drew. You’ll continue zig-zagging up and down, adding loops. Line up the bottoms of your loops with each other to maintain a straight line.
If you get to the end of the box and still have some of it showing, cover it up with a loop.
7 – Now you need to get ready to turn the corner of the box. Take a scrap of paper and mark the distance between the bottom of the lower loop and the bottom of the upper loop. Use that to draw a guideline on the right side of the box. (Remember that your lower loop is placed inside the welcome sign border you drew earlier.)
8 – Start placing your loops along the right side. Slightly overlap the staples from the loops on the top side.
9 – When you approach the corner of your welcome sign outline, start the bottom row of loops.
10 – Take your bottom row all the way across the bottom of the box. Then turn the corner and begin the left side row of loops.
Here’s the finished set of loops.
11 – Lay the welcome sign in the center of your box. You may still have some staples showing. So, take your 1.5″ ribbon and cut two long sides and two short sides. You’ll need to measure your own open area and sign to create about a 1/2″ border around the sign.
When you cut your ribbon, you need to create mitered corners. Place two lengths of ribbon together and so when you cut, you’ll get the same angle.
12 – Lay your ribbon in place and tack it down with your packing tape. This will allow you to make sure you have the placement right with the mitered corners matching well.
13 – When you have the placement where you want it, use a sliver of tape on each inside corner of ribbon. Then add a glue dot at each corner to hold your sign in place. Add your sign, and you’re done!