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Amber from {AE Filkins}: Shabby Chic Banner!

Hello Tatertots & Jello readers!!

{wearing my sweet necklace from Jen!}

My name is Amber from {a.e. filkins}! I’m so excited to be guesting over here at Jen’s. Jen & I started blogging around the same time, and we’ve pretty much followed each other and been friends since then! I just ♥♥♥ Jen. I think she is the sweetest! I’m sure you all do too. :)

I’ve seen this idea floating around blogland for the last couple weeks, and I was so excited to see it. I’ve always wanted to make a cute, shabby chic banner like this. When it comes to certain crafting, I can be a little timid. Seeing the tutorials and pictures gave me the push I needed to finally get in gear and make my own.

Original inspiration came from here and here

Taking bits & pieces from each of these blogs, and adding my own, here is my tutorial:

1}Go to the Martha Stewart website and print out these really cute monogram letters. Or click right here to go right to it.

2} Print out the letters you need. There are 6 different variations of the letter on each page.

Be careful to inspect your paper if you have children that like to get all the copy paper out, color on it, and then put it back. Otherwise it might turn out like this:

3} Cut out all of the letters. You can even take them into the car & do them.

4} I wanted to back my letters with super cute paper, to bulk them up and dress them up. I found something that was considerably bigger than the letter circle, and used it to trace a larger circle. The paper I used is scrapbook paper.

After gluing the pieces together with a glue stick, it was time for the next step.

5} I fired up my glue gun, and started figuring it out. I glued a line about 2 inches long around the backside of the circle. I started pleating the crepe paper into the glue. Make sure that you unwind a lot of slack before you lay the glue out. It dries pretty quickly.You’ll only need a small part of the roll of crepe paper.

6} After letting everything dry, I went back and put on the glitter. I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. And some silver glitter.I let the glitter set overnight. I wanted to make sure that everything was super dry.

7} Adding the ribbon for the banner. This was the part I wasn’t quite sure about. I knew that if I put the letters onto the ribbon incorrectly, that there would be a good chance it would hang all wonky. I found the ribbon I liked, and had on  hand. it is a really pretty black & white striped ribbon. It’s also pretty thick.

I grabbed some double sided foam tape, just to position it and try to figure out how it would hang.

It worked so well that I just decided to use that. One important thing to know in order for it to hang correctly. You need to hang it at the top of the letter, as you can see in the above picture.


Here are a ton of pictures of the finished product. I’m happy with how it turned out. In case you were wondering, “Silver Lining” is the name of my new Etsy shop. You can find it on my sidebar if you’re interested in checking it out. All of the things in the white armoire are, or will be, available in my shop.

Thanks Amber! Amber is one of my best blogging buddies. We met through Friend Making Mondays and she is the sweetest, most loyal, creative girl!
Have a Super Day!


  1. TheSmithHotel says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Will have to get those letters! Good luck on your Etsy store!

  2. Rambling Girl says:

    I really love this banner…gotta go print the letters and use these.

  3. This will be perfect for a baby shower I'm hosting next week!

  4. Mac and Kat says:

    CAN SOMEONE HELP ME!!!??? LOL…Somewhere on this blog there is a picture frame/window that someone has taken and turned it into a beautiful collage of vintage looking items and Eiffel tower pictures. Can anyone tell me how I can find it? I have been looking on here for a while with no luck! Please help!


  5. ~Lavender Dreamer~ says:

    What a wonderful idea…very fresh and sweet! ♥

  6. absolutely delightful. i love it!!!

  7. Connie Weiss says:

    I love that Amber! It would great for the banners I need to make for M's birthday party! Wanna come help me?

  8. Vivienne says:

    Well done Amber! :) Great job and i love the name of your shop.

  9. That is super cute. And so easy. I think i might even be able to make one of those.

  10. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    I love them amber!!

  11. Mandi @ Finding Home says:

    I love this! I'm so making one for a party I am having a couple of weeks. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  12. Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence says:

    I love the vintage feel of these–great tutorial too!

  13. ♥Amber Filkins♥ says:

    Thanks guys! Thanks so much for all of the nice comments! You all are too sweet! I'm so glad to meet all of you as well!

    You should come over & show me pictures once you make your fabulous banners! I'd ♥♥♥ to see them!

  14. Natalie Catherine says:

    o my goodness LOVE this!!! i need to bookmark this so i can do this!

  15. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    What a cute idea for a baby shower! I am in the stages of planning my daughter's and I think this would be a nice decoration to add. Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Hi! Nice to "meet" you, I'll check out your blog. I love this sweet banner and your tutorial was very easy to understand! It turned out great!


  17. That is so cute, I am doing a ladybug theme for my baby's 1st and will try this with black and red. So cute, and easy! Thanks.

  18. Liz @ Sugarplum Creations says:

    Gorgeous! I love the colors, everything about it!

  19. That is a really cute banner! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    So cute…I love the addition of the glitter! Now I just need a reason to make one:)

  21. Katie H says:

    That is absolutely adorable!

  22. Shaunna says:

    I LOVE this! I've seen them too, but wondered exactly how I should approach it. I've got a little girl's one year birthday party coming up soon! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

  23. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says:

    What a great tutorial! You made it look so easy, I think I may try it. Now I'm off to visit your blog where I'm sure I'll spend WAY too much time!

  24. Cute idea Amber! I never realized how easy it could be to make one of there! I think I will try it for my daughter's birthday!


  25. LOVE it ~ I think I'll make an Easter banner this afternoon. Thanks for the idea and tutorial!


  26. Real Life Reslers says:

    That's adorable! I'll have to go check out your etsy shop now!

  27. Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com says:

    I love how you took it to a new level! Thanks for the tutorial! I am going to try this for a baby shower next weekend!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
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