quick and easy project (and a little giveaway!)

i know its pretty obvious how to do this one, but i just thought i’d throw it out there for you:
~ a circle garland tutorial ~
step 1:  cut out lots of paper circles from scrapbook paper and cardstock.
this could also be crazy cute with newspaper or graph paper and contrasting thread.
i used a 1″ circle punch and also cut out a couple larger sizes – 
i used the different sizes of jars for the circle template
and cut about 8 layers at a time.
this part actually went pretty quickly.
step 2: decide on your pattern (or no pattern)
i went mostly random.
lily was my helper and she lined up the circles for me next to my machine so i could just grab as i sewed.
whenever there was a long strip of one color i’d just throw in a different circle to break it up.
you could also be very deliberate about making a pretty pattern.
step 3: sew!
i used red thread to pop a little.
i also used a pretty large stitch so it would go faster and not use as much thread.
then i just slid each circle under my presser foot as i sewed.
as soon as i started one i’d slide in the next as it went pretty quickly.
occasionally i wouldn’t be fast enough and there would be a small gap between the circles, 
but i think it just added to the randomness.
then do it again, and again, and again.
really, this took very little time – maybe half an hour tops.
fun fun!
if you’re looking for a more professional, customized banner,
please head on over to courtney’s shop
she has amazing products (and a beautiful blog!).
i was really happy with her attention to detail, quick service, and pretty packaging.
so to support courtney a little more,
i thought i’d do a little giveaway!
i will be giving away all the garland i made for silas’ party and the banner from joyful joyful as well!
yes, they are gently used, but i just couldn’t bear throwing them in the trash!
just head over to courtney’s shop and tell me your favorite item!
i adore her ring bearer flags – how fun would they be for a family photoshoot?!


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    Ms. Beltran says:

    I would love the treats for my little monkey Zadie. And I love everything in the shop!!

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    Ooh, I LOVE the blue/brown/green paper leaves. They look so cool!

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    I like the thank you banner… what a cute way to do thank you cards!

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    rachelizabeth says:

    This giveaway would be perfect for me! My youngest turns 4 next month. Perfect start to party planning!

    I love the paper leaves that Courtney has in her shop. They would be great for the Thanksgiving craft idea I've had floating around in my head all year but haven't yet put together.

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    it's so funny that you are had a julius party for your little one because we are having the same theme for my son's 5th birthday in a few weeks! this would totally save me from having to make the banner myself and instead of the tissue poms i was going to do, the i could totally use the garland!

    Courtney's shop is totally cute and i am in love with the thank you banner!

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    I think the Mr. and Mrs. Banner is so cute!

    It is SO awesome that you're giving this stuff away! I saw your post on Silas's party and immediately decided to copy it all for my little man's first birthday in a few weeks. If I won, it would sure save me some work!

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    Ashley Koenig says:

    I love the birthday banner.
    We are throwing our youngest a monkey party in 3 weeks! The banner would be PERFECT :)

    Pick me!

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    Kristin Sellars says:

    Love Courtney's shop! The thank you banner is so cute!

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    What beautiful stuff she has and I love your garland and banner!!!

    I liked the "mr & mrs" banner the most!



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    Aaron & Megan says:

    I love the thank you banner – what a cute idea for a wedding thank you photograph! Wish I had done that at my wedding. I think your monkey theme was adorable… megandaa@gmail.com

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    Her banners are so cute. The love one is so nice for a wedding….loved the "yeah" as well.
    Your banner is so cute and the monkeys as well.

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    I love her Mr. And Mrs. table letters! It would be fun to do something with them to put on my headboard.

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    shellybellylarson says:

    I {love} the beachy LOVE banner ! So very elegant !

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    Oh she has the cutest things!
    I love the seaside 'love' banner – perfect for some beachy family photos!


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    I LOVE the Happy Birthday banner !!!! So cute !!!!

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    Those YAY! banners are sweet and I love the Happy Birthday banner too! Really, they're all great!

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    The Bridges says:

    I have to say that i {love} your blog! It is the cutest. I love the glimpses of your house and decor. May I ask where you bought your dining table & chairs? It's perfect!
    I also love seeing your adorable outfits. It gives me great ideas. I'm horrible at putting things together.

    cbridges at gmail dot com

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    THANK YOU i'd love to win..love her paper leaves as well..xx

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    I love the thank you banner- that would be so easy for christmas and birthdays.

