Last year, I found two dozen vintage Easter-themed gift boxes. I gave some out but I still have some left over. So this year, I took one of them and cut it up to highlight the cute vintage Easter bunny graphics on it to make a vintage Easter banner. I also added my own Easter egg in the center, which is provided below as a free printable. Here’s how I made my banner…it was super easy and quick!
- Vintage Easter graphics: look for them at thrift stores (boxes, books, greeting cards, etc), or find graphics online (such as from The Graphics Fairy)
- Easter egg graphic, if you like (see below)
- Light colored cardstock to print Easter egg graphic
- Crepe paper streamers
- Sewing machine and thread (optional)
- Xyron Creative Station and Glue stick
- Hole punch
Directions Here’s the box I found at the thrift store last year, the front and the back. It folds up into a house. It has four different Easter bunny graphics on it, so I cut it up to make four banner pieces. The graphics range in width but are all about 4-5 inches tall.
After I cut up the box, I ran them through my Xyron to apply adhesive to the back (You can also use a glue stick).
Then, I mounted onto some dark brown cardstock, leaving a 1/2 inch border all around the image.
I wanted a larger message banner piece in the middle, so I created a simple Easter egg graphic. You can save the image to your computer below, then print it out to the size you’d like. Mine was about 5×7 inches, so slightly taller than the other banner pieces. Print it out on light colored cardstock.
Cut it out with scissors, leaving about a 1/2 inch border.
Next I got my crepe paper streamers ready to ruffle up. There are several ways you could do this; I used my sewing machine. I folded the streamer in half lengthwise and as I sewed, I used my fingers to fold up the streamer so that the folds would go under the presser foot and sew them down, creating a ruffle. If you don’t want to use a sewing machine, you can fold the steamer in half lengthwise and glue it down. Then, fold and glue the ruffles one by one. Another alternative would be to again fold the streamer lengthwise, glue it down, then snip the folded edge so you have a loopy fringe, like I did in this post (except instead of sewing, you’d glue it).
Make enough of your ruffled crepe paper to go around each of the banner pieces. I used three colors. For the vintage pieces, I ran my glue along the 1/2 inch border from the brown cardstock. Then, I applied the ruffled crepe paper.
Go all the way around with the crepe paper. However, leave the top corners unglued for now, for the holes and twine; this step is coming up soon.
I glued the crepe paper on the white border of the egg graphic. Leave about an inch the two top “corners” of the egg (if eggs can have corners!) for the holes and twine as well.
All done with the banner pieces! Now all we have to do is string them together. So we left the top corners unglued. Slide in your hole punch under the crepe paper at the top corners and punch a hole in each corner of the cardstock.
Then, string your twine so that it goes around the back, as shown below. When you’ve strung all of your banner pieces, go ahead and glue down the crepe paper at the corners. The string should come out in between the cardstock and the crepe paper.
All done! Easter is coming up soon…can’t wait to hang this on my front door. Love the vintage feel it has, from the graphics as well as from the kitschy ruffled crepe paper.
Now’s the time to look for Easter images at the thrift store. Look for gift boxes, greeting cards, books, recipe cards, and more. Or, look for images online.