I have a penchant for hand-written correspondence. Although the mail is no longer the most efficient means of communication, I still love to send and receive letters, cards and care packages. Call me crazy, but I get excited when I see an envelope with a hand-written address among the stack of bills and junk mail.
My favorite pen pal is my adorable seven-year-old niece. We started writing each other when she was learning how to write and needed practice on her penmanship. In an effort to make it fun – and let’s be honest, keep her interested – I try to switch up my mode of delivery every so often.
I got the idea for my most recent “letter” from the popular bunting banners all over blog-land and Pinterest. I thought it would be a cute way to deliver a short and sweet message. A quick “hello,” if you will.
I gathered some scrapbook supplies from my craft stash. Because I used to hoard scrapbooking materials, I was able to make this project for $2. I used a few pieces of patterned paper, a large circle hole punch, pre-cut self-adhesive letters, a glue stick and glittery craft string.
I punched two circles (front and back) for each letter of my message. Additionally, I used solid color circles as a break between each word of my message.
Once all of the circles were punched, it was time to assemble my banner. I glued the two circles (front and back) together, sandwiching the glittery string between the two circles. Then, I affixed the letters to both sides the circles. If you do not have self-adhesive letters, you could always use a marker to write or stencil each letter.
In order to send the “banner,” I decided to use a mailing tube that I found at OfficeMax. You could also use the tube from a roll of wrapping paper, if you have one lying around. I added scrapbook paper to the exterior, to make the tube look a bit more fun. After I finished assembling the banner, I attached the ends of the string to the tube caps using packaging tape. That way, the banner will have draped effect when pulled out of the tube.
First, I attached the end cap for the right side of the tube. Note: Be sure to give yourself a fair amount of excess string at the END of your message, so it will extend out of the tube, but still be connected to the end cap. I ended up needing to add another segment of string to feed through the tube, because my message would not connect to the end cap.
After attaching the message to the other end cap, it was done!
I also added an “open this end” message and an address label on some patterned paper, to coordinate with the wrapped mailing tube. It is en route to my niece…I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of it!