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    i love her seaside love banner. my husband & i were married on the ocean & the banner would be a beautiful year round reminder of our love & special day/

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    I am so ready for fall – so the paper leaves were really lovely to me.

    Thanks for sharing!

    emilyharestad at gmail dot com

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    I'm a big fan of the ring bearer flag. Very cute!

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    I agree! Love the ring bearers signs!!!

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    love the paper leaves!

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    Nathan and Megan says:

    I LOVE LOVE the Mr. & Mrs. wedding banners! How creative to have one of these at a wedding for the perfect photo! I only wish I had this idea 6 years ago when I was married. Too bad we can't do the pics over! SO EXCITED for this giveaway as I had already started planning my boys 2nd bday paul frank party! Couldn't believe when you posted that Silas' party was going to be the same theme! THANKS FOR THE IDEAS!

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    Gotta have the anthropolgie inspired birthday banner… love it!

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    I'm actually really glad you posted how to do this because, for some reason, I couldn't figure out what you were talking about when you mentioned the sewing machine and sewing the circles together! LOL

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    luv the mr & mrs…and the yay! super cute!

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    What DON'T I love?! I think the Antropologie inspired Birthday banner is my very favorite…but I would love anything/everything in her shop!!! =)

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    Three Men and a Little Crazy says:

    All her stuff is adorable, but I like the Happy Birthday banners the best! Thanks!

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    zkgormley says:

    If I have to choose one thing I like the birthday banner the best.

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    I love the Anthropologie style birthday banner. Her photos are to die for! Those wedding pics are just gorgeous! My other favorite is the ring bearer flag. I would get married all over again just to use those!

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    Life With the Crazies says:

    I love the "Just Married" banner, and may just have to pick this up for my brother and soon to be sister in law!

    These banners would be awesome for my son's upcoming birthday!!

    lalfabeto {at} gmail.com

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    I love the birthday banner garland! Adorable!

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    Matt, Andrea, and Luke says:

    i keep going back to the Anthro banner! i would love the banners from your party … my little boy, Luke, had his 3rd birthday on Tuesday, but we are waiting a few weeks to do his party, so i guarantee we would use your monkey banner and garland … very soon! :)

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    Anonymous says:

    I love the Valentines Day banner.TOO cute.

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    Anonymous says:

    I love the Valentines Day banner.TOO cute. Forgot my name April L.

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    okay, so now I need to go out and buy the stuff to make this garland…it's absolutely fabulous!

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    BeachCoveJewelry says:

    My favorite thing is the seaside love banner. so cute!


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    I love the "Thank You" for wedding cards banner. My husband is a wedding photographer, and that would be a fun thing to have on hand for his clients…so cute!

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    Anonymous says:

    I love the Mr. and Mrs. banner! These monkey decorations are so cute, would be perfect for my twin boy's 3rd birthday party!

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    These would be perfect for my Silas' first birthday! I think the ring bearer flag is super cute and I'm thinking about making some for my two youngest little guys to wave at their big brother's first season of soccer matches. :)

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    I totally love the Happy Birthday Banner Garland Anthropologie style- vintage bicycle and chandelier print sign. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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    I love the YAY! flags and the Mr. & Mrs. banners. So cute!

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    the birthday banner is very cute!

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    carlisle clan conversation... says:

    How sweet are you! I'm so glad you posted this…I'm making one with felt for my daughter's bday party this weekend, but Silas' would be perfect for my son's in two weeks! I loved the Bday banner from Courtney's shop…the bikes are adorable!

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    Brian and Kendra says:

    I like the banner that says "thank you" with the bride and groom! It would be the perfect picture to take and use as a thank you note for wedding presents!

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    Love the Valentine's Day banner!

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    I love the table letters. They would never survive in my house…but so cute!!!! I would love to be so crafty. That banner won't happen in my house unless I win this giveaway! :)


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    I like the Happy Birthday Banner Garland Anthropologie style- vintage bicycle and chandelier print sign


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    Love this stuff. I like the thank you banners.

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    Rachel M. says:

    I like the seaside love banner. I have a little guy turning two in 3 weeks…would love to win!

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    I love the Mr. & Mrs. Banners! I'd love to have to use for my wedding shoots. I'll also have to pass this along to my brides.

