Sunday, July 17, 2011

DIY Counting Sheep Baby Banner

It's rare, but there's a baby related project in the DIY Show Off house! NO! Not for me! I've been invited to a baby shower and I just love giving handmade baby gifts. (Tara, if by chance you're reading, please stop right here!) Unfortunately, I can't make it to the baby shower (my baby girl's graduation party is the same day) but I have a whole handmade collection planned and here's the first thing in the gift box: 

A sweet baby girl counting sheep banner, inspired by cute bird, butterfly and bunny banners but designed and DIY'd by me with a counting sheep theme.

Not guaranteed to help baby sleep, but it sure is cute. 

Scrapbook paper (It doesn't take much. Two 12x12 sheets will work but more if you want more designs.)
2 ribbons (I used almost 1 spool of organza, 1 thin satin)
Baker's twine (a thin ribbon or twine would work just as well)
Number ink & stamps or stickers #1-10 (or free hand)

Hole punch
Optional:  Xacto knife

Counting Sheep Banner Tutorial
10 steps to 10 sheep
#1 Print a lamb stencil or template from online onto card stock and cut out. (Optional: you could also use your Cricut or Silhouette to make die cuts.) 

#2 Trace onto scrapbook paper and cut out sheep shapes. I used an Xacto knife and alternated the direction (flip the sheep stencil) so my sheep were facing each other in sets of two {><} rather than all facing left {<<} or right {>>} or back side to backside {< >}. Trace and cut out 10 sheep. I used pretty paper in pinks for baby girl (to coordinate with other handmade items planned).

#3 Punch 2 holes beside each other near the top of each sheep. Near the top keeps sheep from twirling on the string. I tested punching holes in different areas. Near the top works best. (Optional: reinforce with eyelets. I also punched holes for eyes...animals without eyes make me sad. You could draw on closed/sleepy eyes too.)

#4 Number the sheep 1-10 using rubber stamps, stickers or draw on with markers.

#5 Cut 11 five inch pieces (eyeball need to measure) of pink ribbon and 22 five inch pieces of organza (or do your own ribbon combo/thing). This is tied between each sheep.

#6 Pull a length of baker's twine. Tape off the end (it keeps the twine from fraying and makes threading easier).

#7 Add sheep. Thread from back to front in one hole. Then front to back in punched hole right beside it. Repeat for all 10 sheep.

#8 Space out evenly. I left about 10 inches of twine on each end for hanging. Cut and tie a loop on the ends of the twine (loose knots to allow resizing the loop for bigger hanging on drawer knobs, smaller loop for thumb tacks or safety pins).

#9 In between each sheep, I took 2 pieces of organza with 1 piece of satin ribbon and tied a knot. (Shabby Chic option: use frayed pretty coordinating fabric pieces or strips of tulle.)

#10 Space evenly again (leave them semi-moveable to accommodate different areas in the gift recipient's home or tape twine on back to keep in place). Ready to hang!

Isn't it so cute? I want one for me and I don't even have a nursery. I love pretty decorative banners and 'counting sheep' is perfect for a nursery! 

  • Hang it across drapery
  • Tie on dresser pulls 
  • Use as wall art
  • Cute learning to count tool 
  • Baby shower decor. 
Lots of options. Now lots of pictures:

hope she likes it. :)

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Tanya said...

Such a sweet and easy idea!

margo said...

Scrapbook paper is the best! I love this idea. It can be so easily adapted to different themes!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I love the counting sheep banner. It would be lovely for a shower as well and you could also use the same template for Easter decorations as well!
PS That is a really nice number stamp kit you have. It works perfectly.

Sylvie Créative said...

Really fairy and cute this counting!

Hollie - said...

I love to give handmade baby gifts, too... and your sheep are precious! Thanks for hostessing.

gail said...

Roeshel--that is so pretty! :) I love how it turned out, home made is so special!
thanks for hosting this great party!

Kendall said...

What a cute idea! I'm sure your friend will love it!


Katie said...

These are so adorable Roeshel! What a cute idea! Thanks for hosting!

Casey said...

that is cute!

Coley said...

Such a cute idea! I could have used these last night when I couldn't sleep :(
Thanks for hosting!

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Maja said...

so simple... and cute :)

Blue Velvet Chair said...

Hi Roeshel -
Cute with the 'counting sheep' bunting. I've got an upcoming baby shower that I am also hosting...feeling loads of pressure because I know I want to give handmade, but don't have ideas together yet. Can't wait to see what else you have in mind. You featured my latest project (the mosaic planter - THANKS), so I'm just here checking out the inspiration this week.

Fancy said...

what a sweet idea!!!

Sweeter Hours said...

Oh so cute!

Lili said...

so many great ideas!

Sabrina said...

Thank for hosting, love your Blog, following you :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Those are adorable.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I'm sure she'll love it! It's adorable!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

scrapbook paper is one of my favorites! I used it in today's project! thanks for hosting.

Kathy said...

This is so sweet! I am going to a baby shower this weekend! Great idea!

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evelania said...

So cute and simple! Where did you get your shape from? I've googled it and cannot find anything similar to your lamb. Thanks for the help and idea!

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