Love is all around. As the song says. 🙂 Sometimes I do better at being love than others, but I am continually inspired by what love can and does do. Just tonight did I get to celebrate the first birthday of a sweet boy in foster care with another family. The love they are pouring into that sweet boy is inspiring. They are being love. No matter his history or how long they have him, they are loving him well. I am encouraged.
Today, I want to encourage you. No matter where you are in your life. No matter what your ministry and life may entangle. We can all be love to those around us. To the mailman that delivers our mail in the rain. To the cashier that looks worn out and tired. To our kids as we fold their clothes and wash their dishes. There are many ways to be love.
I made this simple felt pennant to decorate our mantel for Valentine’s Day, but after Valentine’s Day I will probably hang it in my daughter’s bedroom. You can take this concept and create the same inspirational pennant or be inspired and make it your own with a quote or word that stands out to you.
The first thing I did to create my pennant was to fold the large felt piece in half (long horizontally) and make a slit in the middle. I then drew lines from the corners on the opposite side to where the slit cut was and cut along those lines.
I now had my base pennant. I then wrote a quick script of love and tried to cut my letters out similarly to what my pen script looked like. It was not perfect, but I think my letters came out fun and work. You could cut letters out like I did here to create your own stencil or you could also use an actual stencil to trace letters to cut. I think felt stickers would even be cute! There are lots of ways to create this look. Be inspired by my design and make one on your own! Once I had my letters, I pinned them in place and used my sewing machine to attach them to my base gray pennant.
I thought it was pretty as is, but it didn’t look quite complete to me. I added a red yarn pom-pom at the top and used washi tape to attach a metal stick to my pennant to make it more of a flag. I then simply propped it up on my mantel, and it was done!
I love how it all comes together. I think my mantel looks pretty, yet not all “hello it’s Valentine’s Day” tacky decor. I used some of my felt flowers to add some more color, but I love the simplicity in my winter wreath, pom pom flowers and burlap. I also just could NOT pack away those fun twinkle lights with the rest of my Christmas decor. Tomorrow, I will have another DIY post with an element from this mantel PLUS there is a sneak peek at an item in next month’s Spoonful Tribe in this picture. **Hint, hint…that is coming next week! I am so excited to show it to you!