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    Biteofpunkinpie says:

    That is so awesome that you are willing to give away your gently used birthday decor! I have a nephew who would be PERFECT to shower those cute monkey items with… we mommies should think about sharing these kinds of things more often, especially when we aren't going to be using them again and they are so cute and we put so much work into them…

    my favorite item was: Happy Birthday Banner Garland Anthropologie style- vintage bicycle and chandelier print sign

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    Jessica @ Life's Good Be Happy says:

    I loveee the happy birthday banner in her shop! Sooo cute!

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    Reynolds11103 says:

    I adore the sweetheart table letters! What a sweet little touch to any gathering!!!
    Love the monkey party!! We call my son monkey & his birthday is just a few short months away!!!

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    I've done a Thank You Banner before for cards, so I would say that is my favorite. I did a sewn paper garland too-mine used crepe paper. Jen posted it today here http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2010/08/guest-project-throw-garden-fairy-party.html

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    becky_mcarthur says:

    the love banner is pretty cute… the thank you one is too!

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    I Love the idea of the thank you banners for weddings, how cute is that?? Too bad I'm already married ;) I also love the idea of giving away items you used and don't need again, what a great idea. I love the theme, it is so cute, perfect for my little monkey boy!!

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    D'On Marx says:

    You are such an inspiration. I want to learn how to sew because of you. I love the ideas you come up with. 'Sew' fun!

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    I like the birthday garland Anthroplogy style the best, though I REALLy liked the the Valentines Day Garland also, I just love Garlands!

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    Our Busy Little Bunch says:

    These would be so great for my little guy's first birthday next month! Thanks for the chance! And I really like her table letters for a wedding – great idea!

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    I love the little ring bearer flags!! Too cute!


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    the happy birthday banner is adorable . . . but, that's not surprising since all of it is adorable! what amazing wedding props she's got!

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    i would love to win this…as we, too in our house love "paul frank" and "julius" and have a monkey boy here, too!
    i also really like "thankyou" on joyful, joyful! great for pics and sending out thankyous!

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    The Happy Birthday Banner Garland Anthropolgie would be awesome & timeless! Thanks for the opportunity!


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    Courtney Toney says:

    Thanks Linds! You're the best :)

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    cnleonard says:

    Oh wow! I love love love your poka dot circles, and if I don't win these will probably try to make them myself for my classroom… not sure how that will turn out!
    I love the valentines day sign that is on sale! This is such a cool idea for a teacher as I change my room ALL the time!!!!

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    So many things to say, I don't know where to start…. first, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. Found it through Lisa Leanard's blog, and I am so happy to have found it. Second, I love what you did for your boy's party. All my kids love Paul Frank and our son has a birthday coming up in September, so it would be a perfect fit, but I think if I would win I would leave the garland up in our son's bedroom. Third, I love everything at "joyful joyful" but especially like the birthday banner. Thanks for the giveaway. Excited to keep reading your blog!

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    By the way my email is ctodd@softsands.net. thanks.

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    thanks for sharing! super cute banners! i've yet to sew on paper…do you change your needle for that?…so it doesn't dull out? joyful joyful has some adorable stuff but i especially like the scallop circle birthday banner.

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    sara @ it's good to be queen says:

    i love the anthropology style happy birthday banner…but they are all awesome.

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    Kalynn, Joe, and Kelsea says:

    I love the birthday banners! This is such a good idea for a child's birthday! My daughter is turning 2 in September, I think that I'll give it a try.

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    I love the thank you banner!! would be sooo adorable for thank you cards!!!


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    I love the leaves for Thanksgiving and the super cute thank you pennant flag!!

    Thanks for the 'how to' on the sewing….I love your party ideas….I just have a brand new little guy and am SO excited to learn how to sew and make birthdays so special for him!


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    i would love a thank you pennant…then i could picture my children each year after their birthdays and turn the pic into their thank you cards…it would be so fun to see how much they grow each year.

    and i wouldn't mind a happy birthday banner- i love to decorate the house for the entire week of their birthday! woudnt a banner be a fun addition?

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    Anonymous says:

    I love the Thank You banner…could be used for any occasion and so cute for photo thank you cards!!

    The polka dot banner is ADORABLE!! Lurve the colors!!


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